Tick, tick, tock.
That’s all I have now.
A small room, a photograph, and time.
They want me to trust them and confess my sins.
They told me they wouldn't judge me—they lied.
I thought we could convince the world that this wasn't a crime.
We were wrong.
Time doesn't stand still.
The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now…
Now he is gone.
As I write this review, my heart is beating in my chest. Can you hear it? Writing this review brings me back to every single emotion I felt while I was reading Veiled Innocence. This story MOVED me. Veiled Innocence is so much more than your standard student teacher taboo romance. It goes deeper.
“My ending staring right at me from the very beginning.”
Addison falls for her teacher. Let’s call him Mr. M. He settles the mess that lives insides her head. He calms the storms that rages within her. But it’s wrong. So wrong. Yet Addison is relentless. She pursues this man. He tries to resist, but she already has a hold on him. I refuse to go into much detail regarding the plot. As the synopsis gives little away, so will my review. This spellbinding story is to be full experienced, word by word. No review can truly capture this masterpiece of a story.
“Bringing our fingers to his bare chest, he moved them until we were tapping out the beats of his heart.”
This affair is consuming. Overwhelming. Unexpected. Mr. M never stood a chance against Addison’s advances. He’s in over his head. But he is tethered to her. His heart and soul. He is in so deep and not sure he can escape or if he even wants to. Will he even survive that? The chemistry between these two is on a level I can barely put into words. Their love is unyielding. Ceaseless. Their love is powerful and simply defies everything they are up against.
“You make it go away.”
“I make what go away?”
As Mr. M gets to know Addison, he realizes how much of her past has shaped her to be the person she is. That there is so much to understand about her. But what he does know is that Addison settles his chaos as well. She simply makes sense in his world. She is alluring and enticing and he wants to do so much more than save her. Mr. M. loves with such conviction and truth. He only sees her.
“You’re going to ruin me.”
“You’re going to save me.”
Can we simply talk about the writing? Miss Ella Frank can do no wrong. She maintains her usual detailed writing style, yet every book from her is never prescriptive. They all stand on their own. Every book has a voice. And Veiled Innocence is no different. Her writing is an art. And as an avid reader, I noticed that this is something that I do not come across very often. There are people that write books, and there is Ella Frank. Her talent in crafting words puts her on her own level. The writing was bewitching. I was easily engrossed in the story from the very first page. The flow of the story is flawless as we are given both POVs in a way you’ve never seen before.
“Why can’t I do this for you?”
“Chase the monsters away.”
I lived this book. Every page. I was on edge. As much as I wanted to read quickly to see how everything unfolds, I simply took my time. Not wanting to miss anything. Every single word gave meaning to the story. Every. Single. One. Don’t blink. You can easily miss something. The author is very meticulous in her use of words. Your heart will race as you get deeper into the story. You will fall for them. Regardless of their circumstances, their love is transcending and beautiful.
“Why would I ever want to destroy what’s keeping me alive?”
Tick. Tick. Tock. Those three simple words will haunt me from a long time to come. It will remind me of this gripping and compelling story. I highly suggest you throw away any notion you have about student teacher romances. This is NOT that book. It’s more. The author pushes and challenges you as a reader. She challenges all thoughts on love and what it truly means. The power in love and all it entails. Veiled Innocence allows you to see love in all it’s glory. In the good and bad times. How love changes. How love saves. I will forever remember Addison and Mr M and all they faced. All they had to endure. That sometimes you find love in the least expected places.
“...but what is love without some madness.”
Ella Frank is the author of the #1 Bestselling Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, A Desperate Man. Her Exquisite series has been praised as "scorching hot!" and "enticingly sexy!"
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction and lives with her husband in Portland, OR. You can reach her on the web at www.ellafrank.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ella.frank.author
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.
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Title: Tomorrow’s Lies (Promises #1)
Author: S.R. Grey
Release date: October 28, 2015
Genre: New Adult Romance/Coming of Age Romance
Cover Designer: Hang Le
When today's promises become tomorrow's lies, how can you believe in anything . . . or anyone?
Jaynie Cumberland has no idea how to trust again, so she’s given up on trying. Dumped in to the state foster care system at age fourteen, Jaynie spent three years treading water, just trying to get by.
