Title – Wicked Innocence
Author – Missy Johnson
Publication Date – August 4, 2014
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.
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.
Wicked Innocence is honestly my favorite Missy Johnson book to date! As a reader, I can see tremendous growth in her writing style which elevates the overall feel of the story for me. She is able to keep me incredibly invested and wanting more and more of these characters!
This novel follows the story of Micah and Sax, as it is told from dual points of view. Both are dealing with their own pasts, but in very different ways. Micah is rebuilding her life while blocking out everything about who she was. Sax is swimming in guilt for what happened and regretting it every day. The relationship that forms is cute at times, incredibly passionate at others, and heartbreaking all at the same time. The reader is aware that there is a giant lie looming over their heads so you’re constantly on pins and needles waiting for that shoe to drop. However, the reason for Micah’s lies is so honest in a way that you can’t help but feel bad for her deception. Wicked Innocence is incredible because I think it forced me to look at things from a different angle and feel compassion for both these characters at the same time, even though logic may have said I should have been angry for lying about her age.
Missy will engage your attention from that first moment down to the very last chapter. It’s a quick read that is sure to make you smile at times, and feel pain at others. It’s an incredible story of compassion and perseverance, and I loved it! I hope Missy continues to write for a long time and keeps giving us these wonderful surprises!
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He reached into his pocket and pulled out his ipod. “Put on some music if you like.”
I took it, letting my fingers glide over his. His eyes darted toward me briefly and my heart jumped. I quickly looked down, busying myself with his music collection. I ran through artists until I came across Severed. Smiling, I clicked play.
“You have your own music in here,” I said with a giggle.
He shrugged. “If I don’t appreciate it, then why should I expect anyone else to?”
“I guess. I just think it’s cute. Like an actor going to see themselves at the cinema.”
“You don’t think Nic Cage or Brad Pitt go to the movies?” he asked in mock horror.
“I don’t know. I met Brad Pitt once in Starbucks.”
He chuckled. “I can just imagine how that went down.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” I asked, narrowing my eyes.
“Well, you were kind of freaked out when you realized who I was. Meeting someone actually famous? You’d lose the plot,” he laughed.
“Well, in my defense, I didn’t have posters of Brad Pitt all over my walls—” I shut my mouth, but it was too late. No, no, no…
“You had posters of me on your walls?” he repeated, amused. “Micah, that is adorable.”
“Shut up,” I mumbled, coving my face with my hands. He chuckled loudly next to me, clearly not ready to let this go. “No! No laughing. Just shut up and drive.”
Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).
When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.