⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great writing, questionable relationship

Covet

There’s a lot to like about this book – the writing style is excellent, drawing you in and making the pages flow easily, the sex scenes are smoking hot, the storyline is unpredictable and interesting – but I had definite issues with the romance itself. This is a true mafia romance where our (anti)hero murders multiple people without batting an eye, gets almost as pumped up for violence as he does for sex, and makes no apologies for his stalker-like tendencies. If you know all that going in, chances are you’ll enjoy the book.

The story follows Casper, a British mob boss who meets Aurora one night and feels an instant connection. They waste no time falling into bed together (the book gets down and dirty from the first sentence), and though Aurora quickly realizes Casper is a dangerous man, she can’t seem to turn him away every time he seeks her out. They may live on different continents, but that doesn’t stop a determined man from pursuing a relationship with the woman he’s become obsessed with – even if her family makes things even more complicated.

I really enjoyed the writing style and found it easy to get immersed in the story. The words flow seamlessly from one paragraph to the next, and I found myself lost in this violent romance. Where the book stumbles for me is the connection between Casper and Aurora. I’m not sure it’s a particularly healthy relationship between these two – imagine if you had a one night stand with a guy and then suddenly he stalked you to another country and seemed to know all about you. Super creepy. There were also so many long absences between them, often with no contact, that ultimately it felt like more of a sexual relationship than anything. As is common with these mafia romances, Casper is domineering and controls most of the relationship, but I don’t think I would’ve found it over the top if not for how easily Aurora keeps letting him back into her life. All in all, I’ve got mixed feelings about the book as a whole but I would definitely be willing to read more from the author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

Covet by Elena M. Reyes. My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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