Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Made by J.M. Darhower

I am SO excited to share the cover of MADE by J.M. Darhower, Corrado’s story and the PREQUEL to SEMPRE!

Made by J.M. Darhower

MADE: A Sempre Novel
J.M. Darhower
This is a prequel spin-off of the Forever Series
(full reading order below)
Release Date: October 27, 2014
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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.

Now here’s is an excerpt from Made! ❤

excerpt

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.”

Also check out the cover of the Sempre novellas, which release on the same day as Made!

Friends & Forever by J.M. Darhower

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*

Reading Order: Forever series

Made by J.M. Darhower Sempre by J.M. Darhower Sempre Redemption by JM Darhower Friends & Forever by J.M. Darhower

#0 ~ Made: Goodreads (Oct. 27, 2014)
#1 ~ Sempre: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Sempre: Redemption: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
Novellas ~ Friends & Forever: Goodreads (Oct. 27, 2014)

about the author

J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hit men 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 always find her there.

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Release Day Review: Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower

Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower

Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower
Series: Monster in His Eyes #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: September 29th 2014
Links: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

I’ve said it before.
I’ll say it again.
I’m not a good man.
I never will be.

Oh my god, OH MY GOD!!!!!

I freaking LOOOOVED Torture to Her Soul! I mean, I already loved Monster in His Eyes, but Torture in Her Soul was PHENOMENAL! It blew. me. away. I loved every single part of this book, most especially Naz! GAH, the feels this book gave me. I never wanted it to end!

I remember after finishing Monster in His Eyes that I was so, so, so excited for more of Naz and Karissa’s story. I NEEDED to know how it would continue, how it would end! Well, the wait is over now! I’m SO happy that the conclusion to Naz and Karissa’s story is finally here. Theirs is a story you DO NOT want to miss. It’s dark, romantic, delicious, and spectacularly written–you will be sucked into the story, the characters, and the writing… basically everything!

So I guess the first thing I should tell you is that Torture in Her Soul is told in Naz’s POV. Which was pretty much the best surprise for me! And I have to say I abso-freaking-lutely  L O V E D  Naz’s POV. It was so amazing (and a little crazy) being in Naz’s head and knowing his thoughts. He truly is an unforgiving, dark, and dangerous man… but I love him.

I do what I want, take what I want, and make no apologies for any of it. After all, I wasn’t born this way. The world made me who I am, and the world pays for that mistake every day.

It’s actually because of his POV that I fell completely in love with Naz. I was intrigued by him in Monster in the Dark but I never actually LOVED him. His character was fascinating, without a doubt, but I still had my reservations about him. But all of those reservations were wiped away in Torture to Her Soul. I came to understand him, understand his reasons and motives for everything he does. And I unexpectedly fell so hard and fast for him in Torture to Her Soul. But this wasn’t only because I understood him; the main reason I fell in love with Naz is because I could feel his love for Karissa. I could feel that his love for her is unquestionable, that it is the very foundation of his soul. Karissa is the one person he would never intentionally hurt, the one person he would give his life up for.

And maybe there is a monster inside of me.
Scratch that, I know there is.
I feel it rear its ugly head sometimes. I feel it eating away at my body, poisoning my thoughts when the darkness takes over. My insides are black but my heart still beats.
It still beats.
And it fucking beats for her.
So there is a monster inside of me, yes, but it doesn’t make up all of me.
Besides, isn’t there a monster in everybody?

Torture to Her Soul begins with Karissa and Naz at a stalemate. They don’t trust each other, and yet they don’t leave each other, because they still love each other fiercely. Earning back each other’s trust is a huge challenge for them, and as they struggle with their relationship, they also have to deal with people who are dead-set against them even having relationship.

I was a bit frustrated with Karissa, but I understood her, so I could forgive her for being so stubborn against Naz. Her whole world was turned upside down and it was Naz’s fault, so I was sympathetic towards her. Naz was beautifully patient towards Karissa–even though he gets frustrated with her, everything he does is still out of love for her. He’s not a good man, but there isn’t a man alive who’ll love Karissa like he does.

