Inappropriate (Bristol Island #2) by Elizabeth FinnInappropriate by Elizabeth Finn
Published February 2015
Series: Bristol Island
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Forbidden Romance
four-half-stars
Format: eBook
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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.

Dylan Corbett is new in the little recluse city of Bristol Island. It’s a hidden small-town cut away from the mainland, and it’s just what she is looking for to find inspiration for her new romance novel.

Cohen Jessup is curious about his new neighbor, and after two chance encounters with her, he is decided to ask her out on a date. But unfortunately, he doesn’t get the chance to, and the next time he sees Dylan, it’s in his doctor’s office, where her feet are propped up on stirrups waiting for a pelvic exam (and never expecting her next door neighbor would be the one to perform it). But being the good doctor that Cohen is, noticing a pelvic exam that’s long overdue and the next accessible doctor being an hours’ drive away and a seven weeks waitlist, he accept to do the exam, even despite his attraction to her.

Guilt over his actions consumes him, an it becomes increasingly difficult for him to be around Dylan given his feelings for her. But it’s obvious to everyone that he is not the only one struggling!

What I loved about this book:

  • The inappropriate plot!
  • Great characters and character development
  • Just as fun as it was steamy!

What I felt needed improvement:

  • The writing was a tad messy

First and foremost, I am a sucker for inappropriate relationship. Give me the office romance, give me the student-teacher romance, I’ll inhale it all. And we’ll, when I found out Inappropriate would be just that, being about doctor-patient romance (which was completely new to me), I knew I had to give it a go.

Inappropriate was a fun romantic read that was totally enjoyable. As it have already established, the plot was great, and it didn’t just stick to the inappropriateness of a doctor/patient affair, but also involved deeper consequences, such a the one of becoming involved with someone in a small town and – to make things extra difficult – having to deal with a scandalous past.

So plot wise, I was definitely good. Now where the characters were concerned, I definitely liked Dylan: she is simple, thoughtful and rational. She hasn’t been with anyone in nearly 6 years and believes no man is as good as the men she writes about in her novels. So when she crosses paths with Cohen, she has difficulties coping with both her attraction and feelings towards him. And especially given their doctor/patient relationship, she knows very well that it is impossible for her to act on her feelings.

Now Cohen is another story altogether! He’s a sexy hunk of a doctor, but sometimes he tends to act like an utter prick around Dylan. Of course, he is just attracted to her as she is to him, but instead of keeping his calm, he roughly pushes Dylan away and goes as far as hurting her verbally. Just because he can’t control himself around her! There were times when I really wanted to slap him. But then, with the help of his (awesome) brother Caleb and the help of his friends Joss and Isaiah, he manages to work on his issues and therefore worms himself back into my perfect book boyfriend list.

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In my mind, the writing was a bit messy: it was a third person POV alternating between Cohen and Dylan, but the moment the POV was handed over to the other main character was often blurry (it jumped around quite often) and that sometimes made the story difficult to read. I also found quite a few editing mistakes and grammatical errors, but nothing that would make the book unreadable.

But four things entirely made up for the slightly messy writing: 1) the really great storyline 2) the great side-characters (can’t wait to hear more about Caleb, and maybe even read book #1 just to hear about Joss and Isaiah’s story) 3) the humour (oh yeah, some parts in this book were hilarious and last but not least 4) the many hyper sexy steamy scenes.

Oh my, this book was great, but the sexy-times and dirty talk made it live even more. I’ve rarely read book with so many scenes that were so explicit yet totally tasteful and enticing. Some books just have an overkill amount of steam in them, and this one did have a lot too, but it was nowhere near annoying – au contraire, ma chere! Be warned that the scenes are just quite graphic and no holds barred, but I don’t think this is a bad thing (and I enjoyed it quite a lot!)

So yeah, all in all this book was great, really enjoyable. Think a mix of A Reclusive Heart by R.L. Mathewson and The Best Medicine by Tracy Brogan, so totally worth your time. Oh, and be prepared to get worked up real fine with this one!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
5 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
3.5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: four-half-stars