Hope Over Fear
by J.A. DeRouen
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.
OMG this was a fantastic story! The characters deal with emotional turmoil, there’s plenty of humor, and the sex scenes are on fire! The supporting characters were just as fantastic and left the groundwork for more great books in the series. This was a definite page turner.
Adam and Sara have some emotional scars in their past. Even though they were both on their individual roads to healing, it became obvious pretty quickly how much they helped each other learn how to be happy again. They both had awesome personalities and the witty banter that they often engaged in with each other as well as their friends had me laughing so many times I can’t even count. I instantly became attached to theses characters after starting this book. I was rooting for them from the very beginning.
The story line had my rapt attention from page one and I couldn’t put it down. I started it later in the evening with the intention of finishing it the next day but I was so glued to my tablet and the story that I stayed up until 3 AM just so I could find out how it finished. It flowed really smoothly and the scene descriptions were excellent. I was completely immersed in Adam and Sara’s world. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 5 out of 5 palm trees!
“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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