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Posted January 18, 2014
Wow, did this one take me by surprise. I was contacted by the publicist with a review copy since they'd seen my review where I loved Forever Innocent. I was excited to see where Corabelle and Gavin would end up since they have a powerful love, but also some very tough things in their past, and I was nervous to see what would come up from secrets, pain and uncertainty of their pasts.
I still love Corabelle's character. Sure, she deludes herself some, but don't we all. We want to be over the pains of our past and never really admit that we still struggle with some of those issues daily. But despite her battle against herself, she is still strong and smart.
Gavin too is emotional, but of course since he is a guy, he hides it most of the time. He is living with a lot of regrets, especially in regards to his behavior after Finn died.
Corabelle and Gavin still have that irresistable spark of chemistry between them, and their feelings are true even if they are pushed to the limits of testing when something unexpected comes up from their past.
The theme from the first book of getting second chances is definitely pushed to the limits in this one, and we get to see Corabelle's parents in this one, and her dad most def does not even want to give out that second chance, and even though they are annoying at times, I totally get that they just don't want their little girl to get her hopes up again.
I love also the friendship in this one. Jenny is still around and Corabelle gets closer to Jenny, who I really admire and like. I also just found out is going to have her own book and I can't wait to read it.
The ending, well the epilogue, wrapped everything up really well, and I like the choices made and I feel like they are really seeing the hope that everything can be okay for them despite all they went through.
Bottom Line: Great sequel with lots of surprises, steam and emotion.
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Posted June 22, 2014
Wonderful, heart wrenching, will stay with you...
This is the second book in The Forever Series and you will want to read the first book in the series (Forever Innocent) before you read this one – and it will be so worth it.
I couldn’t put this book down; it was so compelling and the heartbreak that Corabelle and Gavin suffer before getting to their HEA was so believable and real it was almost painful to read. Rest assured – they do get to the HEA.
This book fills in some of the details that were missing from Forever Innocent (although I didn’t feel anything was missing when I read that book). It gives us more insight into was happened to both characters during the time right before and right after the funeral.
If you’ve already read Forever Innocent you won’t want to miss this book. While I felt that Forever Innocent was a great book with a HFN (happy for now) this book gets you to the HEA that these two young people deserve.
I am also looking forward to reading Tina’s story in Forever Sheltered.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review but I did purchase Forever Innocent on my own first.
Posted June 21, 2014
Beautifully Realistic and Hopeful Romance!! I loved it!! Amazing!! This book is a tragic yet beautiful realistic romance! Real life is messy, sometimes inconvenient, sometimes tragic, but also beautiful and sweet! Gavin and Corabelle's story is a triumph over adversity, pain and heartache to beauty, love and hope for the future! Deanna Roy has been added to my MUST-READ author list! I highly recommend these books in The Forever Series and can't wait to read the next book and Tina's story!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2014
This story broke my heart into a million shattered pieces all filled with unyielding questions, countless doubts, unending pain, and haunting loss. This is not an easy story, but it is a story that NEEDS to be read. The emotions are real, the pain is excruciating, and the love is pure and strong. If you are looking for a story to take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you as a human being and a friend then this is exactly what you want. Life can be a whirlwind of sorrow and confusion as well as a tidal wave of love and strength. We have no control over the events in our life, but we do have control of how we deal with the struggles that life sends our way. I hope that you learn to take the bad with the good and treasure every moment, lavish each other with love, and be there to pick up those who fall.
Corabelle and Gavin watched helplessly as their happily ever after was ripped cruelly and savagely from their fingers. When their future turned dark and the bright light of their lucky stars burned out, they both fell apart. Feeling utterly worthless in his attempts to hold Corabelle together, Gavin ran thinking she would better off without him. Utterly devastated and lost, they both trudged on with their lives trying to salvage what little good was left. By a miracle of fate, they soon find themselves back in each other’s arms. They begin the long hard road of opening up and admitting hidden secrets and past sins. Just when they can see the dawning light of a new day, the sky darkens once again as Gavin is forced to face a secret that has been kept from him by a woman he sought comfort from after his escape from his and Corabelle’s nightmare. Can this fragile relationship withstand the raging storm that has caught them up in its unforgiving vortex, or will the storm pass leaving them standing stronger than before while the warm and welcoming rays of a new day surround them with more hope and love then they ever thought possible?
These exquisite characters pulled me into their story and made me see the power in hope and love. We only need a small amount of hope to get us through the worst battles of our life. Corabelle and Gavin couldn’t make it on their own, but once they found each other again, they realized that they could face their demons together and come back stronger and better for it. They could accomplish anything together. Their unwavering love and hope for a future helped them face and conquer the pain and the trials that they had to work through. Nothing was impossible and no one could stop them from forging a future they wanted more than their next breath.
