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text 2015-04-05 14:14
Kane's Hell by Elizabeth Finn
Kane's Hell - Elizabeth Finn

Book – Kane’s Hell

Author – Elizabeth Finn
Publication Date – May 1, 2015
Genre – Romance

Type – Stand Alone
Cliffhanger - No
Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.



Kane and Helene were the best of friends until a nightmare devastated them… Hopes were destroyed, dreams shattered, a budding teenage love torn to pieces. Eleven years later their lives are nothing like they once were. Time has changed them … and not for the better.

Helene is smart, driven, and accomplished—her education and achievements a smoke screen hiding the frigid and fragile child wounded long ago.

Kane is equally obsessed with his coping mechanisms—fighting … drinking … screwing … compulsively destroying himself one vice at a time.

When their paths collide again, their past becomes an obstacle no coping mechanism in the world can protect them from. But confronting the past so they can heal in the present is no easy task. Can Kane reach Helene and recapture what used to burn so warmly between them, or will his own self destructive demons pull her into his hell?

A woman determined to look forward. A man always looking back. A love desperate to be restored. 

“You’re the brightest, warmest star in my universe. You’ll never be less than everything to me.” 

My Thoughts - Story
It took me a bit to figure out how to rate and review this because so many things either pulled at my heartstrings or pissed me off.


Ms. Finn always has a way to incorporate questionable subjects and add them in a story to really make you think about your original morals and opinions on a debatable topic. She does it again with this story of Kane and Hell with a subject so controversial that I found myself changing my stance on it a few times.



But not only does she achieve a thought provoking story but she also adds in the philosophical aspect where different opinions are massaged into the underlying tale of Kane and Hell. I think this is the reason why I love Ms. Finn’s work so much – while you are reading and are completely engrossed in the story – you don’t even realize she is making you ponder certain touchy issues. She is subtle in her message and that takes a very experienced and talented writer.


The development of these characters is astounding and even though I guessed the secret, I still had doubts until the outcome was unveiled.


What do you come away with by the end of the book?

You get a short lesson on philosophy

You feel (whether it be sadness, joy, satisfaction, confusion, or any other)

Your brain cells are put to the test

You don’t feel like you wasted a day or two reading a cookie-cutter romance


Don’t read if…

You only like traditional love stories

You are prejudiced in your viewpoints and don’t like to be swayed

You don’t like to relate to the characters

You don’t like to feel so many emotions



Ms. Finn takes us on a journey from the past to the present in the POV of Kane and Hell – something happened in the past to these two that has them both leading a life of destruction or ignorance.


It’s been eleven years since that night and Kane is back in town after leaving Hell without any explanation. Is he back to make her life HELL or to reestablish their past feelings for each other? This time though, they are both different. They each have their own ways of dealing with what happened in the past but the layers they have built to protect themselves are nothing compared to the attraction they feel for each other.


As they both try to heal from the past with the help of each other, there are still secrets Kane holds that just very well may be their final downfall.


What? You thought I would reveal the story? The ending? Maybe the issue at hand?


Yeah right….read the book and find out for yourself.

Reason for Reading – Author request

Story Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Steam Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

Angst Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

Writing Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Content Flow Rating – 4.5 out of 5 Stars

Told in – Dual POV

Hero – Kane – didn’t like him from time to time but ended up loving the hell out of him

Heroine – Helene (Hell) – she was a great character and an inspiration to all

HEA? - [spoiler]Yes[/spoiler]

Would Read More from Author? Yes

Recommend To – Anyone who really likes to deal with issues in their reading – issues that really make you second-guess your original stance.



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review 2015-03-26 17:11
Inappropriate (Bristol Island Standalone Books Book 2) - Elizabeth Finn,Marci Clark

Ms. Finn writes character driven stories that are not the same old, same old that we constantly read in Romancelandia. She has a way of writing characters who even when I don’t like their actions along the way, I still root for their love to prevail through whatever ups and downs they might be having. Inappropriatewas no different in that regard. A sexy, angst-filled ride that I enjoyed greatly. Read more.

