Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
4 Taboo Stars
Claire is a mother and has been married to Chris for over a decade. Chris has been laid off for a year, but recently landed a new job, which takes him away from the family five nights a week. Claire is lonely and Chris isn’t the easiest person to talk to. So, when police officer Daniel opens a friendship with Claire, she’s hesitant, but too lonely to not pursue the relationship.
Disclaimer to the book: I do not like cheating in books and if it wasn’t for a Garvis-Graves read, I probably would have not read Covet. To my surprise this was an emotional read I enjoyed.
The thing that I liked so much about Covet was how realistic everything was. I totally understood Claire. She’s a super mom, her world revolves on the kids and she wants to be happy with her marriage, but it’s difficult with a husband who works all the time. Even though Chris has many faults, you can’t help but feel for him too.
Chris works crazy hours, sometimes through the night and because of his sleeping problems, it’s easier for him to sleep on the couch downstairs. When Chris is home from traveling, he spends most of his time with the kids to make up for lost time. He doesn’t want to work so much but after being not employed for a year, he can’t quit his current job.
Then there’s Daniel, the cop with issues too. He’s lonely and finds something special with Claire, but doesn’t want to cross the line, no matter how much he’s drawn to her. I enjoyed the tiny POV moments from Chris and Daniel. You feel their pain and in all honesty you don’t know who to root for.
What Covet worked for me is the emotional cheating level. I never understood the “lust” aspect of cheating, but with emotional cheating, I just get it. It’s so easy for husbands and wives to have an emotional connection with another person of the opposite sex. There’s a fine line Claire and Daniel play on and you wonder if either of them will ever cross it.
Covet isn’t for everyone because it’s more about Claire, Chris and Daniel’s issues. Claire kind of tells us a story of how she feels and why she feels it. I however, enjoyed it and just know it’s not a happy book, but it gives you another look at cheating.
An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review