I’m not sure how to even write this review, my head was all over the place from the very beginning to the very end. Ella has stepped up her game big time with this book! It was total perfection. So beautifully done, my emotions weren't in check at all! If this woman ever stops writing it would be a huge injustice to us all. As with every book that Ella writes, she takes you on a journey that you never presume to know the outcome of. Isn’t that wonderful? Nothing is black and white with this book and I swear I needed a stuffed animal, tums and vodka to help me cope. This is by far the best book I’ve read this year, and I say that with 100% certainty. My advice: If you haven’t read an Ella Frank book before, DO IT NOW and start with this!
“I only have me to think of now. Me in this place, with nothing but time. Time to remember or, as they are all hoping. Time to forget.”
Addison is just beginning her senior year in High School and she is by no means an innocent little High School girl, but she’s also not a slut if that makes any sense. This girl has confidence that shoots through the roof, and the looks to back it up but she’s far from perfect and has some pretty heavy stuff on her shoulders. Everybody knows who she is, and what she’s gone through and all of this plays throughout the book. Addison seems to be your perfectly put together High School girl, but I can guarantee that is not the case. I truly loved Addison and had to put myself in her shoes to fully encapsulate her story in my brain, and after I did that I was done for, committed and knew I wouldn’t see the light of day until I read “The End.”
“My ending, staring right at me from the very beginning.”
The bell rings, Addison is late for class with him Mr. McKendrick. She doesn’t even know what has hit her, but I believe it’s that pure shrill type of vibrancy that she has on the outside, now consuming her on the inside. Not even Addison knows how to react right away, but her body does and she slowly and not so meekly begins her seduction of her hot new teacher. She has one goal and it’s to have Mr. McKendrick. Ella Frank is great at the tease, and the way these two go back and forth is the best kind. Everything from Mr. M’s snarky stubborn replies to Addison’s relentless pursuit is done perfectly.
“I wondered at that moment what I’d done to deserve this. Surely, this was some kind of fucked-up karma because the girl in front of me had the face of a woman that would bring men to their knees. Men just like me.”
This story is told behind the eyes of both Addison and Mr. M, as well as it plays out in the past and present tense which I found extremely necessary in order to understand this book completely. I loved being able to see the true insecurities that belonged to Addison, and how she went through the shifting vulnerabilities that plagued her and made her character truly believable. Being in Mr. M’s head had a totally different but equally important role, his POV was more of a clear vision into how he wanted to deal with this new temptation, and how he struggled against his morality and judgment. I know some people feel weird about student/teacher stuff, but in this story it just didn’t matter to me. He was truly a good man and I felt like he always thought about Addison first. Addison was slightly more reckless in her taming of temptation, and I love that crazy girl!
“Addison, it’s natural to form attachments to your teachers.”
“Is it natural to picture them fucking you?”
So as these two go through this little game of attraction and lust, when the good stuff happens it’s REALLY good, like crazy hot. And my anxiety didn’t stop when they finally hook up, in fact it got worse! Because this little forbidden romance isn’t the only thing happening while you’re reading this book! The stuff with the past and the present include a character named Doc who I can’t tell you about, there’s little trinket stuff that I can’t tell you about, there’s places and things and twist and turns and ahhhhhhhhh! It’s so freaking crazy good! And on top of all of that you’re just scared the whole time of them getting caught, not knowing if what they have is something that will last, or if they have to give it up for the sake of what’s “right and wrong” or if someone or something will take it from them, PLUS all of that other stuff I mentioned before! You honestly are driving blind through this book, and have no clue what happens until it actually happens, isn’t that awesome?
My heart was all tied up for the last 20% of this book and I’m not sure how many times I held my breath but it was A LOT. I will say this, there are some really cool and insightful references in this book with some other really cool things that you just don’t see every day in every book. It was truly beautifully done, and obviously Ella did some amazing research. Couple that with her insane creativity and BAM—perfect book. I cried my eyes out and when I finally did reach “The End” I was a total and complete sobbing mess for way more than one reason. This book won me over a thousand trillion percent and I would suggest it to ANYBODY. Even if you don’t typically like student/teacher just try it, the story goes so far beyond that, I promise. I just didn’t want it to end, I need it to go on forever and ever.
“I’ll teach you how to come with a man inside you.”
“Not a boy, Addison, a man. Now go.”
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
“You are so fucking dangerous that I’m not sure I’ll survive you.”
“Just remember this isn’t a game anymore. You wanted me, and you got me. But don’t fuck around with me.”
* I received an arc in exchange for my honest review
I have read my share of student/teacher romances and I can honestly say that I freaking LOVE them. That was what attracted me to Veiled Innocence, but I was not expecting it to be oh so different from all the other student/teacher romances I have read before. From the very first page, I was on the edge of my seat and the smexy scenes? Holy cow! Ella Frank can definitely write sexy scenes!
I really liked Addison. I loved that she was...how should I put this...forward. She went after what she wanted and threw caution to the wind. She was strong, probably one of the strongest heroines I've encountered, and so broken behind the perfect facade she showed the world. Then she sees the hot new teacher and she wants him, craves him. I liked that she was different from all other high school heroines. She wasn't shy or lacking self-esteem, even at times she acted older than her age by the way she acted.