I don’t think that any of us as parents or single individuals can ever imagine what it would be like to watch your child die before they even had a chance to truly live. These are not thoughts that make us happy, and so we push them aside, send them our best wishes, and hope for a quick recovery. While not meaning to, we create a subset of our social world that we lump these people in as a defense mechanism. We don’t know how to help them deal with their pain, so we treat them differently, but in reality all they want is for life to return to normal. We need to push aside our uncomfortable feelings and hold them close. Let them lean on us, and show them that life is worth the extra effort each morning to get up. No matter what, we need to show them that they are loved and worthy of that love.
This is the first book that I have read by Deanna Roy, and I was completely blown away. Everything felt so real. I could feel her heart being written into the words on each page, and I was struck by their depth and magnitude. Her whispers of small truths could easily be seen in the good and the bad times. Life is ugly, messy, and complicated, and we need to accept that. Opening our eyes to heart wrenching situations like this is the first step in admitting that we don’t have the control over our own lives like we think we do. Life doesn’t end after tragedy hits, and we need to reach out and help those who have been hit by such events. We don’t always get our happily ever after. Instead, we need to appreciate the small pleasures in life and in the process allow healing to take place. Eventually, we might get a small glimpse of some good heading our way, and we would be wise to grab hold of it and not let it pass us by.
Posted March 18, 2014
Posted March 14, 2014
What a conclusion to this beautiful, tragic, all consuming love story of Gavin and Corabelle. I think my heart was in my throat the entire time. My heart continued to break over and over for Gavin and Corabelle. How much more can they take? Their story will put you through the ringer, but it is worth every minute.
"I'll love you all your life"
Forever Loved picks up right where Forever Innocent (Book One) picks up, and Corabelle is still in the hospital due to the episode that occurred at the end. Gavin vows to stay with Corabelle through this. Love her through everything and more. To never leave her like he did years ago. While they both have guilt issues to work out, Gavin and Corabelle are determined to stay together. But, what happens when Gavin's past comes back to haunt them? It is a reminder of their past and mistakes made. It brings to the surface all the pain and heartache both Gavin and Corabelle have experienced.
"You're beautiful. You're perfect."
The love between Corabelle and Gavin knows no boundaries. It is endless. It goes where love doesn't dare to go. This isn't a light read, it will hurt. But, I promise the journey will be worth it. Corabelle and Gavin are two genuine characters that bare their souls in this story. Their story is not only passionate, but raw. I love that the author takes chances. So many New Adult stories are similar, but not this one. It goes where many try to go and do not succeed. It is an all consuming read where your heart shatters and is put back together piece by piece, just not in the way you imagined. Like the first in this series, Forever Loved is beautifully written and highly emotional. Love never fails. Love heals all. Choose love above all things. In Forever Loved, love is truth.
Posted March 6, 2014
Forever Loved is a very emotionally gripping story, that shouldn't be read without being prepared for tears. Deanna Roy did an excellent
Posted February 11, 2014
Forever Loved is the conclusion to Corabelle and Gavin's story. We see them facing more hardships but realizing they have the strength to face them...together.
In Forever Loved, Corabelle is hospitalized following her trip into the Pacific and subsequent bout of pneumonia. As she's struggling to heal, Gavin is faced with a situation that could change the course of things with Corabelle. He's quite unsure of how she will handle the news that might have fathered another child. And it's not news he wants to share with Corabelle being in such a fragile state.
Forever Loved is an angsty, emotional read. Corabelle and Gavin are still working through their common issues over the death of Finn, and having Corabelle's illness and the reason behind it, Corabelle's parents presence, and the possibility of Gavin having fathered a child with Rosa, all certainly ratcheted up the tension. My guts were tied in knots for much of the book.
But I loved seeing the strength of both Corabelle and Gavin - strength I don't think they realized they had. They proved they'd both grown - they were open and honest with one another no matter how difficult it was. And with a little help from Tina and Jenny, I think they both, but especially Corabelle, realized that they didn't have to face things alone.
"The most important thing was letting people in, allowing others to be there for you, and no matter how dark things got, to harbor that one last light." pg 164, eARC
The only reason this isn't a 5 bookworm read is that the issue of Corabelle's mental health isn't completely addressed. She was never honest with her parents about certain events, although she did share the information with Gavin. This may be explored further in the next book, which is Tina's book. I hope so because although I believe Corabelle and Gavin can now weather any storm, I would have felt more certain if she'd received some more counseling.
