Sempre by JM Darhower – my most favorite book of all the books!

I recently realized I never properly reviewed the first book to my most favorite series ever on the blog (I’m so ashamed) which I am currently re-reading. And with book one, Sempre, STILL being on sale (GET IT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T!! Link below 🙂 ) I had to share my review for the first and best mob book I have read.


Sempre (Sempre #1) by JM Darhower – 5 HUGE TESORO STARS


Grabbing her hand, he pressed it gently to his chest. His skin was warm to the touch, and she could slightly feel his pulse pounding against her palm.
“Do you feel that? I’m not going anywhere, Haven. This is yours.”

I mean, am I supposed to just go on after reading this thing?!

I know there are many reviews that explain the plot in detail, so I won’t go into it, but I just desperately needed to express my love for this story.

What perfect, emotional, heartbreaking, soul crushing, sweet, sad, incredible story. I literally had goose bumps the entire time, and was left with no fingernails after biting them all off from the suspense. This story is so insane and all the characters are so entwined I wouldn’t even know where to start to go into details about the story line even if I wanted to. And what is most amazing about it is the simple way it’s written. To me, it read so well each scene played out like a movie in my mind. If this was a movie, I would have watched it 7,356 times already.

“I love you.” The words tumbled from her lips easily, like they had rolled from her tongue hundreds of times. But they hadn’t. She had never said them before, but as she heard them in her own voice, every cell in her body knew they were true. She hadn’t known what love was, but she knew it now. Love was the fluttering in her tummy whenever Carmine was near, the twinkle in his eyes when he laughed, the heat in her body from his words. Love was happy. Love was safe. Love was green. Love was him—the beautifully flawed boy who made her glow.”

I will say this- Vincent- God at first I hated him and could not understand the man for the life of me. But as the story unfolded, I definitely understood and grew to love him. Especially at the end when he finally accepts the past and, well, you’ll have to see what happens…GODDDDDD SO SWEET.

Celia and Corrado are freaking amazing, Dominic is a sweet heart who I wished was my relative.

And the best for last – Carmine and Haven -SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I mean could a smart ass, impatient, foul-mouthed little rebel be any more amazing??! And Haven, oh sweet Haven. What a strong and sweet person she was. Their love was just epic.

“I have a problem with my temper. It’s just, I feel . . .” He hesitated, taking a deep breath. “Look, it’s not because I think you belong to me—it’s because I want you to be mine.”

This is easily one of the most incredible books I have ever read. Definitely in my top favorites of all time. *UPDATE* MOST DEFINITELY MY MOST FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME.

Now- I have wasted enough time writing this and wasted precious moments not reading Sempre: Redemption. I am off to meet with my sweet Carmine once again. I am so happy I was introduced to this story that made me fall in love and broke my heart all at the same time.


❤Sempre, Sempre Redemption, Friends & Forever (novella -which is FREE), and Made ❤

As I mentioned above, Book 1 is currently on SALE!

Feature Friday: #MonsterInHisEyes by JM Darhower


Today’s feature: Monster In His Eyes Series by JM Darhower:



“Tell me,” I whisper, running my tongue along the shell of her ear. “Tell me how you want it to be. Tell me what you need from me.”
I’ll give her anything.
I’ll tear my fucking chest open with my bare hands, rip out my heart and hand it to her, if that’s what she needs.
All she has to do is tell me.
All she has to do is ask.
She could bark out a million demands, and I would work myself to the death making them all happen, but instead she merely whispers, “I want you to love me.”
So I do.
I love her.


Tempted by the evil beside me, the original forbidden fruit. I took a bite of her on a whim and realized, despite what the world led me to believe, she wasn’t rotten to the core. He wants me to toss her aside, throw her away, let her decay into the ground where he thinks she’s meant to be, but I’m not sure anything else could sustain me.
I drank from the Holy Grail.
He’s not taking that away.


If those quotes alone don’t make you want to read this series, there is something wrong with you and we can’t be friends.


Not really.

