Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Forever Loved by Deanna Roy

Forever Loved (#2)

The much-anticipated sequel to the Top 10 bestselling new adult romance Forever Innocent.

“How do I tell the woman I love that I fathered a son with a prostitute?”

After four long years of separation, Gavin has finally reunited with his childhood love Corabelle. She’s forgiven him for leaving her during the funeral of their seven-day-old baby, and also for where he ended up — in Mexico to get a vasectomy.

But a message from Rosa, a prostitute he met the day of his surgery, brings his life to a crashing halt. She claims Gavin has fathered a son, now three years old and living with her cousin in Ensenada. He doesn’t know if he can trust Rosa, who never mentioned the boy before, or if his delicate reconciliation with Corabelle can withstand the shock if it is true.

Corabelle believes their future together is the right thing despite their past. But when she learns of this other child, the one thing she lost long ago and might never have again with Gavin, Corabelle’s faith that her life will ever follow her old dream is shattered. To make things right for Gavin and his son, she just might have to let go of the only person she always believed would be her forever love.

Forever Loved is the heart-wrenching conclusion to Gavin and Corabelle's passionate story.
HEA. 276 print pages.


4 Fabulous Stars
Review by Jen Hagen
Gavin and Corabelle suddenly found themselves each living out their dream by the sea 4 years after burying their infant son.  Gavin walked away from it all and Corabelle was left to put herself back together again.  Corabelle has struggled with the death of Finn, placing the blame on herself for smoking pot before she knew she was pregnant.  Gavin dealt with his grief in his own way by having a vasectomy.  Neither of them had spoken to each other for 4 years. 

In Forever Loved, we witness Gavin and Corabelle trying to find their way back to each other, building up the trust that they had so long ago.  The love has always been there with neither of them moving on to another, but after Finn died and Gavin walked away the hurt has replaced everything else that they had good for themselves in their young loving relationship.   Corabelle still enjoys the calmness and peace she finds when she reaches for the black escape.  How do you move forward?


Still, we had so much terrain to cover.  His vasectomy.  My guilt.  I wasn’t sure how we could go back to that place where we’d drawn a line in the sand and stepped away from the tragic past.  Or if we should.


Gavin is determined to prove his love and devotion to Corabelle and her parents.  He is remaining by her side during a difficult time in her life, demonstrating to them all that he is not going to run away again.  Corabelle and Gavin are working towards achieving individual happiness  and solace with each other.

Things are going so well for this young couple who have endured so much grief in a short time span.  They are experiencing hope again for their future, even though that future doesn’t include their son, and may not include any more children considering that Gavin had a vasectomy performed in Mexico under unknown medical expertise. 


Everything had meaning again – why I was in school, where I was going, who I wanted to be.  He had been the missing piece.


Their new-found happiness is threatened when Gavin receives a phone call from a person in his past.  Gavin used to find sexual gratification in prostitutes in Mexico.  These were the only physical relationships he has had since he left Corabelle.  A prostitute he developed a friendship with has called to inform him that she has been hiding something from him for years.

“Gavin, the little boy is yours.”


No… please don’t let this be true!!.  This poor couple has endured more than enough pain and now they are confronted with the possibility of Gavin being a father to another woman’s child.   He may not be able to reproduce a child again with Corabelle, but yet he himself will have the fulfillment of being a father while Corabelle will forever have that void in her life.  I felt so much pain and sympathy for Gavin and Corabelle.  I just wanted them glued back together, if that was even possible considering how broken Corabelle is.   

I wanted to throw up, to cry.  And I really, really wanted to hold my breath, to disappear into the black…I had to face things without escaping.  

I was amazed by the tenderness and strength that Gavin exhibited towards Corabelle in her fragile state and the possible outcome of his paternity test.   He was not going to walk away from her this time, although he knew he would have to fight hard to keep her if the child is in fact his.  All this has happened in the short time-span of one week since the conclusion of the first book, Forever Innocent.  Although the author states this is the end of Gavin and Corabelle’s story, she is writing a secondary character’s book and we will catch glimpses of Corabelle and Gavin in that story.  There certainly is more of their journey to be told and hopefully their involvement in the next book will be enough to satiate me.

Forever Innocent (#1)

"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.

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