Reviewed by Tammy
SERIES: Frozen, #1
AUTHOR: Scarlet Blackwell
PUBLISHER: eXtasy Books
LENGTH: 139 Pages
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2016
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?
Gabriel Black has been at his cabin in the Alaskan wilds for about two weeks when he’s confronted by an intruder holding a gun on him. Gabriel is a writer and spends two months in his cabin to catch up on his writing every year except this year it’s different. Gabriel knows when he gets back Jack, his boyfriend of four years won’t be there. What he doesn’t expect is Jack to ring him to make the break whilst he’s being held hostage by Ethan, an escaped prisoner.
Ethan Baker escaped from prison on a hospital visit because he has now attracted the unwanted attention of the major gangs inside! Ethan is doing life for the murder of his “not boyfriend” Tom. The only problem is, Ethan didn’t do it, he’s innocent. Because Gabriel’s cabin is so close to prison it’s not long before the cops are soon banging on his door looking for Ethan.
With-in a few days Ethan is back in prison.
Gabriel returns to his home in Portland, Oregon where he can’t stop thinking about Ethan and his claims of innocence. When Gabriel goes looking on Google he finds a web page, freeethanbaker.com where there is a petition with over half a million signatures in support of Ethan’s innocence. The page has been set up by civil rights activist Bob Tucci after he met with Ethan shortly after he was incarcerated because he could smell a rat in Ethan’s case. Gabriel is hooked, he meets Bob and has a look through the evidence as a fresh set of eyes.
While Ethan is having an absolutely horrific time of it back in prison both Gabriel and Bob decide to basically re-open Ethan’s case and re-interview the suspects and “witnesses”. The search for evidence isn’t easy or fast but Gabriel and Bob work their way through everything and find evidence that was overlooked by the police investigating at the time.
All-in-all, Innocent is a very intense look at someone who has been wrongly imprisoned for a crime that he obviously didn’t commit and how he falls in love with the man he held captive. Gabriel is certain he’s suffering from Stockholm Syndrome until he’s set free by the police and he still wants Ethan and then proceeds to prove his innocence any way he can. I definitely recommend this book to all m/m romance lovers.