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Hope Over Fear (The Over Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 28, 2014
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About the Author
J.A. DeRouen resides in South Louisiana 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. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/JA-Derouen/1480178215546719?ref_type=bookmark Twitter: @JADerouen1 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8184871.J_A_Derouen
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Top Customer Reviews
Sara Preston has a new resolve to not look to the past but look forward. This happens on the day her best friend turned lover, Mason is getting married. She has lived with the terrible guilt that she hurt him by ending their relationship but now that Mason has finally moved on she now feels she can do the same. She feels she can offer more to the world and takes up a voluntary position in an outreach clinic in addition to her nursing career. It's through this programme that she meets Adam, a fellow volunteer.
At first Sara thinks Adam is a bit of a douche but as each of her misconceptions about him are shot down, she actually starts to warm to him and find an attraction she cannot deny. It is through their fellow volunteer and Adam’s friend, Celia, that Sara and her friends Marlo and Alex, a new circle of friendship is made. After regular get togethers, Sara and Adam’s friendship takes a turn into something completely different but then Adam reveals his secret that changes everything.
I really loved the storyline of this and how it easily flowed, even with some flashbacks to Sara’s past. The secondary characters were exceptionally well thought out and added to the read, I especially loved Marlo with her potty mouth and big loveable Cain (those two would make a great pairing!) The whole friendship circle just made the reader want to pull up a chair and join in. A great cast of characters!
But for me it was the chemistry between Sara and Adam that gave me the sizzles. There was enough angst thrown in to not make this a sugary love story (believe me it wasn’t!) and the added ‘complication’ just gave the read more believability and actually is something that happens in a lot of relationships nowadays. Maybe not in the way Adam came to be in that situation but well done, none the less. There were plenty of ‘flip flop’ feelings throughout that kept me riveted to the kindle. In fact I read this without stopping. I could not get enough! And as for the tattoo drawings? Yeah! Oh and Adam sang? Hubba, hubba. He was so darn sexy!
I loved the concluding of the story and the part involving Mason. I felt it needed that to give the OK to all that had happened in the prologue. It made me give a sigh of relief that aided me on to my HEA that I was waiting for and I got. Fabulous!
A great debut and a series I will definitely be invested in. I’m waiting for my invite to the next get together and wonder whose house it will be at? Alex? Can’t wait to read her book and find out what she is hiding. Four and a half stars.
Sara is really good at her job as a L&D nurse and she got a job at a local center to help adoptive parents - Sara actually shines at her jobs. Truthfully, I found Sara hard to connect with. She had relatable qualities, but as an overall character, I couldn't form an attachment to her. On the one hand, she was a true good girl at the core, works hard, stays out of trouble and only wants the best for other people. She was definitely insecure and had self-esteem issues, putting herself in a place of self-loathing. When Adam comes into the picture, suddenly Sara is all snappy and full of sass, which might be a tribute to the emotions Adam brings out of her, but seemed a little uncharacteristic.
Adam is another person I couldn't invest myself in. Sure, I liked him all right, but I wasn't feeling the chemistry between he and Sara. Yes, the chemistry was there and they could feel it, but I was indifferent towards it. Adam is actually a caring guy who wants to get to know all of Sara, including the bad. Their problems stem from distrust because Adam won't let Sara into the most important part of his life if Sara won't tell him the truth about her past. There are definitely scenes that are charged with emotions and well-written. As for Sara's secret, it wasn't nearly as bad as I had imagined so basically Sara was vilified way worse than she deserved. If anything, I did admire Sara for knowing when to let go and when to hold on. The secondary characters are entertaining and I'm interested in discovering more about them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Two imperfect people, with imperfect lives. The conflicts are real, and make sense.Read more
I picked this gem up almost two years ago, but it kept getting pushed down on my TBR list. Why? I have no excuses, but I am so glad that I read this!!!Read more