Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Amy's 5 star ARC Review of Almost Innocent by Carina Adams

Callaghan. A name synonymous with power and fear. A family of untouchable criminals. 

As a teenager, Gabriella Forte had no intention of getting to know the town's most dangerous brothers. Once Dustin set his sights on her, she was trapped. There was only one way out of her personal hell. 

Declan was determined to break away from his family's shadow. Until he fell in love with the one woman he couldn't have. She changed everything. 

Life isn't always kind. Love can hurt. Sometimes you need to sacrifice yourself to protect the people you care about. 

It's been twelve years since Declan did the unthinkable and went to prison. He promised to stay away from Gabby and his nephew. That's one vow he can't keep. 

Things aren't always what they seem. Facts are only as credible as the person stating them. The truth doesn't always set you free. 


Wow … this was quite a read. You talk about a heartbreaking story. Easy read but earth shattering. What exceptional characters and amazing storyline. 

Declan Callaghan is out of prison for murder. He never thought he would serve the time. He thought his family would save him. Deception, betrayal and heartbreak changes all of that. Now he is out and the girl he loved is a woman. Gabriella Fortes was the reason he killed; and the person he killed …. He had his same blood running through his veins. 

Both of these characters have suffered a tornadic past. Each has held on to their sanity as best as he can. Gabby has given her son the best life she can and with Fiona standing beside her every step of the way they have done all they can to make sure they all stay safe. The Callaghan name holds meaning in the form of fear. Grady will never suffer at the hands of this family. 

Confusing .. yup. That’s the point so that you click it up and read it. I'm not giving you anything. The secondary characters are have a story in themselves and I hope we might get those; especially Fiona. Mark is somewhat of a secret as well. I would consider this book a stand alone as there is an HEA. Please be aware though this story deals with domestic violence. I don’t want to give away anything but the descriptions are somewhat vivid leaving me to warn you that if you have triggers or cannot read this type of story line then Almost Innocent is NOT for you. 

I want to applaud Carina for her “Before You Start” insert. Carina has written this story with a brave face as she states this topic brings out numerous emotions in her personally. More moving than the story weaving on the pages is the hand she is holding out to you in her words offering her support, love, friendship and help. 

Thank you Carina for the beautiful story and for bringing a taboo subject (for whatever reason our f**ked up society believes it to be) directly into the limelight. I hope and I will do my part that this book is plastered everywhere. For those that cannot read this type of book I hope that they at least will get to read your powerful words on the first few pages. Everyone needs to see those

Thank you for the ARC. I will share this far and wide. 

Review to post to Ramblings From Beneath the Sheets. I am honored to have read Almost Innocent. 

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