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The synopsis of this book certainly doesn’t give anything away. I knew that it was going to be a student/teacher relationship story, and that’s what got my attention. I usually enjoy the forbidden aspect of these books – they shouldn’t be together, its wrong on so many levels. This book screamed all of these points right in my face, and I loved every minute of it!
To say that Addison had issues would be a major understatement. For the past couple of years her life had been torn upside down. She suffered a tremendous loss and has been suffering ever since. She goes through her days appearing like the picture of perfection, but on the inside she is in a state of constant pain and loneliness. She is beautiful, intelligent and a star athlete who is used to getting whatever she wants. She has the most popular jock in school as her boyfriend. Addison appears to have it all, but in reality she feels like she has nothing. As Addison enters into her senior year of high school, she sets her sights on her new and very attractive history teacher, Mr. Grayson McKendrick.
Grayson McKendrick wasn’t exactly thrilled to be teaching high school back in his hometown. He only came back to be near his father whose health was in a downward spiral. The last thing that he needed was this beautiful girl pushing all of his buttons and his limits. He knew that he should keep her at a distance. He knew that nothing good could come out of their obvious attraction.
“I looked at her – she looked at me. My ending, staring right at me from the very beginning.”
She was confident, pushy, displaying all of the confidence in her sexuality. She wanted him. She had made that perfectly clear to him. He tried very hard to fight his urge to be with her. She was his biggest temptation, but right at that point in his life he didn’t feel like fighting it, he just wanted to take.
“What we had was as simple and as complicated as love could be. We were two people who were perfectly suited and met at exactly the wrong time.”
I won’t go into too many of the specifics of the story. I did like the way that this book was written. It goes from the present day and back to the past. The past is also told from both character’s perspectives – and I am a big fan of that! There was a big age difference between the characters, but the fact that she was already eighteen made it less of an issue for me.
I also never really knew where the story was going to take me. I was always wondering what was going to happen and what had become of Addison and Grayson (you’ll see what I mean if you read it). This book kept my interest throughout…and I didn’t want to put it down. I was definitely satisfied with where the story went. Veiled Innocence had all of the angst and turmoil that I crave in a novel!