“I didn’t mean to see him naked–it was an accident.
It had to be, right?
Because Noah McCormick and I have never been anything more than friends. In all the years I’ve known him, he’s never once laid a finger on me. And even though he was a cute lifeguard at 16 and a hotter-than-hell sheriff’s deputy at 34, he’s always been that protective guy I could trust to keep his hands to himself. I never wanted to mess with that.
Until I walked in on him getting out of the shower and saw his hard, muscular body totally bare and dripping wet. At that moment I never wanted to mess with anything so badly in my entire life.
I should have covered my eyes. Said I was sorry. At the very least, I could have handed him a towel.
After all, I was only in town for a few days, and he was just doing me a favor by escorting me to my sister’s wedding. It wasn’t a real date.
But I didn’t apologize. And he didn’t cover up.
(Talk about a hot mess.)
After all those years of being just friends, suddenly we’re insatiable.
He’s made it clear he’s not interested in romance. Which is fine with me because I’ve got a plane ticket back to my real life at the end of the week.
It’s all in fun…or is it?”
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Insatiable by Melanie Harlow is aptly named. I was addicted from the very beginning until the end of the epilogue.
This standalone romance is the third book in the Cloverleigh Farms series. We get plenty more of the adorable Sawyer family, lots of sisterly bonding and, as we expect from Melanie Harlow, A LOT of steam.
Meg Sawyer is a lawyer. (Yes, I wrote it that way because I am incredibly cheesy and love a good rhyme.) Meg’s a perfectionist, an over achiever and a classic avoider. She’s had a string of relationships just fizzle out because she avoids intimacy to avoid getting hurt, putting her all into her career instead. When another years long relationship comes to an end, Meg returns home for a visit and turns to her long time best friend, Noah, for support. Noah, a sexy man in uniform, is loyal, kind and funny, has served his country and now serves his hometown as a sheriff’s deputy. Not only is he the hometown hero, but Meg’s hero as well. After 17 years of friendship they decide to add some new benefits, but Meg breaks the rules and realizes she doesn’t want to go back to just friends after this visit. Now that Meg finally found a man she’s willing to sacrifice her perfect career for, will he be willing to give his all as well, or will she finally experience the hurt she was avoiding all along?
Friends to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes. I am a firm believer that friendship is a strong foundation for romantic relationships and if you can’t honestly say that your significant other is one of your best friends, you’re missing out. Also, the tension in the beginning as friends try to navigate their feelings and wonder if the other feels the same is always such sweet torture.
As usual, Melanie’s writing style evokes so much emotion and really paints the picture in your head. This book feels like returning to one of my favorite places and everything about Cloverleigh Farms is just as I remembered it. I absolutely loved all of the Sawyers being together and the family bonding that happened in this book. I definitely felt like there was more family time in this one than any other. I do have to admit that as much as I loved getting to read about all of my favorite characters that I’ve missed, every moment that Meg and Noah were apart I was chomping at the bit for them to come back together. The steam in this one was OFF THE CHARTS and Noah is one of the sweetest heroes I have read in a while. Top it off with a cute dog and I am completely hooked. Once again, Melanie writes a nearly perfect romance.
*I received a free advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- AUTHOR: Melanie Harlow
- PUBLISHER: Melanie Harlow
- PUBLICATION DATE: November 11th, 2019
- ISBN: 1704488648
- ASIN: B07ZMQLR82