Sweetest Sorrow by J.M. Darhower ~ Review

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Sweetest Sorrow (Forbidden Book 2) by J.M. Darhower
Series: Forbidden
on August 29th, 2016
Genres: Romance, Suspense, Mafia, Mystery
Pages: 482
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Dante Galante has evaded death a few times in his life, but held captive in a sweltering basement, he's certain that death has finally caught up to him. Bloody and barely breathing, he tries to stay strong, but there's only so much a man can endure before darkness takes over.
As a critical care nurse, Gabriella Russo witnesses suffering often. Thick-skinned, forever cautious, she doesn't take her work home with her... until Dante Galante lands himself in her hospital. Recklessly grieving the sister he believes he'll never see again, Dante needs a friend. Just a friend. That's all it's supposed to be.
But life has other plans for them, just as it had for Matteo Barsanti and Genevieve Galante. Away from the chaos, building a life of their own, there's only one thing that could ever bring them back to New York: Dante.
Rules get broken and boundaries are crossed as the fight between rival families continues on, drawing them all deeper into a war they want far away from... for good reason.




This book was everything I loved all wrapped up into one. There was romance, mafia, and the Romeo & Juliet theme. There is nothing that I didn’t love about Sweetest Sorrow.

“I like to think what defines a man aren’t his circumstances or his mistakes. What defines him are his intentions.”

Matty and Genna on the run, Dante suffering from the loss of his sister, their fathers still at war. This book had a lot going on. The story flow was great and the action kept coming. I think Gabby was a great person to help Dante recover from being taken by the Barsanti family. Those two are great together and I am a big fan of hers. She never tried to change him and I loved that. Oh! That thing..that wonderful amazing thing he did when he met her outside the hospital. OMG! I died. I loved him before but THAT…wow. He got me there.

The sins of their fathers have effected all of their lives and they are dealing it with in the best way they can. Matty and Genna trying to start over, Dante trying to put his life together and turning to the one person that makes him feel something. I haven’t forgotten Gavin, oh how I loved him. I liked him in BAON but in this one he stole a piece of my heart.

“They’re stories. That’s what scars are. Some are full of self-depreciating humor. Some are medical dramas….. But something I’ve come to realize, working where I do, is that having scars means you survived. Scars means your alive.”

J.M. Darhower can write anything and I’ll read it, but I will jump for the chance to read one of her mafia stories. I love these books and this one right here is her at her best. The humor, the romance, the heartache, this book had everything and then some. I really recommend her books to you. This one and By Any Other Name are a must read.

Do not miss By Any Other Name! It’s book 1 in the series and must be read first.




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

Genevieve “Genna” Galante knows a thing or two about causing trouble. After all, it’s engrained in her DNA. As the only daughter of Primo Galante, notorious boss of the Galante crime family, her life is dictated by a certain set of rules… rules Genna was never very good at following.

Matteo “Matty” Barsanti never wanted anything to do with the family business, but as the first-born Barsanti son, certain things are expected of him. It’s his duty, according to his father, to help take down the enemy… even if that enemy means something to him.

A chance encounter on an elevator changes the course of lives, causing the biggest trouble of Genna’s young life. The only good Barsanti is a dead Barsanti. She’s heard it said time and time again. So what happens when she falls in love with one of them?

The story of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the biggest rivalry New York has ever seen, determined to make it… if only they can survive their parents’ feud.



This book had me hooked since seeing the name of it and then the COVER! Wow that cover is fantastic. Then I got to the synopsis and was hooked even more. I mean, come on, Shakespeare has always been a favorite of mine. Mix a little JM Darhower mafia book with a Shakespeare themed plot. I was in HEAVEN. I am a sucker for this kinda stuff. And man did she nail it with this one.

“We didn’t always go head-to-head. We used to exist peacefully.”

Genna and Matty are from two families who were turned mortal enemies by one very very bad day. A day marked in blood, tears and betrayal that cut to the very core of who they are. It put them on a path no one saw coming and couldn’t change even if they tried. Genna too young to remember any of it and Matty sent away for not falling in line. Neither of them crossed each others paths again. Well not until much later.

“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.”

The little speckles of humor here and there made this book much more than what it already was. The cameo by a Chicago mafia member we already know was such a nice touch. I love it.

“I’m in deep, and I don’t know what to do about.” -Matty
You pet it didn’t you? I told your ass not to, and you did it anyway, didn’t you?”-Gavin
“I didn’t pet anything.” – Matty
“You didn’t?”- Gavin
“ No I scooped it right up and took it home and called it my own.”- Matty

When reading her books I love that they are not predictable to me. I never know if she is going to go there or go the HEA route. It is refreshing. I mean we all know how that other one ended and I didn’t know how this one would till it did. Thank you for keeping me on the edge of my seat with this book.

“He was a Barsanti….but maybe Barsantis weren’t the enemy.”- Genna

“But the fact remains…she’s a Galante. And maybe you enjoy this whole star-crossed Shakespearian bullshit romance, maybe that appeals to you. To each their own.”- Enzo

I can’t say enough good things about this book. It was endearing, entertaining, suspenseful, and a joy to read. Her books are like that everytime for me though. I can not wait for the next one in this series. I am dying to know who it will be about. Pick this up. Read it. Devour it. I highly recommend that you do.


About J.M. Darhower

JM Darhower is the USA Today Bestselling Author of romance novels of all flavors (erotic, suspense, contemporary, paranormal). She lives in a tiny town in the Carolinas with her family, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and human rights, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a social media addiction. You can find her there.

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