Monday, August 4

***Blog Tour,Review,Excerpt & Giveaway*** Hope Over Fear By J.A. Derouen

Title: Hope Over Fear
Author: J.A. Derouen
Genre: July 28, 2014
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Hope Over Fear (The Over Series, #1)


Today is the day – the day that the man I love marries someone else. I don’t deserve pity or sympathy. I’ve made my bed. I left Mason and ripped his heart to pieces as I ran away. The guilt and sorrow consume me, threatening to choke me everyday.

But today is a new beginning. Today is the day I will wake up with a renewed resolve and determination to do better … to be better … to be worthy. My name is Sara Preston, and this is my story about what happens after.

Hope Over Fear can be read as a stand alone novel.

My Review

What can you say about a book that you can’t even pick your favorite part or line because you loved every minute of it? Well you call it Hope Over Fear By J.A. Derouen. This book was amazing. It had me on the verge of tears and then bawling my eyes out while lughing till it hurt. This is a story of starting over and discovering who you really are and not judging a book by its cover. The author did a wonderful job of sucking me into every single characters life, no matter how small a part they played. I couldn’t believe the amount of heart she was able to pour into this book and not become an overtly big cry fest. Is there moments your chest aches with pain? Yes. Is there moments of super sexiness? Oh yeah. But I found the moments of sheer joy to just make this book perfected. Those moments of wow that is beautiful were all through this book, even in its darkest moments you were able to smile at the beautiful story it told of shaping the people into who they are.

Sara is a nurse at one of the most magical and heartbreaking parts of the hospital, the labour and delivery ward. The highs are extreme but the lows are heartbreaking and unimaginable. She also has a past that everyone thinks they know but only a select few really know the truth of what happened between her and her ex Mason. Even though everyone doesn’t know the truth she carries the guilt and burden that not correcting people bares. She has shaped her life and put herself in self-imposed exile of the dating world. But the day Mason marries who she knows is the love of his life she decides it’s time for her to start living, and giving herself permission to feel and fall in love again. That happens faster than she thought would be possible the day she starts volunteering at New Horizons Outreach. That is where she meets Adam.

Adam is sex on a stick, he’s tall, tattooed and well just plain old pick your jaw up off the floor and stop drooling worthy. They end up dating after a minor misjudgment but just when they are getting cozy, two lil bambinos come running up to Adam yelling “daddy.” Sara is shocked but decided the connection they have is too real to not try. The only problem is Adam carries his own secrets and demons. And for them to work he has to see past them and then see who Sara really is behind the rumours that are flying around like wildfire around them

Adam is an amazing father and friend and would lay his life down for everyone around him. The only problem is that he has built walls so high that Sara feels like she is a stranger on the other side begging to get in with his family. The journey of discovery that these two travel on together will have you laughing, fanning yourself and out right bawling so make sure and have some tissue.

“I don’t want that for you. That’s the last thing I would ever want to happen. Please, don’t fall into yourself. Fall into me, Sara. Because god knows I’ve fallen into you.”

Now onto the rest of the crew we meet and I hope get to read more about them all because holy crap the group of friends that Sara and Adam have are gonna be great to read about, they have their own secrets that are touched upon and well they had me in stiches laughing too. Let’s just say there is a comparison for knocking on doors that still has me giggling and I don’t think I will ever be able to knock on a door without giggle snorting.

Cheers J.A. Derouen to a beautiful story and a good laugh along the way thank you for sharing Adam and Sara with us!!

★★☆5 Hopeful Stars ☆★★

Review By Angela Deforge


"The fact is, Sara, I don’t think I can let you walk away.”
He reaches around and wraps my hair around his fist, then gently pulls, exposing my neck. My breath is coming in short bursts, and I fight with my body to appear calm and in control. His nose trails delicately across my cheek, down my neck, and over my collarbone. He gently nips at the base of my neck, and my body shudders involuntarily. He kisses hungrily up the side of my neck until he reaches my ear.
“Just give me a chance. I promise you won’t regret it, beautiful girl,” he whispers. He shifts back just far enough to look into my eyes. And I’m lost. Lost in the hunger and desire I see reflecting back at me.
Lowering his head toward me, he sucks my bottom lip, and I grasp his forearms tightly for balance. There’s nothing tentative about his approach. He’s self-assured, knows what he wants, and takes it. I fucking love that. He coaxes my lips open with his tongue and devours me. As our tongues slide hungrily against each other, he pulls me even closer to him and pushes his way between my legs. Adam kisses like he’s starving, and I’m all too happy to provide.

He ends the kiss way too soon for my liking. We stay intertwined and breathless for a few moments, and I love that I hold power over him like he does over me. He looks up at me with a lazy smirk, and it feels like the wind has been knocked out of me. He’s stunning, and I can’t believe he’s interested in someone like me.


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About the Author
J.A. Derouen

J.A. Derouen resides in South Louisiana where she lives with her husband, son (aptly nicknamed "The Professor"), and her furry friend, Scout. She has earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and nursing. When she's not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women's health nurse. She’s been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she's never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.

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