“I’m not a good man,” he says, “but I’m trying. I’m trying. I can’t make you any promises of perfection. I can’t promise I’ll be what you deserve, or what you need, or even what you always want. All I can promise is that I’ll love you until the day I die, and I’ll spend every moment I’m alive trying for you.”

Oh gawd! My heart–Naz completely stole it with his sweet words.

There’s also nonstop suspense and action in this book! Every single moment, Naz and Karissa need to watch their backs. I was flipping through this book so fast, but I never wanted it to end! My heart was pounding throughout this book–I just wanted these two to finally get the HEA they deserved.

Torture to Her Soul is a heart-stopping follow-up to Naz and Karissa’s story. I loved every single page and I LOVED Naz. For those of you who’ve read Monster in His Eyes, get to reading Torture to Her Soul asap! And if you haven’t started Karissa and Naz’s story, I highly recommend doing so. Their story is dark, but it’s also deeply romantic and unforgettable.

She’s oxygen, and without her, I’m dead.

5 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Reading Order: Monster in His Eyes series

Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower Target on Our Backs by J.M. Darhower

#1 ~ Monster in His Eyes: My ReviewEbook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Torture to Her Soul: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
#3 ~ Target on Our Backs: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads


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Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower

I am SO excited to share the cover of TORTURE TO HER SOUL by J.M. Darhower, the sequel to MONSTER IN HIS EYES!

Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower

Torture to Her Soul
(Monster in His Eyes #2)
J.M. Darhower
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 9.29.14
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Don’t say it unless you mean it…

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

Somebody like me.

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

Karissa.

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

Not even close…

God help me, I love her.

I do.

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

Here is an EXCERPT from TtHS! ❤

excerpt

“Guess it’s true what they say.”

The sound of Karissa’s voice draws my attention. Turning around, I see her standing at the bottom of the steps, eyes trained past me at the front door. Early morning sunshine bathes the area around it in a soft orange glow, making the brand new locks lining the door shine brightly. I spent all night fortifying the house, doing everything in my power to make the place secure.

“And what, exactly, do they say?”

Karissa’s eyes shift from the door to meet mine. Her hair is a mess, her pajamas disheveled. She clearly just woke up from sleeping hard, lost in tranquility, while I spent the past few hours drowning in paranoia. Every time the house creaked, I damn near clawed my way out of my own skin.

“History repeats itself,” she says, “first as a tragedy, second as a farce.”

Karl Marx. I recognize the quote.

Daniel Santino must’ve taught it to her.

Huh.

I wave toward the front door. “Something about this is funny to you?”

“Not really funny,” she says, slowly stepping closer. “It’s sort of curious, though, that I spent my entire life trapped behind locked doors and here it is, happening to me again. I always knew something was going on when my mother started buying extra locks and nailing down windows. It’s just a bit of déjà vu seeing you doing the same thing.”

Hesitating, I reach into my pocket and fish out a set of keys. I toss them to her without warning, and they hit the wooden floor by her feet with a clang. Bending down, she picks them up, eyeing me curiously.

“You’re not trapped here, Karissa.”

Her fist closes around the keys, her gaze burning through me as she arches an eyebrow, silent for a moment before asking, “Aren’t I?”

“No, you’re not,” I say. “You can leave the house whenever you want.”

“Can I?”

“Of course,” I say. “Doesn’t mean I won’t follow you, though.”

Book 1
Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower
Ebook • Paperback

about the author

J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hit men 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 always find her there.

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Release Day Review: Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower

Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower

Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower
Series: Monster in His Eyes #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: April 28th 2014
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

This book blew. MY. MIND!!!!! I still can’t wrap my head around Monster in His Eyes–it was nothing like I ever expected, and I LOVED it! It’s intense, raw, suspenseful, gorgeously written, and so freaking goooood!!!

We have our heroine, Karissa, an 18-year-old freshman at NYU who’s just a normal girl trying to distance herself from her overbearing mom. She’s getting through her first year of college–she’s normal, relatable, and I easily connected with her as the heroine. J.M. Darhower portrays her perfectly as a college girl, but the story really only picks up when Karissa meets Ignazio “Naz” Vitale. Ignazio Vitale, who is 36, intense, and holds so much raw confidence and power in himself that Karissa never stood a chance against him.

