15 August 2014

Hope Over Fear Tour Stop!

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.
Well, this book blew me away.  I seriously didn’t know what to expect going into it, and color me happy because it was one of the better books I’ve read this year for sure.
Sara (great name for a lead character, btw) has decided to stop living in the past and to move on.   Her best friend turned lover is getting married and she realizes this is the wakeup call she needs in order to move on with her life.  So, she starts changing things.  One of those things is that she begins volunteering at an outreach clinic.  It is there that she meets Adam, another volunteer.  It’s not exactly love at first sight, either.  She thinks Adam is a prick at first, but as she gets to know him she realizes that she was making assumptions about him.  What she finds underneath his veneer surprises and delights her, and they begin to grow closer. The problem with growing closer is that when secrets are revealed, it has the capacity to change everything.  Is Sara really growing and changing, or was she just fooling herself? 
The plot of this book really drew me in.  I like the idea of moving forward in life and having enough courage to let things go and try to find happiness again.  Most of us have been in situations very similar to Sara’s, I think, which makes the way the plot unfolds that much more interesting.  Not to mention, the characters were really relatable.  I loved how we’re all kind of lead to believe through Sara’s eyes that Adam is a complete douchenozzle, but in the end she’s really wrong about that.  And the chemistry between Adam and Sara is pretty awesome.  I’m a sucker for good chemistry between the main characters.  I think it’s absolutely necessary in a book of this genre.  I’m so glad the chemistry was done well and at a great pace.  It was yet another aspect to this book that was relatable and believable.
Overall, I just really enjoyed this read.  I stayed up really late into the night reading it and though I required more coffee than usual when the next day, it was totally worth it.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a really gripping and delightful read that shows you the true capacity you have in yourself for forgiveness and love.  4.5 stars.
"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.
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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