Craving Cassie is a debut novel by Skye Rowan. It’s great finding a writer to add to your list of “Authors I Like”, and when it’s a debut author, that’s even better.
This is a character-driven romance with a complicated plot and even more complex characters. Siobhan Carney is a mother of two who is in an unhappy marriage. Trying to make life better for herself and her kids, Siobhan takes a job as a trainee under investment banker Cassie Townsend. Cassie is pretty much the opposite of Siobhan. She is single, a terrible flirt, and is only interested in one night stands. The two women clash from the moment they meet, but the connection the two also have will not be denied for long. The barriers they face seem insurmountable, from the marriage Siobhan wants desperately to get out of to Cassie’s phobia for any type of long term commitment. Will their feelings for each other be enough to overcome everything they face?
These two characters took me on quite a rollercoaster ride. I connected with both women fairly early in the story, but that didn’t keep me from wanting to yell at them not to do what they were about to several times throughout the book. That should tell you just how invested I became with the story of these folks. The secondary characters, especially Siobhan’s children, are also well-developed and important to the plot. The settings, including the beach setting, are well described.
I am impressed with how well this novel is written. It has a really complex plotline, but the author managed to keep my interest all the way through. This is a really good first novel, and I will be looking for much more from this author.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.