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Ever Over After (The Over Duet Book 2) Kindle Edition
|Length: 230 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Book 2 of 2 in The Over Duet|
|Age Level: 18 - 18|
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About the Author
- File Size : 1601 KB
- Publication Date : January 6, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 230 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01NBRYF84
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #408,066 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Within the framework that she's set for herself, she's found happiness with her friends, satisfaction with her work, and contentment with not-friends-just-benefits relationships. Just so long as she keeps telling herself that love is something for other people, something she's just not cut out for, everything is under control.
Maintaining that control when the boy she once loved, the boy she still loves, despite her attempts to convince herself otherwise suddenly re-enters her life becomes problematic at best.
Having been given in the first book of the Over Duet the back story, the reasons behind why Marlo is the sassy, bright, effervescent though often crass personality that has lightened the pages of all of the novels in the entire Over Series, finally, here in Ever Over After, J.A. DeRouen lets everything come to a head.
Everett (A.K.A. Ever) has finally found the girl who disappeared years before taking a part of his heart with her, and will stop at nothing to get her back. Marlo, for her part, is not remotely interested, and this begins a tug of war, the ultimate winner of which is us, the reader.
Contrasting lighthearted moments with heart wrenching ones Marlo and Ever's story takes the reader on a journey that is without a doubt an emotional workout masquerading as entertainment. Clearly character driven, I found myself surprised time and again by the twists and turns the plot led me through but at the end was more than happy that I'd been granted the privilege of sharing the ride.
I've loved everything I've ever read by this author and today? That hasn't changed.
Now like all healing you gotta deal with the awkward itchy parts of the process, and the will they run into each other. . . And how that first meeting is gonna go? I loved how J.a threw Jeb in there as a buffer haha it worked perfectly it kind of added some levity to the situation but it also clued Marlo in to the fact that her disappearing act had a ripple effect on more than just Ever. Now the good part happens! And when I say good part (the whole thing is good!. . . But we get to this 2 characters we love trying to get reacquainted and feeling out how the past has shaped them) people are rarely still the same as when they were in high school, and I loved them getting to know the more mature versions of themselves.
Along the way there are some hard parts. . . Duh! Healing and putting the pieces back together is never easy guys! But sometimes pushing through the hurt, and misunderstandings and bringing all our demons out into the light can be freeing in a way and this story definitely ends on a positive note. . .
Series: The Over Duet
Author: J.A. DeRouen
Genre: (Book One) Mature Young Adult/Romance (Book Two) New Adult/Adult/Romance
I loved both books in this duet. J.A. DeRouen writes beautifully, allowing both the story and emotion to build with perfect pacing. Within the first pages, I clicked with her author voice, which made her words flow fluidly. She sets the scene so well I could clearly see the streets of New Orleans in my mind’s eye, nearly taste and smell the scent of the local cuisine, and just about feel the humid heat on my skin. The banter is witty and humorous—a perfect balance to the much darker themes.
This duet as a whole is a story of first loves, first losses, new beginnings, and second chances. Told in dual POV, we are introduced to an amazing cast of well-developed, realistically flawed characters in book one. This part of the duet is the bones of Marlow (Low) and Everett’s (Ever) story. We meet them as 17-year-old high school students who are both facing their own demons. Their relationship is passionate, and dark, and completely hypnotic.
Book two picks up eight years later with Low and Ever, now adults, leading very different lives. Marlow has endured the unimaginable, and though it has changed her, altering the way she lives her life and skewing her views on love, she’s a survivor. When these two come together again, it’s pure magic. Low is protective of her damaged heart, but Ever still holds a burning torch for his first—and only—love. Where book one is packed with butterflies-in-the-tummy feelings, book two is chock-full of HEAT. Ever is a man on a mission, and he has Low in his sights.
Life is challenging. There are ups and downs. Wins and losses. Light moments, and unbearably dark ones. Each person has a past—a background, shaping them into the individual they ultimately become. J.A. DeRouen has masterfully crafted a thought-provoking story, conveying some important messages: our choices have consequences, one person can have a lasting affect on another’s life, and love, when given the chance, can withstand it all.
Top reviews from other countries
The prologue of "Ever Over After" is still set in the past and starts right off where "Low Over High" ended. Chapter one, however, is eight years forward and set in the present day. The reader finally learned what happened all those years ago to Marlo. I really enjoyed how DeRouen linked the prologue of "Low Over High" with chapter one in "Ever Over After". With that one tiny detail, you notice how well thought out those books are.
Marlo is a totally changed person: she has new friends, a rewarding job (and I never would've seen her pursuing it after getting to know her in "Low Over High") and does volunteer work during her free time. I was positively surprised by all of it, especially after learning her reasons for it. The setting of the storyline has changed too. Marlo does not live in crazy New Orleans anymore. She now lives in Providence, Louisiana.
But not only Marlo has changed in those eight years, Everett has too. It was a relief to see him doing better than ever, although it was hard to imagine, after seeing him in "Low Over High".
Like the past storyline, the present storyline also had an unpredictability about it. After the ending of "Low Over High", the story could have gone anywhere and nowhere. I enjoyed how it turned out, although I was a little put off by Marlo and Everett's relationship after their first few encounters. Despite that, it was a worthy conclusion and had everything from old feelings, heartache and most of all love.
This is the story of Ever and Marlo. They were in love when they were teenagers, but due to a number of life-altering events, Marlo left Ever. This book picks up 8 years after the fact. Even without reading the first book, the author does a great job of orienting the reader. While we did not get flashbacks of their origin love story (as the assumption probably is that most people will read both parts of the duet), she gives enough context that I was able to grasp that both Ever and Marlo really cared about each other, and it wasn't a case of first or puppy love.
Eight years into the present, both of them are different. The book is told in alternating points of view, and you can see as they work through finding each other again. Except, it wasn't really finding each other. Ever first had to find himself, and when he was ready and strong enough, he was ready to chase Marlo--and what a chase!
DeRouen has a great writing style, and I can feel Marlo's turmoil about whether to open herself to trusting Ever again, while also being able to root for Ever. Since I hadn't read the first book in the duet, I didn't have any resentment or heartbreak from the "failure" of the origin love story. For me personally, this is a major challenge I have with second chance love stories. We're supposed to be cheering for the reconciliation, but I sometimes need more time to be angry or more space for grovelling, or a better way to forgive. But having removed the first book, I could appreciate that they once loved each other, but now they were falling in love again--as the new Marlo and Ever they were at present.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a love story with some angst and an HEA. While this is part of a duet, and while the duet is part of a larger series of interconnected novels, I can honestly say that the book can stand on its own.
This can be quite emotional at times, yet quite poignant. Ever is determined to make amends, she is so jaded.
Anyhow this brings everything together, both dealing with what life has thrown at them.
An enjoyable touching read.