Forever Innocent

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"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 ...

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Overview

"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.

--John J Asher, author of A DIGNIFIED EXIT
--Written with great authenticity and depth, FOREVER INNOCENT is a love story about tragic loss, second chances and the infinite capacity of the human heart to forgive.

--Mimi Strong, author of FOR YOU
--FOREVER INNOCENT combines the tumultuous passion of FALLEN TOO FAR (Abbi Glines) with the emotional resonance of HOPELESS (Colleen Hoover) for a new adult romance you won't soon forget.

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Editorial Reviews

Emily-Jane's Book Corner - Emily Jane
I cried between sobs.
Book Drunk Blog
A love you wish everyone could experience.
Head Stuck in a Book Blog
Different from any other new adult book.
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A very emotional read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781938150180
  • Publisher: Casey Shay Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 604,138
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Deanna Roy is a passionate advocate for baby loss moms. She began the website PregnancyLoss.info in 1998 after the loss of her first baby. She has also authored the books Baby Dust and Stella & Dane.
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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    While I normally stray away from books surrounding serious situa

    While I normally stray away from books surrounding serious situations Forever Innocent was surprisingly a pleasant read. I found myself thinking about my own children while reading this and how lost I would be without them.




     What started as a childhood friendship ultimately transformed into a deep love for Corabelle and Gavin. After the death of their son Finn, their lives were forever changed. Causing their lives to go in complete opposite directions.




     Fours years later fate allowed them a second chance. A second chance to start again. Immediately after seeing one another all of the old feelings came flooding back in, including the hurt they mutually share surrounding the lost of the child they lost.




     Ms. Roy honestly outdid herself with the entire story slowing allowing you to feel the emotions these two must have felt. I was thoroughly pleased with the dual POVs and the flashbacks of where life took them and the reasons behind the decisions they made.








    The ending does have somewhat of a cliffhanger, but its not too devastating because I know that I will be able to read the continuation of the story of Corabelle and Gavin with Ms. Roy’s upcoming novel.

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

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    A very emotional book but well worth the roller-coaster ride. T

    A very emotional book but well worth the roller-coaster ride.

    This was a great book even though it dealt with very heavy subject matter. Once I started reading it was difficult to put down so I could get some sleep. You could feel the pain and angst that Gavin and Corabelle were feeling; I was pulling for them all the way. This book doesn't exactly have a cliffhanger - there is a HFN (happy for now) but it did leave me wanting to find out more about Gavin and Corabelle. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    Heartfelt and Hauntingly Beautiful Romance!! OMG! What a beauti

    Heartfelt and Hauntingly Beautiful Romance!! OMG! What a beautiful, haunting romance! Surviving a tragic loss and 4 years of separation, two hurt lovers are reunited by Destiny once again! I loved Corabelle and Gavin's story! A true beauty from ashes romance that will tug at your heart strings as you root for these two to get past their shared tragedy to a brighter future! An absolute MUST-READ for true romantics!! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Very boring

    I found this book to be very boring. I couldn't make myself read the whole thing. I also purchasedthe second book in the series which unfortunately I wasted my money on. The characters had no depth, the whole story could of been told in 20 pages instead of being dragged out. I would not recommended this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

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    An emotional read but great book. The characters Corabelle amd Gavin were adorable, alot of history between both, then in a single moment, life altering expetiences. Each handle it differently, so we walk with them through their pain and heartache. Well written book. Loved this new author.

    LOVETOREAD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Awesome love story

    I could'nt put this book down it was so good I hated for it to end. Just bought the second book can't wait to see what happens.

