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.
5 of 5 Covet
I want to thank Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. I loved On The Island and I could not wait to see what Tracey brought us next. I have to say switching from reading YA and New Adult to Adult took me a minute to get acclimated but after twenty pages in I was good to go. I have to say BIG KUDOS to Tracey for writing such a racy book with real adult issues in it. This review is going to be different because there are a few things I want to touch upon here and address because people see the synopsis and they think that this book is about an affair and it is not that cut and dry.Affairs can be mentally and physically and in this case the affair was a mental affair.
Chris Canton has it all. He has a wonderful wife and children. He has the best job and he loves his life. But Chris is a workaholic and he puts his work before his wife and children. When Claire met him she knew he had goals and would achieve them but she never knew that she would be neglected in the end for those goals. Then tragedy strikes them in the form of Chris getting laid off from his job and Claire has to provide for the family. Chris gets depressed and spirals out of control by distancing his wife and children. Then Chris gets a job offer working for a company away from home and he takes it because he has been out of work for a year and a half and hates it. But the downfall to the job is he has to travel four days a week away from home and his children. He decides it is worth the sacrifice because he needs a job to provide for his family because he is not a man unless he can provide for his family.
Claire is lonely even though she has her children and her friends but she wants her husband. She wants to hold him and have the same passion they had years ago before he lost his job and lost his mind. Claire has her job and gets her out of the house but she is desperate for her husband to pay attention to her. When he stops paying attention to her and being intimate with her Claire starts to feel bad about herself until she meets Daniel Rush. Daniel is a police offer who pulls Claire over for a headlight that is out. Once Claire and Daniel see each other again casually they strike up a friendship. As they get closer and Daniel pays special attention to Claire she starts to feel wanted and needed by him and they build a very close relationship that is emotional.
Will Claire and Chris ever get back what they had? Will Claire cheat on Chris with Daniel? What does Daniel feel for Claire? All these questions kept going through my mind when I was reading because I felt like Claire deserved to get some attention to her husband because every women needs love and affection from their spouse not the cold shoulder and an absentee husband. This book is a must read for everyone because it shows the blurry hazy lines that can get crossed when one spouse neglects the other.
Tracey Garvis-Graves is the author of On the Island and Covet. She lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa with her husband, two children, and hyper dog Chloe. She blogs atwww.traceygarvisgraves.com using colorful language and a snarky sense of humor to write about pop culture, silly television shows, and her suburban neighborhood. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. She’d love to hear from you.