Storms Over Secrets by J.A. DeRouen

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Title: Storms Over Secrets (Over #3)

Author: J.A. DeRouen

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: September 14, 2015

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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.

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Excerpt

She smiles and lifts the fruit to her lips and takes a tiny bite, closing her eyes and chewing slowly. Her eyes open, and she smiles at me. “Thank you for today. When I’m with you … I forget to be sad.”

I quietly watch her as she finishes her fig and tosses the stem over her shoulder. I reach up for two more and hand one to her.

“You’d better be careful, Tink. That’s a dangerous thing.” I keep a solemn expression, looking down and shaking my head.

“Is it now?”

“Oh yeah. Do you know what comes after forgetting to be sad?” Her lips twitch as she holds back her smile and lifts her eyebrows in question. “Actually wanting to be happy. You think you’re ready for that?”

She gently taps the fig to her bottom lip, and she blesses me with watery eyes and a smile. “I don’t know, but I think I’d like to try … with you, I want to try so badly,” she whispers, then takes a bite of her fig, her eyes never leaving mine as she chews slowly.


Review

I was provided an early copy for this third installment in the Over Series in exchange for an honest review. I have both paperbacks and they are signed by J.A. DeRouen, so I was very excited to get my eyes on this third book about Cain and Celia. In the previous two books, there are a few precarious mentions of something more than friendship between Cain and Celia, but the other stories are primarily based around other characters. Storms Over Secrets begins with a new tenant locking herself out of a rental house. Cain gets called in by his grandfather to go and unlock the door for her since she is beginning to move in. He has a pre-formed misconceptions regarding the type of person that he will meet upon arrival, but when he steps on her porch with his key in hand–the appearance of a woman as tiny and cute as a fairy changes that judgment very quickly. He finds that he can’t get her out of his mind, but she obviously has some baggage that she carries around from her past. It won’t let her succumb to his charms and his woos, even though he sure tries really hard. Will all of his attempts be in vain or can he win her heart? Will it be enough to let the past rest?

My favorite characters in this story are Cain and Adam. These two are absolutely hilarious, which is why I find such interest in them. Their personalities can be very serious; however, most of the time, men tend to brush things off with humor which is what the author captures with both of these male characters. I enjoy reading about Celia, but some of the psychological aspects of her past and her present, truly make my heart hurt. When the author focuses on her character named Lucas, this is a tough read as well. I found myself being challenged when I read the words on the page regarding his perceptions.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys young adult and college as well as psychological fiction or romance. The Over Series fits so well with several different genres because of the wide array of emotions and mindsets within each of her characters. The author did a great job with captivating my attention and motivating me throughout the read. I rate this story with five stars, like the other two because it continued with the series’ credibility. I found parts in this story that coincide with what was introduced in previous books in this series. The pace was quick, but not overtly so to where the reader would experience difficulty with imagery. The author does a superb job with the development of her characters. Each character seems to have been thought about in depth and portrayed with depth. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Storms Over Secrets and will look forward to reading more by this author because she is very creative and her originality really shines through these stories.


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About The Author

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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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