Review ~ Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre

Masked Innocence (Innocence, #2)Title: Masked Innocence
Author: Alessandra Torre
Series: Innocence #2
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: February 25th 2014

The man was sinful. It wasn't just the looks that made him dangerous, it was the cocky confidence that dominated every move, every touch. And the frustrating yet ecstatic fact about the whole package was that he could back it all up…

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 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 ever have imagined.
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Masked Innocence is the second book in the Innocence series and I was told that it can be read as a standalone. While I did enjoy this book, I think I would've understood the whole story better if I had read the first book, so I could see the developing relationship between the main characters in the book.

Brad and Julia are a great couple to read about. They have great chemistry and are comfortable with each other, despite the age and society differences. They often push the boundaries on their sexual relationship because of Brad’s interests. When a death occurs at their workplace, where Brad is a partner and Julia is an intern, Julia unravels some secrets that ultimately put her life in danger.

Julia is a lot younger than Brad and seems to have fallen hard for Brad. She is willing to try new things with him, and even attends a sex party. You can see that she has deep feelings for him, and her witty attitude is something that he likes about her. He pushes his buttons and has managed to evade his walls. I liked Brad; he is confidant and knows what he wants. Julia is someone who really intrigues him and he wants her close at all times. When he realises Julia's life is in danger, he re-evaluates his life and what he needs.

While I did enjoy this story, I did miss the developing relationship between these two. I felt I missed out on getting to know these characters and what they have been through in the short time they have known each other. The characters are well developed however, and the plot had me guessing the direction of the story. Some mysteries were unravelled that would make or break their relationship, and I am glad they are able to communicate well to each other. I would like to go back and start this series from the beginning and would certainly be intrigued to see what happens next for this couple!!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  1. It sounds like a great read, Naomi...I'll just have to remember to read book 1 first. I'm sorry that you were told you could read this one prior to book 1 and then felt like you'd missed things. I'm curious about the mystery. :) Excellent review, as always. Have a wonderful day!

  2. Bran and Julia sound like a great couple and this a series that I would like esp if I read the first.

  3. The the publisher said you could, but you miss a lot of the character and relationship development. It was still a good read!

  4. Yes, they are great and you'd love them more if you read the first. I would definitely encourage that!

  5. Itara @ My Midnight FantasiesApril 24, 2014 at 3:11 AM

    I've seen this one around and I was curious about it & now I know I'll probably like it since you liked it. The cover is what drew me in, it's so unique.

  6. I like the covers to all the books, but start from the beginning.... It'd be better for you!

  7. aww sorry it didn't work completely, if it was characters different from the first book i can see this working otherwise i can see why it relies on book 1

  8. Yep, I agree, different characters in a series are easier as a standalone. Thanks for stopping by Lily!

  9. I can't stand starting a series in the middle, even if the author claims that the books are standalones I always feel like I'm missing something!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  10. Yup, won't make that mistake again!!


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