Avon, Jan 2003, 5.99, 384 pp.
In 1854, though young, a lad was a thief until a female household caught him. The matriarch Hannah Gale took the lad into her home and heart raising him into being a solid citizen. Now twenty-six years later, Kit Fox is one of England's top spies.
Kit's latest assignment is to infiltrate the retinue accompanying visiting VIP King Gregory of Bororavia, who simply wants to conquer the world. The English leadership fears that Gregory has brought into their country anarchists to cause trouble. Lily and Kit meet when he asks her to dance at a gala. Lily sees Kit as the avenue to escape marriage to her odious cousin Gregory. Kit sees Lily as the avenue to gain entrance to the inner sanctuary of her odious cousin Gregory. As they work together, Kit and Lily fall in love, but danger is everywhere Gregory goes as the visiting monarch will direct his minions to kill even those allegedly close to his heart.
Victorian romance readers will take great delight in CAPTURED INNOCENCE, a heated historical intrigue. The lead characters will become fan favorites as they willingly walk through land mines for love, freedom, and honor. This intrepid duo makes the plot excitingly move forward. Gregory is too hedonistically dumb and egocentric to be taken serious as the next Napoleon. Still sub-genre fans will feel entertained by sizzling Susan Sizemore's sensational story.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner