Cuddle Up Day 1/6/15 featuring @SylvainReynard @SC_Stephens_ @JMDarhower

Cuddle Up Day – January 6, 2015

 

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Which character would you love to cuddle up with?

When I first learned about Cuddle Up day, I thought of my husband and then immediately thought of some characters from my favorite books that I would love to cuddle up with. Sorry hubby.  I decided that Cuddle Up Day would make a fun post.


 

My top favorite character that I would love to cuddle up with has to be Professor Gabriel Emerson from the The Gabriel’s Inferno Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.  And, here is my professor.

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He is total cuddle material. Don’t you agree? Ok, so he can take me to Italy and cuddle up with me in Florence and whisper to me in Italian. (A girl can dream right?)

 


 

Another character who makes my list of possible cuddle buddies has to be Kellan Kyle from The Thoughless Series by S.C. Stephens.  Kellan is a total sweetheart.

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I’m excited about Kellan because he gets his very own book.   Thoughful by S.C. Stephens will be out later this year. It is on my TBR list and should be on yours too.

 


 

My third cuddle candidate for today is Carmine DeMarco from Sempre & Sempre Redemption by J.M. Darhower.

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This bad boy with a heart of gold is worthy of cuddling.  This series is very special to me and is among my top favorite books read.

Come to think about it, Corrado Moretti proved to me in Made by J.M. Darhower that he is worthy of cuddling too.

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So, who would you like to cuddle up with today?

Be sure to add your favorite cuddle up to characters in the comments below.

Enjoy and Happy Cuddling!

Susi Reviews Made by @JMDarhower

Susi Reviews Made by J.M. Darhower

Made Cover JM Darhower

 

Corrado Moretti.

The world knows the notorious Kevlar Killer, but few have ever seen what lies beneath his armor. The abused child. The neglected teenager. The broken man. He always did whatever he had to do in order to survive.

It’s kill or be killed.

Throughout his life, he has been there in the shadows, a witness to everything from beginning to end. Bound by loyalty and honor, there’s only one thing he would sacrifice it all for: family.

Never get close. Never get attached. It’s a lesson that has been brutally pounded into him since childhood, but they’re words the DeMarcos make it difficult for him to follow. Through them he finds love and grieves loss, realizing the world isn’t quite as black and white as it’s made out to be.

Made.

This book is a prequel to Sempre. Sempre does not have to be read first, but this book contains spoilers from Sempre.

 

My Review 

Some books just capture the reader and remain with them forever. The Forever Series:  Sempre, Sempre Redemption and now Made have done just that. They have a special place in my heart and my bookshelf.  This series is at the top of my favorites.

Made, the story of Corrado Moretti is an outstanding and exceptional read.  I was so excited when I first learned that J.M. Darhower had written it.  Needless to say, I devoured the ARC when I received it.  You see, Corrado was a character who I didn’t particularly like in Sempre but learned to love in Sempre Redemption.  He was dark and clearly misunderstood. Knowing why he acted the way he did changed my perception of him completely.

Yes, it is true that we grow up and it is our early years, the events we experience, the people around us and our parents who clearly shape who we turn into.  Made chronicles Corrado’s life from his early years with his family, Katrina his sister, his mother,  and especially the role his father played in the man he became.  Throughout the book, readers of Sempre and Sempre Redemption will understand events that were mentioned as J.M. Darhower cleverly depicts them as Corrado lived them.

One of my favorite parts of this book has to be when Corrado and Celia first meet.  True love knows no age.  This love that Corrado and Celia have is strong and is a love like no other. After reading Made, I totally understand this couple.  Their love is unique and they are clearly meant for each other.  Celia is his perfect soul mate.

Learning about the DeMarco family and how Corrado got involved with this Mafia family was enlightening.  Corrado is more that just a member of La Cosa Nostra. He proves to be loyal and so much more to this family and especially to his father in law.

Corrado has a nickname, The Kevlar Killer.  Readers will discover how he got this name.  Throughout this book, characters mentioned in Sempre and Sempre Redemption will come to life.  I especially loved reading about them.

Yes, Carmine and Dominic DeMarco are in this book too.  These two boys are special and having learned about their early years made them even more special to me. I can’t forget to mention Vincent DeMarco.  I had many questions about him and his early years.  Made clearly answers them as well.

I admit, I felt many emotions while reading this book because at times, parts of this story made me relive Sempre and Sempre Redemption.  Books that stir my emotions are the best.  J.M. Darhower has mastered this talent and that’s why I love her books so much.

Thank you J. M. Darhower for writing this book.  Made completed this amazing series.

