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Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre

Thanks to Media Muscle, I have the opportunity to present Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre to you today. Please read on to see the Author Q & A, and be sure to enter my giveaway where one US winner can win a paperback copy of the title!

Book Review:

My first reaction when this book was offered was “delicious’.  The premise and the potential for a great story is presented in the description, and it was a book that I jumped at the offer to review.   While I have not read the first, Blindfolded Innocence, I didn’t find that I was greatly hampered with not having the information from that book, and I went and grabbed it for my own library just to continue the ride in my ‘free’ time. 

Brad and Julia are an interesting couple: their dynamic is still growing, as they are learning to deal with the emotional connection between them, and what that may mean.  Julia is a lighthearted and fun character, while she doesn’t seem to allow the emotional or sexual constraints to weigh her down, she is clearly carefully processing and integrating these changes, not nearly as carefree as one might expect.  There are moments where her immaturity grates, and I wondered about her appeal to someone more mature, but there was growth for her in this story, and I started to see Brad’s whys.

Brad is far more serious, perhaps even a tad too much in his own head. As he reveals the secrets that have helped to shape his demeanor and reserve, the reasons do start to come clear, and it is more than obvious to everyone that Julia is just what he needs to take the edge off.

A true study in the dynamics of love and trust: Julia displays so much confidence in Brad, her willingness to try first before dismissing outright scenes and situations that are unknown or even scary.  The balance between Dominant and submissive, and the effort expended by Brad to try and keep pushing Julia’s boundaries was detailed with grace and style: Julia’s willingness to trust in him, and give him the power to expose her to new and often scary situations show the clear need for a solid understanding and baseline of trust between any couple in the scene.

While some may see Brad’s introduction of others into their relationship as a selfish and perhaps misogynistic act, it really serves to underline the careful study he has made of her, finding new experiences that he believes that she will enjoy, even as she had not contemplated those herself.  And steamy, squirmy hot does not even come close to describing the lushly detailed, sensually presented scenes that display their passion.

Secondary characters and plotting elements add to the story, Martha is wonderful and shows a different side of Brad and his life and what he needs with her take no prisoners style and approach.  Add to that the murder and danger to Julia, and the twists provided there and the story becomes one that is hard to put down.

Overall I really enjoyed this story and didn’t find a great lack of information in not reading the first of the series.  Moments of frustration with Julia’s immaturity were offset by the solid writing and clever details that kept me wondering what would happen next.  And the revelations about Brad’s secrets were wholly unexpected, just when I thought I knew what they would be, something entirely different popped out and left me cheering the author with a well done.  This is a book and series that you will want to dive into, and not come out until it is complete: and yet there is more to come, as there are still questions to be answered.

Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre

Title: Masked Innocence
Author: Alessandra Torre
Genre: BDSM, Menage, Suspense
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Format:eARC
Source: Media Muscle/Book Trib
Pages: 304
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About the Book:

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 point straight to the mob…and Brad. When Julia is forced to make a choice, the consequences will take her further than she could ever have imagined

A copy of this title was provided via Media Muscle/Book Trib for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Author Q & A

Tell us a little bit about your upcoming release, Masked Innocence the follow-up to your debut novel, Blindfolded Innocence.

Masked Innocence takes Brad and Julia’s courtship and takes it to the next level. Their relationship, and their sex life, dives further and deeper while a murder uncovers hidden secrets. (Read more in the scrollbox!)

What book is on your next to-buy list?The Siren by Tiffany ReiszWhat’s your go-to snack when you’re writing?Nutty Bars or navel oranges

If you could be with any fictional character for one night, who would it be and why?

Thor. I’d like to see his hammer. 🙂

Where do you do most of your writing? Do you have a certain place that inspires you the most?

I have a big comfy chair that I like to settle into. It’s surrounded by windows and has plenty of room for my two dogs. If I need inspiration I set aside the computer and take the dogs for a walk.

What are some of your favorite adjectives to describe sex scenes?

Thick, intense, slick, fevered, hard

How did you come up the characters Julia Campbell and Brad De Luca? Did you draw inspiration from characters in other books or movies?

Julia and Brad are loosely based on me and my husband and the situation surrounding our meeting/courtship. Once I created their roles, the characters sort of took lives of their own and ran wild.

In Masked Innocence, how did you maintain a perfect balance between the erotic parts and the suspense?

The plot wound its own path, there are times in the book when it is erotic-focused, times when it takes a more dramatic turn. There are places when it needed sex, or a lighter note, in order to keep the book from getting too dark.

Why did you start writing erotica?

I didn’t think that there was a market for plot-based stories with explicit sex – but after seeing Fifty Shades fever, it finally felt like the timing was right to dive into that genre.

Are you for or against books being turned into movies?

I am certainly for books being turned into movies. So many individuals don’t read, movies allow them to experience these great stories in a different way.

Who would you cast as your lead roles for Masked Innocence?

As far as my series, it is very difficult to cast this couple, but I would go with Minka Kelly and Joe Manganiello.

Who is your favorite indie erotica author?
CD Reiss or Pam Godwin

What is the best and worse advice you have heard authors give writers?

Best advice: don’t publish a book until it is ready. Prepare it properly, with a professional book cover and editing.
Worst advice: get an agent, or wait until you have a traditional publishing deal in order to get your work out there.

Did you learn anything from writing your books?

I’ve learned a lot in my research, about different sexual fetishes, practices, and motivations. I’ve learned to be a lot more open minded and accepting.

What advice would you give to a writer starting out on the self-publishing path?

Don’t put a book out there until it is ready. Pay an editor and cover designer. Prepare your skin, toughen it up.

 

Giveaway – site exclusive

One lucky winner with a valid US Mailing Address can win a paperback copy of Masked Innocence Drawing ends at 23.59 EST on 18 March, winner will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Just use the giveaway tool to enter!

About Alessandra Torre

Alessandra Torre astonished the publishing world with the success of her first novel, Blindfolded Innocence. Initially self-published, the book quickly rose to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses. Torre’s captivating story about a young intern’s sexual awakening has won rave reviews from numerous critics, bloggers and book reviewers, including Dr. Laura Berman. In her recent article “35 to Read After 50,” Dr. Berman recommended Blindfolded Innocence as a must-read for book enthusiasts searching for a new fix after Fifty Shades of Grey.

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