Stolen Innocenceby S.M. Stryker Published 01 Feb 2019
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Haunted by her years of abuse, Parker Dane tries to leave her past behind her to start a new life in a new city. She meets Ian Blake; actually she runs into him multiple times, but always runs away before learning his name. Ian can't get Parker out of his mind and he doesn't even know her name.
Ian finally gets his opportunity to meet Parker, and he will do anything in his power to keep her from running away from him again. Parker has years of demons and fears bottled up inside her; she knows that if Ian finds out her secrets, she will lose him forever; no one wants damaged goods. Will Ian make her run away again or will her past catch up to her trying to pull her back.
Will Ian be the man to stand by Parker or will he turn his back on her.
***Author's note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content & sex abuse, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
"Stolen Innocence" Reviews
**** 4 Cranky Stars ****
Parker Dane’s life was wonderful until she is 13 when her mother is killed in a car accident by a drunk driver.
Her life is not the same after the accident. Her adoptive father starts to abuse her.
On her 18th birthday, she leaves home after school without a word of where she's disappeared to. Only her best friend knows.
She is haunted by her years of abuse, but determined to find a job, go to college and move on with her life in a new city. Parker runs into this guy three different times but runs away from him before finding out who he is.
Ian Blake can’t get this girl out of his mind but doesn’t understand why she runs from him. On their fourth encounter they finally find out each other names and he won’t take no for an answer in taking her to dinner.
Parker’s life changes once again. She has her demons that have been bottled up for five years and knows that once Ian finds out about them he will be gone as no one wants damaged goods.
Ian tries to tell her that no matter what, he won’t leave and wants her to trust him. Will he stay true to his word when he finds out about her demons and her past starts to catch up to her or will he turn his back on her like she fears?
The author did a good job with dealing with a very difficult subject that many don’t like to talk about. As it is said in the book, everyone meets someone for a reason and Ian and Parker were destined to run into each other.
I would have loved to give this book a 5 star review but there were some errors in the book and at times, a little confusing to follow. I will be reading more from this author as I overall enjoyed the book as it had the right amount of mix of emotions with several surprises.
Parker's loss and abuse and tragedies were really heartbreaking. She suffered a lot in her youth and it was understandable when she didn't trust anyone that crossed her path. Ian, I think he was an angel sent from above, I loved this guy so much. He's got a big heart and a warm smile that was sure to brighten up every reader's face. He was perfect for Parker and I loved how they perfectly fit each other.
Ahh, a bittersweet novel about love, betrayal, acceptance, trust and moving forward.
Stolen Innocence is a beautiful story set in a great plot, the characters were believable and enthralling, the author effective and efficient. This is a novel that bravely tackled and talked about harsh truths but meaningful life lessons.
This is my first book by S.M Stryker and she struck me hard with her excellent writing. I loved how she is vivid in her detail and descriptions. She has hypnotized me with her talent and words. I can't wait to read more of her books!
I loved the first two-thirds of the book. This was an amazingly emotional, well written and troubling story focusing on child abuse by an adult. The subject of a close relative (by marriage or biological) is a taboo in our society. Our author shines a light of this the most heinous of sins - the betrayal to a child who has just lost her mother by the step father that has cared for her since birth.
Tactfully written, our story portrays Parker's struggle to survive and begin a new life. THERE ARE NO EXPLICIT SCENES but the impact is just the same. The years of abuse Parker goes through, is a torch light to awareness that these things do happen in our world. We should all remain aware and be ready to help any child suffering from this betrayal.
I would have given this book 5 Stars were it not for the last part of our story. I was fine until the conclusion of the threat from the step father (cannot say more because I will spoil the story for you) but it just seemed too much for one human being to bear after that. In the end, though, this is a good story.
