Masked Innocence (Innocence #2) by Alessandra Torre
Released: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: A man who always gets what he wants often has something to hide.
Julia Campbell never knows what to expect with win-at-all-costs Brad De Luca. And she’s starting to like it that way. She gave up safe, conventional relationships when she let the elite divorce attorney seduce her into his world. Now that he’s determined to strip her naked of her every inhibition, she’s in danger of falling too deep and too fast.
But their affair begins to feel even more dangerous when a murder leaves a trail of suspicion that points straight to the mob … and Brad. Trusting a man with a bad reputation and a past full of secrets seems like a mistake. But when she’s forced to make a choice, the consequences will take her further than she could’ve ever imagined.
You should read the first installment in this series, Blindfolded Innocence, before reading this one. Masked Innocence begins three weeks after the end of Blindfolded.
Here’s a quick catch up from Blindfolded. Brad is a swinging, kind of selfish, alpha male lawyer. He says he does not do love and will never fall in love. He does jerky things and doesn’t even recognize as such much less apologize for it. Julia is still a feisty intern with no problem saying what she thinks or how she feels; she has, however, suddenly changed from wanting monogamous sexual relationships into living the swinger lifestyle with Brad to enable them to have a relationship. She has also been offered a part time position working for Boward once her internship is over.
It’s been three weeks since their threesome and Brad is ready to push Julia further. He wants her to attend a swingers party but says they can leave if she doesn’t like it. Once at the party Brad continues his douchebag ways. Huge sigh. When she becomes a bit uncomfortable he makes a comment that he’s going to enjoy himself no matter what. Seriously Brad. What happened to we don’t have to stay? While swinging is not my kinks, I know it’s others at that’s totally fine by me. It’s just something I can’t understand the need for, however, the author through Julia did make me see how this could be a turn on for some. Also when the threesome scene occurs it is does tastefully and doesn’t leave me feeling upset for the people involved—or really Julia.
There is a new, more suspenseful aspect to this story. Julia’s boss is killed after she happened to overhear part of a phone conversation. Like any upstanding citizen, she feels the need to share that dialogue with the police. Only what she doesn’t know is nothing judicial is done with that information. Instead an organized crime family is informed and their reaction is less than hospitable. Brad’s heritage, which has been artfully hidden thus far, now becomes the central to their relationship. It comes to light that he has connections to the mob that is trying to get rid of Julia. What, if anything, is he willing to do to save her? Will she allow it?
I will say this one threw a few surprises my way. I had assumed this story would be filled with threesomes and orgies and it’s surprisingly not. In fact, it’s quickly realized that the focus is on their connection and feelings more so than the sex. I love that Julia continues to do what she wants and be stubborn towards his ways. It keeps him on his toes and adds intrigue to their coupling. There are times where he seems genuinely hurt and confused by her wanting to keep their association a secret. The ending which sets up the final installment of the trilogy initially appears over the top but materializes as a need to keep Julia safe. The most interesting part of it is her reaction; it’s not at all what you expect in a book with a HEA but exactly what to anticipate from the character. I know that I can’t wait to see where things go with the third and final book because what I do know is that I have no clue what will happen.
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.