If you haven’t read this amazing series by my favorite freaking author, READ THEM!

Head on over to my Facebook page, for a giveaway to win an eBook copy of book 1 – Monster In His Eyes!

Grievous (Scarlet Scars #2) by JM Darhower – PERFECTION!


Grievous (Scarlet Scars #2) by JM Darhower – 5 STARS!


If I thought I loved Lorenzo while reading Menace, nothing, and I MEAN NOTHING, could have prepared me for what I felt for him while reading this.

There really isn’t much I can say about Grievous without revealing major plot points from book 1 or spoiling everything from this book. But I can say Grievous picks up right where Menace leaves off.

I can say this book is filled with action, revenge, crazy twists and turns, and some scenes that were so emotional there was no way I wasn’t going to wind up sobbing on the floor like a child.

I can say Lorenzo is SO much more than he first appears. He’s emotional and thoughtful and passionate and even though he sometimes can’t find the right words to say, he’s perfect just the way he is.

“Whenever I close my eyes, I see her. Scarlet.
I see her smiling. I see her crying. I hear her laughter flowing through me, sending chills down my spine. The sound of her moaning creeps through my bloodstream, the face she makes in the throes of passion, the pulse that spurs it on. Whatever it is I’m feeling, I want it to stop. I want it to go away. I want to stop fucking seeing her every time I blink. I want to stop fucking thinking about her every time I pause to take a deep breath. She’s like an infection that’s settling into my chest. I would rip out my own organs if I thought it might purge her from my system.”


I can say Scarlet is hands down one of my all time favorite heroines.

And I can also say the ending was SO GODDAMN PERFECT I went back and read it 3 times.

For the love of everything good and holy, please tell me there will be more from them. Please JM? I’ll even buy you a Buster of your own. I need to read about them for the rest of time. I don’t want their story to end!!!!! I absolutely loved this story from start to finish.

“My wicked little belladonna, beautiful, deadly, so tempting to keep tasting but so goddman toxic every touch is just too much.”


This was the perfect mix of dark and sexy and surprisingly romantic. JM just has this way of storytelling that grabs you and doesn’t let go. She also creates the most unique characters you can’t help but love even though you know you shouldn’t. This woman never disappoints. I am itching and anxiously waiting for whatever comes next for her! She will forever be one of my top favorite authors.

Grievous is out February 6th!

LOVED Menace (Scarlet Scars #1) by JM Darhower


Menace (Scarlet Scars #1) by JM Darhower – 4.5 Stars


I, Steph, am in love with a gun wielding murdering sociopath named Lorenzo and I regret nothing. I want to have his psychotic babies even though he claims to not want children. I’ll make him change his mind. I will.

Not sure who Lorenzo is? I’ll remind you. For those who read the Monster In His Eyes trilogy (and if you haven’t don’t even talk to me you until you do – you need to get your life right), Lorenzo is a character from Target On Our Backs. He’s a little testy. A little crazy.

“Tell your boss he can suck my cock,” I say, shoving my chair back to stand up. “If he does a good enough job, maybe I won’t blow his fucking brains out for calling me a thief.”

And a whole lot of fun to read about.

Swinging the spatula, he smacks Leo in the head, the loud thwack echoing though the kitchen.

“Shit!” Leo winces, “What the hell was that for?”
“The table isn’t set,” Lorenzo says. “What are we, animals?”

…this coming from a man who shot someone in the face with zero hesitation for not listening to an order. Am I sick to love him? Maybe. But I don’t care.


When Menace starts, Lorenzo is basically running the crime scene in New York and bored of the every day crap he deals with. Enter Morgan / Scarlet. She’s fiery and feisty and brings some color into Lorenzo’s life. But she has one hell of a shitty past.

“I yearn to mean something.
Do you know what that’s like?
To know you’re poison but still be desperate for someone to sip from you anyway?”

Andddd that’s all you’ll get on the plot from me. Don’t won’t to spoil a single thing about this story.

