Frozen 1:Innocent by Scarlet Blackwell

​Title: Innocent    Word Count: 38,349

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb: 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?

My Review: Gabriel Black is at his cabin trying to write his next novel when he is surprised by an intruder. His first impression of the man pointing a gun at him is that he is very handsome. Gabriel knows he’s in trouble , but so far his captor Ethan has not hurt him. Ethan is definitely in trouble with the law, but there is a vulnerability and a gentleness that belies the fact that he could be a hardened criminal. 

Gabriel gets hot and bothered by his sexy captor after sleeping the whole night pressed against his body. He tries to seduce Ethan the next morning , but he has to admit to himself that he is not just doing it to gain his freedom. There is a sexual tension between these two men.  Gabriel is really turned on by Ethan and it’s obvious to him that Ethan is repressing his sexuality.

 Gabriel has to remind himself that he has a partner back home even though things have been rocky for them lately. He is almost sure that their relationship is about to end, but he still wants to remain loyal. Confirmation of the end of their relationship comes when his partner Jack calls to tell Gabriel that he has been having an affair with Gabriel’s best friend Jordan. The betrayal hits Gabriel extremely hard and he breaks down in front of Ethan. 

Ethan feels horrible for the heartbreak that Gabriel is enduring because of his cheating ex. Ethan wants to comfort this sweet man, but instead he gives him some time alone to pull himself together. Gabriel’s sobs are heartrending and after what seems like hours he is all cried out. It is at that moment while he’s watching tv that he sees the manhunt on for Ethan who allegedly killed his boyfriend. He escaped from prison after serving 3 years so far. Ethan explains to Gabriel that he is innocent and was framed for the murder.Gabriel chooses to believe Ethan , because he desperately needs to explore the connection he feels with this man and there is an obvious innocence surrounding Ethan. Before they can go even further Ethan is caught and sent back to prison. 

Gabriel is shaken up and decides to distance himself from the situation by going back home. He is met by an empty house and realizes that nothing else compares to the two days he had with Ethan.  Gabriel decides to become actively involved with Ethan’s case. Ethan is happy to hear from his lawyer about Gabriel’s involvement. For the first time since being sentenced, he starts hoping for the future.

Gabriel and the lawyer go through the evidence with a fine tooth comb. Eventually , all their hard work and dedication pays off when they find the real culprit. Not only do they find the suspect but they also find another victim chained in his basement. It takes no time at all to free Ethan when they’ve found the real killer. 

Gabriel is hiding close to his car on the day of Ethan’s release, not sure of the reception he will get.Ethan is overwhelmed with gratitude and as happy as Gabriel is, he is also worried that this is all they have between them. He decides to give Ethan some space to be with his family. Ethan feels abandoned and goes over to Gabriel’s hotel room to give him a piece of his mind.  Ethan is angry, but it doesn’t take long for their passion to combust. They experience the same feelings that they had started to explore at the cabin. They realize that  while the foundation of their relationship is a  bit unsteady, they can make it. They are both willing to make the effort and take it one step at a time and see where it can lead. I give this my ratings of 4- lose the underwear.

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