November 13, 2014 | by Alexis | Covet

by Tracey Garvis-Graves on September 17, 2013

Genres: Love & Romance

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.

This book is unlike most of the other books that I read. The writing is spot-on, it is free of errors and the story just reads differently. The entire time I felt as if I was front row and center almost watching a movie. There were so many aspects to this story, not just the main characters that just brought it all together.

Claire and Chris seem to have it all, well if you ask an outsider they do.

“We’re the Cantons. Sun-kissed, all-American, picture perfect. By all appearances, we’re the ideal suburban family. As long as you don’t look too closely.”

Unfortunately, Chris’ unemployment changed their entire lives. Resentment, embarrassment, depression, loneliness were all factors of this setback. When Chris finds a job all seems well until it requires him to travel a lot.

During a routine traffic stop, Daniel, a very handsome police officer, stops Claire. Though she is left with a warning, she doesn’t forget his face. When another chance encounter brings them together, they start to forge a friendship. She is offered a freelance gig for the police department and her and Daniel start to spend a lot of their time together. With Chris gone, the loneliness factor is kicked up a notch and she seeks solace in that friendship she’s built with Daniel.

I know what you’re thinking here. Is there cheating? To answer your question, no. What Claire sought from Daniel was more of an emotional bond. To be honest, I get that completely. Chris was not there at certain points physically and emotionally. The feeling that your husband did not want you and the attention you got from a very nice, attractive man makes it better. I also get that Claire couldn’t or wouldn’t fight what was going on with Chris’ job. To think, it may have actually had a more negative impact on their union.

“You asked me once, ‘what is the worst thing that could happen?’ And it isn’t being unemployed. Or having to sell the house.  Or the cars. Or any of those things. I thought it was, but it’s not. The worst thing that could happen to me is if something happened to you. Nothing matters but you and the kids.”

A very important circumstance finally put their marriage into perspective and showed Chris what was more important…family.

I think this sort of scenario happens a lot more than one thinks. With today’s job market, people are doing a lot more to keep their job and being away from one’s family is just a side effect. In Covet, you also see a lot of “keeping up with the Jonses” and also you see that not everything is what is seems. You honestly have no idea what happens behind closed doors. There is no perfect marriage it is something you have to work for to keep it afloat.

This book really just got to me. I saw certain things that ring true in my friend’s lives, my life, and just life in general. I highly recommend this book, it will get under your skin and you won’t want to put it down.