Aug 20, 2014

The Diary Of Brad De Luca (Innocence, #1.5) by Alessandra Torre

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Contemporary Romance/ New Adult

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I was happy with my life. And who wouldn’t be? Beautiful women, money, a job that I could sleep through and still make bank. But I was bored. And I never could walk away from a challenge.

This challenge turned out to be brunette. Feisty. Just the way I like them. But innocent. Too innocent for me. Too innocent to do anything other than sample and then toss back. Anything more would be too risky, too much work.

I was unprepared for Julia Campbell. I should have done my homework, should have looked before jumping off that cliff. Ditching her proved to be problematic, my sexual needs greater than my common sense.

She was different. She became more than a challenge.

She may just bring my world crashing down.
This novella is meant to complement, and be read after, Blindfolded Innocence, a #1 Erotica Bestseller.



Arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review

I know, I know, I'm a bad reader. The blurb clearly states that this should be read after Blindfolded Innocence (Innocence, #1), but I love to break rules, so I read this first just to get a sneak-a-peek on Alessandra Torre's writing, because most of my friends on GR can't stop raving about her books, so I requested this arc from Netgalley awhile ago, but with so many books on my shelves I didn't have time to read it properly until last night. This is my first book by her, but it got me  intrigued.

Now, after reading it, I think that I didn't make a big mistake when I decided to read this first, because this is a short version (only 45 pages) of the 1st book in the Innocence Series written from the male point of view- Brad De Luca. That's why I don't think I've spoiled the 1st book that much.

The story was fast-pacedfun & steamy featuring a hot billonaire player  and one of the interns at his firm. I enjoyed it, even though, at first, I was afraid that this will be one of those Fifty Shades Wannabes, but that was not the case with this book. Brad De Luca was a fun character to read about- one of those typical players with a certain dose of mystery about him from who every girl tries to stay away, but secretly  wishes to be the one who'll change his wicked ways.


1. The poetic tone of the writing

2. The strong main female character

He was a senior partner, she an intern. 
She should have wiped drool off her mouth and scampered in,
ready to assist him in any way that he deemed necessary. 
But she didn't behave.
She was unimpressed, sarcastic. 
Not swooned by Centaur's grandiose entrance 
or the restaurant's exorbitant prices,
 she had looked him in the eye when she spoke and called him out on his bullshit. She had been, simply put, fascinating.

Julie is not your typical female character. She might seem innocent and naive at first with her physical appearance, but the minute she opens her mouth you see how far from naive she is. She is smart, strong & she can see right through your bullshit, especially the one from Brad De Luca. The chemistry between them was palpable since the moment they saw each other for the first time, but she won't be one of those needy girls who'll chase after him when he starts to have commitment issues. 

All in all- a fun, short read! The main reason for three stars rating is the shortness of the story. It left me wanting for more and it made me move up Blindfolded Innocence on my TBR next list.

"You are going to be so bad for me", she whispered.
"So bad"..."Tomorrow", she murmured. "Tomorrow, I'll stay away."


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