Review: Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy

Forever Innocent (The Forever Series, #1)

Forever Innocent 
by Deanna Roy
Book 1 of the Forever Series

4 stars

When I first read the synopsis of Forever Innocent I was a little hesitant about reading it because I wasn't really a fan of heartbreaking stories. I didn't want to hurt..! LOL but I couldn't help it whenever I read a story that just rips emotions out of you. This story did that to me, but I can't say I hated the experience.

First of all, I really like the synopsis. I think it was cleverly written. It tells readers the overarching story, but hints that there's more to this story than what's already stated there. It also got me to care instantly about Corabell and Gavin. I wanted to find out right away if they will have a second shot at their relationship and at love.

What I liked about the story is that from the very beginning, we already know what the deal was, so it didn't hurt as much as it would have probably been if everything were laid out all at once in a single confrontation. Not that there weren't any more heartbreaking revelations throughout the book!

Chapter by chapter we get explanations on why Corabelle and Gavin behaved the way they did after their son Finn died. We also become informed what happened to them in the next four years. There were some things I found out that hurt me, others just gutted me. :(

The Big Dipper rested neatly in the sky, surrounded by lesser bits of light, and I understood how it all fit together. some moments of our lives were vivid and strong, hanging among all the other memories, not to be forgotten. Our baby was that constellation for us, and no matter where we looked, no matter what other stars dotted ou sky, he would always be there, the biggest and brightest star of them all.

If you're the type of reader who gets overly emotional while reading, you may want to brace yourself (and have tissues ready!). On the other hand, the revelations were rolled out very smoothly though, IMO. It was like Deanna Roy was breaking it to me gently... which I'm really grateful for, because the events themselves were already painful to read about. If she wrote it as an even bigger drama, I might have chucked my kindle at the wall in frustration!

Now about the main characters. Gavin behaved like.. a man. There's really no other way I can say it. Men seem to have a singular mind when it comes to coping with problems. I don't exactly like it, but it's reality. I was very disappointed at how he handled things the first time around, but I'm glad that he manned up this time around.
I meant what I said. I won't ever walk out on you again. Never.

Corabelle... my goodness, I can't believe she didn't come out of all her past experiences bitter, cold, cynical, and every other negative adjective worthy of a vitriolic soap opera antagonist. I daresay a character of her background could have made an awesome bitch in some other story. But here she turned out better than I expected. Sure she was "frosty", detached, SAD, and had very unhealthy coping mechanism for stress... she could have ended up a lot worse. But she didn't, that's why I appreciated her as a character.

Forever Innocent ends as a Happy For Now. There still issues that need to be given closure. Seems to me that the follow-up book will be just as emotional as this one though. In spite of that, I am looking forward to a complete HEA for these two. Please Deanna Roy, please...! LOL I've been through an emotional blender for these two, so they just HAVE to have a happy ending. Goodness knows they deserve it!

Final word of advice: Don't read this book in one sitting if you tend to be an emotional reader like me! 

Thank you to Deanna Roy for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!



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