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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