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INAPPROPRIATE (A Bristol Island Standalone Novel #2) by ELIZABETH FINN

InappropriateSYNOPSIS

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.

Inappropriate

Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

✯✯✯1/2 Stars 

“Our past only has the power we give it, and I think you’re giving yours too much.”

We really enjoyed the first book in this series so excitedly jumped feet first into the waters of Bristol Island once again. This time to join Cohen and Dylan the single sexy neighbours; one a hot yummy Doctor – the other a slightly reclusive and mysterious Author. We should mention that although this is a series these books can be read as standalones.

‘The truth was she didn’t know how to stop wanting him. She didn’t know how to let that desire go. And she didn’t want to torment herself with him.’

The forbidden is always that much more enticing and there’s nothing more exciting and seductive than a brand new attraction or the initial feelings of want and lust. When Dylan meets her neighbour Cohen she falls immediately without knowing anything about this striking man. He immediately becomes a muse for her current work in progress and her imagination runs rampant. She’s not alone in this though as Cohen too has fallen under this demure author’s spell. However; nothing runs smoothly as encounter upon encounter leaves them in compromising situations that would seriously harm the career of our gorgeous Doctor as well as expose the past of the sweet Author with a huge ‘chip on her shoulder’.

‘He wanted to feel all of her – every inch. The woman he couldn’t ethically fuck, he wanted to fuck six ways to Sunday without a single socially acceptable barrier between them.’

Bloody hell this book was steamy; it felt new and slightly ‘confused as to what it wanted to be’ but in a good way. As in; there was no clear line of what would come next. It was hot and surprising. We loved Cohen’s filthy mouth and the frantic moments where he lost himself in the passion. These sure sent our pulses racing.

“You’re so afraid of the world.”

Where we did feel slightly lost in our lack of enjoyment was the repetitiveness and how we didn’t actually feel like we truly got to know our characters despite the intense focus on them. Sure we learnt what would keep their romance at bay and what brought them to the moment that would keep them apart. However; they felt like acquaintances of ours rather than our friends if that makes sense. Also; our other only issue was how a certain awkward situation kept rearing its cringe worthy head. We can’t say what this moment was because it’s an important part of the story-line. All we can say is that this ‘moment’ seriously bothered us to the point it actually hampered our enjoyment. Not the act itself; we’ve all been there; but the feelings that transpired and were felt in that moment. It was too awkward and uncomfortable for us and nowhere close to sexy. That could very well be a personal thing though and probably won’t bother all if any readers.

“I was thinking about…..touching you, tasting you, fucking you, what you would sound like coming.”

So yes, overall we did enjoy Dylan and Cohen’s story, however, it’s not our favourite in this series. What we will stress is that Elizabeth Finn is a fabulous writer; she has originality and there’s moments of such beauty and passion that evokes ever one of our book addict’s senses.

**Reviewed from an ARC copy provided by the author with thanks**

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THE BRISTOL ISLAND SERIES OF STANDALONES

Bristol Island

THE FIGHT FOR US – A BRISTOL ISLAND STANDALONE #1
See Our 4.5 Star Review here
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INAPPROPRIATE – A BRISTOL ISLAND STANDALONE #2
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THE FIGHT FOR US by ELIZABETH FINN

the fight for us

SYNOPSIS

When Isaiah moves his teenage daughter Natalie to a new town, there is little doubt he’s running away from the past. But what should have been a fresh start for them ends up fraught with pain and heartache when Natalie becomes the victim of intense bullying at her new school.

When Joss is called to a meeting with the high school principal to discuss her daughter Harper’s involvement in the bullying of a new student, she’s shocked to say the least. Her daughter can’t possibly be that child.

It’s a rocky start for Joss and Isaiah as they try to set their daughters on the right path. But there is more to Joss’s and Isaiah’s connection than just two teenage girls. Joss’s and Isaiah’s attraction to one another is undeniable, regardless of their fractious start. But his soul is broken, and as much as he’s drawn to her, he’s equally terrified of what that means.

Is Isaiah strong enough to let her get close to him?

Life sometimes forces you to make those choices whether you’re ready to or not. And when Joss’s life is turned upside down, Isaiah has to decide if he’s ready to leave his past behind and live again, or if he’s going to watch what he’s come to care so much for slip away. Isaiah’s fight is profound. Joss’s is too. And their strength to withstand it all is brutally tested.

Sometimes the willingness to fight for another is all a person has left to give. And sometimes the fight is the most important gift of all

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

Jenny & Gitte: 4.5 stars

“That’s my girl.”

