Low Over High (The Over Duet #1)
Cover Design: DCP Designs
Release Date: November 14, 2016
I fancy myself a purveyor of truth, a sifter of lies, a cutter of bullshit. It’s not a gift, but rather, all skill, honed to a razor’s edge after one too many trips down the rabbit hole.
Some may dismiss my talent as misplaced and misguided cynicism, but they’d be wrong. Cliches about hope and faith in mankind are concocted unicorn farts, an effort to keep the dreamers dreaming. Experiences don’t lie—people do.
While I’m not proud of the circumstances that led me to this way of thinking, I respect the journey. The road to enlightenment can be dark and foreboding, but the destination makes it all worthwhile.
But funny thing about the past—it’s a defiant child refusing to stay in time out. No matter how deeply buried, it can always pop up when least expected, and sink its fucking claws into the flesh of your heart. No, not my heart—I no longer have one. I foolishly gave it away years ago, but I still feel the ripping in my chest as I fist the crumpled note left on my porch.
I’ve avoided this day, ran from it, for the past eight years.
And still we meet again.
But to truly understand … to feel my dread and fear my future as I do, it’s important to know what happened in my past.
My name is Marlo Rivers, and this is my story of corrupted love.
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This. Book. It’s more than a story, it’s a journey. It’s unfiltered, raw, and quite possibly the best I’ve read this entire year.
“He may have stumbled, but hasn’t fallen.”
Marlo Rivers doesn’t believe in love. At least not anymore. Get the clichés out of your head. This isn’t that kind of story. And Marlo is not that kind of woman. She’s been broken into pieces. Every truth she believed in… destroyed. Love changed her in many ways. Meeting Ever Montgomery was fate. But that was years ago. And now he’s here. Everything in her life she never wanted to face again appeared. And this was their compelling and emotionally charged story.
“We’d be magical, you and me."
When Marlo and Ever met there was an instant distaste for each other. Marlo is a sassy and fun young woman and doesn’t take crap from anymore. Not even drop dead gorgeous and broody, Ever. Ever has enough on his plate and he never has to want for any woman. They’re usually a given. Until he meets spitfire, Marlo. She is everything he should stay away from. She is fire, excitement. She is all the good in this world. But Ever can’t stay away. And neither can she. He tells her that he destroys the people he loves, it wasn’t just words. It was a warning. But she could love him through that. Right?
“Nothing for me has ever been this before. You’ve got to know that…feel that.”
Falling in love was as natural as breathing for Marlo and Ever. So much was stacked against them. Especially the deep secrets that Ever kept close to his heart. Despite it all, their falling was inevitable. No matter what he believed, Ever’s love IS light. Marlo was the one who gave him that courage to see that. And as dark and deep as Marlo had to dig to get to that light, it was all worth the risk. To be loved by him was a privilege. He just didn’t know how good and deep his heart and love really was. Loving him was tumultuous and dangerous, but his love is brave. His love is overwhelming and heavy, but his love was unwavering. Unyielding. His love consumed her, but his love protects. His love saves. His love endured. Until the very moment where it couldn’t
“It’s hard to love a person who isn’t able to show themselves to you. But I love her the best I can. I love the parts she lets me see, and I pray that’s enough for her.”
Secrets have the power to destroy. When Ever’s life unravels and secrets come to the surface, he is forever changed. His hopes, his dreams, and love are buried. But doesn’t Ever know that his heart is forever tethered to Marlo’s? You will feel that. Deeply. That when he goes low, so does she? Their earth shattering story is one that will move you to look for love in a place that you never knew even existed.
“Breathing in and out will be a privilege he doesn’t believe he deserves. It’s too big of a burden for the strongest of men, much less the most broken of boys.”
Although this is part one of a duet, I say this without any reservation, read this book. Do not wait. Low Over High left a profound mark on my soul. It was an extraordinary story of love, courage, darkness, and strength. The depth of emotion of this book is what easily captivates the reader. This was a flawless and sophisticated story defined by the devastating beauty in the storyline and the compelling characters. The author never held back. She gave an authentic take on love and its ability to destroy but also save. This poignant and riveting story was unexpected yet so exquisitely written.
J.A. DeRouen lives in South Louisiana with her husband, son (aptly named "The Professor), and her furry friend, Scout. She holds 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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