Tuesday, March 4, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Blindfold Innocence and Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre

Instead of writing two separate posts and flooding your newsfeed with book reviews, I decided to combine the two. I recieved both of them from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

First off, Blindfold Innocence:
 Blindfolded Innocence (Innocence, #1)
Brad De Luca is incorrigible. The premier divorce attorney in town, he is a forty-year old walking hunk of sex, bedding half the town, including his own clients. Brad is used to getting whatever, and whomever, he wants, and when the newest intern arrives - Julia Campbell, a pre-law student fresh off a failed engagement - he embraces the challenge. Only, happy in her new independence, the last thing Julia wants, or needs, is an older man who could destroy her job prospects, and possibly her innocence.
Julia is confident in her sexuality, and her effect on men. But she is far out of her league. Before she knows it, Brad is stretching her boundaries and opening up a forbidden world of sensual and sexual exploration.
Julia  is a pre-law student just out of a two year engagement, starting an internship at a prestigious law firm where she is stuck with the slave driver of a boss. (I mean working 15 hours a day...what the shit?!). This boss however warns Julia to stay away from Brad De Luca. He is trouble. Well of course, this is only going to heighten Julia's interest.
Julia and Brad finally meet. Have an innocent pizza dinner at work. Where, Julia who appears to be Miss. Innocent on the outside, actually is an inner slut, confides to Brad that she's never had an orgasm. Umm... first off you just met the guy, you are at work, and you aren't even a couple or friends. I mean... who does that? Cock tease Julia that's who- who is a self-proclaimed tease as she likes to be in control of the situation).
Well based on this, Brad asks her to accompany him on a trip to Vegas.  I mean no side agenda at all. *SPOILER* (and not at all a shocker) Brad givers Julia her very first orgasm. Then after that she boldly tells him 'I am not going to have sex with you' You wait Julia, you just wait.
Well Vegas happens, and then propositions happen, and the usual smutty stuff... (won't give away any spoilers)...
This book did a good job with setting up characters, getting to know them a bit more than just having steamy sex. Julia wasn't the prototypical virgin who was afraid to stand up and speak. She let Brad know what was bothering her, what her limits were. But she was also adventurous.  Brad on the other hand, is the prototypical male in erotica. Rich and successful with control issues that make him not suitable for a monogamous relationship. He just loves sex way to much, poor baby.
I have to admit I was waiting for more smut.... which made me excited to read the next book right away because of what was alluded to with Brad not being able to be in a monogamous relationship without the allowance of threesomes/group sex.
Obviously if you haven't read the first one STOP.
Second up: Masked Innocence
Masked Innocence (Innocence, #2)
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.
Okay, this one only garned 3 stars. Why? Well with all the hype of threesomes and group sex, this is what I was expecting in the book. This is not what I got. While they dabbled once (maybe twice?) and the sex scenes were hot, they were more monogamous in a sense. Anyways. That makes me sound like a dirty perv.  This book turned out to be more of a mystery(???) than erotica.  Julia's slave driver boss at her internship ends up getting murdered. She over hears some stuff, and it places her on a to kill list. Luckily Brad is loaded and can protect her.  BUT be prepared to be shocked. (well not really... kinda saw it coming)
I wanted to like this more as I had such high hopes based on how the first novel ended. I just felt like I was reading another book. I didn't care about family dynamics. I didn't care about the maids. Although everytime she mentioned breakfast I did get fairly hungry.
With the way that this book ended, you know there is going to be an Innocence #3. Which I probably will read. You know, just to see how it ends and maybe I'll get my group sex..
Oh and Alessandra Torre wrote a mini novella about Brad De Luca.

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