Jenny I was immediately drawn to the story of Joss and Isaiah from the prologue and this evocative, passionate, swoony, bloody HOT, and at times, suspensful read didn’t let me down. The banter between the characters warmed my heart and yep, I really enjoyed this one!

Isaiah and Joss’s journey was so much more than a second chance at love story with both characters having to contend with a great deal from their pasts and present and each character highlighted the lengths a parent would go to so as to ensure the wellbeing, happiness and protection of their children.

Joss, a single mother, was so broken and carried so much shame and guilt but I applauded her and realised just how difficult it was for her to make the choices and sacrifices she felt necessary for her daughter Harper. Arrgghh I hated Joss’s ex-husband Todd with a passion. What a revolting, twisted creep he was! Opening her heart and allowing Isaiah to love her when she didn’t particularly love herself was going to be hard for Joss. .

“Can you imagine what it feels like to hate yourself so much that it hurts to hear someone say they care about you?”

Isaiah. Wow! This man. When we first meet him he comes a bit offhanded but we soon learn of the protective shield he has around his heart after suffering tragedy and pain from his past. His conflicted emotions…..the author brought them all to the fore. This man is a dedicated parent, who wanted to start a new life in Bristol  to ensure his daughter Natalie felt loved, protected and happy and could leave their past behind. But can you ever truly leave it behind?

“I love you – every flaw, every mistake, every imperfection. You are so worthy, so fight for this.”

Elizabeth Finn wove a wonderful story and introduced us to characters that felt real. The lust between Isaiah and Joss is evident immediately, it’s palpable and it’s steamy, but the love between them was allowed to develop naturally, at a steady pace, which made it believable as they fought the obstacles and struggles that would face them.

“I need you to love yourself as much as I love you, and I need you to let me love you too. I need you to share your hurt with me.”

Gitte: The Fight For Us was a refreshingly different read. I really enjoyed it and found myself understanding many of the issues highlighted by Joss and Isaiah via the Author’s hand. There was a lot going on in this story, most were believable, a few dramatics were not. On the whole though I found it quite original and a different take on second chance love with added drama and intense suspense. My only criticism is that I would’ve liked more background on the respective ex-partners of our main characters to somewhat collaborate, explain and endorse their present behaviour.

“You can’t hate yourself for your past any more than you hate me for mine.”

Joss and Isaiah were both very well written characters. They had real depth and portrayed true to life emotions, concerns and reservations upon embarking on a new romance. Both are single parents with a past and I loved how there was a natural and believable progression in their romance.

“I expect you to fight for us.”

The Fight For Us was quite a substantial read with, yes, a man who has just gained entry onto the list of most hated and vile book characters; Todd! This story has it all like you said, Jenny but most importantly, in my opinion, it had a beautiful romance.

“I’m kind of obsessed with you. You realize that, right?”

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THE FIGHT FOR US by ELIZABETH FINN

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UNFORGIVEN by ELIZABETH FINN

unforgiven

 

SYNOSPIS

A mistake made long ago…
Pain buried so deep…
When Bailey Trent returns home to her small little Ozark mountain town after being away for nearly six years, she knows she’ll face the ghosts of her past. It does not mean she’s prepared to come face to face with the cruelest of those memories.
Darren Cory’s life is a shell of what it once was, and when he’s forced to endure the cause of his agony, hatred abounds quickly. But hating Bailey destroys him too.
Can Darren find a way to move past the pain and forgive the woman he once cared so much for before his anger consumes them both? Or will he drag them into the hell of an unforgiven past.

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Reviewed by Jenny and Gitte

Jenny & Gitte: 4 Stars

Gitte: It all started with a mistake. A mistake with dire consequences causing ultimate tragedy. A tragedy inflicted by an innocent and unintentional hand. How long should a person be punished for an unpremeditated mistake for which they too have suffered greatly and lost? How do you measure, value and embrace forgiveness? How is it truly possible to say ‘I forgive but I can’t forget’? By not forgetting, how can you truly forgive? What is the true definition of forgiveness and how do we show it? How much pain and self-loathing can you hold within, without it affecting those around you? Can you truly love someone if you don’t love yourself?

‘This was her hell. Being trapped in a room with a reminder of who she used to be, a reminder of everything she lost, a reminder of everything she’d destroyed.’ – Bailey

Unforgiven threw so many questions at me and it really made me think hard on what I would’ve thought and done had I been in this situation. Though, really, we can only ever speculate and like to think we’d act a certain way. As always, with most things, unless you’ve been through it, lived it or experienced it how can you truly know?

