Pawn of Innocence

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Riddled with action, adventure, suspense, romance, secrets, drama, and a bit of humor, Pawn of Innocence will keep you on a roller coaster of emotions until the very end. It will grip you, make you cry, make you laugh, and make you angry, but most of all, it will make you love every minute of it! More

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Published: Sep. 02, 2013
Words: 78,580
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301868469
About Chameleon

For many years I've been writing for my own enjoyment, but over the years, so many people have told me that I should publish all my stories, that I've finally decided that's exactly what I would do. Visit my website to see the ones I currently have in the works, and my facebook page to follow along as I post commentaries every few days on what my characters are up to on any given day. It's the ultimate sneak peek!

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Review by: Ginger Gelsheimer on Dec. 03, 2013 : star star star star star
I have to give Pawn of Innocence a 5 star because I loved Armand and Camille's adventure, but also because of the awesome sights and sounds feature! This is the first time I've seen this cool thing done where at various points throughout the book, there are links and if you want to hear the music the author suggests, or see how she envisioned the ball gown, or cabin in the woods, you can click the link and it will take you to pictures and sounds!

I loved the adventure Camille was on rather she did or not! We could only be so lucky to have a guy like Armand following us around all day making sure we are safe. It was a fast read and kept me on the edge of my seat both with action and also if she'd ever get her man!

I was emotionally drawn in to the point at one moment I thought I might have to reach out and strangle the author if things were to go a certain way! Ahhhh!

Definitely will read Chameleon again!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Demelza Carlton on Nov. 25, 2013 : star star star star
I found this to be a really sweet story - enjoying it more than I expected.

The beginning with the silly, spoiled little rich girl (Camille) almost put me off, but I persevered and I'm pleased I did.

The story drags a little with the counselling conversations, yet jumps around quickly in others so that I couldn't understand how one scene had morphed into another.

Still, by halfway through I was hooked and I definitely enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first. Armand definitely deserved a happy ending, but as I don't do spoilers, you'll have to read the book to find out whether he got it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Antonio Simon, Jr on Nov. 20, 2013 : star star star star
At first glance, you'd think this was one of many romance novels that line bookstore shelves. We start with a rebellious heroine with a sterling pedigree who meets a mysterious stranger in exotic locales. But what sets this novel apart is that it also incorporates elements of suspense, action, and thrills, giving it near-universal appeal. And that's saying a lot, because I don't normally read romances, but I can say I was fairly impressed with this one.

Our main character, Camille, comes from a well-to-do family. Unfortunately for her, an incident from her past has made her widower father all the more overprotective of Camille. Camille eludes her bodyguards and tries to live some semblance of the dolce vita, but this quickly gets her into trouble. While vacationing in Turkey she is attacked by would-be kidnappers. Thankfully, a mysterious stranger comes to her rescue. She soon becomes infatuated with him, but as their paths continue to cross, Camille begins to learn more about him - and her past - and that spells danger for everyone involved.

The book introduces an innovative feature called "Sights and Sounds." It adds a multimedia dimension to the ebook experience by including context hyperlinks to external media into the text of the book. I, for one, appreciated this avant garde element. The ebook is still a relatively new medium and the author's ingenuity pushes the envelope. For those of you who may be skeptical, you needn't worry - nothing is lost by forgoing the hyperlinks. All the hyperlinks do is add an optional richer dimension - i.e., sights and sounds, bells and whistles - to an otherwise solid reading experience. My only gripe is that the instances where this feature actually came into play were few and far between.

That aside, "Pawn of Innocence" is a good, quick read with universal appeal. Regardless of what you look for in a book, this book's got a little bit of everything, and you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: linda on Nov. 18, 2013 : star star star star
I really enjoyed this book. It begins somewhat slowly, but then moves at a rapid pace. The author is talented and has a great deal of potential. You can tell that this is her first novel - the quality of the writing improves throughout the book. The premise and plot of the story are great, however, at times, the characters seem a bit one dimensional. This is an author to watch and I've added her to my must read authors list.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lex Allen on Nov. 18, 2013 : star star star star
I imagine that the competition in the arena of romance novels is pretty stiff, so much so that a debut author could have a tough time cracking the code to get his or her share of the readership. A smart new writer would do what Chameleon has done and added a mixture of non-romance-generic subplots guaranteed to draw the interest of those readers hungry for something new, but non-paranormal, in the romance genre. Here it is… action and adventure in abundance, provide a thriller format to the standard theme of boy gets girl, or in this case – determined woman gets her man.

This is the story of a bold, young rich woman who is tired of being constantly hounded by bodyguards that her doting father insists upon, but has never told her why. Unaware of the risks, Camille often “sneaks” away from her guards to take short vacations at far-flung locations around the world. During one of these, she meets the man of her dreams who promptly saves her from being kidnapped.

The danger, the tension, the father’s determination to keep secrets all combine with the strong desires of Camille and the reluctant lover’s desire to keep “hands off”, to create an action packed thriller. At times, the action and suspenseful situations push the romantic themes off stage, but not for long. As soon as the urgency of the numerous fight and escape scenes subsides… the romance is back full force along with the mystery surrounding the attacks, and her would be lovers’ reticence to give in to Camille’s desires. An ending that is not unexpected, yet different due to the sub-plots, lend this book a foot up on other romance tales. I highly recommend this for romance fans, and for those who enjoy a bit of excitement outside the bedrooms, as well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kevin Anthony on Nov. 11, 2013 : star star star star star
After reading this book all I can say is…whew. This book started and ended clearly, no confusion at all. As for the middle of this book, the author created obstacle after obstacle just to get us to the point we all were expecting. She took romance to a new level by adding a bunch of mystery, action and drama in the middle. Now, I think she did a bit too much in the middle and can easily cut some things out.

