This is a love story in the style of Twilight: a supernatural being (in this case, an incubus) falls in love with a young woman, and the two are drawn to each other despite the difficulties they will face in their love. The incubus, Cristien, has the traits that many people love in the male lead of a romance: he is mysterious and protective, willing to do anything to protect the woman he loves, yet he is also remarkably tender toward her and even spoils her a little with gifts. The woman, Alexa, is the sort of woman who ought to appear with such a man: determined to live her own life and pursuing an MBA (although that will be sometime in the future, as she is only an undergrad), yet strongly romantic and able to quote centuries-old poetry at the drop of a hat.
The Innocent is an enjoyable romance, though it isn’t perfect. The relationship between Cristien and Alexa feels far too rushed, even considering the bond they share, and at times the romantic poetry seems laid on a bit too thick. The secondary characters also aren’t as fleshed out as the protagonists, but then, the main focus is and ought to be on the growing relationship between Cristien and Alexa, so I can’t fault this book too much for that. However, I do think there are a few places where it could have been better set up, and there were some revelations that I didn’t completely believe.
Overall, I’d say that The Innocent is a good book to read on a train or while waiting at the airport, as most romances are. It isn’t a piece of deep, fantastic literature, but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a romance, and it does its job by presenting a relationship to daydream about. I also enjoyed the poetry that was brought up, even if it could have used a bit of moderation.
|Page Count||458 pages|
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