We join Bailey and Darren in the present and I was instantly grabbed by the mystery and intrigue of how their story came to be, because it was pretty full on as we travelled into the past to understand the present hearing both voices. We were hooked weren’t we Jenny, knowing something truly awful must have happened but not what?!

Jenny:   We were certainly hooked G and dying to discover what had transpired to elicit such strong feelings of hatred from Darren towards Bailey.  The forgiveness in Unforgiven is a bit of a double edged sword isn’t it.  So much hurt and pain in this story and as much as I had an idea of what had occurred, it didn’t lessen the impact any when it was revealed and the sheer magnitude of how many lives would be affected was heart breaking.

“I never wanted to hate you. Not ever. You did this.” – Darren

By hearing from both Darren and Bailey, the emotion was intensified as we followed the toxic relationship between these two damaged people, being completely drawn into their story and finding out what brought them to this moment. Finding out why being together is as equally painful as being apart.

Gitte: I have to say I found Bailey’s story really emotional. Did I cry, no….and I cry a lot don’t I Jenny, as do you might I add! If I could’ve cried it would most probably have been out of frustration. Now, I loved Bailey despite everything, yes the tragedy was horrific. BUT…..it wasn’t planned, keys were thrust in her hands, a distraction in a split second and there we go. She was rightly punished and complied accordingly.

‘That was lesson number one she learned: your punishment is a far reaching thing that destroys more lives than just your own.’ – Bailey

At the end of the day and all things considered, she paid two-fold and had to live with herself and the knowledge of ‘why and what’ happened. She’s such a brave girl, you could even call her ‘fighting strong’ and my heart bled for her. How many times, and how morally right is it to be continually punished for one mistake? She tried to appease, to explain and to repent. She put up with the most vicious and horrific behaviour and actions, thinking she deserved it. She loved with her whole heart and she gave everything to the man she loved, putting up with whatever he threw at her. It broke my heart yet it also frustrated the hell out of me. Mostly, because I forgave her. What did you think of Bailey, Jenny?

‘There was no doubt in her mind he wanted her in tears in front of him.’ – Bailey

Jenny:  I have to agree G. My heart went out to Bailey. Seriously, how much did this woman have to endure? I found the treatment of Bailey to be soul destroying. As you said, this Bailey had more than atoned her sins, yet the fact that she felt as if she had to be continually punished was so sad.

‘Could she live like this for the rest of her life?  Taunted and haunted, always running into her ghosts? She wanted to run away, be she couldn’t. – Bailey

Bailey not only carried around her own guilt but had to contend with being ostracized by those around her. While Bailey did have to take responsibility, not once did I feel that that responsibility should not have been shared with Darren. Bailey had her life completely shaken up and not only that, she had to contend with the knowledge that the man she had loved for most of her life maintained a bitterness and hatred for her that she felt deeply.

“I hate you. I really and truly hate you.” “But…..I still….Stay…….” – Darren

That’s a hell of a lot for one person to bear and I felt so much compassion for Bailey.  I tried to reason that Darren’s actions were possibly the result of him projecting his own guilt on Bailey, but I don’t believe it was and I had a really hard time connecting with Darren because of this.

‘He was the most beautiful man she’d ever known and likely ever would. Be he was toxic.’ – Bailey

In fact, I rather disliked him and found him to be cruel at times. Don’t get me wrong, I completely felt his anguish and his conflicting emotions but it saddened me to witness Bailey accepting Darren’s behaviour no matter how belittling and cruel it could be.  Bailey was completely lost and I understood that, but I too became a little frustrated with her also Gitte as I felt she took on too much blame for something she alone should not have taken responsibility for.

“I couldn’t ever hate you.” “You should. It would be easier on us both.” – Darren

At the end of the day what I truly wanted was for Bailey to be happy.  Her sadness overwhelmed me and my heart broke for her but like you I wasn’t reduced to tears in Unforgiven.  It did consume me but I surmise the reason for the dry eyes was because of Darren and my feelings towards him. He just made me so angry at times,  and although I understood his bitterness, it broke my heart to see Bailey continue to bear the brunt of his anguish.

Gitte: Darren’s story was heart-breaking too, this guy’s in pain from self-induced torment! He lives with agonising guilt as well as a devastating loss from which he’s never recovered. The loss is a dual loss I suppose. when all’s said and done. He’s emotionally broken and the wall he builds separates himself from his own humanity and morality making him a mean and nasty bastard. I couldn’t stand him through most of this book. Don’t get me wrong. I understood why he was broken, but someone inherently good can’t be that nasty and put someone he supposedly loves and can’t live without through so much shit without stopping. Somewhere your conscience would surely override your actions.