Scarlet is a character who actually took me by surprise. I actually wasn’t expecting to like her all that much. But boy was I wrong. She was an incredible, resilient, tough girl and I LOVED her even more than I thought possible at the end.

And Lorenzo, well I think I’ve made it pretty clear how much I love him. He’s so much more than you think he will be. Him and Scarlet together were everything.

“His lips are the softest thing about him, warm and gentle, like a slice of heaven wrapped in hell, so worth battling the flames to feel his fire.”


You know what I love about JM’s stories? As soon as you think you know what’s happening or which way the story is going to go, she flips the switch and turns everything on its head and you’re left a little speechless.

And she also creates delicious murderous men who make me want to be a mob wife (but that’s besides the point).

The point is this story is another of hers that has topped my favorites list and book 2 Grievous (out in February) cannot come soon enough. I need MORE LORENZO IN MY LIFE!

Menace is out tomorrow!

COVER REVEAL! Menace (Scarlet Scars Book 1) by my FAV J.M. Darhower


I. Am. So. Excited. For. This. Book!!!!!!!!!!

If you don’t know by now, JM Darhower is my all time FAVORITE. This woman can do no wrong. She writes. I read. And I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!



(Scarlet Scars Book One)
Dark Romance
J.M. Darhower
Release Date: January 16th
Scarlet Scars is a two-book series.
GRIEVOUS (Scarlet Scars Book Two) will release February 6th.
***Scarlet Scars contains dark elements that some readers may

find disturbing*** <–HELL YES BTW!

Once upon a time, there was a guy who got so fed up with life that he resorted to murder and mayhem just to feel alive.
Lorenzo Gambini is bored. So fucking bored. Most people either annoy him or avoid him, afraid to face him. Figuratively. Literally. With his face partially disfigured, scarred, he looks every bit the monster the stories make him out to be: the notorious menace they call Scar. They say he’s a sociopath. Maybe he’s a psychopath. Whatever path he’s on, people tend to stay far away from it.
Until one day, a young woman bumps right into him—a woman just as fed up with life, but for much different reasons. With a Scarlet Letter inked on her wrist and secrets buried deep in her soul, Morgan Myers is running from something… or maybe somebody. Lorenzo isn’t quite sure.

You can bet your ass he’s going to figure it out, though.

About the Author
J.M.Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of
paranormal/erotic/romantic suspense novels about the baddest bad boys and the
ladies who love them. Fangirl at heart, J.M. is obsessed with books, music, and
all things Marvel, especially the glorious Sebastian Stan. She spends her days
in a tiny town in North Carolina, churning out words and chasing down Pokémon.

*For those who may not know, the hero in Menace, Lorenzo, is a side character from Target On Our Backs (Monster In His Eyes #3). Menace can be read without reading Monster In His Eyes first, but I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend reading the trilogy. It remains one of my top favorites EVER!

Sweetest Sorrow by JM Darhower – my rambling review ❤


Sweetest Sorrow by JM Darhowe – 4.5 Stars


Well, shit.

There really isn’t anything I can say on the plot, because well, anyone who follows me knows I am not a fan of giving too much of any book away and it would spoil this book and especially the first, By Any Other Name. And if you haven’t read the first…..what the hell is wrong with you? Do you have any idea how much I loved that book? Do you have any idea how many times I had to re-read it just to get my fix of these characters while I not-so-patiently waited for this book to release? DO YOU??? Do you have any idea how many times I had to physically restrain myself from screaming while I read this No? Well let me tell you.


So. this is my review. This is all you’re getting from me. READ THIS FREAKING SERIES. Not enough yet? Ok, fine fine. Look what you’re missing:

Her back arched further, his free arm snaking beneath her, again pinning her hips in place against him as he slammed into her from behind.
“This what you wanted?”
“Oh God,” she gasped. “Yes.”
“Wrong,” he growled, a harsh edge to that word that made Gabriella shiver. “If you can still talk, I’m not fucking you hard enough.”

“The world tried to tear us apart in the worst way, but we didn’t let it, and I know I’ll never let it, because you are my world now. No matter what happens, I’ll always be here for you. I’d follow you to the end of the Earth and back again, if I had to, if you needed me to, I wouldn’t hesitate. I love you.”

