Book Review: Covet (Covet #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves

Posted September 20, 2013 by Melissa in Book Review | 17 Comments


Title: Covet
Author: Tracey Garvis Graves
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Pages: 320
Publisher: Dutton\Penguin
ISBN: 978-0525954071
Publication Date: September 17th 2013
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-Book
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Buy the book: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository


From the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Island.

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.

My Thoughts

I’m going to be honest: It was with much trepidation that I picked up Covet and decided to give it a go.  I’d heard about Tracey Garvis Graves’ On The Island, the somewhat taboo subject , and shied away from it…thinking that it would be outside by comfort zone.  But I read so many great reviews from bloggers that I trust and so was still curious.  Then I started seeing buzz about Covet and I thought…here we go again.  Another topic that I am uncomfortable reading about….but that cover!  I mean come on…have you seen that cover?!  So gorgeous.  And her previous book had been so well reviewed.  So when I had the opportunity to lay my hands on an advance copy at BEA, I knew I had to take a chance.  And I am so glad that I did.

I’ll start at the end: I loved this book!

And for those who, like me, may be worried that Covet falls outside of their comfort zone…let me assure you: It’s OK-Go read it!

Gravis Graves does an amazing job of painting an incredibly realistic portrait of suburban life and marriage.  Those who are married, know the truth: marriage is hard, marriage is a lot of work, marriage is commitment in its deepest sense.  Covet captures this beautifully in it’s tale of Claire and Chris’ marriage, the struggles and the temptations, and the fight back.

The language is absolutely beautiful and the the three point of views (Clair’s being the strongest) are a perfect insight into how all the parties are feeling.  I found myself constantly sneaking this one out of my purse during the day…just one more page…just one more chapter… I had to have more.  There is just something so addicting about how Garvis Graves writes.  It’s so beautiful and so emotionally compelling and just so darn REAL that you won’t want to put this one down.

Was It Worth My Time?

4.5 Timepieces

About Tracey Garvis Graves

Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish.
Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

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17 responses to “Book Review: Covet (Covet #1) by Tracey Garvis Graves

  1. Great review! Now I want to read this one; it’s on my wishlist. I actually did read On The Island last year. It was a free e-book or on sale, I forget, so I hesitantly picked it up and read it. I am not a YA or NA romance reader per se, but somehow I wound up enjoying that one, so I figure I will like this one also. She is a talented author, in my opinion.
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  2. Rachel S

    I LOVED On The Island and I definitely want to read this even though I know it is totally different than OTI. I just can’t see her writing anything bad! Great review! 🙂

  3. Erika

    Loved On the Island and have had my eye on this since I first heard about it. I’m glad to hear it is a great books from your review! I hope to read it soon! Thanks for your thoughts!

  4. Lisamarie

    I love only discovered Tracey this past Spring and I too was a little leary about the subject of On the Island but like you saw so many good reviews that I had to read it. I plowed through and then downloaded her Novella Uncharted loved them both! I can’t wait get my hands Covet.

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