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Book Review: End of the Innocence





End of the Innocence (Innocence #3) by Alessandra Torre: He thought I owned him. He thought he loved me, that I was enough. But this animal, this sex god who could drive me crazy and steal my heart in the same breath, he would never fully be mine. It was impossible. No one ever owned a God…

One year. I have one year to find out more about this man I am marrying. More about his family. More about our sex, and all of the dirty, delicious places it will take me.

I thought I’d spend this year making a decision. I never thought the decision would be taken from me, snatched right from my naive little hands.

TeriLyn's thoughts: **End of the Innocence provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I want to start off by saying this series is so much more complete for me with the publication of this third book. These characters proved to be a strong unit, two people who feed off of each other and complement each other in the most honest and revealing of ways. When I first started reading the Innocence trilogy, Julia Campbell drove me crazy but thankfully Brad DeLuca made up for it ten-fold. With Masked Innocence, Julia really started to come into her own maturely both emotionally and sexually while Brad proved to us how to be faithful and still push sexual boundaries and experience within a fully committed relationship.

End of the Innocence beautifully concludes the Innocence trilogy with Brad & Julia’s final story. The strength these two exude in their relationship is awe-inspiring. Brad and Julia developed a strong base of trust in their relationship. The admiration they have for each other in such a short period of time helps cultivate that trust. They’re formidable against anything and everything. They communicate; they need each other on a completely instinctual level. From the beginning of this series until now both of these characters truly have come full circle; Julia especially, for me. She’s the quintessential bride-to-be. Julia goes all bad ass in this book and it was extremely satisfying to read. She becomes this fierce woman who knows exactly what she wants and fights for it. And that something is Brad DeLuca. How awesome to read this journey Brad takes from man-whore to committed partner. He drives strength into Julia, ignites passion within her causing a calming effect for him. She’s a balm to his life and he appreciates her in more ways than one. Ms. Torre’s descriptively honest prose of their sexual prowess together is refreshingly real, intriguing, and visceral. This author connects these two characters on a primal level creating this unbreakable force between them. And let me tell you it is melt-your-freaking-kindle HOT. I mean Brad DeLuca doing pretty much anything is hot. With a partner he loves, communicates with, and who trusts him implicitly? Yeah, hot. And Julia who figures out what she needs and wants and stretches herself to become someone who can keep up with Brad, even though he promises he's content, is awesome. Julia finds that kink is a part of her that she wants to flourish. The writing here is even better than what it was in the first book. We’re more connected to the characters and I believe that’s testament to the growing connection Ms. Torre creates. The plot develops intriguingly, keeping us on the edge of our seats waiting to see how the conflict plays out. This author provides just enough to leave you wanting more until we finally get it. She’s kind of like Brad in that way – build us up over and over until we’re ready to combust and then strikes fast poising us for release. There are few moments where you’re holding your breath waiting to see what happens. It happens fast just like Brad and Julia’s entire relationship. And as it worked for them it works for the plot as well. Actually, I don’t think their connection would be as strong if the relationship didn’t barrel straight into them knocking the wind right out of their lungs. The secondary characters in this book are strong too. There’s some humor, some intrigue, and lots of passion. I’m sad this series has come to an end. Brad DeLuca remains on my list of hottest heroes. I’m going to miss these two and their whirlwind of a romance. Thankfully, Ms. Torre provides this freaking awesome bonus chapter. We didn't need it and she certainly didn't have to give it to us but I'm so glad she did. It's settling and serene and perfect.









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