Book Review: Sweetest Sorrow

Sweetest Sorrow (Forbidden #2)

 4.42  ·   Rating Details ·  489 Ratings  ·  113 Reviews
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.

TeriLyn's thoughts: In J.M. Darhower's magnetizing sequel to By Any Other Name, which must be read after as it's not a standalone, we learn what happens after the end of book one. So much goes down in the first book and we're left wondering how these characters will clean up their inherited and unfortunate messes. All questions are answered in Sweetest Sorrow while the introduction of new conflicts and characters give the book extra captivating material. 

Matty and Genna are still in major flux with their lives thanks to less than desirable family circumstances yet still their sense of passion, witty banter, and love is wholly preserved. I loved taking their journey with them in this book. Additionally, Genna's brother Dante is in a world of trouble. Straddling a gray area between of loyalty and instinct Dante's world begins imploding the only bright spot a sweet, confident nurse in Gabriella. The journey readers embark on with these two simultaneously with Matty and Genna's was captivating to read. 

Full of love, understanding, betrayal, violence, and humor - Sweetest Sorrow makes an excellent reading escape. Much happens in book two. Relationships grow. Unlikely friendships are forged in steel. Characters new and old make appearances. And all the while Darhower's writing and plot structure remains as energizing to read as in the first book. Her story telling leaves readers satisfied and hopeful for more. She's created characters I thought about long past the end, my imagination going off in tangents to preserve their memories in my reading brain. I really enjoyed these two books immensely and fell in love with all the characters. I look forward to reading this author's Sempre series and whatever she publishes in the future.

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark

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