Crave (Splendor #2)
by Janet Nissenson (Goodreads Author)
TeriLyn's thoughts: **Crave generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**
The second book in the Splendor series picks up where book one, Covet, leaves us. Told from the third person point of view, Ian and Tessa's passionate story continues. A lot of history and backstory is told in book one that I think is a very good start to the series. However, it's also my opinion that book two could be read as a stand alone.
The characters truly make this book for me. Ian and Tessa's relationship, between their intelligent conversation, passionate scenes, and the give/take nature of their coupling, is very sweet and makes you feel from beginning to end. My enjoyment came from watching Ian foster Tessa's growth and confidence. His feelings for her are what romance books are made of and her basking in those feelings provides visceral reactions from readers. While the prose of Crave is excellent and Nissenson's writing captures those feelings so well the book gets laborious through the middle. A lot of detail and stagnancy made some sections of text boring. There were parts where Ian and Tessa sexual relationship took up too much space without the plot moving forward at an even pace.
Crave gave me two characters and writing that entertained me. I felt invested in Ian and Tessa even when I wanted the plot to move forward. I had to see where their relationship was taking them and I thought about both of them when I wasn't reading. Nissenson's third person writing style is fluid and easy to follow. I look forward to the conclusion of their story coming later this fall.