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  • Posted January 23, 2014

    absolutely love this story, could not put it down., what an emot

    absolutely love this story, could not put it down., what an emotional and heartfelt story ... love, love that it was in both characters
    point of view, which I feels make's a story just that much stronger, which this story is in fact was very strong and even if it was done
    in a one point person views it would still be just as strong, but I'm glade that we got to see both Corabelle and Gavin view's at the same
    time and to know what they were both feeling, which gave the story just so much more beauty and heart.. but the author's writing style is
    just so strong and easy to follow that the story would have been just as beautiful no matter what view point it was written in., definitely a
    must read story, that I highly recommend <3  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Heart wrenching

    This was one of the most emotional books i have read in a very long time! The story is told from both characters points of view equally and it is well done. I will not write a synop of the book since it has been done multiple times. This book will make you cry, make you smile and break your heart. -DINK

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Shawnie & alexis 4 ever

    Back off b.i.t.c.h.e.s hes mine

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2014

    Takes a bit to get into but once you reach that spot, your glued.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Not sure where to begin with this one. The synopsis tells you th

    Not sure where to begin with this one. The synopsis tells you that the couple in this story has a very sad past. However, nothing prepares you for this heartbreaking story. It was seriously one of my favorite love stories, ever. Everything was heartfelt and deep. Words cannot express the emotions the author allows the reader to feel as you read this story.

    Corabelle and Gavin lost their baby on their high school prom night. On the day of the funeral, Gavin walks away from Corabelle leaving her to grieve alone. Years later, they end up meeting again in college. When they realize they are in the same place at the same time, neither knows how to act. There is so much hurt and confusion that exists between them that seeing each other for the first time in years, is overwhelming.

    This emotional story takes you on a journey as you watch two hurt and broken individuals try to love again. The baby brought them closer together, as his death tore them apart. Could fate have brought them together? Is this their second chance at love? If you are a fan of second chance romances this is for you. However, it is not a light read. It is dark and emotional as you are given both POV of Gavin and Corabelle. You understand how they both feel about their relationship and how the death of the baby haunts them, even years later. You watch them battle their inner demons as they try to succumb to love.

    This story was well-written and I enjoyed the flow of the story. I had a hard time wanting to put it down because I needed to know what happened next. I am excited that there will be more books in this series. Characters like Gavin and Corabelle deserve more than one book. The hurt that they are currently experiencing is going to take time to heal. I look forward to the rest of their story as they hopefully not only move toward healing, but also, love. 

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  • Posted December 15, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    i cried, i laughed

    i laughed. i cried. i laughed more. cried more. awesomely written!

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

    5 I-Can┬┐t-Breathe Stars! I do not even know where to start w

    5 I-Can’t-Breathe Stars!




    I do not even know where to start with all of the thoughts and emotions that are plaguing me right now. How about with the synopsis (provided by goodreads.




    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.








    Okay, insert of biased opinion: I am a mother of a beautiful 4 year old girl and I have never known the life of my second child so this book really hit me hard and I cried a lot.
    Now, that aside, I know any compassionate person, a lover of romance, a believer in second chances, or someone dealing with harder-than-most things in life will enjoy this book.
    Corabelle is a strong person, but almost to the point of unemotional. She doesn’t let others get close to her for fear of them finding out the truth about her past.
    Gavin walked out on his childhood best friend and one true love just to end up with prostitutes and the ten year plan for college. No attachments, no emotions.
    When these two find themselves in the same class four years after losing everything, their reunion and attempts to not crumble again are heartbreaking yet hope fulfilling. Their love and connection is absolutely amazing and the life they had planned for themselves and Finn is one to be envied and one to mourn when it was all ripped away. 
    I find this storyline to be incredibly realistic and not a tragic story placed in a magical fairy tale setting where everything is fixed easily. Nothing fixes this easily. It is a long road of healing and Deanna demonstrates that magnificently in her writing of Corabelle and Gavin. I cannot wait to read the second installment, Forever Loved.




    A Must Read!










    (I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for my review and this is my honest-to-goodness, straight from the heart review!)

