Thursday, October 24, 2013

Review: Forever Innocent (Forever, #1) by Deanna Roy

Title: Forever Innocent (Forever, #1)
Author: Deanna Roy
Category: Romance/ Contempt
Genre: New Adult (18+)
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
"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.

*New Adult Contemporary Romance 18+*

My Thoughts

What a heart wrenching, yet touching story. I’m going to start off by saying; this is not a book for everyone, especially if you don’t like books that deal with heavy (tragic) issues (death, weed, suicide attempts, etc.) Now, I knew about some of the issues going in, but I still wanted to give it a try, I felt like it would be a good experience of a read. One that would ripe my emotions out, I’m bit of a masochist, I love books that play with my emotions.

And Forever Innocent does. In so many ways. I got misty eyed, and even had full blown ugly crying moments while reading this one.  Now, I did give it only a 3.5 rating, but I did enjoy it a lot. It gave me all the angst, emotional turmoil that I just oddly love for some reason.

Corabelle, four years after the death of her new born child, is trying to move on with her life. I could definitely tell at times that she was trying, but the depth of her pain is beyond deep. I could really feel her pain and her sadness while reading. But she has more than one scar. The love of her life left the day of their child’s funereal. With so much sadness in Corabelle, I really felt for her character. Though she struggled so much in this book, by the end, she had bits and pieces of strength shining through. I really liked that about her.

Gavin, like Corabelle, has deep, deep rooted scars after the death of their child. And, again, I can feel his pain coming off the pages. He dealt with the death of his child differently than Corabelle, and though some of his decision weren't wise, I couldn't dislike his character. I was able to understand him so much, just like Corabelle. However, when Corabelle re-enters his life, he definitely tried very hard to be stronger and to prove that he still loves and cares for her. I adored that about him, and was proud of his character because of that determination.

The love that Gavin and Corabelle have, GOSH, was intense! Yes, it was very sexual, but you can feel a lot of emotional depth to it. To me, I felt like they were actually soul mates. I enjoyed that. Though a lot has come between them over what happened, I could see that they needed each other. They can heal each other. However, their issues lie in what happened, how it was handled and a few secrets that they were scared to reveal. When those secrets finally came out, and Gavin, eh, exploded, I couldn't get mad at what he did. Again, I understood where he was coming from. And I really was proud of Corabelle after she released her guilt.
“Every emotion I’d ever felt was coursing through me, desire, need, joy, love, and even grief. We’d been through everything, through things people should never have to endure. No wonder we had fractured, blown apart. But we could fix it. We could get it back.” 
The book switched POVs between Gavin and Corabelle, and I loved that! I was able to come to understand them, their actions, their fears, and their hopes. It was a good experiencing seeing/feeling their pain of what happened (though it was heartbreaking).

Now, the reason I gave this book a 3.5 star rating was because of the pacing and the fast development of the story line  The book definitely moved too fast for my liking. I felt it could have been slowed down, and better paced. What I mean by the fast development of the story line is that Gavin and Corabelle are brought back together like BAM. I love buildup of plots, conflict, character introductions etc; the whole shebang. To me the development of some aspects of the story could have been a bit better.

The ending wasn't a bad cliffhanger, but it did leave me wanting to know just where Gavin and Corabelle’s story is heading. So I know I will definitely be reading the next book!

Forever Innocent definitely had me tearing up, and experiencing all kinds of feelings. Overall, I really did enjoy this story! I definitely recommend this book if you love a story that will play with your heartstrings, test not only the characters but the reader as well. And a love that seems that can overcome any obstacle. 


  1. I keep hearing that about this book, good and emotional and makes you cry but the pacing is just too quick. I think I'll hold off on this one. Great review

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed this one overall! I felt the same way with the pace. It was a bit too fast for me and just felt like I didn't get enough development. There were so many heartbreaking scenes though and I really want to see Gavin and Corabelle get their HEA! Great review Magen!


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