In all honesty
this book disturbed me. I don't usually like to give major spoilers, but I think I'm going to make an exception here, so DON'T read any further if you want to avoid them....
ok.....the h has been raped by her 'adoptive father for the last five years....read it before but still....ewwww. what is disturbing about this as compared to the other such story lines is that at the age of 13 when it all started she thought that this was how all daddies loved their daughters....WHAT WHAT WHAT THE HELL. just no. no no no way can I accept that. that takes unacceptable to a whole new level for me. ok. eventually h gets her head out of a dark spot....you know that place.....and when she turns 18 she runs away. good for her, right?
cue in the H. she sees him, feels that tingle when they touch....you know the one Christian and Anastasia felt in FSOG. ok, I'll over look it because really I'm just getting so used to that. well she runs away. sees him again. more tingles, and she runs again. then she sees him a third time, remember the tingles and running. well you guessed it. ok fourth times a charm obviously and he gets her to go to dinner. they're falling in love.....over dinner mind you....ANYWAY. here's where disturbing number two comes in. after hanging out a couple of days they get hot and heavy (supressing SHUDDERS) this sexually abused child who is just weeks from escaping her abuser goes down on the H like a porn star. unbelievable and yes DISTURBING.
now we come to their grand love scene, again she performs like the proverbial porn star. the H swears she's a virgin, and I'm going WTH. she tells her sad story of rape and he's still trying to get around that fact he swears she was a virgin. mean while I'm still stuck in WTF mode. then she runs. I know, I know. this chick could use stock in Nike's, but I digress. well dear old dad is waiting for her when she gets back to her apartment. H comes to save her, blah blah.
and cue in just a little more BS to keep this h trapped in the wreckage that is her life.....
she goes dancing with her two best friend, gets drugged, dragged out of the club, but rescued by H. poor girl, or poor me. ANYWAY. H convinces h to move in and she is kidnapped....I know I'm thinking the same thing.....SERIOUSLY? well kidnapper turns out to be.....wait for it.....her only date from high school who is her best friend and dating her other best friend. oh god, what are the odds. anyway. dude does some nasty touching and cutting on h, in rides H and FINALLY ....thank God.....the end.
aside from all this.....the writing is a lot of inner cheesy monologue.....cheesy declarations of love and feelings (snort).....all in a robot voice. hello CONTRACTIONS. we speak in contractions. I am robot does not a smooth read make.
ok....I'm done here. the rest is on you.
I loved this book for so many reason... However I don't want to spoil it for you..
I was so heartbroken for Parker, after the loss of her mom, how could her own family hurt her so bad... I was angry that she felt broken and damage....I loved the courage and the fight she had to take matters into her own hand.
What can I say ladies about Ian...swoon.... Holy cow he is perfect ;) I literally loved him with ever flip of the page...book boyfriend ;)❤️
What I loved most about this book was the pure, honest and at time SEXY romance... I love there was no angst with their grow love...you only saw the love grow and the honest front they built together to conquer the Angst outside circumstances caused them!!!!!
If you are looking for a sometime heartbreaking , sexy as hell romance this is your book;)
First, I have to say the cover drew me in and when I read the blurb I knew I had to read Stolen Innocence. S.M. Stryker, thank you for writing about a topic that we know is prevalent in society yet many are not open to talking about it.
Parker just wanted a fresh start and, with the support of her best friends, Bridget and Ash, she was able to get started. While trying to adjust to her new life she runs into a "tall, broad-shouldered, dark-haired god...that has the brightest green eyes she had ever seen", known as Ian. When reading this part, I realized that Parker was still a shy girl deep inside.
Ian has his goals set before him and he will allow nothing to interfere with them. That is, until this beautiful blonde, nice ass, long legs steps in front of him and, lo and behold, he saves her from a tragedy. Now, sees a way to talk to her...or does he?
Oh, Parker! My heart goes out to her because as hard as she tries, she feels she is unlovable due to her past. Little did she know though, it had nothing to do with her. And sexy Ian, as hard as he tried to get Parker to open up to him, the more she ran away. But that didn't stop him because he knew she was something special and refused to give up.
Their run-ins had me laughing, swooning and fidgeting because of how freaking hot and sexy Ian was. I was rooting for Ian and Parker because they both deserved happiness, yet I could not have predicted the loops S.M. Stryker threw in there. And let me say, BEWARE because it had me gasping and asking myself, ‘what the heck just happened???’
One thing is for sure, I will definitely be looking out for more from S.M. Stryker!! ~ Kara, 4.5 stars