Blog Tour: Wings Over Poppies (Over #2) by J.A. DeRouen- Bianca's Double Reviews, Excerpt, and Giveaway
Wings Over Poppies (Book #2)
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
THIS BOOK. Where do I even begin? My heart continues to sing over this story and it’s main characters. Wings Over Poppies had everything my heart was craving in a story. I loved the first in the series. But this one?! I felt every single word from the beginning to the end.
“I want to be enough for you. I want it more than the air I breathe.”
Alexandra (Alex) Fontaine lives a perfect life. Well that’s the plan for her made by her parents. When she stumbles upon West Adler by an oak tree, her perfect life is no more. He comes in and is everything she shouldn’t want. Little does Alex know that she is everything West wants, but he can’t have. They live in two different worlds. She lives, while he tries to survive. Despite the love they feel for each other, being together isn’t an option.
“If anyone can move the sun and the stars, it’s him.”
Circumstances force Alex and West apart. Both are left broken, as their life lines becomes severed. Neither one ever felt closure. Six years later, they end up back in the same place where it all began. West returns a broken man. In every sense possible. But one thing remains...the love in his heart for Alex. No matter how much he denies his feelings for her, his soul knows otherwise. Alex has tried, but her heart could never love another man like she did West. So she decides to fight. She puts her all into him. But what happens when you being to fight for the person who has given up on you? You simply push harder. The heart always knows what it wants. The heart searches for one to call it’s own. And you don’t give up on your heart.
“I’m not trying to fix you, West. I want you to see that I love you, even though you’re broken.”
Their love is sweet, yet passionate. But years later? Their live is consuming. Overwhelming. They love with conviction. YEARS later. They find home in each other. HOME. Alex and West are fate. Their love overcomes. Their love endures. If you are a lover of second chances, you must read this book.
“I’ll stay with you, breathe with you, be with you, just like this, until the panic washes away.”
I am not sure if I can truly put into words my love for Wings Over Poppies. Even the title has such a deep meaning. It’s beautiful. I felt every emotion. I fell in love as they fell in love. This goes beyond your average second chance romance. It goes DEEP. These two have an unmistakable connection that is felt from the very moment they meet. This poignant story is a true example of the resiliency of the human spirit.
“Don’t you know? You are not my burden. Never.” “You? You are my gift.”
Wings Over Poppies is a brilliant and breathtaking story. I know I am vague in the plot of the story, but that is because this story is to be experienced by the reader. For books like this, you do not simply read. You live. My heart continues to beat over this story. It’s heartfelt, captivating, and made me a fan of the author for life. She so effortlessly captures the feeling of falling in love all over again.
Hope Over Fear (Book #1)
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sara Preston shattered the heart of her best friend, Mason. She left him in pieces. And didn’t look back. She loved him enough to let him go. But even as she watches Mason move on and fall in love with someone else, she carries a lot of guilt. Even with Mason finding happiness, Sara doesn’t feel worthy of happiness. When Sara meets Adam Hunt, the spark she is missing seems to be found in him.
“I don’t want to run. And that’s the best fucking feeling in the world.”
Your heart will feel for Sara and the heavy feeling she lives with on her chest because of what she did to Mason. You will also understand that she couldn’t just settle. While she loved Mason with her entire being, there was no light in their relationship. Adam is different. She feels a connection with him. It’s natural, not overbearing. They simply work. They find them selves falling slowly, effortlessly for the other. But Adam’s heart is not so ready to let Sara all the way in.
“When he looks at me, I feel confident, beautiful, and completely inhabited.”
Sara and Adam’s story is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Without giving anything away, they truly demonstrate the power in love and how it can shatter yet put someone and their pieces back together again. There is this indescribable chemistry between Sara and Adam. You feel their heartbeats change rhythm the moment they meet. These two harbor guilt, although differently, they find that in order to truly love again, they must choose hope over fear. That you don’t run away from love, you simply run straight into it, head on. No inhibitions. Because it is only then that you truly begin to fall.
“Please don’t fall into yourself. Fall into me, Sara. Because God knows I’ve fallen into you.”
Hope Over Fear is a beautiful story about love and never settling. It’s about knowing the love you know you deserve and not accepting any less. It is not the easiest love story, but it is heartfelt. You watch two people put their happiness first, for once. You will live their story. You will tear up, you will also laugh. I am a bit surprised that this was a debut novel. The author effortlessly wrote a heartfelt story with unforgettable characters.
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.”