Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
What do you get when you have a British silver fox with a need for hook-ups to inspire his writing and a younger, grumpy. jilted sugarmaker? Well, an INSATIABLE need for their happy ending.
Rhys Everly’s Insatiable situates itself fairly in the Vino & Veritas world, offering up a slice of it that we, the devoted readers of this world, have yet to read. Given that this series is set in Burlington, Vermont, maple anything is the currency of this area. Enter Brody, a jilted maple winemaker, grumpy at life after being left at the altar. In this world, we have yet to meet characters who actually work with maple syrup in the way that Brody does, so Insatiable makes for an interesting read as it introduces us to this fare. When you add to that a pretty randy British erotica writer, you find yourself exposed to the very stories that the reader inhales from the world of romance. In many ways, Everly’s depiction of Logan feels like a meta-reflection on the artform of erotica.
Brody and Logan are light and dark. Everly finds a balance between the two as Logan steps in to help Brody build his winemaking business, a business that is underwhelming at the book’s beginning. Logan initiates his help with the intent to bed Brody, given that their initial meeting is filled with some serious chemistry. Granted, Brody is unimpressed with Logan’s cockiness. However, he cannot deny his attraction to the older man. As Logan penetrates (pun-intended) Brody’s gruff, surly exterior, their attraction grows and turns into something deeper and more vulnerable, and it is in those moments where Everly’s Insatiable soars.
Now, my biggest criticism of this book is how easily Logan, the playboy, falls for Brody. It causes unevenness in his characterization because it feels rushed and incongruous with his character at the beginning. In the beginning, Logan is a straight-up man-ho and seemingly replete in it. For him to quickly transition the other way undermines the credibility of his character development.
Beyond that, though, Logan and Brody’s journey is a compelling contrast to Logan’s hook-up lifestyle illustrating the gravity of deep, abiding relationships. As Logan realizes how unfulfilled his life is in its temporanity, you can’t help but like him more. Even at the beginning of the story in his insatiable need to bed anyone, as he recognizes Brody’s pain and the reasons behind it, you know that there is more to his character. His compassion for Brody ultimately wins you over to his side especially as Brody’s surliness can put you off initially.
Rhys Everly’s Insatiable is a great addition to the Vino & Veritas world. Brody’s reticence to trust Logan, and Logan’s revelation that he needs more from life draw you into their world with ease. By the end of this book, you’ll want more of Brody and Logan’s happy ending, and Everly is easy to oblige that.
In love and romance,