Friday, May 29, 2015

Innocence by Holly J. Gill

Publisher & Release Date: Secret Cravings Publishing, May 22, 2015

Time and setting: Present Day, England  

Genre: Contemporary Mainstream Fiction with Romantic Elements

Length: 316 pages

Heat Level: 1 Scorching Hot Flame

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

Quote: ‘Don’t make promises you cannot keep!’ 

Calvin Edwards, has everything he could dream about, perfect lifestyle, running the family real-estate company back in London. He takes a holiday up North to visit his parents, only when out walking on his parents land, he finds a young pregnant woman attempting to take her life. Calvin wishes to help, becoming a friend through her troubles, only fears he’s out of his depth, let alone discovers his past comes back to life, sending his life crashing. 

Kacey is pregnant and her life is out of control, with nowhere left to go. She descends on her mum for one last chance for help, only the door is slammed in her face. At her wits end, alone, scared and helpless until Calvin comes along. He becomes a dear friend giving her kindness. Only what she’d pushed to the back of her mind through selfish pain, is back. Her past has come back to life!

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When Ms. Gill sent me a request to review her newest release, I accepted the review copy for an honest review. I had read one of Ms. Gill’s books in her Desires series and enjoyed it immensely. The book description sounded fascinating, so I could not wait to read Innocence. This is a unique story and I was pulled in from the first page.

Kacey can no longer face the nightmare her life has become. Abandoned by her drug dealer ex-boyfriend, had the door slammed in her face by her mum, she stands on a bridge ready to end it all, when a kind young man comes along and talks her down.

Calvin Edwards cannot believe what is before his eyes; a beautiful, very pregnant woman appears to be ready to end it all. He convinces her to come with him, and he takes her at a cottage owned by a friend and offers her safety and a chance to regroup.

It has been ten long years since anyone has shown Kacey any care or compassion, and Calvin shows her both. Can she trust this stranger with her life and the life of her unborn child?

Wow! Innocence is an emotionally-charged read from the first page to the last. I could not stop reading. This is not a pretty story, but one of rough, edgy feelings that had me sheading a few tears. I fell in love with Calvin, a man who is not afraid to show his feelings and acknowledge his pain. While this story has strong romantic elements, it is a tale of the consequences of decisions made in the past and how they affect Kacey’s life irrevocably. I look forward to continuing her life’s journey in the next books in the series.

While this tale of incredible pain and sorrow drew me in and kept me mesmerized, I did have a bit of a problem with editing errors. At times, it threatened to pull me out of the story. It may well be because Ms. Gill is British, and I am not familiar with some of the phrasing and word choices she used. Nonetheless, Innocence is a compelling book, and I await the next one in the series with great anticipation. I must find out what happens next. Happy reading!

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