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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway! Wings Over Poppies by @JADerouen1 @BTSPromosPR

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Title: Wings Over Poppies (Over #2)
Author: J.A. DeRouen
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: January 26, 2015

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Perfection. One word. Three syllables. Every reason why I’ll never have the one thing I truly want. I stand dutifully on the pedestal he’s built, waiting for the day he truly sees me. Then one amazing night, he lets down his walls, only to leave me the next day. Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me. How can I look to the future when my past remains a mystery? The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word. But not everyone who is lost wants to be found. My name is Alexandra Fontaine, and this is my story of unfinished love. Wings Over Poppies is book #2 in The Over Series and can be read as a standalone novel.
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4.5 Stars
I fell in love with West and Alex from the very beginning. I love how J.A. DeRouen told their story and kept you longing to know what was going to become of this couple through the whole book.

West is a young man that feels the need to provide for his sister and mom his whole life. He works at the golf course that Alex's dad runs. West works any extra jobs that he can to earn money to help pay for his sister's medical bills. Alex loves to draw and one day that she has taken to the big tree by the pond on the gold course, West is there gathering golf balls out of the pond. West has no idea that Alex is there at first but soon she gives herself away. As a reader, I felt the connection with these two from that first meeting. There was just something that I grew to love about them.

Alex has decided to move to college to pursue her love of art. West has decided to join the military right before Alex leaves so they have to say their goodbyes and hope that they will meet again soon. Alex finishes college and moves back home but she has not heard from West since he left to join the military. Alex works in a gallery where she gets to showcase her work as well as others. Alex soon starts to help with an organization that deals with those suffering from PTSD and with family members that have a difficult time dealing with deployments. Alex decides to one day find out if she can find West with her connections at this center. She soon discovers that West has been in the same town for the past 2 years but has never tried to contact her. Alex decides to reach out to him and see why. She soon learns why West has been so withdrawn from his previous life. He has had to deal with a lot.

So many soldiers suffer from PTSD and have no where or no one to turn to they feel. Once Alex figures out where she stands with West, she has to make a decision to stick by him no matter what and the unconditional love that she shows West is one that you do not see too often. Most people would bail when things got a little rough. This couple amazes me with their love for each other. This story has a HEA and I am so glad for the sake of this couple. They are perfect for each other and I am glad they stuck it out together. This was just a good heart warming story!! Thanks for the great read!!
*Review by Melanie Hutchinson
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I shift closer to him and wrap my arms around his waist. I lay my head on his chest and breathe him in. His shoulders relax, if only slightly. The need to comfort him is overwhelming. I want to wash it all away for him, hold the world at bay while I erase the worry permanently etched in his forehead. “Everything is going to be okay, West. I just know it,” I lie. I don’t know that everything will be okay. I don’t know anything at all. We sit in electrified silence, the crackling of dead leaves under us the only sound. I memorize the feel of him, the smell of him, the rhythm of his breathing. I’m lost in the moment, already anticipating the loss that’s to come. “I leave in a month.” The words cut through the silence like a judgment. Instead of hurt, I’m filled with resolve. I won’t let him push me away anymore. I’m done playing by his rules. I rise up to meet the storm brewing in his eyes. His hand wraps firmly around my neck, and his eyes dart hungrily to my lips. I swallow nervously and refuse to look away. If he turns his head or pulls my hair, I swear I’m going to tackle him to the ground. I lean in hopefully, somewhat expectantly, and close my eyes. His warm breath dances across my lips, and my every prayer is answered. He presses his mouth firmly to mine and stills, almost memorizing the moment. That one small touch is the beginning of the most memorable kiss of my life. It’s hello and goodbye, I love you, I’ll miss you, and everything in between. He sucks my bottom lip, and I inhale sharply, completely overcome. His hands dive into my hair, and his tongue slides against mine just once before he pulls away. He touches my forehead to his and chuckles softly. “What have we been waiting for all this time?” “You,” I whisper breathlessly, “I’ve been waiting for you.” My admission is all he needs. He devours me, a tangle of lips, teeth, tongues, and hands. I don’t know where I end and he begins. I’m exhilarated and relieved all at once. I run my hands down his arms and grip his wrists tightly. I pull away and look into his hooded eyes. “Tell me something, West. Tell me something I don’t know.” He runs a thumb over my swollen lips while he studies me. I’ve never felt more loved, more worshipped. “I can’t imagine a world without you in it. No matter where I am, I’ll always dream of you. It’ll have to be enough.” He places soft, scorching kisses up my neck until he reaches my ear. “God, I don’t think it’ll ever be enough.”

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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