First things first, this book is utter filth! Well written – but very sexually graphic – so if that’s not your bag I would suggest you stop reading this review now!!
Here’s the blurb:
“Stuck in a dead-end job, broken-hearted, broke and estranged from her best friend: Violet’s life is nothing like she thought it would be. She wants more – better friends, better sex, a better job – and she wants it now.
So, when Lottie – who looks like the woman Violet wants to be when she grows up – offers Violet the chance to join her exciting start-up, she bites. Only it soon becomes clear that Lottie and her husband Simon are not only inviting Violet into their company, they are also inviting her into their lives.
Seduced by their townhouse, their expensive candles and their Friday-night sex parties, Violet cannot tear herself away from Lottie, Simon or their friends. But is this really the more Violet yearns for? Will it grant her the satisfaction she is so desperately seeking?
Insatiable is about women and desire – lust, longing and the need to be loved. It is a story about being unable to tell whether you are running towards your future or simply running away from your past. The result is at once tender and sad, funny and hopeful.”
Within the first few paragraphs Violet is discussing masturbating in the toilets at work – and that pretty much sets the tone for the book! There is lots and lots of sex – solo / couple / threesome / group – but it’s an integral part of the storyline, and doesn’t feel shoe horned in every few chapters as it can with some books. It’s also really well written and not ‘clunky’.
Violet is clearly not in a great place – relationship wise (friends and ex fiancee) and not satisfied at work or with her living arrangements either – and so is very tempted by seemingly perfect Lottie and what she can offer – in more ways than one.
I felt quite sorry for Violet and was wanting things to come good for her in all aspects. She did, seemingly, make some daft decisions – but you could see why.
I suspect I’m far older than target market for this book – and Violet is very much a millennial – but I still enjoyed the book and wanted to see how everything would pan out. Whilst it is about sexual desire – it is also very much about friendship and support which is vital however old you are.
Overall I enjoyed the book a lot – so thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown Books for my ARC.