“You’re practically aligned with the enemy now.”
“Practically? I was aligned with the enemy the moment I felt what it was like to be inside of you. There was no coming back from that.”
“What did it feel like? Being inside of me?”
He considered that. What did being inside of her feel like? Everything. It was Heaven. It was Hell. It was the most beautiful torture he’d ever felt.

DO YOU SEE?? All joking aside, I am utterly obsessed with these characters and and am IN LOVE with this story. I assume everyone knows of my undying love for JM’s writing already. The humor, the romance, the heartache, this book and series had everything and then some.


By Any Other Name by my FAV JM Darhower

A deadly rivalry.
Two families at war.
Nobody is safe, not even the innocent.
Especially the innocent.
Blood will be spilled.


By Any Other Name (Forbidden #1)

*****5 thousand, million, billion, trillion stars*****


If you haven’t heard it before, I’ll say it again. Romeo & Juliet was probably the first story I ever fell in love with. So when my FAVORITE author wrote a story based on Romeo & Juliet about star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of a Mafia rivalry in New York, I knew my mind was about to be blown.

And blown, it was.

Matty and Genna belong to two rivaling mafia families, and after a chance encounter – just like Romeo and his beloved Juliet, they instantly have this connection and feel this pull toward one another. And in true JM fashion, CRAZY drama ensues with an ending that makes you want MORE.

I don’t know how she does it. I don’t know how JM Darhower creates these stories, these characters, that make you instantly fall in love and wish it were real life, and you were somehow apart of them. Maybe it’s Matty and Genna’s banter.

“Another?” she asked, picking up the water to take another sip, this one to soothe the sting in her chest. “You said one drink.”
A sly smile curved his lips. “I like to keep them coming.”
“Is that right?”
“Absolutely.” He stood, leaning across the table, his lips near her ear. “Maybe you’ll let me show you later.”

Maybe it’s the way Matty isn’t this overly abrupt sexual person, but rather a quiet, thoughtful, confident, sexy MAN. Maybe it’s the side characters she creates, like Enzo and Dante and Primo who just steal the show with their amazing one-liners and sometimes intense conversations. But whatever it is, I freaking ate this story up.

His thumb grazed her lips, slightly swollen from his hard kisses, as a smile softened his expression. “I didnt think you could be more beautiful,” he said, “but then you went and screamed my name.”

I ADORED THIS BOOK LIKE NO OTHER. No one will ever top this woman’s writing and the characters she’s made. They can try, but for me, there isn’t anything like her books. I really truly didn’t think she could top Sempre, but damn it, she did. And Matty is now MY #1. My book husband. My everything.

This story made me squeal and smile and cry and swoon and scream and made me want to rip my hair out and then had my heart pounding and then made me fall in love. (This cycle was repeated about 32 times).

READ IT. Read it read it read it. Because I promise you if you don’t, you are missing out on the best story there ever was.

Book 2 Sweetest Sorrow is out this MONDAY!!! EEK! So now is the perfect time to meet my favs, Matty & Genna ❤

Favorite ‘Ships’ Book Tag!



N: Short for romantic relationship, popularized in fan-fiction circles.
V: To endorse a romantic relationship.

Doing this book tag (also seen on It Starts At Midnight) and I tag anyone who wants to participate! (Feel free to use my graphic and tag me!)

Below are some of my favorite ships in no particular order (except #1. They really are my #1 favs 😉 ) -no way I could fit them all in one post!

1. Carmine & Haven from Sempre by JM Darhower

“Grabbing her hand, he pressed it gently to his chest. His skin was warm to the touch, and she could slightly feel his pulse pounding against her palm.
“Do you feel that? I’m not going anywhere, Haven. This is yours.”

2. Matty & Genna from By Any Other Name by JM Darhower

“This is what I want,” he said quietly. “What I get for winning.”
“You had me,” she whispered, cheeks flushing at the reminder.
“I did,” he agreed. “But the past isn’t what matters. I live in the present, Genna. I live in the NOW. I had you, yeah, but what I want is to HAVE you.”

