Hope Over Fear by J.A. Derouen: Review

Hope Over Fear by J.A. Derouen: ReviewHope Over Fear by J.A. Derouen
on July 27, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult

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.

Alexis says…

Hope Over Fear is a fantastic debut novel. It was written very well, the storyline kept me hooked, and well…the music in the book made me love it even more. I mean…the book has Gavin DeGraw songs in it…SOLD!

After breaking up with not only her boyfriend but also her best friend, Sara just about put her life on hold. When she broke up with Mason, she did it for reasons that many don’t understand, but hey, I honestly commend her for what she did. She knew that they weren’t each other’s forever, that there should be fireworks not fizzle. She finally gets a kick in her rear, when Mason announces to her that he is getting married. This kick in the butt, sets Sara onto a path to finding her forever or more aptly, her fireworks.

“Don’t you see beautiful girl, I’m knocking.”

Once Sara starts her volunteering at New Horizons Outreach Program, she meets Adam. At first, Sara is convinced he has a girlfriend and is a bit of a jerk. But, alas, things aren’t always as they seem.   Once she finally allows herself to open up to Adam things get hot. There were times I wanted to scream at her…like, why didn’t she tell him upfront about her relationship and the backstory with Mason? There is another thing that upset me a bit but it contains a bit of a spoiler. There is also a softer, caring side to Sara. Her budding friendship, with a girl she meets at the Center is very endearing.

“I fear no fate for you are my fate, my sweet.”

Adam has a lot on his plate and has many reasons for being a bit guarded with starting a relationship. Did I mention that he sings and plays guitar? Yep, he sings Gavin DeGraw songs too! Oh, and he is hot when it comes to the “good stuff”. Again, there was a point in the book where I literally wanted to slap him in the face, I almost felt as betrayed as Sara. Though it is completely understandable as to why he does things the way he does. But hell, when he is in, he is all in! Last swoonworthy thing…I love all the tattoos he gave Sara.

The chemistry between both of them is totally hot…J.A Derouen totally knows how to write some seriously sexy scenes. I loved all of the supporting characters in this book as well. You can tell that this group of people totally love each other and view themselves as a family. I cannot wait to get my hands on Alex’s story! I also think there may be a budding relationship between some of the characters but I’ll leave it at that.

 “I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart.”

Like I said above, this was a great debut novel. I recommend you read this book. It literally is all about finding your true love and letting your heart lead the way.





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.