Title: Masked Innocence
Series: Innocence #2
Author: Alessandra Torre
Published: February 25/14 by Harlequin HQN
Genre: Contemporary romance with suspense
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.
I found the characters in this novel to be quite intriguing. Both are on a journey of self-discovery, getting to know who they truly are and can become. At the same time, they are holding on dearly to who they are. That is not to say that the characters are at all similar. They contrast each other, adding a layer of realism to the story. I love how the male lead was strong and alpha-ish while still compassionate & caring (even if he didn’t want to admit it). The female lead was naive in some respects, but willing to learn.
Overall, this was a spicy, suspenseful read that kept me on my toes. It was my first novel by this author and I would read more of her work in the future. I also definitely need to know how this couple’s story ends.