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  • Posted October 20, 2013

    Oh man. I knew when I read the synopsis for Forever Innocent, th

    Oh man. I knew when I read the synopsis for Forever Innocent, that I just had to get my hands on the book. That short blurb alone managed to clench at my heart in such a way, that I could only imagine what other things Corabelle had to go through. I knew this would be a difficult book to read, but I felt like I had (and needed) to listen to Gavin and Corabelle's story. To be a listening ear of sorts. Sadly, so many couples have lost children. While I have lost people that I've loved over the years, I still cannot even fathom what it must be like to survive the death one's own child. What gives a mom or dad the strength and courage to go on? How do they pick up the pieces?



    When Corabelle and Gavin were only sixteen years old, their one week old son, Finn, passed away. The couple had been there for each other and in love for most of their lives, yet after their son's death, Gavin left. Corabelle was of course devastated. They had made plans to spend the rest of their lives with each other, and she had believed Gavin would be there when she needed him the most.



    One thing Forever Innocent teaches or reminds us is that we all deal with grief in different and unpredictable ways. Tie that in with guilt and it ways one down even more. Corabelle and Gavin were dealing with so much grief, anger, and pain, that they shut off from the world, and from each other for four years. I admit that I was angry at Gavin for leaving her when they both could have helped each other heal. I was mad at some of the things he did during their time apart. However, I did not know the whole story, and I had to remind myself that they were both so young. Then I thought to myself- who am I to judge him when I've never been in his shoes? Because this book was written from Corabelle and Gavin's point of view, we get a glimpse of what he had been going through emotionally and what he had been thinking. Then we learned about the secrets that they had both been hiding from everyone, and had eaten them up inside.



    I have to admit, I was very curious as to why Corabelle and Gavin did not ask each other what they had been up to during their time apart. I know I would have wanted to know. It just shows what thin ice the two had been walking on, and how much time can change people. And when they did see each other again, it was like facing Finn's death all over again, as if it had just happened.



    Once I started reading Forever Innocent, I had a hard time putting it down. The writing flowed as Deanna Roy took us to the past, as well as the present. While this book dealt with some sad topics, it was also a beautiful love story, and showed us how some couples are just destined to be together, no matter what. I was happy to see that there will be another book coming out called Forever Loved, where Corabelle and Gavin's story will continue.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    I ugly cried. I ugly cried a LOT reading this. We are talking fu

    I ugly cried. I ugly cried a LOT reading this. We are talking full on sobbing, heaving, tissues required ugly crying. I knew it was coming, I could feel it from page one and going though it was just as hard as I imagined it would be. Please be aware if you delve into this one, its difficult to read at times, but it is also beautiful.




    During their senior year of high school, Corabelle and Gavin were expecting a bouncing baby boy. When Corabelle's water broke just 32 weeks into her pregnancy their worlds got turned upside down again, and just seven days later, their son died. Right after his funeral Gavin takes off and Corabelle is left to grieve on her own. After transferring schools four years later, Corabelle is shocked to run into Gavin in her astronomy class.




    My imagination was in full swing as I turned Deanna Roy's descriptions into pictures in my mind. Everything was so vivid that it made everything very real for me. I was moved by this book in so many ways. As a NICU mom to a 31 weeker, I have first hand knowledge about a lot of the feelings Corabelle and Gavin went through in those too short 7 days with their son. Having a child in the NICU is an experience you cannot fully comprehend unless you've been there. The way Deanna Roy wrote about it brought me right back to the day Baby Girl was born and the weeks that followed. And I relived it. Then I experienced the worst fears I had during that time, through Corabelle and Gavin's eyes. But this book isn't about that experience. It's about moving on and finding closure and never forgetting.
    "Crossing the line isn't about forgetting the people we love. It's about not letting our past sorrow steal our future joy." ~ Gavin
    Corabelle and Gavin's story doesn't end with Forever Innocent. The rest of their story will be in book 2, Forever Loved. I'll for sure be keeping an eye out for more info!

