COVET BY ELLA JAMES
Release Date: February 25, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Candi Kane
Cover Photo: Wander Aguiar
Model: Colton R.
I should’ve known to expect the unexpected when it comes to this author but Covet took me completely by surprise. Despite its slightly whimsical and old fashioned feel, the unique, unpredictable storyline doesn’t pull its punches and deals with some quite heavy subject matter at times.
Finley has experienced her share of tragedy but on the whole lives a life sheltered from the outside world on the remotest inhabited island of Tristan da Cunha. She’s shy and slightly reserved but hugely independent. It took me a while to realise that the situations and behaviour she put up with didn’t make her weak, but instead showed her strength and resilience. When you live in such a small, isolated community, there is no running away from life’s challenges. You need to meet them head on and deal with them the best way you can, and this is exactly what she does.
Declan aka Homer, arrives on Tristan to much excitement but it soon becomes apparent that, far from leaving his troubles behind, he’s brought them right along with him. There is no escape and he needs to take a leaf out of Finlay’s book before he can move on with his life. The author does a fantastic job in letting us feel his pain and his struggles, the draw of his cravings and his desperation to battle his demons and come out on top. I was left believing that, out of all the places he could have ended up, Tristan was exactly where he needed to be, and not just for his sake. They say opposites attract and Finley and Declan are certainly an odd couple. Ultimately, they seemed to each be what the other needed and I was rooting for them. However, the cleverly woven plot and a big twist to the tale had me wondering whether or not they would actually have a future together.
Ms James clearly did her homework when it came to Tristan, which I can imagine was not an easy task. The island and its inhabitants, with their seemingly outdated and traditional ways, are beautifully, if sometimes a little excessively, described. As a reader, I felt the story was a little wordy in places and, in my humble opinion, certain scenes didn’t need such long explanations. For me, they could’ve been shortened without being detrimental to the overall story. However, this is just a personal observation and didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the story. For lovers of the unusual, of adventure and fun, of heartbreak and angst, not to mention great world building, Covet is the book for you.
Homer Carnegie. Admit it—you know my name. Your kid’s got my e-trading card. Your husband sits up straighter when I stroll onto the TV screen. He knows I’m going to crack the bat and save the day. Even your grandma’s jonesing for my autograph. But women my age? They’re the worst. Or would that be the best?
It’s not my fault they line up at the door. They catch my balls all right, two at a time sometimes, or even three. Believe me, everybody wins.
At least they did—until the video. I heard TMZ paid a million for a bird’s eye view of Homer on his A-game. The only folks who didn’t watch with eager eyes? Red Sox management. They want me benched, or worse, shipped off to rehab.
It’s a long story, what happens next. How I end up on a boat, bound for the world’s most remote island: Tristan da Cunha. Just a speck of dust in the Atlantic.
Except my heart is there.
I don’t know that when I step onto the boat.
I don’t know a lot of things.
What I’ll covet…
What I’ll lose…
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“You’re a liar.” The words are like velvet, and his face is set like stone.
“No, I’m not! Now go away from me!”
I shove his chest without forethought and then recoil as fear pounds through me.
“Tell me you don’t want me. C’mon, fucking tell me, Finley. Make it easy.”
“I want you, and I hate it. I hate you!”
“Tell me you don’t want my hands on you. My mouth right there.” His finger points to my throat. I can’t swallow. His hands run down my arms, the warm palms feather-light. His face is grave as all the universe.
I can say nothing. I’ve made unforgivable mistakes, so many errors in judgment. My foot is caught in moss I’ll never break free of…and still I crave him.
“I don’t want to want you,” I say, the words barely there.
To my surprise, he laughs, his prince’s mouth twisting before he tosses me over his shoulder and makes off toward the curtain, striking it aside to stride toward the beds.
“I don’t want to either, so I guess that makes it even.”
About the Author:
Ella James is the USA Today and Amazon Top 10 bestselling author of twenty teen and adult love stories. She’s an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.
Ella is an Alabama native who makes her home near Boulder, Colorado, with her writer husband, three young children, and hyperactive dog. When she’s not writing, she can be found hiking the foothills, taking nature photos for her Instagram account, and swilling vanilla cream soda.
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