Review: The Price of Innocence by Susan Sizemore

Wednesday, February 22

Title:  The Price of Innocence*
Author: Susan Sizemore
Series: N/A
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: TKA Distribution
Format: ebook
Date/Year: December 2011 (originally published by Avon in 1999)
Reviewed by: Andrea

*This book was provided to the reviewer by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from the publisher:

Sherrie Hamilton is a woman with a scandalous secret past. When she travels to London for a Season of helping to launch her cousins on the marriage mart, she runs into her past. Literally. In the one place she never expected to find a pirate, she encounters the sensuous rogue who kept her as his lover years before.

Jack PenMartyn, Earl of PenMartyn, seeks to put his wicked past raiding the China Sea behind him. One thing he can't forget is the young woman whose pure innocence he stole; the woman who is the mother of the child he never knew he had.

He knows that with one false word, Sherrie will expose the secrets of his past. But does he dare to hope that she will give in to the temptation of their reckless passion for a future together?

I don’t think the blurb gives enough background so I’m going to expand on it.

“The price of innocence,” he said, “is what someone is willing to pay to destroy it.”  p. 9

Years ago Jack was a pirate and attacked a Malay war junk to steal whatever treasure it had on board.  Sherrie was the treasure; she was kidnapped and locked in a cage, the plan being to sell her to a Singapore brothel.  Jack could stick with that plan and sell her to the highest bidder but instead he makes her a proposition.  She agrees to belong to him for one month, at the end of the month he’ll release her.

This book picks up on their story 9 years later when the meet again in London.

My Musings:

Sherrie has the facade of a respectable widow, underneath she is anything but.  She’s seen and done so much in her life that nothing scares her anymore.  She approaches life as an adventure and she is going to enjoy it.  She was helpless in her past but has overcome that to become a dominant, independent and powerful woman.
“Sometimes she thought she was the only woman in the world who believed that men didn’t have a God-given right to do whatever pleased them because they came equipped with a dangling bit of muscle and skin they couldn’t control, and generally used to think with instead of their brains.”  p. 166

Jack is racked with guilt.  He hates the things he has done in the past and cannot forgive himself.  Nobody really knows who or what he is, including Jack himself.

I’m going to describe this book in two parts, the first half and the second half.  I was a little bored with the first half due to all the inner dialogue and flashbacks.  The experiences and stories both characters had from Asia were what kept me going.  The Asian connection intrigued me because it’s so different from other historical romances.  No doubt about it, this book is unique. I instantly liked Sherrie but had a hard time with Jack because he was so difficult to understand and came across as one dimensional. 

It is a slow read in the beginning because of all the flashbacks and the way Jack and Sherrie are dancing around each other while nothing concrete is happening.  Once you’re finally caught up on their history and they actually have a meaningful conversation, the story picks up fast.  All the details in the first half of the book are building up for what is to come.  Everything starts to come together and the second half of this book is where I was really pulled into the story.  That’s when I decided I loved both Sherrie and Jack. They have such a strong animalistic and passionate attraction, it feels right and makes you root for them.  I always enjoy seeing two strong-willed people battle each other and themselves before finding their happiness together. 

It’s a fun and interesting book packed with action.  I’m glad I took a chance on it, I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn’t want it to end!


Overall: 4
Sensuality level: 3
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Carol L. February 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM  

I'm glad I read this review. I love strong characters who struggle with their feelings and they eventually find their happiness. Thanks for the great review.
Carol L.

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