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review 2015-02-23 19:33
Unforgettable - Elizabeth Finn

After Unforgiven, I wanted sunshine, puppies, and butterflies for Darren and Bailey’s sequel. They ultimately do get a beautiful, peaceful HEA but Unforgettable wasn’t a lighthearted read. Their love and commitment is tested over and over again. I cried and I raged —“how much more can they take, goddammit!!”.


If you’re looking for something that will make you feel all the emotions of the spectrum, I highly recommend Unforgiven and Unforgettable.  An epic love story which you won’t soon forget. Read more.

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review 2015-02-20 17:45
REVIEW - Inappropriate by Elizabeth Finn
Inappropriate (Bristol Island Standalone Books Book 2) - Elizabeth Finn,Marci Clark
5 Stars!

adjective: inappropriate
1. not suitable or proper in the circumstances.
"there are penalties for inappropriate behavior"


Inappropriate is the second book in Elizabeth Finn’s Bristol Island series. I have a few books by this author under my belt. She never ceases to impress me with her all-consuming romantic tales that clench my heart with a vice-like grip. I become completely engulfed in Ms. Finn’s stories and admire her ability to make me feel each and every time. Once again, Ms. Finn has produced a truly wonderful tale and has penned an intriguing, raw, angsty and insightful romance that had me screaming in frustration, wanting to commit murder by chopping off a certain someone’s gonads, had me happily sighing and also left me all hot and bothered seeking out a powerful industrial-sized fan.

“Have you ever made a quick impetuous decision, not really thinking of the consequences? You just.... say yes when you should have said no.”

Have you ever hastily made a decision only to come to regret it? Of course you have. Haven’t we all? Well, that is exactly what happens when our heroine, Dylan Corbett, Bristol Island’s newest resident, decides to take on a new doctor. She never could have predicted the ramifications such a choice would have. Dylan is an erotic romance author who has moved to Bristol Island for an escape, being drawn to the island’s secluded surroundings. She is a woman with a hurtful past, one that she wants to keep from escaping out into the open.

“This is Bristol Island. This is my world. And this is all I have. My life is here, my career.”

Cohen Jessup, also known as Dr. Jessup, is Bristol Island’s only doctor. When he accepted the important position as the island’s doctor he never imagined that he would become a much beloved outcast in the community, offering a very important service but never being able to form deep relationships or commitments due to the ethics involved with being a doctor. When Cohen meets his new sexy and curvaceous neighbor he can’t help but be attracted to the beautiful brunette. Before Cohen can muster up enough courage to ask her out, Dylan shows up at his office and becomes his patient. Taking things any further than a simple friendship is now off the table as it would be highly inappropriate.


“That’s a hell of a chip you have on your shoulder.” He studied her for a moment. “It’s okay. I’m sure you came by it honestly.”


“The woman he couldn’t ethically fuck he wanted to fuck six ways to Sunday without a single socially acceptable barrier between them.”


“She didn’t want this. She didn’t want to hurt for a man. But she didn’t want the emptiness, and she didn’t know how to fill it anymore.”


”In truth, she didn’t’ fall at all, hadn’t for years. Her heart had numbed to them long ago, six years before to be exact. She loved the idea of them. But she didn’t love the reality of them.”

Keeping things platonic as well as professional becomes nearly impossible as Cohen and Dylan struggle with their undeniable attraction for one another. Dylan struggles with making herself vulnerable again when it comes to a man she has feelings for and Cohen struggles with the ethical inappropriateness of pursuing a relationship with someone who has been his patient. At the heart of the matter Cohen and Dylan are simply two people who have this innate connection that they are unable to ignore despite the risks getting involved presents. With a sordid past that can surface at any moment and destroy not only her but Cohen, can Dylan take a risk and give in to temptation? Can Cohen ignore his conscience and will he be willing to risk his reputation and quite possibly his career for this chance at something more?

“It hurts to want something you can’t have so much.”

