Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy

Forever Innocent
Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy
"Our baby died on prom night, and nothing was ever the same again."
Corabelle doesn’t feel like any of the other college girls. On what should have been one of the happiest nights of her life, she and her boyfriend Gavin watched a nurse disconnect the ventilator from their seven-day-old baby. During the funeral two days later, Gavin walked out and never returned.
Since then, her life has been a spiral of disasters. The only thing that has helped is her ability to black out whenever the pain gets too hard to bear, a habit that has become an addiction.
When Gavin shows up in her astronomy class four years later, he is hell-bent on getting her back, insisting she forgive him. Corabelle knows she can’t resist the touch that fills the empty ache that has haunted her since he left. But if he learns what she has done, if he follows the trail back through her past, her secrets will destroy their love completely. And once again, she’ll lose the only person who always believed she was innocent.


Publishes in US:  October 1st 2013 by Casey Shay Press
Genre: NA Contemp
Source: Netgalley
Series? Yes.

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   Hot and holy emotional as hell. I loved Corabelle and totally could not even imagine what she has been through losing her baby and then other mistakes out of grief and hurt. Gavin is hot, frustrating yet sweet considerate all at the same time, well maybe slightly different times, but I can def understand where his instinct to flee came from while still respecting how he slowly got things together. 
   The parts where they flashed back to being pregnant, then having the baby and losing him broke my heart into pieces. I don't cry very often at books but this one made me cry. I felt their sorrow radiating from the page and I cannot and hope that I am never in a situation to understand that kind of pain and loss. 
    The moments where Corabelle and Gavin are thrown back together are heart pounding. They have this irresistible chemistry but so much history and pain between them. It made for a deliciously satisfying read where my heart was torn to pieces and slowly, oh so slowly put back together. 
    As for Corabelle's addiction, her habit that helps her get through, I have no experience reading about anything like this and it was handled so well. I understand more and more why she did it and why it brought her release. 
   Also, I love the theme of love getting a second chance, and it was well written here!
   The ending was heartbreaking but laced with so much hope. I am so excited for the sequel to come out and I know that I want to get back into their heads and see where the healing and love takes them and how they keep Finn's memory alive. 

Bottom Line: Made me cry and that doesn't happen much AT ALL.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever made a fresh start?
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  1. I debated requesting this on NetGalley but then ended up skipping it, but now I am kind of regretting that. I love a really good emotional book and this seems like one of those. Great review!

  2. Great review. Sounds very emotional

  3. This does seem like an emotionally intense story. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Brandi. NIce review!

  4. Corabelle and Gavin sound wonderful and that first line of your review had me wanting to grab a copy!

  5. This sounds like a a wonderful, and yet heartbreaking story about love and second chances. I'm glad you enjoyed Corabelle and Gavin's story Brandi!

  6. Damn! That blurb is my hook! This is the kind of torture I'd like to read. Where did you ever find this, Brandee?! Amazing book to feature today, I'm adding this to my TBR.

  7. I've not heard of this book before, but this does sounds like a very emotional read and I love giving books like this a try! Great review :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

  8. I got this one off of NetGalley, and now you have me excited about it. I was a bit nervous and unsure about it, in all honesty. I love that is it, " Hot and holy emotional as hell." <-- Love that, and I do love some emotional books. HAHA

    Great review!

  9. Wow, this sounds like one emotional books. Wonderful review.

  10. I'm currently reading this and I like what I've read so far. Gavin is quite sweet and I'm still trying to understand why Corabelle would give into her addictive habit. Loved your review, Brandi! In relation to fresh start, probably because I have influence from teachers who are into spirituality, they teach me to look at each new breath as our fresh start - so we always have the choice to start anew in the moment :)

  11. Sounds like an emotional roller coaster! Glad you enjoyed it!

  12. This doesn't sound like my type of read at all, but I'm glad you loved it!!

  13. My heart broke just reading the description of this one! It sounds incredible, but I'd have to be in just the right mood.

  14. Oh poor Corabelle... I can understand why you cried, it's really sad...

  15. Wow this sounds like an incredibly intense, emotional read, but well worth the tears! Lovely review!!

  16. I have been so wanting to read this one, thank goodness it was good. Thanks.

  17. I have never heard of this one but emotional reads are always a win. Great review :)

  18. This sounds really good! Definitely going to check it out, thanks :) Great review!

  19. Wow. Reading the synopsis--I was expecting you to hate this book! Or maybe it's just something I really wouldn't read. I think to lose a child is the worst thing ever to happen to someone, so while it's poignant and it happens--it's no something I really want to read about. But I still thought maybe it would be an okay story. But then when I got to the part in the synopsis where the guy comes back into her life 4 years later and expects her to forgive him...I would say "Hell no!" So I'm glad you ended up liking this book. Maybe the synopsis just doesn't do it justice...

  20. I completely agree, Brandi. This one had my crying at 16% in. It was just so emotional and Corabelle and Gavin's story is so touching. I can't wait for book #2. I'm glad you loved it. Great review.

  21. Another new one for me. Sounds like a really emotional book. I've been needing one lately. I'll need to check out this one for sure!


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