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Hope Over Fear (The Over Series Book 1) by [DeRouen, J.A.]
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"Hope Over Fear is a fantastic debut novel. It is all about finding your true love and letting your heart lead the way." - Alexis, Three Girls and a Book Obsession
"This is my feel good book of the summer. Don't miss out on this story of redemption and love." - Shauna, Daydream Believer Book Blog
"5 Fearless Stars. This book is so refreshing." - Natasha, Three Chicks and Their Books

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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  • File Size: 990 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M5EHGZQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After reading the summary, I thought this book would be something I would like to read. It did have all the components I typically love in a romance but this one fell flat for me. If the chemistry doesn't work or maybe more importantly if the hero is not someone I would be attracted to the story just doesn't work. For one thing how Adam is described by Sara, I could never imagine myself being attracted to a guy like that mainly when she said he had a faux mohawk. Just not feeling that! Also, the conversations between Sara and Adam were ho hum and did not let me feel or believe the chemistry. If those things don't work, the whole story doesn't work. I also love a book with a snarky best friend which would be Margo in this story but she seemed just a little over the top to be likable. Sometimes reading a romance you're in it because the story just flows, the characters are appealing or it just seems believable and sometimes a story feels like it's trying to be something it is not. I really don't have much to say about the heroine, Sara. Her character was OK but she didn't appeal to me enough. Overall, just not feeling it for this one.
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This is the debut novel of JA DeRouen and the first in the Over series. I must admit I was a little hesitant to read this based on the synopsis as I thought it was going to be a true angst driven read but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it!

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.
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I'm always a sucker for books that are close to my southern roots. This is one that doesn't disappoint. The small town of Providence, Louisiana is the setting for this precious story and one that I adored. I can picture the quaint city streets, the Spanish moss hanging from the trees and the good manners of the characters in the book.

The synopsis of this book drew me in and I wanted to know about Sara Preston. Sara is a labor and delivery nurse that seems to have a somewhat skewed vision of love. These visions probably stem from not having a father growing up so she didn't quite know how relationships worked. We meet Sara in the prologue where she is apologizing for wronging Mason, her college boyfriend. Initially we don't know why she is apologizing but the feelings are still agonizing. We skip ahead 6 months to the day of Mason's wedding and the story starts there. Working in a hospital, Sara works with a lot of different situations in which babies are brought into the world. Some are good and some not so good. She uses her skills to volunteer at a crisis center of sorts where she can help people interested in adoption. I immediately loved this selfless part of Sara. Soon after she starts volunteering, she meets Adam.

Adam is kind of an enigma to me. Adam is a graphic designer that works from home. He seems to have his head on straight and he volunteers at the center to help people involved in domestic violence cases. We later find out that this is a cause that is very close to his heart and one in which he is very passionate about. Then we find out that Adam is a single father to twin 4 year olds. These four year olds are his sister Grace's children. Grace was in a very bad relationship with a man that abused her and eventually killed her.
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3.5-4 stars. I liked this story and the overall message. This isn't a second chance romance where Sara is trying to reconcile with her ex-boyfriend, Mason. He really does get married and moves on to his own HEA although the prologue sets up the plot where Sara obviously did something terrible to hurt him deeply in the past and she can't seem to forgive herself for it, but needs to let him go. Whatever it was, it's been haunting Sara for all this time and everyone in the community is aware of it.

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.
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