End of the Innocence (Innocence #3) by Alessandra Torre
Released: March 25, 2014
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: He thought I owned him. He thought he loved me, that I was enough. But this animal, this sex god who could drive me crazy and steal my heart in the same breath, he would never fully be mine. It was impossible. No one ever owned a God…
One year. I have one year to find out more about this man I am marrying. More about his family. More about our sex, and all of the dirty, delicious places it will take me.
I thought I’d spend this year making a decision. I never thought the decision would be taken from me, snatched right from my naive little hands.
Please note you need to read Blindfolded Innocence and Masked Innocence before reading this one.
This final installment picks up with the newly engaged Julia and Brad. He wants to marry right away but she’s still holding out for a year. She wants to make sure they go into the marriage because they’re in love and not just for her protection from his family.
This last book we see Brad, in some ways, the exact opposite of where he was in Blindfolded Innocence. He’s still very alpha and wants his way, but he seems more flexible and definitely more caring towards Julia. He makes it clear constantly that her and her feelings are of the utmost importance to him. He even begins to question what her needs are versus his wants. They both emerge on middle ground, wanting to make each other happy as well as themselves.
This is my favorite book in the trilogy; although more so than the previous two, I’m left with an abundance of unanswered questions. Throughout a majority, this book has snippets where we revisit previous people and situations but then some of the circumstances occurring in this one are never fully wrapped up. For example, Brad’s family and specifically his father play a rather significant role in the plot but I’m not sure whatever comes of their relationship but it can be concluded it will never be more than what you see. In some ways, the open-endedness almost leaves me hope for another book…although doubtful. The author does have an extra epilogue chapter here to help people with their need for a HEA. Honestly, I don’t feel like the book itself ended without one but the additional chapter does give insight to where they end up.
I admire Alessandra Torre’s writing style. It has some of the easiest flow in recent reads. She doesn’t feel the need to write long chapters to fill a quota; if she thinks it should be two sentences, it is. She’s also not afraid to go against the grain, which can make things uncomfortable from a reader’s standpoint but she definitely gets the point across. I can’t say enough of how much I enjoyed and sometimes even abhorred this series. It pushed some of my personal boundaries and surprisingly gave me better insight into a successful swinging relationship. I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Rating: 4 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.