Sunday, 6 October 2013

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Deanna Roy, Casey Shay Press, and Netgalley.
Forever Innocent
Blurb (from Goodreads):
"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.

Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Forever Innocent(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Deanna Roy, Casey Shay Press, and Netgalley.)
22-year-old Corabelle and Gavin live with heartbreak following the death of their 7 day old baby Finn 4 years ago, a grief made worse by the fact that Gavin left after the funeral and never came back.

Now discovering that they are at the same college, Corabelle and Gavin somehow find a way back to each other. But can either of them really leave behind the guilt that they feel over their baby’s death? Can they find a way to move on? And can they find a way to work through their grief?

I’m not sure what to say about this book, other than the bit where the baby died was utterly heart-breaking, and I feel so sorry for anyone who has to go through that. It is just wrong that babies die.

Corabelle and Gavin both dealt with their heart break in different ways, none of them really very healthy, but it must be so difficult dealing with grief like that that I can’t really judge them.

I didn’t really get into this book at all at the beginning, for some reason it just didn’t speak to me. I liked it better when Corabelle and Gavin got together, and the sex scenes were pretty good, but it was only okay really. When at the 75% mark Corabelle and Gavin started reliving their baby’s death, it was just painful to read. I felt sick, I felt sad, I felt loss, and I couldn’t stop crying. Nobody should have to live through something like that!
I’m not sure I’m ever going to forget this story, and if you like a tear-jerker then you will really enjoy this!
Overall; an okay story, with a heart breaking subject.
7 out of 10.


  1. I was out as soon as I heard about the dead baby. I know this kind of thing happens but I don't want to read about it. Too sad. Much too sad for me.