3. Naz & Karissa from Monster In His Eyes by JM Darhower

“You may growl, and hiss, and meow, and maybe sometimes you bring out those claws, but I know how to make you purr. I’m the king of the jungle. I’m the predator.” “Does that make me your prey?” He shakes his head. “That makes you my queen.”

..are we noticing a theme here? If not, I’ll spell it out. JM DARHOWER IS MY FAVORITE! Basically any couple she has created is considered a favorite. Ok..moving on.

4. Vanessa & Aiden from The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

“I don’t know,” I stuttered, “Do you love me?”
His gaze was so intent the entire world seemed to stop. “You tell me. I never stop thinking about you. I worry about you all the time. Every beautiful thing I see reminds me of you. I can’t finish my practices in Colorado with out wishing you were around,” he said in a steady tone. “You tell me what I feel.”

5. Josh & Nastya from The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay 

“When I look at her now, I think, for just one second, that God doesn’t hate me so much after all.”

6. Mara & Noah from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

“You want me as much as I want you. And all I want is you.”
My tongue warred with my mind. “Today,” I whispered.
Noah stood slowly, his body skimming mine as he rose. “Today. Tonight. Tomorrow. Forever.”

7. Carter & Arizona from Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

“You belong to me, Ari, and you always will…
You’re more than ‘just’ my best friend, and I never want to be ‘just friends’ again.”

8.  Owen & Auburn from Confess by Colleen Hoover

“He catches my gasp with his mouth, and he picks me up, carrying me out of the shower and straight to the bed. And this time, I don’t get lost in his touch. I don’t get lost in his kiss. I don’t get lost in how it feels when he pushes himself inside me. I don’t feel lost in him at all, because it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like someone truly found me.”

9. Will & Hanna from Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

“I was so lost in love with this girl.”

10. Drew & Kate from Tangled by Emma Chase 

“Edward Cullen can take his stupid heroine and OD on it. Kate is my own personal brand of Viagra.”

What are some of your favorite ships?





Saw this fun book tag on Reading Is My Breathing’s Blog and decided to participate! Shout out to It Starts At Midnight’s blog for creating this tag and the awesome category graphics ❤

*I tag anyone who wants to participate! 

*Click on links to go to the mentioned book’s Goodread’s page.


That’s easy. By Any Other Name by JM Darhower.

Star-crossed lovers? Loosely based on Romeo & Juliet? I’m all over that! And I loved every single word.

Monster In His Eyes by JM Darhower HAS to be included, too. The freaking prologue? WOW.


 The Black Wolf (In The Company Of Killers #5) By JA Redmerski.

That trip to Italy is one I will NEVER FORGET. INSANE! My jaw never left the floor.


That’s another easy one. Because it doesn’t exist. I have disliked every single love triangle book I have read =/ sorry folks.


HAHA.. I could be here all day. But I’ll only list a few: Please don’t hate me if you loved any one of these books =)


I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios.

Not enough book friends I know have read this book!


Blood & Roses Series by Callie Hart. Brutal, sexy, emotional. AMAZING!

And of course In The Company Of Killers Series by JA Redermski. No words for how incredible this entire series is. Each book gets better and better.


I know, I know. I have mentioned this series multiple times, but In The Company of Killers has so many twists, you’ll need a notebook to keep track of them all! The Swan & The Jackal (ITCOK #3) was SO ITENSE and CRAZY and had an ending I did NOT see coming!

Also- The Raven Cycle (obsessed with this series) shocked the HELL OUT OF ME so many times.


The Sea Of Tranquility by Katja Millay.

Tears. Tears everywhere. I’ve read this multiple times and cried harder with each re-read.

*Honorable mention: Dusty Innocents & Dusty Delinquents by Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth. Talk about SOBBING! I still can’t think about these books without tearing up.


Sempre by JM Darhower. My most favorite book in the history of books.

