ARC Review: Ever Over After by J.A. DeRouen (+Giveaway)




Title: Ever Over After

Author: J.A. DeRouen

Series: The Over Duet #2

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publication: January 9, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars!!

Summary: Marlo … wild-eyed, untamed, and every single thing I’ve ever wanted from this life. I wasn’t ready for her back then. I was a stupid boy with adult feelings and no idea what to do with them. I squandered away every chance she gave me.

Yes, love like ours either burns white hot or crumbles under the pressure.
And now I’m back to sift through the rubble.

Questions and excuses are two things I have in spades. What I need now are answers.
Answers and Low.
Always Low.

My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.

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I can’t say enough good things about this book/series. I didn’t just want to dive headfirst into Ever Over After after reading Low Over High, I wanted to savor it then devour it. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait long to read it, but now that it’s finished, I feel a little empty and lost.

EOA1 photo EOA Teaser Chance_zpsccyqhtc6.pngWhat stands out the most in this series are the characters. They couldn’t be more real if they were made of flesh and bone- they are very complex and genuine.

I thought I loved Ever in the first book, but I didn’t know love until I read the second book. His character growth and maturity in this book is outstanding and his tenacious attitude is inspiring. Instead of wallowing in self-depreciation and guilt from his mistakes, he pursues a brighter, better future. And I love him so much more as a result.

Marlow is another strong-willed character, who I thought handled her situation well. One should realize that everyone deals with problems differently and Marlow’s method is compatible with her personality. Her tough exterior is only a facade and deep down she’s actually vulnerable and insecure. But what I liked most about her was her banter and wit. She can hold her own against anyone, which makes her stand out against other female characters I’ve read and it’s refreshing.

But when you get these two characters together, grab a fan and some cold refreshments, because the romance is over-the-charts. It’s passionate and steamy. Take a good look, Nora Roberts, because J.A. DeRouen is ready to play with the big boys.

I finished Ever Over After in one sitting due to the nice pace, avoiding any dullness or lull. You get what you paid for with this one- a very well-written story. And let’s give a big shout-out to Jeb, the amazing side-kick/bartender/comedian in the story. He’s a special character, indeed. In the end, I have nothing bad to say, so I’m not going to say anything more. Except, read it.

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*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

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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Low Over High by J.A. DeRouen

Summary: 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.

Or who…

My name is Marlo Rivers, and this is my story of corrupted love.

Warning: This book contains graphic content which may not be suitable for sensitive readers.

Links for Low Over High: Goodreads / Amazon


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