Karissa is wary of Naz, and rightly so. Here’s a guy who’s gorgeous, rich, and twice her age, and he’s pursuing her? But there’s something so tempting, so invigorating, so thrilling about Naz that Karissa can’t stay away. Naz even warns Karissa to stay away from him but…

“I thought I could play with you a bit, and let you go, but once I had you, Karissa, I had to keep you. I couldn’t walk away.”

As Karissa starts falling for this man, a man she really knows nothing about, it’s all very romantic, but I could never get that feeling–the chills-up-your-spine kind of feeling–out of my mind. There was always something more to Naz, something dark and dangerous, and I never forgot it, and neither does Karissa. I honestly didn’t know what to think about Naz. Did I think he was too old for Karissa? Yes, but I could deal with that. Did I fall for him? Maybe a liiitle bit–he’s insanely sensual and passionate, but I just couldn’t ignore the warning bells ringing in my head. Because there’s no doubt that Naz is very dark and very, very dangerous.

And when his eyes cut my way, and I see the darkness on the surface, I’m reminded that this man hangs out with monsters.
And one might even exist inside of him.

Ignazio Vitale is one very intriguing man, and J.M. Darhower has written him so very, very perfectly. I swooned and I gasped, and I felt an incredibly wide range of emotions because of him. He’s such a thrilling character to read about, especially from Karissa’s POV. The author’s writing is brilliant, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more fascinated in and intrigued with a character than I am about Naz.

He lives in his own little world, where he’s the king, and I’m more than happy to be his minion… although, when he looks at me, flashing that dimple, I feel like nothing less than his queen.

Naz is addictive and powerful, sweeping Karissa off her feet and carrying her into his world, but it’s not exactly a HEA for them. There are dark twists and turns in this book, things that were jaw-dropping and had me reeling. Fans of suspense will not be disappointed.

I honestly couldn’t get enough of Karissa and Naz’s story. I never wanted it to end, and now I’m pretty much dying for book 2, Torture in Her Soul!! Monster in His Eyes is a fascinating, fantastic book that had me hooked from the start. So go READ IT!!

4.5 hearts
lacey

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.


Reading Order: Monster in His Eyes series

Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower Torture to Her Soul by J.M. Darhower Target on Our Backs by J.M. Darhower

#1 ~ Monster in His Eyes: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Torture to Her Soul: My Review • Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads
#3 ~ Target on Our Backs: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads


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Book & Cover Reveal: Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower

From the bestselling author of Sempre and Sempre: Redemption comes a thrilling new two-book series.

Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower

Monster in His Eyes (Book 1)
Release Date: April 28, 2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Page Count: 350
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Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.

I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.

It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.

It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.

I want to hate him.

Sometimes, I do.

But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book is intended for a mature audience only, due to some dark and erotic content.

Torture in Her Soul (Book 2 in the duology) is tentatively scheduled for release fall 2014.

excerpt

He steps toward me, quiet as he speaks. “Do you love me?”

“You know I do.”

“Say it,” he says, his voice dropping lower. “Tell me you love me.”

“I love you.”

He cups my cheek. “Say it again.”

“I love you.”

His hand drifts lower, wrapping around my throat. “Again.”

“I love you.”

He squeezes lightly, not painfully, just enough to make me gasp. “Again.”

My voice is barely a whisper as the words pour out of me. “I love you, Ignazio.”

His expression hardens when I say his name, his eyes darkening. The monster is peeking through, peering at me from behind his mask. He wants to come out. He wants me to play with him.

He says nothing, though, letting go of my neck. His hand drifts lower, down my chest and across my breasts. He gropes them through the fabric before reaching down and grabbing the bottom of my shirt, pulling up on it. I raise my hands in the air, letting him pull it off. He unbuttons my pants, tugging down the zipper, and I step out of them when he pulls them off of me.

Slowly, his eyes scan me then, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes before trailing back up again. He meets my gaze as he takes another step forward, standing right up against me. I can feel the heat emanating off of him, his cologne intoxicating.

It makes me dizzy.

“If you could read my mind…” He pauses, laughing darkly. “You’d be trembling.”

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about the author

JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. 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 about books) she’s usually ranting about those things.

Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.

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