“I want…I want so much to hate you. Do you know what that’s like? Do you have any idea what it’s like to see you, smell you, be near you again, feel your skin? Can you imagine what it is to hate someone so much, and yet….You destroyed everything.” – Darren

At times my thinking went along the same lines as his and I understood why and I sympathised. Then he’d go and literally treat Bailey like a piece of poo on his shoe which she’d willingly let him do and I wanted to hit him with my kindle. They say there’s a fine line between love and hate, well I was led to believe that they were one and the same here so the relationship came across completely toxic to me. No good could surely come of this. Did Darren redeem himself…..hmmm I’m still not sure. Because, once we got through the arduous journey to the top of the mountain to enjoy the view, we were hurled off when that last page was immediately turned.

“Convince me not to hate you because…because hating you is the end of me.” – Darren

Reading back over my thoughts I have to say this Author sure knows how to write. My emotions were all over the place and I just couldn’t put this book down. The concept, the characters and the writing was brilliant on the whole. Sure, I had problems with Darren, I feel his character was taken too far, and there were certain scenes that had me gagging (I will never look at oral hygiene in the same way again) BUT….I perversely loved this story despite everything, because my emotions were honest and extreme and I LOVED that about Unforgiven. I mean how do you live if your breath depends upon another’s?

“Why can’t I stay away from you?” – Darren

How did you feel about Unforgiven Jenny?

Jenny:  My feelings were all over the shop with this one and it certainly tested me, that’s for sure. You really did experience the deep connection between Bailey and Darren and Unforgiven was one intense, passionate, painful, powerful, emotional and evocative ride that teetered the fine line between love and hate.  Unforgiven will frustrate you, it will torture you and it will break your heart and I’m sure that like Gitte and I, you will find it a compelling reading experience. The author certainly took us on a spill with this one!

‘This was what she wanted. This was what she always wanted. She trusted his touch, his force, his power, his intent, his everything. This was what she always wanted.’ – Bailey

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Restoring Jordan by Elizabeth Finn

Restoring JordanJenny: 3.5 stars

Restoring Jordan was like a book of quarters for me.  I was invested and loving it until about three quarters of the way through and then it kind of fell away for me and for some reason I lost the excitement and commitment I initially felt for the story and characters.

I have to say this book did suck me in from the first page!  It’s on like donkey kong for Jordan and Adeline from the very first meeting and you can’t help but be swept up in the intense and passionate connection they feel for one another and the sexual encounter that follows.

Getting to hear the story from both Jordan and Adeline also allowed me to see this intense relationship develop from both side and I did enjoy the dual POV in this story.

Jordan is 34, successful (and oh so gorgeous!!!) and knows what he wants.  He sees Adeline in a bar, and unbeknownst to her, he is discretely watching her and leaves absolutely no doubt in anyone’s mind what he wants from her that night. He’s very direct and there is no way Adeline could misconstrue his intentions.  He’s pretty forthright in vocalizing what he wants and he wants her!

Jordan doesn’t do relationships.  At all.  He’s into one night stands, instant sexual gratification and then he’s on his way.  He’s emotionally stunted and until the night Adeline enters his life, Jordan thought he was happy with his lot.

I loved Jordan.  He’s passionate, forthright and I loved seeing the layers stripped away from him and eventually seeing him come to realisation about his life and how he wanted to change it.  There was a lot I loved about this man.

Adeline is 22, and somewhat naive.   She is a virgin and the night she goes back to Jordan’s house she is embarrassed to tell him that she has never had sex, and is more than prepared to give  herself over to him.  Somehow she knows it’s got to be with him, that it feels right.  I did like Adeline but I didn’t feel as connected to her as I did Jordan, this seemed more his story and his journey for me.

” I do not care what this man does to my body; I just want it to be him. I have no excuse for my want. I have no cause for my sudden uncontrollable urge to give myself to this stranger.

Jordan is unaware that he has just had sex with a virgin until the next day and he’s none too happy about it.

Mobile phone numbers and names were never exchanged, they met and parted as strangers so the chances of seeing each other again are slim. Right?  Wrong.  When Adeline interns at the firm where Jordan works they both encounter each other on her first day and those same intense feelings once again surface for both of them.

I have to say he sex in this book is HOT!  I do love my smut and if smut is your thing then you will love this.  For me, I like my smut with  story and depth and I just felt that the sex overtook the story after a while and became the focus instead of the story and the character development.

