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- Print Length: 320 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1522839046
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- Publication Date: May 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VQUV72S
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*** Contemporary, erotica, friends-to-lovers romance ***
*** WARNING: This book contains darker subject matter and violent content that may be difficult for some readers.
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.
WHOA WHOA WHOA!!! So first let me say that you really need to take the author’s warning above seriously. This book definitely contains dark and violent content but it’s SO GOOD!!!! If you can get through the first couple of chapters, it will be worth it. I read this book in one sitting. I was ignoring everything and anything around me. This story will suck you in and swallow you up. I did however, have to take a few short breathers in between. It was that hard and I guarantee some ugly tears.
“I’m not good at much in this world. But I’m good at loving you.”
The story was told alternating between past and present. It started out with Kane and Helene in high school. They were best friends since childhood. They are protective of each other and care deeply for one another. Kane is always a little bit of a bad boy and Helene is a bookworm. As they grow up friendship turns into an innocent crush. There was lots of innocent flirting but neither one wants to make a move for it to be more. The cute and smartass banters between the two was fun to read.
“You’re the brightest, warmest star in my universe. You’ll never be less than everything to me.”
Then something terrible happened…. Kane left Helene behind and it all went down hill from there!
God, my heart was absolutely broken for both Kane and Helene. The tragedy card that they had to deal with is to heart wrenching for such young innocent souls. Their lives and spirits were destroyed not only at the time of the incident but also in the years that follow.
Fast forward 11 years….
Kane is a tortured hero, a man-whore and he hiding a big secret. He can’t face the past or deal with his pain. So instead he is fighting, drinking, and screwing his way through life. On a lighter note, he is a very sexy carpenter who is very skilled in ALL departments wink, wink, wink if you know what I mean :)
“I am always going to love you, Hell. And you will always have a place in my world if you want one. But your disappointment in me hurts.”
Helene is smart, strong, and accomplished. She moved on from the painful childhood and is now a successful young lady about to receive a doctorate degree in philosophy (one little hang up – her final project). Helene thought she was doing so well until an unexpected student appeared in her class. KANE. He is trying desperately to win Helene back. This brought back a lewd of emotions that Helene buried a long time ago. Did Helene really move on or does she want answers? Why did Kane up and leave? Can truth, love and forgiveness prevail? Or will the secret destroy them both forever?
“You’re the brightest, warmest star in my universe. You will never be less than everything to me. You’re my Hell.”
“In summary, you’re an experience of the senses to me. I experience my love for you in something far more profound than a mere thought. It’s in everything I feel, see, hear, taste and smell everyday. That, in a nutshell, is how a posteriori knowledge affects my life.”
This book is just so AMAZING. It is beautifully written and I LOVE the way the author incorporates life philosophy into telling the story. The plot is unique, heart wrenching, emotional, dark, intense. An absolute MUST READ. All the FEELINGS… I was so nervous. My heart was pumping hard the whole time and again I ate up all my nails. I can’t shake that nasty habit when I get nervous ….
You just HAVE TO READ this book and feel for yourself. I LOVE LOVE this book even with all the dark, gritty content. Nothing like I have ever read before!
So, thank you Elizabeth Finn for such a beautiful story. I can not wait to read more of your books in the future.
“We are going to be okay.”
Helene and Kane have been friends since they were very little. They grew up as neighbors and then eventually grew to be best friends even though they were opposites. Helene was the studious, nerdy girl while Kane was the typical popular bad boy. At 17 they both work at a gas station at the start of their senior year of high school. One night and one person changes their lives irrecovably. The morning after that horrible night that changed their lives forever, Kane disappears leaving Helene to deal with the fallout from that night all on her own.
Told in three parts, we see these two through various stages of life. Part one deals with the present and the flashbacks to that devastating night. Helene is now working on he PhD and teaching college course when after 11 years Kane shows up out of the blue and is a student in her class. Kane is back because of his sick father and a need to make things right with Helene.
What starts as a rebuilding of a friendship develops into something more even though they have the shared trauma of the past blocking them at every turn. I have to say that the flashbacks were hard to read. Cringe worthy. Elizabeth did an excellent job of writing those scenes because even though I've never experienced something like that firsthand, I felt like I was living that terrible night right along with them. It was brutal. It was also something I didn't exactly expect so it was also shocking in at regard.
I have to admit that I didn't really like Kane through much of the book. While part two shows Helene and Kane making a sort of relationship, it was obvious he was hiding something. I also didn't feel like he was really worried about the effect he was having on Helene. It didn't help that I had no idea what he was still struggling with. When it was all finally revealed I understood a bit better but I was still frustrated with him and maybe even more annoyed at some of his behavior. But just like Helene explained in her class "nothing is black and white" and so it was with this story.
By the end of part three I was fully in love with Kane. It was obvious he was just as lost as Helen but coping in a completely different way. I appreciated the fact that the angst really didn't have to do with any outside forces or people and just focused on these two and their past. It was also nice to see a hero dedicate himself to the heroine from the outset.
Kane's Hell ends on a completely different note than it started which was really representative of this story and its characters. It was well written, steamy, and brilliantly executed.
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