My rating: 4 of 5 stars
THEME: Romance, Mature
REVIEW:I’ve been hooked to these really great contemporary romances lately and after reading the first in the Innocence series; I was interested to see how far Torre would take these characters. This is definitely not a book for the innocent, it explores boundaries that I myself am not interested in but Torre does something that adds a great twist with a murder mystery.
Masked Innocence follows once again Julia Campbell, the once innocent twenty one year old hopeful law student. Julia continues her internship and her romance with her law firms top divorce lawyer Brad De Luca. But as soon as the romance heats up another notch, Julia’s boss is murdered and she is the next target on the hit list. Luckily Brad has connections, but this could put Julia’s life in even more danger and wondering if it’s love that’s keeping her with Brad or fear.
Julia was all spunk and spark in the first book; her innocence was changed by Brad De Luca’s arrogant and confident nature. Now that their relationship is moving forward, Julia is learning what depth they can take their romance and exploring things that she never thought she’d enjoy. The beginning of the book focuses on a masked party that Brad and Julia get a special invite too, this whole part of the book felt a little off compared to the rest. As much as I enjoy the romance and tension between these two, I felt this part was forced and that Julia’s character was not the character I liked, compared to the first and the rest of this book. Now for the rest off the story, Julia was back on top with her mind fully focused on a murder in her office. It was interesting seeing how she coped with some surprising revelations and how her romance with Brad starts to deepen faster than she expected.
Brad De Luca is hotter than ever, his secrets are slowly unfolded in this story and he’s going to be tested wth both his family and relationship. Brad’s life is a colorful one, going from woman to woman but now it seems his heart might have finally found his weakness, Julia. He is definitely a tall dark and handsome man, but his mysterious background is the best part of this story. The readers will get some interesting tidbits about his family. But most of all the readers will love his intense romance with Julia; their scenes are off the charts hot.
Overall this was a great second installment. And even with a slow and not so intriguing beginning, it was saved with the murder mystery. The mystery is just the beginning of what I think is going to be bigger, so I’m super curious as to what really happened and if Julia is going to get out of this dangerous pickle she’s in. We also get more Martha, who is a spirited and awesome woman, plus the introduction to a “brother” of Brad’s. I liked the protective side of Brad that came out in this one, his family stepping back in the picture is changing him. In the end I look forward to seeing where Torre takes this couple and hopefully it’s a happy ending.
RECOMMENDATION:This is an adult novel with very mature sexual content suited for mature readers over the age of 18 and over. Fans of Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James and Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren will enjoy This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas.
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