Forever Sheltered by Deanna Roy #Review

Posted June 23, 2015 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 15 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Forever Sheltered by Deanna Roy #Review
Forever Sheltered

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Series: #3 Forever, Red Hot Lover Boxed Set #2
Published by Malachite Publishing
Released on March 17, 2015
Pages: 296
Format: eARC
Source: Author

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This is the second story in the Red Hot Lovers Boxed Set and was also the third installment in the Forever series. It was emotionally gripping and poignant though it provided a sizzling hot romance. The story works as a standalone.

The story opens when mixed up, closed off and snarky hospital art therapist, Tina, is approached by the supposedly unapproachable Dr. Darien Marks to take extra time with one of his pediatric patients. Tina keeps a wall around herself, not letting the world in and her relations with the opposite sex are strictly ‘one and done’. Only the moment Darien enters her life, she has a strong desire to break her own rules and batter down her own emotional walls. If only Darien wasn’t keeping a secret from her.

Darien has put it all on the line including his prestigious career so that he can be the one delivering treatment to his younger, beloved sister, Cynthia for her leukemia treatment. He lied about their relationship and set up an elaborate hoax at the hospital. Cynthia is wild about the new art therapist and her visits to Tina are the highlight of her day. Soon his visits with the prickly woman with the vulnerable eyes are the highlight of his days too. Dare he trust her with the truth?

This story jumps right in and clips along at a goodly pace. The situation and the characters are introduced fast and their wary beginning that leads to hot attraction and connection soon follows. This is a story that confounds me when it comes to my feelings about it. There were moments I was strongly engaged and connected, but there were also large chunks where I was just mildly into it. There was no one thing that I could point at for the reason. I was hot and cold with the characters and the plot. The story felt like it moved fast particularly the romance so it was tough for me to keep up when they went from just scratching an itch to something deeper. This all amounts to me liking it, but not loving it.

The characters were probably the best part. The setting was sad, but really worked to support the plot and even the romance. Tina was a hard one for me at first with her attitude toward people and the way she treated them (she went through some really tough stuff and it scarred her), but she owned it and changed plus she was the one to open up and reach out first which really. Darien was easier for me to connect to, but his need to hide his secret even though it was for a good reason kept that final layer of trust from forming and turning it into a relationship.

All in all, I liked this one and was glad to have read it. I would recommend it to those who enjoy heartwarming yet spicy Contemporary Romance.

My thanks to the authors for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Lola
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That’s weird that some moment you were totaly into it and other just mildy enjoying it. I prefer slow moving romances as when it feels rushed, it always feels like they skip a step or something or things suddenly happen too fast. I can imagine Tina is hard to like at first, but I like the sound of how she’s the first to open up and reach out! I also like seeing characters change slowly throughout the story. Not a fan of characters who keep secrets, even if it is for a good reason I always hope they open up… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I couldn’t figure it out why I felt that way about it. It was an interesting situation and characters, but I”m with you about the secrets. That never ends well for people.

Lola
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That’s weird that some moment you were totaly into it and other just mildy enjoying it. I prefer slow moving romances as when it feels rushed, it always feels like they skip a step or something or things suddenly happen too fast. I can imagine Tina is hard to like at first, but I like the sound of how she’s the first to open up and reach out! I also like seeing characters change slowly throughout the story. Not a fan of characters who keep secrets, even if it is for a good reason I always hope they open up… Read more »

kimbacaffeinate
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The characters sound wonderful and I love that this works as a standalone. You have me curious about the box set!

Sophia Rose
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It’s funny you mention that set. I went to added the buy links for the post and that box set has been taken down from all vendors. It just came out in April so I don’t know what happened. Shari suggested that it might have just been a special for a limited time. Who knows! LOL But at least all the stories I’ve read so far are available separately, too.

Braine TS
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That’s amazing of Darien… I have read books that made me feel similar to you: hot and cold. I think those moments that I was disconnected was when the author felt like they were trying too hard to make the scene affecting. I mean you can tell when that happens, when things doesn’t quite flow. Not sure if that’s what happened here but it’s great that you still gave it 4 stars.

Sophia Rose
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I hesitate to give a lower rating any time I can’t quite put my finger on what caused me not to love a story. I did find the little girl’s illness, their growing past their issues, and the setting good stuff.

Lindy Gomez
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Lindy Gomez

Usually it’s the male that does the one and done, and the female that breaks down walls. I like that the author reversed this usual plot aspect. It is frustrating when a book loses you from time to time and you can’t really figure out why. This has happened to me before. I’m glad that you were able to enjoy this spicy romance overall.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

Sophia Rose
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Oh that role reversal was definitely a rarer one for me, too. She was something else at the beginning and worked for shock value with me. But I loved it when things started to change.

I feel so frustrated as a reviewer when that hot and cold interest thing happens and I can’t nail down the reason. I always want to make sure I’m clear on liking/disliking so its helpful instead of vague for folks. Grrr!

Lover Of Romance
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I really like seeing the set up of the story, but it can be frustrating when you can’t be completely in the story. its one of my biggest pet peeves as being a reader and reviewer.

Anna@herding cats&burning soup
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Oooo Sophia. I like the set up behind that one. And the name for the boxset. lol Even though it left you a little arg I’m glad it was enjoyable overall 😀

Sophia Rose
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Yes, I found the setting and the background of the characters a definite plus. Yeah, that box set name totally got my attention. Haha!

Red Iza
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It looks like a nice summer read 🙂

Sophia Rose
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It was, Iza. I still don’t know what my problem was. Probably a mood. I’m good for that sort of thing.

Sophia Rose
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It was, Iza. I still don’t know what my problem was. Probably a mood. I’m good for that sort of thing.