Title: Insatiable (Cloverleigh Farms #3)
Author: Melanie Harlow
Edition/Pages: Ebook, 284 pages
I received an arc copy of this from the author via Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.
After another failed relationship, Meg decides to head home early for her youngest sister’s wedding. There she finds comfort in her family and long time best friend Noah. But their now relationship feels different. Meg is attracted Noah and finds herself wondering why he’s never made a move.
Noah doesn’t want a relationship. He already has too many responsibilities between his career and family. But his connection to Meg is undeniable and he finds that he can’t stay away. After one steamy night together, they agree this only for the week – when Meg returns to her life in DC. But what if she stayed?
➸ POV – This is told in 1st person in alternating chapters from Meg and Noah’s POVs
➸ Meg Sawyer – 34, Lawyer, Lives in DC, Family owns Cloverleigh Farms in Michigan, Workaholic, Middle of 5 sisters
➸ Noah McCormick – 34, Sheriff’s deputy, Retired soldier, Twin bother to Asher, Saved Meg’s life in high school
➸ Content Warnings: Death of a parent (off page), Cheating
I really loved being back in this world! I love Sawyer family and have really enjoyed following their stories. This wasn’t my favorite of the series (Irresistible still holds that title) but it was a really sweet (yet steamy!) friends to lovers romance.
I felt like this was one of the best depictions of friends to lovers I’ve read in a long while. I really felt like these characters had a history and close relationship despite not getting a lot of details on page. They had good banter and lots of sexual tension. I liked that leading up to their romance, there wasn’t some dramatic external factor keeping them apart. They simply had a platonic relationship because neither wanted to risk ending their friendship.
This series always makes me wish I had sisters. The Sawyer sisters have such an amazing bond! I love how they are always there for each other, despite the distance, and willing to lend a shoulder or ear whenever they’re needed. They support each other, despite dealing with their own struggles, and there is never any jealousy. I’m always for strong female relationships.
The chemistry between Meg and Noah was so good. There was so much tension leading up to them getting together and I really wanted these 2 to find a way to make it work. However, I was a little turned off by Meg’s sudden willingness to give up her career once she thought she could have a relationship with Noah. She’s depicted as a very driven, career oriented woman in the beginning so it felt like a very out of character decision for her.
I really liked how Noah’s character cared for his twin bother, Asher, who has cerebral palsy. I loved that representation! While I can’t speak for the accuracy, I felt like it was handled with so much respect. Asher was such a strong character with a well rounded personality and actual goals and depth.
However Noah’s stubbornness and hypocrisy definitely grated on me near the end. But what irked me the most, was his out-of-the-blue change of heart. He spoke to person after person and insisted he didn’t want a relationship. But one seemingly random conversation with his sister had him singing a new tune. Like with Meg, it felt sudden and really out of character. I would have preferred for Noah to have gradually come to those realizations throughout the book rather than all at once.
Overall this was another sweet, feel good romance in this series and I can’t wait to read about the remaining 2 Sawyer sisters!