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tracey-garvis-graves-covetReviewed by Vera Pereskokova

Chris Canton was always the golden boy, a brilliant salesman who found immense pride in his achievements at work. And his wife, Claire, loved to see the sparkle in her husband’s eye after he closed yet another deal. When the recession leaves Chris unemployed and lost, Claire jumps in with support but he only recedes further into the depth of his depression. After a year of constant job searching, Chris is finally offered another sales position—one that requires him to be away from home for most of the week. With their marriage already in dire straits, Claire is sure that distance is the last thing they need but has no choice other than to support her husband.

During a routine traffic stop, Claire meets a local police officer, Daniel Rush. Taken by his good looks and piercing green eyes, Claire is convinced she’ll never see him again…until she does. Although she’s honest with Daniel about being married and never wanting to cross the line into infidelity, she allows herself to spend time with him and soon they’re idling away hours in each other’s company. Their attraction is undeniable, but both do their best to sidestep around it and remain “friends”. But with Chris spending more and more time on the road and Claire feeling increasingly lonely and left alone, that line may not be so difficult to cross after all…

I was very excited to read Covet after hearing such rave reviews of Tracey Garvis Graves’ first novel, On the Island. Graves originally self-published On the Island after it was rejected by publishers. Penguin quickly bought the rights to the book—and I’m guessing Graves’ future works—when it shot up to No. 1.

Covet was a quick and enjoyable read; it was one of those stories that keeps you turning pages wondering “will she or won’t she?” However, I’m sad to say, I found Covet had little else to recommend itself. The story was titillating but predictable. What bothered me the most was the simplicity of the first person writing; it was at times choppy and “told” rather than “showed”. I would best compare it to a young girl’s diary.

That said, I think Graves’ popularity shows that there’s obviously a huge audience for these types of books, but I just wish it had a bit more substance.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Dutton Adult. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.