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

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

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.


Sweetest Sorrow is the long awaited sequel to By Any Other Name, and picks up from the exact moment where Genna & Matty are on the run and presumed dead.

Not only do we get more delicious interaction from the two characters I fell in love with BAON, but we also are blessed with a brand new love story involving big brother Dante and nurse Gabriella Russo, who took care of him when he ended up in ICU.

I really enjoyed this story, and as expected, the mafia aspects and family troubles were both enthralling and entertaining. I think my main disconnect was that it focused on both couples, whereas I feel like Genna & Matty’s story should have been secondary to Dante and Gabby, rather than run parallel. I was so eager to keep reading their moments together, they made a fantastic couple, and the forbidden aspect made it all the more intriguing.

“…that other oath will always come first. Always
So other guys might break your heart once or twice, but mobsters?
They’ll break your heart every single night.”

Overall, it was a great conclusion to the story as a whole, but I would love for JM Darhower to write another book which gives us Gavin Amaro’s happy ever after, he was a great secondary character.

Sweetest Sorrow is the sequel to By Any Other Name, and is told from multiple POV’s

ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

J.M. Darhower

JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can find her there @JMDarhower

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More in this Series

By Any Other Name Sweetest Sorrow (Forbidden #2)


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