Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Blog Tour | Wings Over Poppies by J.A. DeRouen

Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, New Adult

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Title: Wings Over Poppies (Over #2)

Author: J.A. DeRouen

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: January 26, 2015

Cover Design: Mae I Design And Photography



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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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.”

 As a hopeless romantic, this second chance love story is one that undoubtedly had me falling in love with Alexandra & West, the two main characters.
The innocence of the two as teenagers in the beginning, quickly evolves to Alex & West as adults dealing with the struggles of war and feeling abandoned. The journey these two take individually over a six year time period, prepared themselves for a tried and true love story that soared off the pages & left me longing for more.The way in which Alex and West meet reminds me of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s first meeting. Alex is a free spirit with an artistic gift that is undeniable and West is a strongly independent young man with the weight of the world on his shoulders. However, the bond between the two is one that will last a lifetime & can’t be broken no matter what comes between them.
In this case, it’s the army that pulls West away and leaves these two without contact for six long years.
With West off serving the country, Alex pursues her dream of becoming an artist, but her memories of West aren’t far behind her. It’s apparent that her love for him shows in herday to day life; in her artwork, and in the journal she keeps where she continually writes him letters that she’ll never send.The reunion between the two isn’t as picturesque as Alex always imaged and both must overcome many obstacles in order to tear down the walls built between each other.It’s a love story that overcomes so much & despite all the struggles, is written in an uplifting and beautiful way that left me reading page after page. Even though Wings Over Poppies can be read as a standalone in this series, I will most definitely be going back and reading the first book, Hope Over Fear. The title itself is something I can’t leave alone. I love it! I love how the title alone says so much about the story and the characters. It’s simple, yet complex in it’s own unique way. Never before have I been so hung up on a simple title of a book & left feeling as if there couldn’t have been a better one created for this particular story.
If you haven’t discovered the writings of J.A. DeRouren, I highly recommend that you add this book to your reading list. You’ll enjoy every minute of it. Especially the heart wrenching romance & the steamy love scenes.
4.5 out of 5 stars.

About The Author
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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