To quote Celia, “Wow. That was… wow.” I loved every single minute of this book. It’s a huge book and yet it didn’t feel long because it was so captivating.
MADE is Corrado’s life story. I read SEMPRE in 2012 and fell in love with the story. I was curious about Corrado in that story so when I saw the dedication in MADE I knew this book was for me:
To everyone out there who read Sempre and wanted to know more about a certain mysterious hitman. This is for you.
Made starts with a reporter asking Corrado, “What made you this way?” To which Corrado replies, “Sweetheart, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.” On the cover of the book Ms. Darhower wrote: Men are what their mothers made them.
Corrado is an enigma that leaves you swooning for him. He’s a man with a gun and no regard for his own life. His quiet strength and desensitized self is a scary combo. The only one who never saw him as a monster was Celia. She loved him from the first moment he spoke.
Celia is a firecracker, full of emotions. Being the bosses daughter she is use to getting what she wants when she wants it. I loved how she’s a strong woman who doesn’t back down to anyone. Her sarcastic humor had me cracking up. The banter between the two of them felt genuine. When Corrado complained about a situation out of their control she had a witty comeback for him, “You’re such a hopeless romantic, Corrado Moretti. It’s amazing more women don’t swoon over you.”
No sappy romance will be found between the pages of this book. Instead you will find a romance between two characters who love each other deeply and make sacrifices to be together. Their devotion to each other had me swooning. “I’m a lot of things, Celia DeMarco, but I’m not this. I’ll cheat the law, I’ll cheat on my taxes, I’ll try my damnedest to cheat death, but never… never… will I cheat on you.”
J.M. Darhower’s created one of my favorite books of 2014 with this story. I can’t stop thinking about how phenomenal Madewas and how this story will stick with me long after I close the pages of the book. So my final advice- READ IT!!!
WAIT: I have one more thing to say that comes from Winnie the Pooh, “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Even though I didn’t want their story to end I’m glad I read it.
RELEASE DATE: October 27, 2014
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Made is connected to the Sempre series, it is NOT a sequel. It is a spin-off prequel and can be as a standalone, although it will contain spoilers for the Sempre books.
**Complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.**