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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142181129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142181126
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Graves follows her runaway self-publishing hit, On the Island, with this mostly forgettable tale of a crumbling suburban marriage. Claire Canton, a freelance graphic designer and mother of two, feels disconnected from her husband, Chris. Their marriage has been on a downslide since he was laid off four years earlier, and the antidepressants he still takes have adversely affected their sex life. Enter Daniel—a hot cop who's instantly attracted to Claire. The feeling is mutual and the two begin spending more time together, first under the pretense of Claire redesigning a logo for the police department, and then—against Claire's better judgment—as friends, inevitably causing Claire to examine her marriage and morals. Romance fans will enjoy the few steamy sex scenes, but may be disappointed by the slow pacing and lack of action elsewhere. (Sept. 17) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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When Claire Canton’s husband, Chris, loses his job, he becomes distant and frustrated. It only gets worse when he lands a new job that feeds his workaholic tendencies and requires a lot of travel. Their two kids have a hard time adjusting, but Claire finds companionship in her graphic-design work, her neighborhood friends, and handsome police officer Daniel. What starts out as a Kansas City–set Desperate Housewives (rich neighbors living beyond their means, catty observations about an alcoholic mom) turns into a full-blown and emotional page-turner. Claire’s type 1 diabetes is deftly woven into the plot, and the kids are cute without being moppets. The fact that the novel reads like a very normal suburban story makes it highly accessible. Although it is Claire’s story, occasional chapters about Chris and Daniel make Claire’s dilemma more poignant. Chris is no villain, and you hope the couple can save their marriage. But Daniel is so handsome and so good for Claire. Graves also wrote the breakout hit, On the Island (2012). --Susan Maguire --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

Great story, and and very well written out for this subject.
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I ended up liking the book in the end, not loving it, or even really, really liking it, but things did improve.
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This story, these characters--all very real with emotions and life situations all very palpable.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf on September 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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.

NOTE: Review copy recieved from publisher in exchange for my honest review
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Pamela on September 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Good grief! I can't believe I read the entire book. After reading and loving "On the Island," I really believed that Tracey Garvis-Graves' new novel would be just as good. Boy, was I ever wrong. Unlike so many other readers who thought "Covet" was amazing, I found it disappointing and utterly BORING! I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen. Turns out not much of anything happens - unless you enjoy reading novels that detail every minute occurrence that takes place every second of every day.

"Around eleven, after I've had a chance to shower, shave, and respond to several e-mails that need my immediate attention, I take the kids to the pizza parlor near our house. It has an indoor arcade complete with bumper cars, inflatable bounce houses, slides, and a rock climbing wall. The kids would happily spend every Saturday here if Claire and I let them. When we get back home I mow the lawn and toss the football with Josh while Jordan plays in the sandbox. I'm deliriously tired and running on fumes. Claire returns from the bake sale around four and tells the kids to come in and take showers."

What? No description as to the time and place each kid did Number 1 and 2 before going to bed? When they brushed their teeth and washed their face? Blah, blah, blah, blah - blah!

"My schedule is flexible enough that I can spend my daytime hours any way I want, and I don't mind working at night after the kids go to bed, because it gives me something to do.

Sometimes we meet for lunch and sometimes we run errands together. I helped him pick out new carpeting for his living room."

So riveting! I'm surprised the carpet didn't catch fire with all the sexual heat sizzling between them. (Too many eye-rolls and now my head hurts.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Romance Evangelist on September 17, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review at SeductiveMusings.blogspot.com.

I was a big fan of Tracey Garvis-Graves' debut romance On The Island so when I saw she was writing a new book that wasn't strictly romance, I wondered if it would be just as good a read. The first chapter of Covet was included as a bonus in Uncharted, the follow-up novella to On The Island, and from the moment I read the first page, I was hooked. But I could not have anticipated just how much of an emotional read Covet would be once I had the opportunity to read the whole book.

I'm not ashamed to admit it: Covet didn't just make me cry, it made me weep so uncontrollably that my husband kept trying to comfort me as I continued to read. Even now, it's been weeks since I finished reading it, and I'm still starting to get all welled up again. This doesn't mean that Covet will or should affect anyone else like that, but I'm telling you so you know what you might expect if the story of Claire and the two men she loves gets to you in the same way.

Claire Canton had a marriage and family so picture perfect that even their closest friends were envious. But now she is clinging to that life by her fingernails as the weight of her loneliness drags her ever downward. Her husband, Chris, had his whole identity wrapped up in being the family provider and as long as he was working, they were happy. When the bad economy finally reached his company and he spent the next 18 months unemployed, it was only by Claire's determination and love that they managed to keep the family together and solvent, while she begged and threatened Chris in an attempt to pull him out of his dark emotional hole.
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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. She is hard at work on her sixth book.

Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tgarvisgraves and Twitter https://twitter.com/tgarvisgraves You may also visit her website at www.traceygarvisgraves.com

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