GIVEAWAY and EXCERPT: Forever Innocent by Deanna Roy
Published on October 1st 2013 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
“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.
Gavin took my hand and led us across the rooftop to the far corner, away from the other students working on their astronomy labs.
“Lie here with me,” he said and set his backpack down. He squeezed my fingers as he let go, and I wished we had walked some great distance, just to feel his hand on mine a little longer.
I laid my pack next to his and we stretched out on the bumpy surface of the roof, staring up at the stars.
“So how long have we both lived in the same city and not known it?” he asked.
“I got here a year ago.”
“A whole year.” He turned his face to mine. “Seems like the world wants us to at least be friends again.”
I didn’t know which words to get stuck on. Friends. Or at least. “Seems like it.”
“You think we’re the only ones who still think about Finn?”
Just hearing our baby’s name out here in the open, with the heavens wide above, made my throat get tight. “I don’t know. He really only ever belonged to you and me.”
I kept my eyes up on the stars. The Big Dipper rested neatly in the sky, surrounded by lesser bits of light, and I understood now 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 our sky, he would always be there, the biggest and the brightest of them all.
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