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

    This is a very good book. It will grip you from the very first c

    This is a very good book. It will grip you from the very first chapter. I really felt connected to the characters in this book and rooted for them the whole book. Forever Innocent deals with a heavy subject matter in a very graceful way. It’s a very heartfelt story that will make you cry and laugh. It was a good balance that kept you waiting to learn more about the couple. The way that the author weaved the past with the present was brilliant. I felt like I was there with Corabelle and Gavin learning their story and their secrets. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves a good romance and maybe a good cry. I will definitely read the sequel for this book as soon as it comes out. I’m excited to continue on their journey.
    *I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

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    While I normally stray away from books surrounding serious situa

    While I normally stray away from books surrounding serious situations Forever Innocent was surprisingly a pleasant read. I found myself thinking about my own children while reading this and how lost I would be without them.




     What started as a childhood friendship ultimately transformed into a deep love for Corabelle and Gavin. After the death of their son Finn, their lives were forever changed. Causing their lives to go in complete opposite directions.




     Fours years later fate allowed them a second chance. A second chance to start again. Immediately after seeing one another all of the old feelings came flooding back in, including the hurt they mutually share surrounding the lost of the child they lost.




     Ms. Roy honestly outdid herself with the entire story slowing allowing you to feel the emotions these two must have felt. I was thoroughly pleased with the dual POVs and the flashbacks of where life took them and the reasons behind the decisions they made.








    The ending does have somewhat of a cliffhanger, but its not too devastating because I know that I will be able to read the continuation of the story of Corabelle and Gavin with Ms. Roy’s upcoming novel.
    **Huge thanks to the author for providing me with an arc copy in exchange for my honest opinion**
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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    I absolutely loved Forever Innocent! I loved the characters! I l

    I absolutely loved Forever Innocent! I loved the characters! I loved the story! I just absolutely loved all of it! :D While there were times where the characters didn't do the things I wanted them to do, I found their reactions so realistic and so consistent with what I knew about them, that I completely understood their actions, and I loved that!

    I thought that Forever Innocent was a wonderful story!!!! I was actually sad when I got to the end because I wanted more Corabelle and Gavin, so I was thrilled (and even did an inner fist bump) when I clicked my kindle past the page that said "the end" and discovered that there was going to be a sequel! I already can't wait to read it!!!!!

    Forever Innocent was an incredibly memorable story and I know it's going to linger with me for a long time. Corabelle and Gavin had a baby together and lost him after only seven days. It was heart-wrenching to get to experience their moments with Finn, but it was also so beautiful...and I cried more than once. This isn't just a story about two characters who love each other. It's a story about two characters with a vivid history, one that they'll never forget, but may be able to finally move past together. I thought it was a beautiful story about dealing with loss and with the reactions and consequences that come with. Seeing both Corabelle and Gavin come to terms with their loss and changed relationship was such a fantastic reading experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    I find that sometimes books that begin after a relationship has already been developed can leave the reader in the dark, but that definitely wasn't the case with Forever Innocent! Deanna Roy did an amazing job at filling in Corabelle and Gavin's past, and I absolutely loved how she unveiled it all. While reading I was so desperate to finally get answers that both Gavin and Corabelle were hiding, but once Deanna Roy finally unveiled them, I couldn't believe how well she'd done it! It was perfect, and it made me feel as if I was completely inside of the situation with the characters, which was an extremely emotional experience and it was so moving!

    Forever Innocent was an absolutely amazing story and I loved every single word that I read! Deanna Roy has crafted a remarkable story about love, loss, and moving forward, and I wholeheartedly recommend it! You'll be frustrated, you'll laugh, you'll cry, but above all else, this book will stick with you! I'd recommend this one to readers who love intense stories with electric chemistry between characters, love that just keeps on going, and also to any readers who don't mind a good cry every now and then. ;D

    * I received an ebook of Forever Innocent to participate in its blog tour and give an honest review.
    * This review also appears on my blog and on other social media sites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    I am on my second read through the book. I enjoyed this story as

    I am on my second read through the book. I enjoyed this story as much as the 2 previous books. I am a proud angel momma and love stories involving the reality of baby loss.

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