Book Review: Innocent by Scarlet Blackwell

Reviewed by Susan65

30626132Title: Innocent
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Series: Frozen #1
Heroes: Gabriel/Ethan
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 139 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: His body is held hostage, but is his heart a prisoner, too?

Gabriel Black is at his remote Alaskan cabin finishing his new novel when a man breaks in and holds him prisoner. Ethan is frozen to the bone and carrying a gun, his origin a mystery. Heat ignites instantly between Gabriel and Ethan and the lines between captive and captor soon start to blur. Ethan is an enigma, a man surely on the run, maybe a dangerous criminal, but Gabriel is drawn to Ethan’s broken spirit and damaged soul. What secrets is Ethan keeping and is he, as he claims, innocent?


Review: I believe that Scarlet Blackwell is my kryptonite. No matter what she writes, or how awful the character, I tend to really like her stuff. This story though actually had me rolling my eyes a bit in a couple places. What we have is a writer who is in the middle of nowhere Alaska when a convict with a gun breaks in and takes him captive. So far so good…until the captive can’t seem to keep his little head under control. Not sure about you, but I would think that with a gun to your head, and with no one to hear you scream, that sexual attraction would be the last thing on your mind. So yeah, that part of the story really didn’t work too well for me.

However, once we get past the initial captive-captor confrontation, things take a turn I was not expecting…and it was that turn that brought me right back into the story. It was no shock to find out that Ethan considered himself innocent, but it was unexpected to find out Gabriel believed him so easily and did everything he could to prove it. Of course, before you can take the stand of assisting someone in Ethan’s case, you have to betray them first. I understood why he did it, and I would have too, but knowing what you know about Ethan, and how hard it was him, made it a difficult pill to swallow. I spent a bit of time wondering if prisons are really as bad as they are portrayed in books or on TV, but what I do know is that I never want to find out.

So, for some reason, even though I did the whole eye rolling in a couple of places, this book intrigued me and I am totally curious as to see where it goes from here. For those who are Scarlet Blackwell fans, you know a character will be acting badly and you know the British slang will be sprinkled throughout a supposed American book, but if you can look past those little details then you will probably like this book, too.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*


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