Wicked Innocence by Missy Johnson
Publication Date: August 4, 2014
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Synopsis: 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 by Missy Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Micah had to take care of herself from a young age. Part of that included getting a fake ID at 14 that said she was 18 so that she could work and find a place to live. Three years later, she gets a chance to pursue the life of music she has always dreamed of when she auditions and gets hired as the lead singer for an up and coming indie rock band. Saxon was a famous rockstar who made choices he regrets and burned out fast. He has cleaned his life up, and is now managing his cousin's band when he meets Micah. Micah's id shows that she is 21 so she has no problem performing in the bars where the band is booked to play. She and Saxon are developing a pretty strong relationship, but he is concerned about their supposed 4 year age difference, and the fact that he is managing the band she is in. Micah knows that at the rate rings are going, it is going to be a real problem when he realizes she is only 17 years old.
I think the reason I liked this book but didn't love it is because I saw so much potential for serious angst. Mica's history and reasoning for needing to be 18 at the time she did is something that is tough to argue. She is a likable character who has done the best with the life she was given. Due to the circumstances of her supporting herself fully since age 14, she is mature beyond her chronological age. That said, while the age was definitely an ongoing source of concern, I felt like it could have been a little more of an issue and source of conflict. There were some real problems presented in this story that put the characters in tough situations, and while the story was engaging and kept me reading straight through, I felt like it never quite reached its potential. I did enjoy it, and I did really hope that Saxon and Micah would be able to figure things out since they obviously made each other really happy. I felt like there were some things that were a little under-explored, and left unresolved. And there could have been a little more angst overall. Again, there was a lot to enjoy here as well, and I would read more by this author in the future.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
About Missy Johnson
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.