Monday, September 22, 2014

Christie's review: Stolen Innocence by S.M. Stryker


Title:Stolen Innocence
Series: Standalone
Author:S.M. Stryker
Release Date: September 15, 2014
Rating:1 stars
Cliffhanger: No

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?

I tried to stop myself from writing a review, but I can't hold it in. This book was...this book just...I can't even...this is how this book made me feel:

I'm only asking myself two questions right now. Dear lord, HOW did I read this entire book? And more importantly, Why??

It was like a compulsion. The more I read, the more I had to find out if it got better. I kept saying, "All right, that has to be it. That's the worst of it. Right?" I can't explain it, I just couldn't stop. It was like reading a fantasy book with really idiotic characters that don't make a lick of sense. Please, spare yourself the disbelief and scorn and

First of all, the heroine is 18, she just left home and escaped her sexually abusive stepfather who forced himself on her since the age of 13 when her mother died. She's now in college living in a crap apartment and starting a new job. Suddenly-BAM! She trips and falls and I'll give you one guess who catches her. Our hero of course. I was willing to get past that cliché, but after she runs off, She bumps into him not 1, not 2, THREE more times. Yeah, she runs into this total stranger at random spots in the city every day and even though she has this Cinderella complex he keeps finding her again.

After I read this, I was like, Um-Ok. That's....ridiculous. But maybe it's just me. This is going to get better.

I should have quit when I was ahead.

There were so many things regarding her sexual abuse in her past that was unrealistic. So many.

She falls in major lust with him immediately.
She falls for him pretty much on their first date. Like, starts thinking the "L" word to herself.
She has NO sexual hangups with him. NO flashbacks before or during sex, Everything is just hunky-dory.

I guess this magical, fated love they have cured her of her "demons". Rainbows and Unicorns, guys.

One last thing and I really have to stop, but I have to say, this was the dumbest hero I have ever read.

He had absolutely, not the first clue about her abuse. None. Hey, Ian: Yoo Hoo! *knock knock* Anybody home? This guy is the kind of man you use as a blueprint to build an idiot. For reals.

Reasons anyone would realize she was abused:

She has not even a hint of experience with dating or men.
She wants to become a counselor for kids who were sexually abused.
She told him she had a horrible childhood and she has "Demons"
She gets fear in her eyes when he mentions her stepfather and won't talk about him.

He is shocked. SHOCKED I tell you, when he finds out.

And the nail in his coffin of stupidity:

Fact #1: She told him she's never been kissed.
Fact #2: She told him she's never had a boyfriend.
Fact #3: He gives her an orgasm and she doesn't know what happened to her.
Fact #4: They have sex for the first time and he is stunned by her virginity.

My one goal in writing this:

And I have to stop myself. I feel so annoyed I could go on, but I'll spare you any more gory details.


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