Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Christie's review: Wicked Innocence by Missy Johnson


Title: Wicked Innocence
Series: Standalone
Author: Missy Johnson
Release Date: August 4, 2014
Rating:2.5 stars
Cliffhanger: No

Don’t let my petite and innocent appearance fool you, because I’m one person you don’t want to cross. I’m Micah, the youngest member of Resurrection…If only they knew how young.

My fake ID says I’m twenty-one. And I will be…in four years.

What can I say? I blossomed early. Home sucked, so I left, determined to do something with my life. Landing the gig as lead vocalist in the band was a dream come true. I’ve worked hard to make something of myself and nothing is going to ruin that for me.

Then He showed up. Saxon Waite, ex bad boy of rock.

He’s hot as hell and so into me.

But he’s also twenty-five.

I don’t want to lie to him, but if the truth comes out I’ll lose everything. Including him.

I felt pretty confident giving this book a shot based on my past read by Missy Johnson. Out of Reach was a wonderful and emotional journey dealing with difficult topics that was handled respectfully and genuinely. I know this author has the ability to wring a lot out of you and imagine tales that will be out of the norm and refreshingly different. That’s why after reading this I was more than a little surprised and I have to say disappointed. Knowing what this book was capable of, it just fell flat for me.

Micah was our heroine-she's young and struggling to survive after leaving home at 14 to escape a difficult situation. Her first and only love is music and it's her dream to one day be in a successful band and make a living singing. Based on the title and synopsis, I had the image of a tough, streetwise girl who's life experience surpasses her years. I expected her to be badass and more confident and strong. This simply wasn't what I got.

I didn't really get that because based on what she had been through in her life I felt like her personality didn't match-it didn't work. She was blushing, awkward, and shy around people and especially Saxon. But then at other times she was confident and aggressive. We're told that she avoids people and has only one friend-and turns all the guys down. Yet somehow she has some oral skills and she's not a virgin?

The years between leaving home and the present are skimmed over with very little detail and I felt that needed to be expanded on.

Micah and Saxon quickly fall into lust with one another and there were moments of low angst based on the forbidden factor but it was few and far between. Everything felt rushed to me and it needed more to truly captivate me. I wish I could have seen more build up to their feelings and giving in to their attraction.

Saxon was your typical bad boy rocker but in actuality he was actually a former rockstar and his character seemed pretty cliché. There wasn't a whole lot about him that stood out from any other rocker I've read in the past. He was your typical one night stand kind of guy who made use of all the groupies and wasn't in for the long term. But of course, Micah was the exception.

The potential was there for something to really sink your teeth into-a secretly 17 year old girl joins a band and meets former rocker who's 8 years older and a forbidden romance follows. I have to say I've never heard a book with this particular plot so that immediately stirred my interest. However, the characters failed to excite and I really needed much more all around. After the threat of discovery of Micah's age through most of the book, I thought that everything was wrapped up in a pretty bow too easily and quickly. Of course I was glad for their HEA, but it didn't feel real in my honest opinion. This author has a lot to offer, but this time around, unfortunately it was not a winner for me.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**


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