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur. Recently finished this book and LOVED IT!

(Note: I personally don’t consider these “slow paced”. I consider them perfectly paced. But I know others have called them “slow paced.” Regardless, both are fantastic!)


Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin.

More like a “teen” favorite. 😉


The Bird and The Sword by Amy Harmon.

“You are a dangerous little bird. But I think I will keep you.”  UGH this story! So beautiful!


F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher.

It pains me to say this, especially since I LOVED her Love Me With Lies Series. But I wasn’t a fan of this book and skimmed the last half.


The Addicted Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie.

Hands down THE BEST ensemble cast I’ve ever read. I am absolutely, irrevocably, and insanely in love with the entire cast and with the whole series.


The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan.

Does football count? No? LOL. I haven’t read much sports books, but let’s make an exception for this category. I love this story. I love Kristen’s writing. I LOVE DREW BAYLOR. He is absolute PERFECTION.

If you’ve made it to the end of this..*HUGS*.  Thanks for reading!


NAZ IS BACK BABY! Review of Target On Our Backs by JM Darhower


My fellow Naz lovers Angela from Feeding My Addiction Book Reviews and Eliza from Relentless Romance and I were all gifted advanced copies of this incredible book and agreed it was a 5 star read!

You can read their reviews here and here

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 My review :

Target On Our Backs by JM Darhower – 5 Stars

NAZ IS BACK BABY. And let me tell you, he does NOT disappoint.

In the third installment to the Monster In His Eyes Series by my QUEEN JM Darhower, we get to see a somewhat, dare I say, softer side to the monster you can’t help but love. Don’t worry, though. For all the sick, twisted, lunatics out there like me (I am not ashamed to admit Naz threatening to slice a man’s throat still gets me all giddy) who can’t help but swoon when Naz goes all “monster” on a man, he still won’t hesitate to take out anyone who crosses him…..

Even though he’s trying. Trying to stay out of that life. Trying to be a better man for Karissa. But people from his past are making it really hard for him to be the ‘good man’ Karissa believes he is.

“…He’s not doing it because he wants to repent for his actions. He’s not doing it to make up for his sins. He’s doing it not because he’s tired of being the man he has been. He’s doing it because he thinks it’s what I need.

He wants to be a better man to ease my guilt for loving someone like him.

A leopard doesn’t change its spots. That’s what Giuseppe said.

You can dress a wolf up in sheep’s clothing, but the son of a bitch will still eat you alive if you let it.”

And that is all I will say on the plot. As always, I think a book like this is best read going in blind. I will talk about Naz, though. And I will mention how he is unbelievably, undeniably, irrefutably one of the sexiest men I have ever read about. And it’s not even his skill, his dirty words, or his dominance (though those don’t hurt my case – see below my fellow pervs), it’s his quiet confidence, it’s the way he loves Karissa, the way he will not let ANYTHING come between them.

“And I was going to love you right, remind you what it feels like to be cherished, to be idolized, to be treated like the queen you are. I was going to make serious love to you, baby.”

I let out a shaky breath, and before I can even inhale again, his hand shifts. It’s a split second, barely a blink. His hand is around my neck, tightly squeezing, as he yanks me toward him, flush against him.

“But now I think I’ll just fuck you instead.”


HELLOOOOOOOOO, NAZ! Oh, how I have missed you.

This book was absolutely amazing. Incredible. Phenomenal. And every other synonym for the words I just wrote.

Ever since I first read Monster In His Eyes, nothing has come close to being so captivating. Nothing just sucks you in from the get-go quite like her stories. JM Darhower’s writing, as usual, is flawless. She can write books on this man until the end of time and I would never tire of them.

AND THAT ENDING?! I WAS NOT PREPARED. MY GOD I was not ready. It should have come with a warning *Fainting May Occur* *Your Heart May Explode*.

A side note – Lorenzo absolutely stole the show for me. I am IN LOVE with that crazy ass man and I would be freaking ecstatic to see him get a book of his own!

Target On Our Backs is out now!!