I could not put this book down from the moment I started reading it. Page after page, I wanted to know the how, when, what, where, and why and this kept me glued to the story from beginning to end. I knew something was going to happen and I knew this something was going to be bad. I held my breath from beginning to end and when all was revealed, I was left a tad distraught.
You will fall in love with this book. The writing is superb and you, for sure, will love the characters and the uniquely, crafted plot. Overall, I loved this book. It was beautiful and captivating. It had the forbidden romance element that always keeps my pulse beating lighting fast, likeable characters, and a somewhat dark plot. I highly recommend you 1-Click this one!
“Temptation had come to visit, and her steely determination would likely destroy us both.”
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*
From all the teasers and snippets I had read I couldn't wait to get my hands on Veiled Innocence, student/teacher romances are becoming my guilty pleasure. It's not that I condone the situation, far from it, but there is something intriguing about this taboo subject.
The prologue grabbed my attention immediately flashing back to a tragic event that still currently haunted Addison, the main character. Addison was starting her senior year at school; she set herself up for the usual mundane task of school that included rumours and whispers of her past and her obsessive quirks and tendencies that stemmed from it. That is until she comes face to face with her newest history teacher Mr. McKendrick. Addison is obsessed by him almost immediately and the fact that he is her teacher and should be off limits does not phase her at all. She sets her sights on him and makes her attraction known,
“Addison, it’s natural to form attachments to your teachers.”
“Is it natural to picture them fucking you?”
Addison was in no way a shy and retiring student, she wasn’t coerced or groomed and she done most of the relentless pursuing. I liked that Addison was a strong character, she was still dealing with her past and had a lot of self-blame and hatred to overcome. This showed a vulnerable side to her. For some reason she seen something in Mr. McKendrick and didn’t stop until she got what she wanted.
“Pulling my hand away from the shelf, I gripped her hair and arched her neck back. My lips hovered over hers. “You are going to ruin me.” That was when she did the unexpected. She placed her palm over my heart and tapped-One, two, three. One, two, three-before whispering, “You’re going to save me.”
Mr. McKendrick aka Grayson had his work cut out with Addison. He returned home for family reasons but never did he think for a minute that Addison would take him on a dangerous journey of lust, passion and love. For being a teacher in charge of Addison’s welfare, he didn’t put up much of a fight and it wasn’t long before his desire took over.
“Was this what it was like to fall? Fall from grace? Fall victim? Or fall in love with Addison? I wasn’t sure but as I continued to move in and out, violating her and every ideal I held true. I knew something was happening to me.”
When I read student/teacher romances, I try to read them objectively but there always seems to be a barrier that stops me connecting with the male characters. I never see them as book boyfriend material and Grayson was no exception. I did feel for him and what he was going through with his dad but there was always a voice at the back of my mind saying he should be the strong one putting a stop to it. Of course, it wouldn’t be half as fun if it wasn’t forbidden.
“Yes, there were some moments of madness, but what is love without some madness? It wasn’t wrong. No-it was just misunderstood.”
The book alternates between past and present and I really liked the format. From the present chapters it is obvious something big happened so throughout the book we are slowly tortured with the past chapters as the events are pieced together. Having the story told this way held my interest throughout the book. The suspense continued to build and I had an overwhelming urge to skip to the end to find out what happened between the Addison and Grayson. However, I held strong and made it through the book in once piece. The delayed gratification was totally worth it.
It took me a while to get into the writing, the story was told from both Addison and Grayson’s point of view but it flipped very quickly without labels so I had to re-read a few paragraphs at the start but I quickly got used to it and appreciated it being told from both sides. I liked Addison and Grayson separately but I didn’t feel their deep connection. Don’t get me wrong, the scenes they shared were hot but there weren’t many scenes between them that displayed it was more than an illicit affair. I think if I were tied to them emotionally, it would have had a bigger impact on me.
The other main character in the story was Doc; he was a real friend to Addison and didn’t once judge her. He was there to help her through the darkest times. The last scene they shared was so heart warming and I really liked his character and the role he played in the story.
This is my second book by Ella Frank and I really enjoyed the different themes of love and history that were intricately woven throughout. The history of Cupid and Psyche and the symbolism behind it, I felt added another dimension to the story and was very fitting indeed.
I really enjoyed Veiled Innocence, it was very well written and my interest was held throughout. I was expecting a little bit more towards the end, for being a student/teacher book I thought something more dramatic would have occurred but it seemed to be more character driven rather than focusing on the plot and it seemed to work for this story.
If you enjoy student/teacher romances then you will love Veiled Innocence. You’re opinions and emotions will be put to the test and the outcome you are rooting for may just surprise you.
I am first and foremost a proud Australian, but currently reside in Texas with my husband.
I love to read and write contemporary and erotic romances, but I also like to step outside of the box at times when it comes to telling a story that really speaks to me.
I absolutely adore dessert. I could skip the main meal and head straight to the dessert line every time…especially anything that is covered in caramel.
I am a GLEEK (yes I admit it… So? It makes me happy), on the other hand I love Dexter and he makes me happy too, so analyze that!
I love to sing really bad at the top of my lungs, and I often have conversations with myself.
Some of my favorite authors include; JR Ward, Tiffany Reisz, Nalini Singh, Lori Foster, Lauren Dane, SJ Frost and many more.
Last but certainly not least, I am the author of The Exquisite Series, Blind Obsession and most recently Try.
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