“Race me for it.”
Four simple words. Five desolate years.
Sebastian Kelly believes he isn’t worthy of redemption, of a chance to right his wrongs. But an unexpected trip home, the place he dreads most, calls in question everything he’s come to believe. And who knows, he may find exactly what he’s been waiting for.
One broken promise. Two pink lines.
Autumn Norris knew in an instant her life would never be the same. Years have flown by in a flurry of sparkles and dress up, and Autumn has refused to let the anchor of regret pull her under.
Until she lays eyes on Sebastian, and the wave of why, where, and how could you flood her every thought.
Old hurt and new betrayal twist first love into a reluctant partnership, and theirs may be a bond even pigtails and butterfly kisses can’t mend. But the past five years have felt like a lifetime, and Seb is willing to wait as long as it takes.
Because the truth is, he’s always been waiting for Autumn.
When I started reading this book I knew I’d read the story before; I just couldn’t figure out where or how. After some searching, I figured out bones of the story was originally published in an anthology at the beginning of the year, and I had loved it, even wished that Autumn and Sebastian would get their own story and I was not disappointed by the full-length version of their story at all.
Second-chance romances are my kryptonite; I swear there is just something so special about two people who have been in love rediscovering and rebuilding their love to be stronger than before and Ms. DeRouen delivered a beautiful love story for Autumn and Sebastian in both the past and the present. Their time apart and all that transpired to make it happen broke my heart, but it was so wonderful to see them come to terms with and overcome all of it.
I loved Autumn and Sebastian in their novella in the Begin Again anthology, and they were even better once I got to read their story in its entirety. Their love was so vibrant and true, even when they weren’t sure they could be together again, I knew what they had together was strong enough to prevail over all the sins of their pasts. Honestly, I think I could have kept reading about these two long after the novel ended; there was just something so magical and real about their relationship and how their story was told.
Waiting for Autumn is a standalone novel, with a tiny tie-in to JA DeRouen’s Over series, if you haven’t read the series, you’d never notice it. If you have read the series, it’s a lovely little glimpse at characters we’ve come to know and love. I would certainly love to see another book set in this world; I really think Autumn’s brother deserves his own story. Waiting for Autumn is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Autumn and Sebastian.
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.