Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank
Published on April 8th, 2014
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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.
“Bukowski once wrote, find what you love and let it kill you.”
It seems truer words have never been spoken, when it comes to the story of Addison and Grayson in Veiled Innocence. For theirs is a story of a heart-wrenching forbidden romance, and obsession. Why forbidden? Well, the object of Addison Lancaster’s obsession just so happens to be her teacher, Mr. McKendrick (aka Grayson).
You read that right…Addison is the student, and Grayson is her teacher. I know what you’re thinking, “Student/teacher romance? Been there, read that,” right? Well, I can tell you, that you’ll never have read a story quite like this one. This goes well beyond the complications of ethical boundaries. I was not only blown away by the writing, but I was also completely impressed by the intricacies of the plot.
The story alternates from being told by both Addison & Grayson’s POV, and at times shift from Addison’s past, and present. As you go along in the story, you play the role of voyeur as everything unfolds. You’ll also put your sleuthing skills to the test, as you follow along with Addison’s journey while trying to see how all the plot puzzle pieces fit together.
“…the door opened for the final time that morning and she stepped into my classroom. Late.
I looked at her– she looked at me.
My ending, staring right at me from the very beginning.”
“As I stood at the front of the class introducing the course, I waited for my morals and drummed-in ethics to assert themselves. To remind me that I wasn’t supposed to be affected by a student’s inspections.
Thirty minutes later, and I was still waiting.”
“Mr. McKendrick. He was intriguing and definitely outside the box. I was, without a doubt, fascinated.”
“I knew this behavior of mine was insane, but when it came to him, rules didn’t apply. Ever since the first day of school, I hadn’t been able to think of anything but getting close to him, and every class I sat through only intensified my determination.”
“Desire, lust, and a woman. They were always the ingredients in man’s ultimate betrayal. Whether it was of the heart, mind, or soul.”
As with most cases of the “forbidden romance”, you’ll find that these are the kind of situations that have the sizzle of the slow burn, and are ripe with sexual tension.
“Time seemed to stand still as her eyes gave permission.
It wasn’t permission I needed. It was strength. The strength to resist.”
“I wondered at that moment what I’d done to deserve this . Surely this was some kind of f*cked 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.”
“I didn’t care what Mr. McKendrick said; his body was calling for me, and I couldn’t help but respond.”
“Whoever fights Monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.”
It’s difficult to go into too much detail in my review about the book without giving too much away. There are so many twists and turns within this story, that I don’t want to risk spoiling it. I will tell you that the author does not disappoint with this book. Ella Frank has the kind of writing style that will captivate you and destroy you at the same time. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I read this book, and I found that I started to question my morals/ethics more than a time or two. I wanted to see Addison and Grayson be together, and yet, at the same time, I had to keep reminding myself that there is no gray area when you’re faced with the teacher/student relationship…well, at least by the “normal” standards.
The characters in this book were very well written. I fell head-over-heels in lusty love with Grayson. Ella Frank really knows how to create male characters that suck you in, and leave you a hot & bothered mess. Addison was also a wonderfully written character. She had her flaws, she had her quirks, and she had her emotional scars. All of those attributes made her an extremely interesting character to read. At times, I even started wondering if I was falling for Addison just as Grayson did. #girlcrush
Once I picked this book up, I found that I could not put it down. The characters, the pacing, the plot, all of it was executed to perfection. With each book that I read by Ella Frank, I become more and more impressed with her body of work. She can write sexual tension like no other, and when the tension finally reaches it’s breaking point, the end result is nothing short of gratifying awesomeness. (Ella sure knows how to write the steamy!)
Bottom line, I LOVED this!
Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank
Excerpt One – Addison Lancaster’s POV
Copyright © 2014 by Ella Frank
I’d waited until he got out of the truck before approaching. I didn’t want his escape to be as easy as driving away. Standing in the small stone alcove of the gate, I knew it would be best to wait until he stepped away from the lit area. That way, any cars driving by wouldn’t be able to see us.
I wanted no excuses, no reason for him to worry, but I could see my silence had caused just as much concern as my presence would have. He turned to me, and I finally took a moment to really look at him the way I wanted to.
His hair was still pulled back but several pieces had now escaped and been pushed behind his ears. The darker stubble lining his square jaw made my fingers tingle with the need to touch.
“Oh, thank God,” he whispered, sounding relieved.
I thought he would move away from me once he knew I was safe. Instead, he reached out and squeezed my shoulder.
“I thought something had happened to you.”
I don’t think he realized that he was slowly massaging me.
“Jesus, don’t do that again. Okay?”
Taking another step closer, I agreed quietly. “Okay.”
He licked his lips and removed his hands, and I saw in his eyes the minute he decided it was time for some distance.
“What are you doing out here?” he asked. His casual black sports jacket shifted with the breeze, and all of a sudden I couldn’t remember why I was there. All I knew was that I wanted to touch him.
His voice had the ability to make all of the noise inside my head cease.
Blinking up at him, I finally answered, “Yes?”
“What are you doing out here?”
Moving in so my jacket brushed the front of his, I finally reached to touch him, but he grabbed my wrist, holding it away.
“No,” he told me, and his voice was so stern I probably should have heeded the warning…but I didn’t.
His head bent down, and when his face was a hairsbreadth from my own, he repeated, “No. Tell me why you’re here.”
His breath was warm as it ghosted over my lips, and I couldn’t help but part my own, hoping by some miracle I could taste him on my tongue.
“Why are you here? That’s a better question, don’t you think?”
“I know better than this.”
I reached up needing to touch him, but he took that hand too, holding them both prisoner. Being held in place with nowhere to go elicited a hunger in me that I didn’t yet understand. “Know better than what?”
“Than to be here.”
“Then go,” I offered.
That was all it took. He spun me around, backed me up against the truck, and had my arms pinned by my head so fast I lost my breath. Leaning in beside me until his mouth was by my ear, he rasped in an unsteady voice, “I can’t.”
I turned my head to face him and saw all of his turmoil, and finally, the full impact of his desire. “Then don’t.”
“You’re going to be the death of me.”
Life is full of ironies, because with him, I’d never felt more alive.
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