Forever Loved was an ideal ending for Corabelle and Gavin's story. It's not an easy story. They've been through so much. But in the end, they learned from their mistakes, they matured, and they realized what they have in each other.
Posted February 10, 2014
Posted January 25, 2014
Posted January 24, 2014
I was so happy to read this book. It was very satisfying. I kept expecting C to get all jealous and harpy at G especially when it came to Rosa to add that aspect to the story as so many authors do. But she didnt! mind you, she felt jealousy as to be expected but she didnt act irrationally about it. Same with Rosa she loves G but she truely wants what is best for her son. I cant wait to read the conclusion with Tinas story and see how the rest of the gang are. -DINKWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
wow, the author really out did it this time and this book was absolutely and down right awesome and over the moon 5 trillion star's beautiful.,
again I love how it was written in both Corabelle's and Gavin's point of view, which I think just add's so much to a story., and really gave there
emotions, love, passion, sadness and happiness and their overall strength, to simply just pop and jump up off the page. a must read for sure
that i highly recommend <3
Posted January 21, 2014
I loved this series, it was so real so raw! The twists and turns I didn't see coming. Well written and with a wonderful ending!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 14, 2014
I must admit that, like most readers I'm sure, the description of Forever Loved did give me a bit of a fright, but I knew that Deanna Roy would give us one heck of a story, and I hoped that I would love it as much as I loved Forever Innocent, and you know what...I did!
Forever Loved isn't a light read. It makes you think, it makes you feel, and above all else it pulls you into the story. While it wasn't light a read, it was definitely fast because I didn't want to put it down at all! I already loved Gavin and Corabelle from Forever Innocent, so I was thrilled to get to see more of them, and while they did have some rough spots in this book, I loved that we got to see Gavin and Corabelle tackling things together! I'm not going to get into specifics or anything, but I definitely thought that we were able to see how much Gavin and Corabelle have grown and their reactions to difficult situations really reflected how much growth they have had, both separately and as a couple. I know some people don't like dual POVs, but I think Deanna Roy does an amazing job with them! She never replays the same scene in a different POV. Instead, we are always given something completely different or one that compliments the scene before it, and it works incredibly well!
While Forever Loved does end in a place where Gavin and Corabelle's story isn't completely over, it does tie everything together extremely well, and it leaves enough open so that the next book in the series, Forever Sheltered, which will be about Corabelle's friend, Tina, can fit right in. To be honest, I'm kind of glad that there was a bit left open just so that we can see more of them in Tina's story!! I'm so excited for it. I'm looking forward to more of Tina, but I'm also psyched to see a bit more of Gavin and Corabelle, too...I'm definitely not tired of them yet! ;D
Overall, I thought that Forever Loved was fantastic! It brought me back to two characters that I absolutely loved in Forever Innocent, and may have tossed some upheaval in their lives, but it also brought amazing things as well. I was a bit nervous when I first read the book's description, but in the end, I was extremely happy with how Deanna Roy tied everything together, and I am super excited to get to see a bit more of Gavin and Corabelle in Tina's story, Forever Sheltered...plus since it's Tina's story, you know it's gonna be a blast to read! :D
And finally, I have to admit that a big part of me loves the covers for these books because I think the cover model for Gavin looks a lot like the actor who plays Nick (David Giuntoli) on Grimm and I think that guy is a super hottie! ;D
* I received an ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
* This review also appears on my blog and other social media accounts.
Posted January 10, 2014
Forever Loved by Deanna Roy is finally released! The highly anticipated sequel to Forever Innocent was well worth the wait. In Forever Innocent, Corabelle and Gavin have suffered one of the most horrific experiences that would forever scar their lives and relationship. They lost their seven-day old baby. Both of them suffered the loss in a very different way. For four years, both have been on self-destructive paths. Finally both are ready to move forward in life and accept their permanent separation due to their loss. They are reunited in college and still feel the emotional pull towards one another. The scars from the past are haunting them. They have to face the past and decide if they can forgive one another.
Corabelle and Gavin have drawn lines in the sand. They chose the present over the past. They have revealed their secrets of the past four years. The results of those revelations caused Corabelle to react drastically and almost take her life.
Forever Loved continues where Forever Innocent left off. Corabelle is in the hospital with a bad case of pneumonia due to almost drowning in the ocean. It has been an eye opener for her. She realizes that she has to stop her self-destruction. She has chosen a future with Gavin. She cannot undo the past, but she can do something about her self-destructive actions. Things are finally starting to look positive for them until Gavin’s past comes back to haunt them in a way that can destroy their fragile relationship and Corabelle’s greatest weakness.
