Saturday, March 1, 2014

Review: Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre

Synopsis:

 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.



What I Thought

Okay, so I’m going to give this one a 4, even though I think I liked this one a bit more than the first because of twists and turns and unexpected reveals.

Julia and Brad are working on their unique relationship. Everything seems to be going along just fine, she’s even got a paid job offer from her boss. Then she overhears a phone call, there’s a warning from a co worker and Broward is found dead.

Brad de Luca is an interesting character and there’s a lot of mystery around him. He is more complex than Julia by far. I find Julia to be out of his league, and sometimes even immature. (I’ll admit I wanted to know more about Julia’s roommates than her.) Even I’ve seen enough lawyer shows to know to suspect the cops when the mob is involved and it seems out of character for her to act the way she did by going to the police with her suspicions before Brad .

Julia still doesn’t seem to have a clue though and she definitely reverts to the young girl when she trashes the bedroom, even with good reason. And in spite of her occasional behavior, I do believe that Brad cares for her.

The story takes an unexpected turn with the reveal of Brad’s family ties. I thought there was some well-done suspense with that situation. Will Brad’s father accept the engagement? Can Julia grow up enough to really understand her situation?

Looking forward to seeing where this story goes.

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