Wings Over Poppies by J.A. DeRouen
Series: Over #2
Published on January 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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Perfection. One word. Three syllables. Every reason why I’ll never have the one thing I truly want. I stand dutifully on the pedestal he’s built, waiting for the day he truly sees me.
Then one amazing night, he lets down his walls, only to leave me the next day.
Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me. How can I look to the future when my past remains a mystery? The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word.
But not everyone who is lost wants to be found.
My name is Alexandra Fontaine, and this is my story of unfinished love.
***Wings Over Poppies is book #2 in The Over Series and can be read as a standalone novel.***
Wings Over Poppies is a heart wrenching second chance love story that I enjoyed. It is the second book in the Over series, but can definitely be read as a stand-alone novel.
Alex grew up in a life of privilege in the South, with a certain set of expectations for what her future would look like. She’s always been a bit of a free spirit, defying her parents’ wishes and wanting to pave her own way with her love of art. Alex’s parents own the golf course that they live on and every Sunday she sneaks out in the early morning to her favorite oak tree to sketch. One morning her ritual is interrupted when she notices a boy in the water nearby. I loved their first meeting!
“I didn’t even know you were there. You couldn’t let me know I wasn’t alone. What if I had taken off my pants?”
Well, that would have been interesting… and I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way. I can’t help my smirk as I chuckle softly to myself.
“You think that’s funny, huh?” He glares indignantly.
“I don’t know, maybe. You tell me. Would I laugh if I saw you naked?”
West is not from wealth like Alex is though, he lives with his single mother and ill younger sister. There is a lot of pressure on him to help provide for their family, which he tries to do by working at the golf course and being a sponsored (by Alex’s father) member of the golf team.
“I’m so fucking tired of running to stand still.”
Alex and West form a very strong friendship as they meet every Sunday morning at their tree. West tries to play things off for awhile by treating her like a little sister, but it’s clear that both of them have very deep feelings for each other. The sexual tension between continues to build while West tries to maintain his distance, feeling as if he’s not good enough for Alex.
“My family troubles, her dad’s role in my education, her amazing talent that I refuse to hinder—they all add up to one thing. I can’t be with her, at least not now. As much as I want to be the guy for her, I’m just not there yet. I know I’m a good guy, but I have dreams of becoming a better man. A man who takes care of his family… a man who takes care of her.
After admitting to their feelings, circumstances change for West and he ends up leaving, with no real promises made to Alex. She goes off to art school and years pass without any contact, not for a lack of trying on Alex’s part.
“If only I knew this beautiful boy would disappear from my life after this night, I would have said so many things…”
Six years later and Alex is a successful artist and gallery owner but something is still missing for her. She can’t seem to move on from her first love and is finally determined to do something about it.
It’s entirely possible the truth could be more devastating than my worst fears, but at least I can deal with it and move forward. The smallest possibility of West is like a faint whisper I just can’t silence.
When West and Alex are finally reunited, it is definitely not in the way Alex was hoping for. West is struggling with the aftermath of his past and is an entirely different man than the boy she fell in love with. He is hard, unwelcome, and downright mean to her. It was actually really sad to watch how hurtful he is, but underneath is obvious that he is hurting too.
“I know Alex too well. She’ll never give up on me if I give her even the slightest inkling there’s a chance for us, and I won’t be her burden.”
It was exciting watching Alex and West’s relationship grow in the beginning, and then waiting for them to find each other again. That excitement continued as I wondered what would happen between them and if/how they would overcome all the obstacles in their way. It was heartbreaking to watch everything they put each other through and I can’t deny that West infuriated me with his antics at times. Sometimes things seemed a little overly cruel and West going caveman thinking he can still have a say in Alex’s life when he was treating her that way was insane. I’m noticing a pattern in this series with super nice guys turning into assholes (ha!) but at least West had good reason and I could understand it, even if it was maddening.
I enjoyed this book and was definitely rooting for Alex and West to make things work. Even though it drove me crazy at times, it had some really beautiful moments and definitely pulled at my heartstrings. I think the way the author wrote about certain aspects of the story seemed really realistic and the progression really worked for me. Some of the dialogue and writing still seems a little stiff to me though, but I liked this story much more than the first in the series and I could see the improvement for sure. There is some side stuff hinted at between some of the secondary characters, Cain and Celia. They have been my favorites through both books so I will definitely be reading the next in the series to get their story!
I smile because every ache, every bit of longing, every stinging word I’ve endured— it’s all worth it.