Format: .mobi (purchased)
Release Date: August 1, 2013
Erin McDonald likes her simple life in her small town: no drama, no fuss, no uncertainty...until Jesse Hackett breezes back into town. Erin never quite got over how he left for the bright lights of the big city, and took her heart with him.
Jesse never regretted his decision to leave small town life behind and chase his big city dreams, but he’s always regretted leaving Erin behind. No woman has ever compared, and once he convinces Erin to let him touch her again, he’s never going to let her go.
Sparks fly and fires are rekindled, but the basic divide still remains: what really matters in life — location or love?
Another fun, sexy novella by Eden Summers! The title Ravenous definitely describes the main characters in this book. From the very first page it was clear that Jesse and Erin couldn't keep their hands off each other for long. Their previous relationship ended abruptly but never fizzled out and the chemistry was still there between them even years after they last saw each other. There's a lot of history between these two characters and they do rehash it but not in a way that would bore a reader or take attention away from the present situation between them.
Even with the unresolved issues and sexual tension between them, Jesse and Erin still had room to be funny, witty and entertaining. They both have a sarcastic sense of humor that appealed to me and made me like her. She was stubborn to a fault though. She was hurt by Jesse's leaving, blaming him for the failure of their young relationship yet she didn't acknowledge her own fault in the breakup. Erin could be unreasonable and selfish, wanting Jesse to give up his dreams and move back to their small town rather than try and find a middle ground. Up until the end I thought she wasn't going to be able to redeem herself but she did.
Jesse doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to Erin. He still wants her, in fact he wants her for more than just sex but he doesn't know how to convince Erin that they could make it work. Physically, they don't have a problem. It's hot and sexy between them even before they actually sleep together. It's everything else they have to work on.
There wasn't a lot of angst in Ravenous which works because angst and longing should be drawn out more and since Ravenous is a novella, it just wouldn't fit in and the ending would have felt rushed. Instead there was plenty of sexual tension and that made the story work.
I also enjoyed Erin's sister Karen. That woman has a sarcastic streak that's a mile wide and I loved how blunt she was. It would be great to see Karen get a story of her own.
Ravenous is quite the tasty sampler if you haven't read anything by Eden Summers before so pick up your copy now and enjoy!