Still, Jaynie always knew she was broken in some way. After all, why did her own mother abandon her? And following a harrowing experience at her first foster home, Jaynie’s worst fears are confirmed, leaving her feeling worthless and shattered.
Now Jaynie counts the days till she turns eighteen and can go out on her own. All she wants is to be free of everyone and everything. But before that can happen, she must make it through the next few months at one final foster home. There Jaynie meets a gorgeous, albeit rough-around-the-edges, boy who is dealing with the repercussions of his own turbulent past.
Flynn O'Neill is immediately taken with this new, fragile girl. He becomes determined to show Jaynie there is more to life than hurt and pain. Unfortunately, this new home they live in, one that promised to be a haven for unwanted kids, is more like a living hell.
So what do you do when you’re trapped and there’s no way out?
What if you fall in love and protecting the other person becomes the most important thing in your life?
What if something unthinkable happens, testing your love, and the stakes are raised higher than ever? Will you come out unscathed? Can today’s promises be kept? Or will they simply become more of tomorrow’s lies?
Tomorrow’s Lies is a beautiful story of an all-consuming love and broken people building a family out of nothing. It's about never giving up, even in the face of adversity.
*mature content and possible triggers*
New Adult/Coming of Age Romance
***2016 RWA RITA entry***
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I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
“If someday you fly away Jaynie-bird, can I go with you?”
Jaynie Cumberland has been in the foster care system since her early teens. She’s never been wanted. Not until she meets Flynn O’Neill, who is also no stranger to the same foster care system. They both share a past of pain and loneliness. Jaynie is very resistant to get close to Flynn in any way. But slowly, she lets down her walls and Flynn becomes her solace. The bright star in the only dark sky she’s ever known. And Flynn? He’s forever haunted by his past. He merely exists, waiting for the day until he turns eighteen to escape. But Jaynie? She changes things.
“Flynn is quickly becoming my brightest star, one that manages to be seen even on the cloudiest of nights.”
We are taken on a journey with two broken people that don’t know love. But easily recognize it in the other. Their story is heartbreaking, yet inspirational. Overwhelming, yet breathtaking. This goes beyond the cliche characters with a past. It goes deeper. Jaynie and Flynn face a life of hardship that no person should go through. They bear a cross that no one should endure. But they find hope in each other. But what happens when that hope is tested? When choices are to be made? And the promises are challenged? You simply love deeper.
“I promise you, Jaynie Cumberland, I will never forget you. You are burned in my soul.”
The writing is so real. Raw in it’s delivery. Emotional with it’s words. You have not read this story before. The author realistically tackles some heavy emotional subjects here. She also exposes the reader to things not usually discussed in books, but is so very relevant to today’s world. You do so much more than read this story. You live and breathe it. The author easily places the characters inside your heart as you experience their highs and lows. Their trials as well as their triumphs. This beautiful and thought provoking story is so much more than I could ever put into words.
“You were always the brightness, Jayne. You made my world alive.”
Tomorrow’s Lies is a true testament to the power and resiliency of the human spirit. Flynn and Jaynie have never experienced what it is to love or be loved. But they effortlessly found it each other. They loved loudly. Fiercely. Their love transcends. It’s profound. Their love knows no end. Their love faced an adversity that many would not survive. But their love simply endured.
“Nothing in this world could ever stop me from loving you. We’re forever, you and me.”
Jaynie and Flynn found love in the darkest place. Where love does not go. Where love doesn’t exist. Despite their past and everything they’ve faced, they love from the very depths of their soul. I leave out the plot of this story as it must be experienced by the reader. You are never told of their love. You simply feel it. Their souls are tethered. Their lives forever changed. Tomorrow’s Lies is a touching and heartfelt story about love and hope. About choosing love over the darkness of the world. Although scarred, the hearts of Jaynie and Flynn are so pure. Their love unyielding. They love with courage, and with a confidence that is felt from their very being. I cannot wait to see where their story takes us next.
S.R. Grey is an Amazon Top 100 and Barnes & Noble #1 Bestselling author. She is the author of the popular Judge Me Not series, the new Promises series, the Inevitability duology, A Harbour Falls Mystery trilogy, and the Laid Bare series of novellas. Ms. Grey’s works have appeared on multiple Amazon Bestseller lists, including Top 100 multiple times, as well as Barnes & Noble #1 in Bestselling Nook books.
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