Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: Forever Sheltered by Deanna Roy

Forever Sheltered (The Forever Series #3) by Deanna Roy
Tina would rather sew up her girl parts with dental floss than go on a second date with a man. She's been dumped enough to know not to get attached.
But when Dr. Darion Marks comes into her art therapy room to ask a favor for a special patient, Tina recognizes the haunted look he buries beneath his stoic professionalism. So rather than be forced to ditch the handsome doctor after a single night, she decides not to date him at all.
So how exactly DO they end up half-naked in Surgical Suite B?
Dr. Darion has a lot to hide. His baby sister is the only family he has left, and he’s not leaving her treatment to some incompetent hack.
But now he’s breaking every hospital rule imaginable. He lied about his sister so he can manage her care, and now he’s banging the art therapy teacher between patient rounds like a fraternity boy at a keg party.
Nobody believes this can end well, not Tina’s friend Corabelle, who is overcoming a tragic history much like Tina’s, or even pink-haired Jenny, who thinks sex with strangers is good for your metabolism.
But Dr. Darion and Tina have one thing going for them – a fierce passion for each other that just might obliterate all their doubts, and solve all their problems.

Publishes in US: July 23rd 2014 by Casey Shay Press
Genre: NA Contemp
Source: Publicist for review
Series? Yes. The Forever Series #3   BUT: Forever Sheltered includes many favorite characters from Forever Innocent and Forever Loved, as well as the much-anticipated wedding of Gavin and Corabelle.
It is a standalone HEA that does not require reading any other parts of the Forever series.

My review of:
#1 Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy
#2 Forever Loved by Deanna Roy

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    I wanted to read this one because I loved Gavin and Corabelle's stories and we met Tina and Dr. Darion Marks in the previous books and I thought it would be great to read their stories. Although its a standalone, I am excited to get some updates from Gavin and Corabelle. Also, the romance was hot so I am expecting some of the same. 

   I connected with Tina right away. She is fiesty and doesn't put up with (perceived) nonsense or the attitude from Darion. She cares about the patients that come in and she watches for health issues, anything to indicate they are in distress. She is open with them and encourages them to think for themselves, expand their skills. She has a few favorite patients, some that have some amazing art skills already in place, but like one guy who has parkinsons that is progressing, she teaches him how to work around his limitations. 

    We got to see Darion's backstory pretty quickly. He is having to hide his connection to his sister, and balance work with sneaking visits to her, and fighting for her best care. Even taking off work when he's fairly new to get treatment she needs elsewhere. But he hides the fact she's his sister so that he can continue to care for her, because he wants a holistic approach taken. His mother also died of cancer, and her suffering and some of the care she was given made him want to specialist so that he could help his sister. 
     We got some sizzle pretty much right away. Of course through their banter and that they've had a coffee date, but they do end up in that surgical suite, and I loved that part. It built up a wonderful tension between the two. Of course, both of them are hiding painful pasts and current secrets, and have a lot to lose. But sometimes attraction and lust over-rules any rational thinking. 

    I will say, some of the things in this book seems to have the conflict wrapped up a little too conveniently but I guess that money will really get you a lot of places and have people look the other way. But it didn't really take away from my enjoyment, I just remember thinking--wow isn't that a little too easy, and wondering what it would have looked like for the problem to resolve IRL or without the money involved.

    Forever Sheltered was deep and emotional at times, but I think that Cynthia did a good job of bringing a light-hearted and child like view of things, making life simpler than adults make it complicated. Also, the emotional moments and reveals of their past or current hard issues was immediately followed by some pretty hot intimate moments. 

     The ending wrapped up pretty well, and I can't wait to see who Ms. Roy will write about next in this contemporary corner of the universe. 

Bottom Line: Hot chemistry and hard issues handled well.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever felt like giving up dating?


  1. Oooh, I love a good banter and I'm glad you enjoyed the chemistry :) Darion seems like a lovely character! I'm glad you enjoyed this one :)

  2. Dear God this sounds good and steamy! I'm actually surprised that you said it got a bit deep - wouldn't have expected that from the cover :)

  3. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)August 4, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    It's awesome that the characters have such great chemistry and also that some favorite characters from before reappear. Great review.

  4. I've never heard of these and don't read a lot of NA. But, like you, I really love companion books and like you, I enjoy issue books, so I'll have to put these on my NA list!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. I love a good emotionally charged read, especially if the characters have good chemistry too. Great review.

  6. I think I remember you liking earlier installments in the series. I'm glad you enjoyed Forever Sheltered. I sometimes get irritated by how easily rich people solve their problems in books too!
    Thanks for the review!

  7. kirstymariejonesstudioreadsAugust 4, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    You have to love a strong feisty female lead, shame about the convenient wrap up, and I guess yeah, money does go a long way in all aspect of life but does sound like it takes the reality aspect away a little, which would probably irk me. But still, if it doesn't take away from the whole of the story then that much, I'd probably still enjoy it. :) I think everyone's thought about giving up dating once in a while, haha.

  8. Ooh, good to know it can be read as a sounds fantastic! The romance sounds really well done.

    Great review :D

  9. I always enjoy it when favourite characters make cameo appearances, plus it sounds like this book is packed full of awesome feels. I gave up dating years ago, but that's only because I married my soulmate. :)

  10. I lve emotional books and the characters here sounds great again. It sounds like a great series.

  11. I'm glad you enjoyed! I don't think I had heard of this one yet.

  12. I'm glad you enjoyed this Brandi! It's always fun to revisit characters from previous books who are dear to your heart. And dating, well ... just because I'm married does not mean dating ends - LOL, as you know with kids, you have to be creative, but I still like my "date nights" with my hubby :)

  13. Glad you liked this one a lot! :)


  14. Melissa (Books and Things)August 4, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Oh this sounds like a good read. I like that the author really was able to write the emotions well.

  15. Melissa (Books and Things)August 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Not sure if my comment disappeared so ignore this if it is a second comment. This sounds like a good read and I like how the author brings out the emotions in the characters.

  16. It is always fun to read a spinoff and still get to see the characters you have already come to love. And to connect easily with the new characters is great! Fab review Brandi!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  17. Nope, dating is fun and I think it's Dating that has given up on me LOL

  18. This sounds light and fun, not to complicated ..just a nice escape read

  19. Tina sounds like my kind of MC and I like the type of relationship she and Darion has! I'm glad you enjoyed this. Great review, Brandi :)

  20. I have given up on dating in the past. I took a year-long dating sabbatical when I was like 21 or 22, and it was the best decision of my life ;)

  21. Despite a bottom line of hard issues handled well I'm not convinced this is a book I'd enjoy. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  22. I have never heard of this series but it sounds really interesting. I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Great review, Brandi :)

  23. I still need to finish Gavin and Corabelle's story! But this one sounds like a good read, and I most likely will pick it up! Lovely review!

  24. I haven't read any books in this series and I can see I need to fix that soon! I love hot chemistry even if the issues get wrapped up a bit too easily, I'm sure I'd enjoy it.

  25. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this, Brandi. It's up next on my schedule. I love Ms. Roy's writing and this series. :)


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