The story follows Camille, a daughter of a rich guy who makes weapons. She’s feeling crowded by all the extra security he has following her to keep her safe and decides she wants to escape the constant spotlight. That could easily be the entire plot of the book but is honestly just a small fraction.

There’s just a ton of different plots and plots twist in the book. It takes us from one extreme to the other. This author covers a ton of different genres. Some readers may enjoy that while others may simply take it as overkill. Overall, she managed to start and finish the book well. And even though there’s so much going on in the middle: from kidnappings, to trips, to proposals, to therapy, the book never got muddled or confused.

I need a smoke break after this one and a long nap.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: HotRodLuvr on Oct. 21, 2013 : star star star star star
I was intrigued by the cover of this book, and something told me this was not going to be a run of the mill romance novel. Boy was I right! It was anything but.
It starts out calm enough, almost a little slow, but after I read this book through, I realized how deceptive that description was. The author is actually sneaking up on you with that beginning, putting you in a relaxed state, building momentum you aren't even aware of.
I read this book straight through. I couldn't put it down. I got wrapped up in Camile's life pretty quickly. I didn't have too much sympathy for her at first, but I was finally moved by her plight. She did have a legitimate reason for her unhappiness. What good is all that money if you lack love and freedom?
Nikki, her best friend, is an absolute riot, and brought alot of humor to situations. Camile's father is pretty typical: look the other way and don't talk about it, and it will probably go away. Elise, Nikki's mom, brought sanity and reason into their lives, though, she wasn't always listened to.
And there's Armand. My, oh, my. I've been reading a very long time, and leading male character's abound, but this one has to be my new favorite. What a man. I can just hear the sizzling sound raindrops would make hitting his skin. Hot? Yeah...oh yeah. The chemistry between him and Camile is very sexy, and their conversations, often riddled with a range of emotions, are engrossing.
The author truly blindsided me more than a few times throughout this book. The story was really well written, and told even better. The twists and turns were often unexpected, and definately exciting. The description of this book said action, adventure, suspense, drama, humor, and romance. Believe me, it has all of that!
I'm guessing this was her first book, maybe, because I can't find any others. I hope it's not her last, I'll be watching!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sonya C. Dodd on Oct. 08, 2013 : star star star star star
The thing I loved most about this book was the absorbing plot. From the very beginning the reader is drawn into Camille's privileged world.
But she is unhappy with her life where she is forced to hide away from the world unless she is accompanied by body guards. Camille is feisty and head-strong, determined not to be tamed and when she escapes for a holiday to Turkey she experiences the first stirrings of love for a stranger who rescues her from a mugger.
When she returns home, Camille is unable to forget this mystery man and when things become too much for her, she returns to the place where she experienced such happiness to see if the man is still there.
Unfortunately their reunion is rocked when Camille is kidnapped and once more the stranger comes to her rescue.
Discovering his true identity when she safely returns home, Camille feels betrayed by her father and those she trusted most.
Once more her feelings are confused as she battles between her love for a stranger and trying to forget him and find some normality in her life.
Without wanting to spoil the ending for anyone, I recommend this book for anyone who has an ounce of romance in them. There is also plenty of menace and excitement in this tale of love conquering all.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Abby L Vandiver on Oct. 03, 2013 : star star star star
Pawn of Innocence is a love story of an unlikely pair brought about through recklessness and realization. Camile is young, beautiful and rich, well her father is, and because of circumstances that happened when she was a child, she must constantly be surrounded by bodyguards. Camile wants to escape her "prison" and be able to go about on her own, even when she finds out the truth behind the need for her protection. But what she doesn't know is she can't get away from her father's watchful eye, and maybe, she realizes, she doesn't want to.

Chameleon has written a love story that takes the reader to exotic lands, beautiful snowy mountains and the ancient lands of the Middle East. It will give you pause, makes you laugh and, it'll make you feel all warm inside as this romance unfolds. The chapters are long, and the storyline sometimes not plausible, but it is endearing. The characters are good, especially Nikki, whose sense of humor was great fun. The Sight and Sound instituted in the book I felt was unnecessary, after all shouldn't the author paint the picture?

I am not one for romance stories but I would read another book by this author. And so should you.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jalpa Williby on Sep. 21, 2013 : star star star star star
What happens if you’ve got everything that money can buy, but you feel that your life is nothing but a prison? Would you be willing to give it all up, even your own identity, for freedom?

Camile has the world at her feet. But she’s miserable because there’s something missing in her life. Constantly watching over her shoulder, and being followed by her bodyguards, Camile rebels against her father’s rules, always searching for that missing piece. And one day, when she had escaped from her father’s watchful eyes, she finds it- or shall I say him?

I can’t say enough about the hero of this story. He is hot, a bad a**, and mysterious- a beautiful dark haired stranger with green eyes. Camile is drawn to him but he resists. I enjoyed watching his inner struggles of wanting to be with her but resisting because that was the right thing to do.

When Camile’s life is truly in danger, the beautiful green-eyed stranger shows up again. But is he a friend or a foe? In my opinion, this male lead made the story. He was wise, a warrior, and did I already mention hot? I got the feeling that he would have protected her ‘till the end, even at the cost of his own life.

The author is a great story teller and I enjoyed the sights and sounds feature. I believe it helped to enhance the story. I especially loved listening to Harlem Nocturne. It was very romantic and hypnotizing.

Pawn of Innocence was just the perfect read- a nice escape. Sometimes I found myself smiling and at times I had goose bumps. If you’re looking for a good romance, full of suspense, then this story is for you.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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