I’m also going with the fact that the amount of internal monologue in this book prevented me from connecting with the characters as much as I would have liked.    I am a fan of dialogue. It helps me connect and experience the emotions with the characters.  With dialogue I am able to actually feel the intensity of the characters emotion, as opposed to being “told” the intensity of their feelings, if that makes sense. Whilst  I do like to get inside a characters head , I also need dialogue interaction as a balance.

I absolutely loved seeing Jordan coming to realisation about his life and how much Adeline changed him and meant to him.  This development was a wonderful part of the story.

Before Adeline entered my life, I was content.  My life was shallow, empty and meaningless, and sadly, I was happy that way”

Sadly for me, somewhere  along the way the connection to the characters got a little lost on me. The sex seemed to overtake the emotion of the story.

I will say there were some really hot scenes in this book.  The rain scene……**fans self** and the kitchen scene were HOT!   Let’s just say I’ll never grind herbs in the same light ever again!

An enjoyable read but in the end it didn’t have the WOW factor I was hoping for.

 

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Brother’s Keeper by Elizabeth Finn

brothers keeper3.5 stars

I really didn’t know how to rate Brother’s Keeper.

I was so conflicted.  Could I put this book down? No! Not a chance, I was hooked from start to finish.  Did I love this book?  I’m really not sure how I felt.  That sounds very vague I  know, so let me explain.

On the one hand this book had me utterly consumed but on the other hand there was a lot of eye rolling on my part throughout this book.  I also have to add that by the end of it I was over the physical scenes with Rowan and Logan.  Their relationship was lacking something for me which made me feel disconnected to the story in some way.

We meet Rowan, who lives in a trailer with her alcoholic father after the death of her mother.  She soon learns avoidance is the  only way to deal with her father’s drunken rages and finds warmth and safety with the family of her best friend Sara. They take Rowan in as one of their own and provide a safe haven for her whenever she needs it.

I really did empathise with Rowan.  She was dealt a cruel hand in life and I felt so sorry for her at what she had to deal with and at times my heart went out to her.

Rowan is also close to Sara’s brother Logan.   He knows her family offers Rowan the love and security that Rowan does not find at home. Even though Sara’s family have an idea that Rowan leads a far from the perfect life with her father, they are not aware the extent of her unhappiness and the cruelty she experiences  as she manages to keep a lot of her life hidden from those around her.

One night Logan answers a call of help from Rowan that begins a relationship between the two that soon turns passionate and all consuming.

Logan is attempting to hold back the extent of his feelings towards Rowan, which he doesn’t manage to do,  as she’s only 17, a virgin and his sister’s best friend plus his parents love her like a daughter.  All that aside, Logan also  has his life set out for himself, a path that he is not wanting willing to deviate from at all.

Logan has a job offer in Colorado with a very prestigious Law Firm that has been his dream and doesn’t want anything to interfere with that.  It’s what he’s worked towards for a long time and what he thought he wanted.

Logan is so torn in his feelings towards Rowan and you get to experience his confliction first hand with the story being told from alternating pov’s.  You are able to delve into the confusion he feels over his growing feelings for Rowan and his arguments for why he can’t explore their relationship further. His plan begins to waiver and his priorities change as he begins to feel the true depth of what Rowan means to him.

Rowan is a very mature 17 year old.  She has seen a lot and had an extremely hard and difficult life at the hands of her father and I understand that she was old for her years, but part of my issue with her character was her internal voice.  While I did like her character, she was strong and determined and did not want to be seen as a victim, I just didn’t feel her inner voice reflected her age.  In fact this is where some of my issues with the story came into play.  Yes, I can understand she is mature, but some of her internal dialogue just didn’t come across as a young girl, so it made it difficult at times to relate to her and I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading this through the eyes of a young girl.

The story is first person dual POV’s and it does lend well to the story to have both voices heard, though at times it was a little difficult to follow whose voice we were hearing.  There were a couple of times I had to back track to get the feel of exactly who was talking.

I’m a reader who likes a lot of dialogue between characters.  The dialogue enables me to be present, to feel certain scenes. There was a lot of internal monologue through this book and whilst it didn’t bother me too much, I’m considering  if this may have been the reason I didn’t feel the emotional connection between Logan and Rowan.  I experienced the physical side, oh yes, the sex is hot, but emotionally their relationship fell a bit short for me.

The epilogue was a nice conclusion to the story and I found I couldn’t put this book down.

 

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