Title: Storms Over Secrets (Over #3)
Author: J.A. DeRouen
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: September 14, 2015
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.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Breathtaking. Emotional. I am in absolute awe of the sheer beauty and strength of this story and the characters. If there was a recipe book with the must have elements of romance, this would be THE book to include.
“Let me wash it all way, Celia.”
Celia Lemaire’s life is tainted with her past. She is consumed with guilt and regret because of the secrets she kept long ago. Secrets that haunt her an entire six years later. She blames herself. She thought her love could save, but she soon learns that sometimes, just sometimes love isn’t strong enough. Or is it? Cain Bennett feels a pull towards Celia the moment they meet. They hit things off right away, easily falling into a funny and light hearted banter. Cain has never wanted a relationship or to even get to know someone on that level. He’s content with his life. He has everything he needs. But Celia? She’s different.
“Promises will be the death of me; this is the one truth I know with complete and utter certainty.”
Celia made promises. Promises she know she’s always meant to keep. But they tear at her. Her spirit no longer the same. Stuck in the past, while living in the present. You feel her anguish. You understand her pain. Her heart is not hers to give away. And probably not ever. As Cain tries to get to know Celia he encounters her guarded heart. And he wants in. Celia tries to ignore her feelings. Why give into something that cannot belong to you? What happens when a love so powerful and consuming threatens the secrets and promises in the past? Well Cain’s heart SPEAKS louder. He does something so selfless. So moving. He finds Celia’s heart and literally takes it as his soul tells him that her heart beats for his.
“I feel it. I feel you. And no matter what you say, I know I have your heart. I know it beats for me.”
While this book is full of heartache, it’s also one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read. Celia cannot fully give herself to Cain. Not without going through the storm. But eventually being without Cain is no longer an option. She wants the pain, the ache. She understands choosing love over secrets and promises comes with a price. And she wants it all. She wants the storms. Because love with Cain? It’s worth it. He’s worth it. His love is all consuming and powerful. He loves fiercely. And she wants nothing more than to embed herself in his heart.
“I know he was the love of your life. I get it, I really do. But what if I told you that you were mine?”
The connection between Cain and Celia is electric. Their story? Addicting. Putting this book down is not an option. The author puts you within the pages of their story. The characters are forever ingrained in my heart. And I have no doubt they will find a place in yours. Celia and Cain love with a love that is so paramount. They love unconditionally. Without boundaries. They love with everything. Despite the secrets and promises, their love triumphs. But this is no easy story. I could never compare this to anything else as this book is in a class of all it’s own. It’s not predictable. Their story goes places where others don’t. I found their story inspirational. Captivating. The writing in Storms Over Secrets is flawless. The words are mesmerizing .The author truly shows how much heart she puts into writing in not only the execution of the story, but the depth of her characters. Has there ever been such a beautiful love story?
“The key to finding love and keeping it is embracing the stains...the scars...”
Storms Over Secrets is an emotionally charged story that moved me. It is thought provoking, heart breaking , and a true testament to all that love encompasses. For love prevails. It overcomes