Title: Innocent (Frozen: Book One)
Author: Scarlet Blackwell
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Length: 139 Pages
At a Glance: Innocent is packed with intense moments, a murder mystery, horror and a just a little psychology on different levels.
Reviewed By: Maryann
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: Scarlet Blackwell doesn’t disappoint with the first book in her Frozen series. For a short read, Innocent is packed with intense moments, a murder mystery, horror and a just a little psychology on different levels. The isolated Alaska setting also adds to the suspense of this story.
The connection that Gabriel Black makes with Ethan Baker is overwhelming and fast. What he finds out about Ethan has Gabriel questioning the decisions that he makes. Ethan is an escaped prisoner who claims he is innocent of a murder, but Ethan has even bigger issues to deal with.
At first I had mixed feelings about Gabriel. Even though you get the feel that he and Ethan are beginning to relate to each other, there’s that little bit of doubt in both their minds. When the police show up, Gabriel does what he can to protect himself from being accused of harboring a criminal. The storyline takes a dramatic turn when Gabriel looks into the website freeeethanbaker.com, where Gabriel comes in contact with Bob Tucci, an advocate for the innocent, and Gabriel finds himself facing a deranged killer.
I have to say Ms. Blackwell totally surprised me with the path this storyline took. I also thought there was a gradual development of both Gabriel and Ethan characters. Bob Tucci’s character was very interesting and I could see the potential to create other stories around being an advocate for the innocent. There’s a second book already in the works titled Goldilocks. As there is no blurb yet for this one, I am curious to see what Ms. Blackwell creates.
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