Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Final Review – 4/4/14
I can still remember it like it was yesterday when Ella Frank sent me a message and verified that I work in mental health. She was so nice about it and told me that I could tell her to mind her own beeswax if I wanted to and all I could do was laugh. I mean we are talking about THE ELLA FRANK!!! The lady who inspired my 30th B-Day gift to myself, who wrote the most perfect, perfection of a man ever in life: Cole Madison. The woman who wrote the most haunting and vividly erotic book I have yet to read: Blind Obsession. So when she asks me a little question like that I have no problem saying yep, I’m a mental health therapist…. Then she absolutely freaking BLEW MY MIND… when she asked me if I would be interested in consulting on the book she was currently writing… It took me all of .4 seconds to say FUCK YES!!!!!! Then I hyperventilated, and screamed, and ran around my apartment all giddy and happy because my two mostly separate worlds were coming together and it meant that I was going to get to read the raw pages of Veiled Innocence right along with her trusted dream team crew. Then I felt nauseated and worried. I mean, what if I fuck up? What if I give her the wrong advice? What if people read it and tear Doc to shreds like I do when I read books that are absolutely inaccurate and awful in regards to their take on mental health or mental health treatment… (I would love to name names right here, but read enough of my reviews and I shouldn’t have to.) But I knew the topic well and I felt like I could do it and this is Ella “Killing Vaginas Everywhere” Frank we are talking about. I would just have to take the chance!!! So then I sign my non-disclosure, which made me feel very Fifty Shades… and the next thing I know I am being submerged in this wonderful world. When I saw that she actually thanked me, I was like HOLY SHIT… that says KRISTIN!!! Her thank you to me, for my consulting is in this book, forever!!! WOW!!!! I just can’t thank Ella enough for letting my two worlds converge in that way and I can’t think of another author that I would have wanted to do this for – for the first time.
Now on to the show…
When I began this book I thought as most will that I was getting a student/teacher romance. Which I have read quite a few of and thoroughly enjoy them for the most part. What I got was something very much like that but completely different at the same time. The best way that I try to describe it to others is to say that it’s kind of like you took the HBO series In Treatment (or was that showtime???) then you mix it with Lolita and sprinkle in a dab of Romeo and Juliet and of course you have Ella’s talented way of writing the most erotic sex scenes and that is what this book is.
I think it is rare that you read a story that takes you through so many different feelings so thoroughly. I loved Addison for who she was entirely. Which depending on where you are in the book changes drastically. I loved that even though she was a high school senior that the experiences of her life did show in her behaviors she may have been a teenager but as my grandmother says she had an old soul.
This is one that is so very hard to review without telling you anything of importance. Just read it, and fall in love with the characters like I did. Feel all the feels that it pulls out of you. When it gets uncomfortable, and dark just ride the wave and when it feels light or insightful or epic gobble it up. As I stated, I am so very thankful to Ella to letting me contribute a teensy bit to this… but I’m also very happy that I don’t have to give this book anything but a five star rating and a glowing review because it was excellent. Enjoy the book hangover!!!
GOT MY ARC!!! Can’t wait to read the polished up and pretty version of it. With one week until release day, I guess it’s time to write my review and start telling EVERYONE why you need to read this one!!! LOVED IT!!! Review to come…
I’m dying right now!!! And so very thankful to Ella for letting me be her consultant on this! I don’t even know how to express how excited I am. I have only just started and I can already tell you this book is going to be something special! Especially since every one of Ella’s books is better than the last…well if I don’t take into account my personal bias and overwhelming obsession with (Cole) Edible, that is. I can’t wait to dig in and I really, really, hope I do a good enough job!!!
WHAT???? MORE ELLA!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!
Wooooooooooo! Okay, I’m going to calm myself now… and wait…
What I listened too…
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