Blog Tour: Storms Over Secrets by J. A. Derouen

Blog Tour:  Storms Over Secrets by J. A. DerouenStorms Over Secrets by J.A. DeRouen
Series: Over Series #3
Publication Date: September 14, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis

Synopsis

Promises are lies dressed up for the party.

Secrets poison the fairest of fairy tales.

Lies stain the purest of loves.

I’ve paid the ultimate price for my choices. The tendrils of those sins bind me to my past. The remnants of my love hold me captive.

Then he walks into my life, and makes me believe in second chances. He awakens feelings in me I know I shouldn’t have. I yearn for a future without guilt. With him, I dream of a love untainted.

Regret is a far-reaching emotion. It barrels through time like a blazing comet, and its path isn’t always straight. No matter what I feel, I cannot bring myself to regret the time I’ve spent with Cain.

But it doesn’t mean I can have him.

My name is Celia Lemaire and this is my story of broken promises.

Storms Over Secrets is the third book in The Over Series, a group of interconnected standalone novels.

Also in this series

Hope Over Fear - Book 1

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Wings Over Poppies - Book 2

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Review

“Where’s your wand?”

Hook, hook, hook me!  Author J.A. Derouen knows how to do it!  Storms Over Secrets is the third book in the Over series, but can be read as a standalone novel. It is a story of second chances at love and life, and letting go of things you cannot control. 

“I’ve never been known to take the path of least resistance. The easiest route isn’t always the best one.”

Written in first person points of view, Storms Over Secrets was told in such a way that it landed on my list of favorites for 2015. I had an instant attraction to the characters in this book. Whether they were sweet, shy, overprotective, or snarky, they just had a long arm that reached out to me in comfort. Cain was the charming and caring southern boy that would have you cackling one minute and your panties up in flames the next.  Celia was the tortured young woman who hid her past as it ate at her future.  There were also attention-grabbing secondary characters that shown brightly without overshadowing the main characters. 

“Fight for those you love. Be strong. Don’t hide.”

Author J.A. Derouen took some of the most painful and heart-wrenching moments, brought them to life, then lathered them in word-salve to speed the healing. My heart has never been so heavy as it was for Celia in this story. I ached for her. She was caught between love and loyalty. It was an unfair choice. I also wept for another character that was continually brought to the forefront.  However, in addition to these type of extreme emotions, I was happy to have found some amazingly steamy moments and ones that offered immense adoration. It was the perfect combination. 

“That’s pure gold right there.”

Excerpt

Prologue

MY FEET POUND the pavement at a punishing pace, and my calves scream as I push myself forward, not going nearly fast enough. My ragged breath whistles into the night as I force air into my restricted lungs. Loose gravel and rocks bruise the bottoms of my feet, but none of that matters.

Please, God, this can’t be the end. I need more time to fix this … more time to fix him.

I pound my fists on the front door, twisting the doorknob and pushing on the splintered wood with all my might.

“Lucas! God, please! Lucas!” My screams pierce through the stillness of the night, and the neighborhood awakens like falling dominos, with porch lights illuminating one after the other.

It feels as though light-years pass before the light above my head flicks to life. Mrs. Cindy opens the door with sleepy eyes and disheveled hair. “My God, Celia, what on Earth?”

There’s no time for words as I shove her aside and race up the staircase. Sobbing. Stumbling. Clawing to get to him.

A boulder settles in my gut, the gnawing dread pulls me under, making it almost impossible to breathe. His text is etched in my brain, tattooed on my already broken heart, because I know what I’ll find when I finally reach him.

No matter where I am, I’ll always love you. I promise you always.

His vow is the only coherent thought I have as I fling open the bathroom door and fall to my knees, sliding on the pool of blood that welcomes me.

“Noooooooooooooooooo!”

 

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5 Stars

About J.A. DeRouen

J.A. Derouen lives 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.

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