Sweetest Sorrow (Forbidden #2)
by J.M. Darhower (Goodreads Author)
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.