Book Review: Covet

Covet (Splendor #1)

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The long-awaited prequel to a love story for the ages.

She was the only woman he wanted…but the only one he couldn’t have

Ian Gregson had been born into wealth and power – one of the privileged heirs of the top luxury hotel chain in the world. To the outside world, he was seemingly the man who had everything – money, prestige, good looks, charisma – a man who could have any woman he desired. But the only woman he’d ever truly coveted was forbidden to him for far too many reasons to count – her youth, her employment within his company, and especially her commitment to another man.

Tessa Lockwood’s young life has been one of deprivation, misfortune, and heartbreaking loss. Working for the Gregson Hotel Group offers up a glimpse into a world she had never before imagined – one of affluence, sophistication, and splendor. And meeting the suave, elegant Ian Gregson for the very first time awakens feelings in her that she struggles to repress, never imagining that a man like him could find a nobody like her attractive.

Ian and Tessa fight their feelings for the other, knowing that a relationship between them can never exist. But when matters of the heart are involved, things are never quite that simple. How long will both of them be able to hold on before betraying their forbidden attraction to each other? Or will they be destined to remain forever apart?

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Covet generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

My first Janet Nissenson story and certainly not my last. Covet is the prequel to the much anticipated love story between Ian Gregson and Tessa Lockwood. Told from the excellently written third person POV and the balanced story-telling of Janet Nissenson, Covet is just a little bit different from any other romance I've ever read. It's a re-telling in trilogy format of a previous work of Nissenson, which I have no read at all. I'm experiencing this story as something brand new and not part of another series - I found that important to note. 

This books provides an in-depth look into the histories of both Ian and Tessa providing so much detail that we become intimately involved with them as characters. It lays the foundation for what I expect will be a truly grand love story in Crave. There were times throughout the story where I thought inner dialogue of Ian and Tessa was repetitious to previous thoughts. I also got a bit lost in some the mundane details. However, Nissenson creates this absolutely biting tension and passion that I was intrigued throughout the whole story. Who each of these characters are leads me to believe in each of them and I crave more from both. The writing and structure of the story are especially interesting in this book. The set up and how evocative it is to the reader is truly special. And it's not evocative because H/h have this grand story, it's evocative because you want them to so badly. 

Covet isn't a traditional romance in and of itself. It's a foundation and a lesson in patience and self control. It's about morals and ethics and a truly passionate connection that one cannot act upon. It's a highly addictive way to become enamored with two characters, honestly. Intimate thoughts and discoveries made when the two aren't actually a couple. I loved seeing where Tessa and Ian started and now I can't wait to see what happens when things start going their way. 

Lori L. Clark

She Reads New Adult Admin: Lori L. Clark

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