Gavin has fathered another child with a prostitute.
The results of this almost tear the two apart. Together they find a way to cope with this new revelation and have to learn to move forward again.
Forever Loved is emotionally charged and has the reader in tears for these two young people. The story was delivered with sensitivity, brutal honesty, emotional scenes, and an everlasting hope that love can conquer all. This story was about forgiveness, self-awareness, and healing.
The characters were well-developed. The story flowed beautifully and the reader becomes very invested in Corabelle’s and Gavin’s story. The secondary characters were strong, supportive, and delivered the right kind of emotions this story needed.
I loved Forever Loved. I look forward to the next book in this series. It will be one of the secondary characters from Forever Innocent and Forever Loved. The author has promised that we will see more of Corabelle and Gavin in this book as their relationship progresses, but it will mainly be Tina’s story.
Don’t miss out on these books! I highly recommend them.
Posted January 10, 2014
Forever Loved picks up right where Forever Innocent left off and one of the biggest questions I had at the end of the first novel was whether or not these two would be able to forgive themselves and each other and be able to move on with their lives. Gavin and Corabelle have a heartbreaking history, but there is also a lot of love between these two. Corabelle's actions at the end of the first book certainly made me wonder what would happen next, as it's clear she has a lot of issues to sort through.
This was one of my biggest concerns with this book. I felt what Corabelle did should have played a larger role and made into a bigger deal than it was. Instead, she brushes it off and is going to depend on Gavin's love to get her through. I had a big problem with this because this isn't the first time Corabelle has attempted this particular thing. I felt like he was a huge crutch for her and I just had a hard time believing that everything would wrap up so neatly after all that has occurred. That is not to say Gavin and Corabelle don't have their share of problems in this book, however. New challenges and obstacles pop up that threaten to shatter the fragile thread that binds the two together.
Gavin is definitely a source of strength for Corabelle. I am really glad he stayed true to his nature and his love for her throughout this book. She really is it for him and he refuses to let her go. Gavin left Corabelle after Finn's funeral and made some really bad decisions. He was young, heartbroken, and didn't know how to deal with everything that was being thrown at him. I really like that Roy showed us flashbacks of that day in his POV. Gavin's father is a piece of work and instead of being supportive on the day of the funeral, he continues to tear him down and treat him like crap. Gavin always feared he would follow in his footsteps and become a bad father. However, what he starts to realize is that your parents don't define you and he can choose to be better than his father ever was. Gavin also takes a lot of grief from Corabelle's parents and while most people would be driven away by them, Gavin stayed by Corabelle's side no matter what.
Corabelle as I said, has a lot of issues I felt she needed to work through. Physically, her body is healing after what happened at the end of the first book, but emotionally I felt she still had a long way to go. She is coming to terms with Finn's death and the ending will definitely give you chills by how that storyline is resolved. Corabelle still has a lot of insecurities though when it comes to Gavin. She is terrified he will leave her again and she ends up having an anxiety attack at the hospital, in which she relapses and ends up in the ICU. Gavin hates that he wasn't there, but she needs to start learning to trust in him again otherwise I fear their relationship wouldn't make it. Tina is a great friend to Corabelle and we got to see more of her in this story. I am quite interested in her story, as she went down a similar road as Corabelle. Unlike Gavin, her ex ditched her and there was no reunion for those two. I am looking forward to seeing Roy tell Tina's story next.
Rosa and Manuelito also play a big role in this story. Rosa only cares about her son and wants to be able to provide and take care of him. I felt bad for her, as she is in love with Gavin and he does not reciprocate that love for her. I was a bit wary of Rosa at first and wondered what her true intentions were and if she was trying to trap Gavin. I loved little Manuelito (Rosa's son). He is adorable and is a really tough kid for being able to adapt as much as he had.
Overall, I enjoyed the ending to Corabelle and Gavin's story, as I felt these two have been through so much in their young lives and it is definitely heartwarming to see their story resolve the way it did, even though I felt it wrapped up a bit too perfectly.
*Received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
Posted January 9, 2014
Posted January 9, 2014
I couldn't wait to read this sequel to Forever Innocent, and it did not disappoint! Be sure you have a box of tissues ready -- though not quite as emotional as the first book in the series, this one still packs a whallop. I loved reading what happened to Gavin and Corabelle, but the plot twists threw me for a loop! I don't want to spoil the plot, so just plan to read it yourself. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2014
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