Series: Covet #1
Published by: Dutton Adult on September 17, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Publisher
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What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else?
Chris and Claire Canton’s marriage is on life support. Downsized during the recession and out of work for a year, Chris copes by retreating to a dark place where no one can reach him, not even Claire. When he’s offered a position that will keep him away from home four nights a week, he dismisses Claire’s concern that time apart could be the one thing their fragile union can’t weather. Their suburban life may look idyllic on the outside, but Claire has never felt so disconnected from Chris, or so lonely.
Local police officer Daniel Rush used to have it all, but now he goes home to an empty house every night. He pulls Claire over during a routine traffic stop, and they run into each other again at the 4th of July parade. When Claire is hired to do some graphic design work for the police department, her friendship with Daniel grows, and soon they’re spending hours together.
Claire loves the way Daniel makes her feel, and the way his face lights up when she walks into the room. Daniel knows that Claire’s marital status means their relationship will never be anything other than platonic. But it doesn’t take long before Claire and Daniel are in way over their heads, and skating close to the line that Claire has sworn she’ll never cross.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I never thought I’d find a book about cheating that I’d wholeheartedly enjoy, but Graves has changed that. Not only is the writing in Covet brilliant and vibrant, it felt so real and honest, I loved it. And, get this, I actually liked the female lead! Shocker! You know me, especially when it comes to a book about cheating, I immediately want to slap the girl and knock some sense into her, not to mention kick the guy(s) in nuts. Yes, I get pretty violent when it comes to this subject, and I’m not ashamed of it. But this book? Wow, there’s not much wrong or bad about it!
Claire and Chris’ marriage is on the verge being over. He has been so preoccupied with his new job, which requires him to travel, their relationship almost felt nonexistent. I loved that we get perspectives from all three characters, which gives us a clearer picture of what’s really going on with these relationships. It definitely made me sympathize with the characters more. After being out of work for a year and breaking his back to prove himself at his new job, I really felt for Chris. Sure, there were times I wanted to shake him for never paying any attention to Claire and basically dismissing their relationship, thinking that it’ll always be there despite any effort on his part. It’s a common mistake any person could make and while people would be quick to blame Chris, that wasn’t the case here. Although I really hated him for his ancient ideas about “the man being the man” and how he didn’t treat Claire as an equal. That’s my feminist side coming out. When you’re in his head and things start progressing, you’ll find yourself rooting for him and Claire as a couple and wondering if things will work out for him, how strong their love really is.
Graves was able to weave a story so realistic and magnetic, I felt like I could have been going through the exact same emotions and thoughts. Or, I could imagine this happening to someone I know. I felt like I knew these characters, they were so relatable and what they were going through was so engrossing, it was hard not to devour the pages in this book. I’m currently suffering from a long distance relationship and this book spoke wonders to me. It definitely got me on a deeper level than it would’ve with most people. Another thing I loved about this book? It wasn’t about attraction or passion, it was able companionship, understanding, and genuine love and affection.
Most of the time we’re in Claire’s head and thankfully, I didn’t mind it one bit. After an emotional year while Chris was unemployed, she now has to deal with an absent husband while he chases his “dream”. I definitely sympathized with her feeling so lonely and unappreciated. How she comes to seek comfort and companionship from Daniel was very innocent and the way she handles their relationship throughout the book was impressive. I never once felt like their relationship was “dirty” or “wrong”, but rather, I saw their genuine need and pull towards each other, not just based on attraction, but these two just really enjoyed each other’s company. I loved how Graves teetered on the edge of crossing the line. There were so many moments where I wondered how far these characters would take it, what will happen to Claire and Chris’ relationship, will Chris ever find out, etc. I loved it all.
While I could’ve done without all the side stories from their neighbors, which I thought was kind of frivolous, I can safely say that this book tugged at my emotions and left me amazingly satisfied with the ending. Things start off a little slow, but I found myself becoming engrossed in this book fairly quickly, which again, surprised me, given the subject matter. Seriously, if you’re looking for an realistic, emotional, well-written story with relatable and characters that don’t annoy the crap out of you, you’ll definitely enjoy Covet.