I truly felt for Cohen and Dylan and the difficult situation they found themselves in. They are habitants in a small and isolated community which made things even worse. I felt their connection and their sexual chemistry simply vibrated off the pages of my kindle. It is definitely a bumpy and angsty road for Dylan and Cohen and mistakes were made by both of them. As matters progress and then finally explode into the limelight my heart broke for all that they had to go through. It may have been an uphill battle for them all the way to happiness, but Dylan and Cohen prove to themselves and to each other that they were stronger as a unit more so than standing alone. Together they could uphold one another. Together they could stand strong. And, a relationship that started off as extremely inappropriate becomes one that is the most appropriate of all.

Elizabeth Finn is a master at writing some sexy hot erotica. The love scenes in this book were muy caliente! Do I need to prove it to you?
“I want you to take me upstairs,” he whispered against her ear. “I want to watch you masturbate. I want to lick your pussy. And then I want to stick my cock in it.”


I rest my case.

All in all, Inappropriate was yet another novel by Elizabeth Finn chalk full of her brilliant writing powers. This book had me feeling deeply and by the end I was left completely satiated. The ups and downs, the push and the pull, the tears and the laughter, and the depth of love felt by the hero and heroine for each other all make this book truly shine. A journey truly worth experiencing. I highly recommend this one.


***An advance reading copy of Inappropriate by Elizabeth Finn was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2015-02-17 22:52
Inappropriate (Bristol Island #2) by Elizabeth Finn
Inappropriate (Bristol Island Standalone Books Book 2) - Elizabeth Finn,Marci Clark

Book – Inappropriate (Bristol Island #2)

Author – Elizabeth Finn

Publication Date – February 22, 2015
Genre – Romance

Type – Companion Series
Cliffhanger – No
Rating –4.5 out of 5 Stars


Complimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.


Cohen is a man apart on Bristol Island—an outcast loved by all but separated by his position within the community. Dylan is the newest resident in town, but she arrives with a dark secret and a desire to keep it buried.

But when burning attraction is thrown into the mix, his job and her secrets are quickly forgotten—that is until one impetuous decision renders a relationship off-limits, unethical, and utterly inappropriate.

Living next door to one another on the island’s isolated peninsula guarantees their paths will cross time and time again. With fate tempting Cohen to ignore his conscience and, for the first time in his life, gamble with the rules, will he risk everything for Dylan?

And what happens when Dylan’s past suddenly catches up to her? Will she find the strength to bare her soul to him? Or will she let her secrets take them both down?

Sometimes the inappropriate relationship is the most appropriate of them all. 

My Thoughts - Story
So, when I first finished this book, I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars but the more I thought about it and let the shock factor sink in – I have now decided to up the ante to 4.5.  Not just because I got used to the “Inappropriateness” of it, but because of that – it was original – it was unique and it was memorable.



I still can’t stop thinking about what transpired between Dylan and Cohen – shit – this book really makes you think.


I absolutely loved this relationship…how they were immediately attracted to one another but one simple wrong decision makes going any further impossible.  How they decide to be friends but can’t stop the chemistry and the desire from overtaking their relationship. How the love they feel for each other is much more important than the past and anything else.



Ms. Finn does it time and time again, writing winners – making the reader feel what the characters do and the ability she has to develop her characters throughout the story is amazing! Never has she disappointed me in her story telling or her plots.


Dylan is an erotica author who is running away from a mistake in her past. Cohen is her neighbor and the revered all American boy of the island.  These two instantly are attracted to one another but then Dylan makes a decision that can jeopardize Cohen’s career if they even so much as cross that friendship line.  Read how these two try their hardest to keep their relationship platonic and how secrets can come back and haunt them.



Reason for Reading – Author Request
Story – 5 out of 5 Stars
Steam –  4.5 out of 5 Stars
Angst – 4 out of 5 Stars
Writing – 4.5 out of 5 Stars
Content Flow – 4 out of 5 Stars

Told In – Dual POV

Heroine/Personality – Dylan – she stole my heart but had her moments of stupidity

Hero/Personality – Cohen – swoon-worthy but he pissed me off at times with his anger
HEA (Spoiler) – [spoiler]Yes[/spoiler]
Would Read More from Author? DEFINITELY
Recommend To – readers who like to read a maturing relationship with some blips along the way


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