Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Forever Sheltered by Deanna Roy

Title: Forever Sheltered
Author: Deanna Roy
Genre: New Adult Romance
Series: Forever Series #3
Publication Date: 23rd July 2014
Pages: 300
Book Source: From author for review

Synopsis: Tina would rather sew up her girl parts with dental floss than go on a second date with a man. She's been dumped enough to know not to get attached.

But when Dr. Darion Marks comes into her art therapy room to ask a favor for a special patient, Tina recognizes the haunted look he buries beneath his stoic professionalism. So rather than be forced to ditch the handsome doctor after a single night, she decides not to date him at all.

So how exactly DO they end up half-naked in Surgical Suite B?

Dr. Darion has a lot to hide. His baby sister is the only family he has left, and he’s not leaving her treatment to some incompetent hack.

But now he’s breaking every hospital rule imaginable. He lied about his sister so he can manage her care, and now he’s banging the art therapy teacher between patient rounds like a fraternity boy at a keg party.

Nobody believes this can end well, not Tina’s friend Corabelle, who is overcoming a tragic history much like Tina’s, or even pink-haired Jenny, who thinks sex with strangers is good for your metabolism.

But Dr. Darion and Tina have one thing going for them – a fierce passion for each other that just might obliterate all their doubts, and solve all their problems.

Forever Sheltered includes many favorite characters from Forever Innocent and Forever Loved, as well as the much-anticipated wedding of Gavin and Corabelle.

Karen's Thoughts:                 
Many of us have experienced miscarriage or suffered infant loss or know someone who has. Even if it has not touched your life directly, as a mother it's difficult to imagine how on earth you can pick yourself up after such a loss. After years of fertility issues I am very blessed to have given birth to four healthy babies. Whilst I was pregnant with my fourth child, one of my closest and dearest friends was also expecting her fourth child. We were very excited to be having babies within months of each other. Sadly her baby boy was stillborn. I can still remember where I was and what I was doing when my husband called me to tell me. He wasn’t able to come home to tell me in person, but he also didn’t want me to hear the news from anyone else, or God forbid if someone posted about it on social media. Many people expected that I wouldn’t be able to face my friend and some even suggested it was heartless of me to attend the funeral as it would be a real slap in the face for my friend to be reminded that I still had a baby to look forward to and she no longer did. I remember how grateful she was that I didn’t avoid her as many friends did. She didn’t blame them, they had no idea how to deal with this tragedy. I recall her proudly showing me the photos that were taken in the hospital and how her baby boy looked absolutely perfect, just like he was sleeping. My friend is now a passionate supporter of SANDS here in Australia and is helping others walk the path that she has walked herself.

Forever Sheltered is the third book in the Forever series and can be read as a stand alone but I highly recommend that you read the entire series and Gavin and Corabelle’s journey after the death of their newborn son.

Forever Sheltered centers around Tina and Darion. Tina suffered infant loss herself when she was only a teenager. She’s had a troubled time dealing with her grief and has reached out to her audience, publicly speaking about suicide awareness. At the end of the second book in this series, Tina is offered a job at a hospital as an art teacher/therapist for patients with long term illness. Through this role she is able to reach out and support patients through art, but likewise I felt they reached out to her as well.

This is where Tina meets the very lovely Dr Darion Marks and what a special young Doctor he is. Tina recognizes a hidden pain in Darion. Tina has stayed well away from relationships after being abandoned by the father of her baby when she needed support the most. She does her best to keep her distance from Darion, but strong chemistry keeps pulling them together. Darion is walking through a web of lies trying to protect the person he loves the most and I found myself desperate to see both Tina and Darion break down walls and be each other’s support.

Deanna Roy has become one of my favourite authors. I was deeply touched by Deanna’s dedications in the book to families affected by cancer.  I applaud Deanna for reaching out to readers in such a personal way.

Guest review by Karen

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Forever Sheltered (The Forever Series, #3)


  1. Your review got me teary, what you did for your friend is exactly how I hoped friends and family would be when Taleah died, but sadly not all could deal with it. I do want to read this trilogy and since they are 'romance' there must be lots of love to lighten all that sadness. Thanks for sharing a heartfelt review Karen xx

    1. It isn't always easy knowing how to support a grieving friend, I just know that whatever she needed I wanted to be there. I recall my friend telling me that she would rather people said the wrong thing, than nothing at all and that has always stuck with me.

      I will be interested in your thoughts if you do get to read this trilogy Teddyree, I can imagine it won't be an easy read for you xx

  2. When I began reading this post I thought to myself this won't be a book I'd read, however reading the summary and your review, you know what you have hooked me in. Whenever I see New Adult I tend to leave it ( for younger readers!), however sounds like the characters have had a good deal of life experience. Great review, thanks.

    1. New Adult can be really hit and miss for me too Kathryn, because sometimes I just feel irritated if the characters are too immature. I do hope you get a chance to read Deanna's novels and would love to hear your thoughts if you do.

      Her characters certainly don't initially deal well with their grief or make mature decisions but given their ages and the heart wrenching cards they are dealt, I found their reactions plausible.

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    1. NA is certainly not everyone's cup of tea Blodeuedd.

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    1. I enjoyed the trilogy Julie and I hope that you get a chance to read Deanna's books.


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