ARC Review: Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy

Forever Innocent“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.


4.5 star review!

**ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

This book absolutely murdered my poor beating heart. I cried so much that my mum thought I was insane. Have you ever tried explain why you are crying between sobs? It’s not exactly the easiest feat in the world!

As you can tell from the synopsis, Corabelle and Gavin once had a baby together. But at only a week old, baby Finn died in Corabelle’s arms. During the progression of the novel, you get to see flashbacks of Corabelle and Gavin’s time with Finn; I definitely was not okay emotionally in these scenes!

“Crossing the line isn’t about forgetting the people we love. It’s about not letting our past sorrow steal our future joy.”

Everyone loves a second chance at love. When Corabelle and Gavin are reunited again after Gavin walked out four years ago on the day of Finn’s funeral, they need to deal with the pain of their past and the possibilities that could become of their future together. Though in the four years that they’ve been apart, they’ve both led very different lives to the people they once were. They have both dealt with the pain in their own ways, even if the way they deal is unconventional. Due to the circumstances in this novel, I felt as if I developed a major connection with these characters.

“I thought we’d be that happy and innocent forever, and the nothing would ever come between us.”

I definitely was not expecting the way the book ended and I really felt for Corabelle when she thinks that she has not only lost Finn, but Gavin for the second time. I cannot wait to see what happens next for Corabelle and Gavin in the sequel to this novel. I think it may be appropriate to hunt down Deanna and pry the story out of her cause I just NEED to know that they have that happy ending they both deserve.

“Life without Gavin hadn’t worked. Life without Finn wasn’t worth it.”

This novel will be released October 1st, 2013.

– Emily-Jane.


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