Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Cover Artist: Latrisha Waters
Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/01/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller
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?
First of all this is a second edition of a novella titled <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6440698-captive?ac=1&from_search=true”><em>Captive</em></a>. I was originally upset that the blurb doesn’t mention that but after reading <em>Innocent</em> I see and understand why the author chose to do so. Ms. Blackwell changed so much in the story that is pretty much brand new. Additionally, based on reviews of <em>Captive </em> I would say the author read reviews and took care of the biggest complaint.
The beginning of the story is pretty much the same. Prison escapee Ethan breaks into Gabriel’s cabin and holds him captive. There’s a push and pull between the men as they each feel an attraction but are hesitant to act on it. Many people would say Gabriel’s attraction to Ethan is classic Stockholm Syndrome and that could be true, but I still felt a genuine connection between the two men. When they give in to their attraction the results are explosive and entertaining.
I can’t be sure since it’s been so long since I read <em>Captive</em>, but I believe Ethan’s behavior was toned down because I remembered thinking the guy was a total asshat. Now I like him and believe his claims of innocence as well as how his feelings for Gabriel are a desperate grasp for normalcy.
The second part of the tale is where things change drastically from the original. And it is one hundred percent for the better. In <em>Captive, </em>Gabriel wakes up to find his ordeal with Ethan was nothing but a dream. And many readers, myself included, were not happy. It’s a cheat to do that so I’m thrilled that the author fixed it.
In this version, Ethan is caught and put back in prison, but Gabriel can’t forget about him. Soon he teams up with someone to prove Ethan’s innocence. Catching the real killer isn’t easy and how Gabriel does it dragged me in and I couldn’t put it down until Ethan was free.
Kudos to the author for being able to see what was wrong in the original and fixing it. If you read <em>Captive </em>and didn’t like it I urge you to give <em>Innocent </em>a chance. And if you haven’t read the original then you won’t have that bad taste to get over to enjoy it.
One of the best books put out by Extasy that I’ve read in a long time. I look forward to the sequel whether it involves the same characters or new ones.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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