Just like Corrado fell hard for Celia, I too fell hard for this book.  I totally enjoyed learning about this mysterious and intriguing man.  Corrado did what he did for his family and those he loved .  Corrado is a hero in my eyes.

Made can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading it after Sempre and Sempre Redemption because of the plot spoilers.

An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this book 5 amazing stars!!

5 stars


Buy Link

Amazon

 

Made Cover & back cover JM Darhower

 

Oh, I flove Corrado!!

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Also available on October 27th for free  Friends and Forever by J.M. Darhower.

It’s on my kindle and will be my next review.  🙂

friends and forever

 

Friends:
One moment.
One wrong choice.
That was all it took to destroy a friendship.
*takes place before Sempre*

Forever:
Halloween.
With a three year old.
‘Nuff said.
*takes place after Sempre: Redemption*

Amazon Free!

 

About the Author:

 

J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hitmen and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually find her there.

 

 

Author’s links:

 

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Website: http://www.jmdarhower.com/

Cover Reveal & Teaser- Made by J.M. Darhower @JMDarhower

I am a huge fan of J.M. Darhower.  Sempre and Sempre Redemption have a very special place in my heart.  I am thrilled to share her new cover for her latest book, Made, as well as her two novellas Friends and Forever to be released the same day. Enjoy!

Made Cover JM Darhower

 

MADE: A Sempre Novel

by J.M. Darhower

This is a prequel spin-off of the Forever Series

Release Date: October 27, 2014

 

Made Cover & back cover JM Darhower

 

Blurb:

 

Corrado Moretti.

 

The world knows the notorious Kevlar Killer, but few have ever seen what lies beneath his armor. The abused child. The neglected teenager. The broken man. He always did whatever he had to do in order to survive.

 

It’s kill or be killed.

 

Throughout his life, he has been there in the shadows, a witness to everything from beginning to end. Bound by loyalty and honor, there’s only one thing he would sacrifice it all for: family.

 

Never get close. Never get attached. It’s a lesson that has been brutally pounded into him since childhood, but they’re words the DeMarcos make it difficult for him to follow. Through them he finds love and grieves loss, realizing the world isn’t quite as black and white as it’s made out to be.

 

Made.

 

 

Teaser:

 

The low groan on the first floor roused Corrado from sleep. His eyes snapped open, suddenly alert, as the relentless noise seemed to echo through the house. A window. He often slept with them open a crack to let the air circulate, but someone shoved one open the whole way.

His heart thumped wildly in his chest as he reached onto his bedside stand and grabbed his gun. He habitually checked it, ensuring it was still loaded, and jumped out of bed. There was no time to waste getting dressed; he crept down the hallway in his plaid boxers, his bare feet lightly touching the floor, making not a sound.

The second he made it downstairs, a breeze struck him from the living room. A few steps later he appeared in the doorway, pointing his gun at the form halfway through the window. He flipped off the safety as his finger lightly touched the trigger. Two seconds. Two seconds were all it would take to blow them away.

A pair of wide brown eyes instantly met Corrado’s. “Whoa, there, big guy.”

Just as fast as he’d aimed, prepared to kill whoever was breaking into his house, he lowered the gun. “Dammit, Celia!”

“Nice to see you, too.” She swung both legs inside but remained perched on the windowsill. “You weren’t really going to shoot me, were you?”

“Yes,” he said, no hesitation. “I was.”

“Well, I’m lucky you didn’t.”

“Lucky?” Corrado stared at her with disbelief. “I would’ve shot you, Celia. Two more seconds and I would’ve killed you. And then your father… your father would’ve killed me.”

“Yeah, he probably would’ve.”

“There’s no probably about it. He would’ve mutilated me. You… you wouldn’t have felt a thing. But me…” He shuddered just thinking about it. “What are you doing here? Are you in some kind of trouble?”

“I wanted to talk to you.”

Corrado gaped at her. “You broke into my house to talk?”

“Well, I would’ve called, but I don’t have your number.” Celia stood and strolled around the darkened living room, glancing at his belongings. “Besides, something tells me you’re not the talking-on-the-phone type.”

 

Two Novellas will also be available on October 27th. They will be free eBooks.  I can’t wait to read these!

Forever A Sempre Novella

 

 FRIENDS:

One moment.

One wrong choice.

That was all it took to destroy a friendship.

*takes place before Sempre*

 

FOREVER:

Halloween.

With a three year old.

‘Nuff said.

*takes place after Sempre: Redemption*

About the Author:

 

J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hitmen and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually find her there.

 

 

Author’s links:

 

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Website: http://www.jmdarhower.com/