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CAPTURED INNOCENCE (Avon Romantic Treasure) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2003

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Desperate to avoid marriage to her scheming, power-hungry cousin, Bororavian princess-in-exile Lily Bancroft decides to escape her royal obligations by allowing herself to be seduced by the dashing Kit Fox, unaware that the gentleman is a British spy asked to investigate dark doings at the Bororavia

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"Kit" will capture your heart in this endearing romance! 21 Aug. 2004
By Susan St.Thomas - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The setting is London, England, 1854. A small boy is caught trying to steal important papers from a woman's home. I instantly, (in the span of the first two pages)liked the character of Kit Fox. Who wouldn't? He's barely six years old, and despite pouring rain, a sore leg and a fear of dogs, is crafty enough to pick locks and circuit a house for burglary and already has the makings of a great thief.

Captured, but free to groom his talents, he's raised by his rescuer's daughter, Hannah, who marries a Scot and gives him a highland home. Now, 26 years later, the same little orphan boy is one of the crown's best spies. Besides his reputation as a thief, Kit was quite the shameless plunderer of ladies, "preying on affections with casual impunity," but this time, he was torn between duty to his country and to his heart when he meets Princess Lily.

Lily has been raised in the country since her father's exile. She knows more about raising sheep than being a princess, and is in deep trouble when her father dies and the Bororovian princess is being blackmailed into marrying her detestable, power-hungry cousin. When Kit asks her to dance at her first ball, she's helpless to refuse the dark-daring eyes. It's then that Lily decides to seduce the dangerous rogue to help her escape her evil cousin.

Distracted by the lovely princess, Kit almost forgets he's on a mission. But as fate would have it, besides stealing documents alleging treason from the Bororovian king's embassy, he rescues the beautiful, beleaguered princess. Being a lover of beautiful things, as well as hating to be told he couldn't have something he wants was a challenge to the thief in Kit's nature. Lily's a princess-in-exile, being forced into a disastrous marriage and Kit's the dashing English spy whom fate has thrown together seemingly at every turn, and comes to her rescue only to imprison her for himself. An that's where the fun starts!

Lily's a reluctant captive, and tries unsuccessfully to escape, but Kit takes her further away to his home in the Highlands. But as the relationship between Kit and Lily unfolds, Kit discovers he's the one captured by the beautiful and innocent princess, who must follow her duty or risk upheaval and war for her country. Reality creeps in as his aunt reminds him to keep his eye on the mission, and his head reminds him that it was totally unacceptable for someone with such a lowly status as a street urchin to ever imagine being with a princess. Over and over he reminds himself that to touch her was forbidden, but like his addiction to smoking, which he was trying to quit because it interfered with his spy business, he can't bring himself to free her. He's a thief and he's caught himself a princess, and even the queen can't make him give her back.

Not only is this a great story, but this book is packed with other great characters, beginning with his rescuer, Aunt Phoebe, the master mind of all spy missions, a "creature of steel-covered velvet, with ice water in her veins." She was especially fond of the lad that her niece Hannah had adopted. "He was a rogue and a charmer and she'd seen to it that his talent for taking things that belonged to other people had been trained and polished until he was the finest burglar, pickpocket and all-round thief in the British Empire." Then there's his lovely younger sisters: Harriet, closest in age who discovered him stealing that fateful night; Sara, the sweet book worm who studies buildings and grounds, the youngest field operative assistant in England; Beatrice, the family's adolescent expert in codes and forgery; and Lucy, a budding Botanist and chemist, who fondly refers to Princess Lily as "Kit's princess" right from the beginning. All play charming roles in helping Kit get and keep his princess.

I really enjoyed reading this type of "dutiful" conflict, because you know it's gets better every page. This story just oozes with romance and cunning and humor, and Kit is at the top of my list for one of the most memorable rogues. The ending has an interesting and satifying twist like a Shakespearan play; you'll love it!

Susan Sizemore is a wonderful author and I guaranteed that you will be happily captivated by Lily, Kit and his clan, as they steal your heart.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Memorable.... 22 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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This story was very interesting, the characters great. The princess was wonderful, very likable. Kit was a fantastic hero, handsome, smart, but almost overly confident in his ability to seduce women. But it was clear he and Lily loved each other, and I did wonder how the story would end. Never thought it would end the way it did, but it was a great and logical idea.
Well worth reading.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
heated historical intrigue 18 Jan. 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1854, though young, he 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 entertainingly satiated by sizzling Susan Sizemore's sensational story.
Harriet Klausner
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Cute, Funny - Loved it! 16 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
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This book was full of humor and interesting secondary characters - one of Sizemore's lighter works but it was fun reading. I would like to see sequels and learn more about Kit's family of spies.
disappointed 21 Sept. 2013
By Penelope Looper - Published on
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I was expecting more. It was slow and at times, boring. The story line was nothing new. I really love this Author and have every book she has written.
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