Review: Sweetest Sorrow by J.M. Darhower

January 02, 2017

Sweetest Sorrow by JM Darhower
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Forbidden #2
Release: August 28, 2016
Length: 437 pages

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.

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My Review

This was a great story and I'm a little sad that it ended. Is it weird that although I appreciated that this was Dante's tale, that I LOVED that I got more of sweet Matty? I love that guy. He's incredibly fierce, loyal, smart, protective and loving. Between him and Dante, I couldn't figure out who to love more.


I'm playing. I still choose Matty lol.

Ok, so Dante's story almost broke my heart. Everything he believed in was a lie. I really couldn't get over how evil Gallante and Barsanti were. Gone were sympathy and compassion. They no longer resembled the men they once were, much less the ones from friendship they once shared. All that was left was hatred and bloodlust and a never-ending battle to have the last say/shot/death. Poor Dante (and Matty and Genna) were simply caught in the crossfire.

I loved the slow build of Dante and Gabby's relationship. I'm a sucker for the friends-to-lovers trope and his brokenness only sweetened the deal. While I didn't like his damage, it came with humbleness and opened his heart, so at least it was worth it.

Fave parts:
1. The meeting of the Families (Corrado was sick! In a good way ;D)
2. Every stupid thing that came out of Genna's mouth. Girl was seriously an idiot but I loved it!
3. All of Matty. Every. Single. Thing. About. Him!
4. Gavin's endless taunting

"Did you just...?" Gabriella asked, looking back at him.
"Did I what?" he asked.
"Bequeath Genna with a G to Matty-B," Gavin chimed in.
Dante scoffed but didn't have a chance to respond before Genna groaned. "Bequeath Gavin? What am I, an inheritance?"
"I like to think of you more like a debt, personally," Gavin said. "Like that hospital bill we all know we have somewhere but nobody ever wants to pay, because it's a lot of damn money for something that ought to be free."

I wonder if this is it?! I would love more of Matty, Gavin and Dante. Gavin needs a woman!


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