Series: Forever #0.4
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: October 27th, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Also by this author: Monster in His Eyes, Torture To Her Soul
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.
“Everyone was good at something. Some people painted. Others played music. Corrado just happened to be good at murder. He accepted that. He embraced it. That was who he was.”
For those of you that haven’t read Sempre and Sempre:Redemption what are you waiting for? This series is one of my favorites and it holds a special place in my heart. So imagine my joy when I saw that JM Darhower was releasing a novella (a LONG novella) about Carrado; the Kevlar Killer. Sure, his title does not incite feelings of warmth or happiness but surprisingly that is exactly how I felt after I finished reading. I knew it would be good because JM is the principessa of Mafia stories but I didn’t imagine that Made would gain a spot on my list of all-time favorite books.
“You define honorable as someone who follows society’s rules. I define it as someone who make their own rules. Honor isn’t being a follower…it’s being a leader.”
From the beginning of this series Carrado has always been one of the most fascinating characters. His name alone incites terror in the hearts of many. There is no way to romanticize what he does and that is exactly why I love this book so much. So many stories that revolve around hit men or assassins always border on excuses and justifications for why it is the way they are. There are no such misgivings here. Carrado sleeps just fine at night. The strength of this novel is how it shows that good and evil aren’t necessarily black and white. Carrado is a character that is cloaked in shades of gray. There is a level of humanity present in Carrado to where I found it impossibly hard to not care for him despite the work that he does. Maybe I wouldn’t want to stand so close to him in a room full of people, but the depth of who he is, what he believes in, and his loyalty to the family is admirable. Carrado really is a man of honor. But while Carrado is the strength of Made, the heart of this novella is the love between Carrado and Celia.
“Your light is the only thing in this world not tainted by my darkness.”
The relationship between Carrado and Celia has always left me curious. You have this cold-blooded killer that scares the bejesus out of everyone but yet with Celia he is loving and tender. Seeing how they met and fell in love was one of my favorite moments of this series, by far. The love and devotion Carrado and Celia had for one another is exactly why I am a romance reader. By the time I was down to the last three chapters my emotions got the best of me and I finished this book in tears. I was so choked up that when I called my friend to talk it out I could hardly speak. I may cry from time to time, but it’s been a long time since a book has touched me so deeply. I took all my friends comments about Made being the best book ever lightly but trust me when I say this is one of my favorite books of 2014, and top 10, easily. It took me a full week to finally have the courage to put my feelings out there and no matter what I say about this book, it will never be enough. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.