Oh Maya Banks, I owe you an apology…sort of.
- Title: Insatiable
- Author: Opal Carew
- ISBN 0312674619 (ISBN13: 9780312674618)
- Series: Stand Alone
- Published: February 14th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
- Format: Audio-book
- Genre/s: Erotic Romance
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Source: Library
- Rating: D-
If I doubted the veracity of the motivation of the characters in Colter’s Woman, those misgivings have been resolved somewhat after I had my sensibilities sported with by Opal Carew‘s Insatiable in a manner to which I doubt I will subject myself to again in the near future. Right about now you are likely shaking your head and saying “why o’ why Penny?” It is nothing that I haven’t thought myself. I find myself simultaneously intrigued, repelled and puzzled by Maya Banks’ work but when I listened to a second audio-book by Opal Carew, another erotic romance writer, my previous judgments of her writing were challenged.
Opal Carew’s His to Command was quite simply nothing to write home about, a rather simplistic, forgettable BDSM story. You know the old saw, we have seen/read it a million times since Fifty Shades of Grey, the rich Dom and the reluctant Sub, yawn. When I saw the synopsis for Insatiable I thought it had possibilities, however unimpressive His to Command was, as the classic love triangle when done properly is compelling stuff.
Crystal never dreamed her engagement would end this way – with her fiancé breaking her heart the day of the wedding…and his best man stepping in to mend it. Now she’s about to embark on her dream honeymoon with the sinfully sexy best man.
But when the groom shows up determined to win her back, she ends up in a highly unusual situation…on a honeymoon for three. Caught between two gorgeous guys — each determined win her hand by showing her the most pleasure — Crystal has an impossible decision to make. Who will she end up with once the honeymoon is over? And how can she follow her heart when it belongs to two men at once?
Crystal is a repeat offender, her first marriage was compromised by her feelings for her fiance Brent. On her second wedding day, her fiance’s best friend Evan confesses that he is in love with her. Unbeknownst to Crystal and Evan, Brent, Crystal’s fiance, observes their torrid embrace and his declaration of love. When Brent doesn’t show up for the wedding she is distraught and allows Evan to take her to the sumptuous hotel suite reserved for the newly married couple and after a quick nap awakes refreshed and ready for love. Reluctant to give up the exclusive honeymoon she won months prior Crystal opts to go anyway and asks Evan if he will accompany her.
Once they reach the idyllic locale Evan starts a campaign to win Crystal for his own, which seems to be working until Brent arrives to reclaim his errant fiancee. Rather than dismiss Evan out of hand Crystal suggests that the three of them stay for the duration of the honeymoon and at its conclusion she will make a decision between the two men.
She really hoped that after she made her choice, the three of them could find a way to continue their friendship. Brent and Evan had been as close as brothers for years. They relied on each other. They cared about each other. She would hate to see their relationship end.
Rather than a classic love triangle Insatiable soon began to morph into something all together different. Instead of being satisfied with the miraculous situation that not one but two men wanted to be with her enough that they were willing not only to take turns servicing her sexually. Crystal keeps demanding more and more and they soon start experimenting with one another and other people who just happened to be vacationing on the resort.
“But,” she gazed at each of them, “sex is just sex and if we can just look at this whole thing as an exciting and fun interlude we shared. Maybe this won’t have to hurt our friendship, no matter which of us winds up together. I am hoping we can keep our friendship in tact.”
Is sex ever just sex? I would say that regardless of your orientation and/or lifestyle that other than the infamous “one night stand” sex is never just sex. I realize that Insatiable was fiction but throughout the “rules” of the world this author had created were challenged and then broken and reset randomly. When I asked my husband hypothetically if on our wedding day he saw me passionately kissing another man would he come after me? He simply rolled his eyes at me and walked away. Granted the author was not writing about “real” people but the characters who existed in Insatiable seemed to be the kind only found in your average “blue” movie where plot is an afterthought.
At worst Insatiable was possibly the most unrealistic novel I have ever listened to, at best it had one of the worst cases of identity confusion. As for Maya Banks, at least her characters have a clear and unwavering motivation and however absurd their actions may be they are consistent with the world that she has created rather than constantly vacillating. Truly I think what would be the most satisfying outcome would be if Brent and Evan went off into the sunset together leaving Crystal and her passive aggressive machinations behind.
Opal Carew writes erotic romance for St. Martin’s Press. She’s been writing since 1993 and has also used the name Elizabeth Carew, the name under which she published her first work. As Elizabeth Carew, she writes futuristic, urban fantasy, science fiction, paranormal and contemporary. As Opal Carew, she writes erotic romance. She is the author of over a dozen romance stories. She also has a degree in Mathematics and spent 15 years as a software analyst before becoming a writer. She lives with her husband and children in Ontario, Canada.