The long-awaited prequel to a love story for the ages.
She was the only woman he wanted…but the only one he couldn’t have
Ian Gregson had been born into wealth and power – one of the privileged heirs of the top luxury hotel chain in the world. To the outside world, he was seemingly the man who had everything – money, prestige, good looks, charisma – a man who could have any woman he desired. But the only woman he’d ever truly coveted was forbidden to him for far too many reasons to count – her youth, her employment within his company, and especially her commitment to another man.
Tessa Lockwood’s young life has been one of deprivation, misfortune, and heartbreaking loss. Working for the Gregson Hotel Group offers up a glimpse into a world she had never before imagined – one of affluence, sophistication, and splendor. And meeting the suave, elegant Ian Gregson for the very first time awakens feelings in her that she struggles to repress, never imagining that a man like him could find a nobody like her attractive.
Ian and Tessa fight their feelings for the other, knowing that a relationship between them can never exist. But when matters of the heart are involved, things are never quite that simple. How long will both of them be able to hold on before betraying their forbidden attraction to each other? Or will they be destined to remain forever apart?
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If I was forced to read one author over and over, it would be this one. No one writes romance like her. She writes on a level that many can’t even begin to compare. She makes me feels things that only her writing can. I wasn’t sure why she was writing Covet. But now? I can’t imagine her not writing this book!
Whether you’ve read and loved Splendor, or this is your first time meeting Ian and Tessa you are in for a real treat. This is more of a prequel as this story is multilayered. We meet Tessa as a teen. She has endured such unfortunate circumstances. The worst imaginable. Never really had someone to love her or show her love. Until she met Peter. He was her savior. He showed compassion when the world continued to shut their doors in her face. This relationship developed into more. Marriage. But it never quite satisfied Tessa. But she was relentless in her devotion to him. As he saved her life. But Peter was broken. He could never give her the type of love she so very much deserved.
Years later, endurance, hard work, courage, and perseverance pays off. Peter and Tessa finally have place of their own. Tessa has recently secured a well paid part time position with the hope that it will be a full time job at the Gregson group, a hotel chain. Tessa is excited for this opportunity. While work is going well, her home life could be better. Peter withdraws from her more than usual. They’ve never had the normal marriage, but it was theirs. Built on friendship and devotion. They understood each other’s broken pieces like no one else could. As devoted as she was, Tessa craved more. But no. This is not what you think. There is no cheating. This story is in a realm of its own. As a woman, she’s never felt the desire of a man. Not until she runs into Ian Gregson. The head of the company she works for.
Ian Gregson is a sight to behold. He exudes control, power, and he finds his weakness in the eyes of Tessa Lockwood. He is attracted to her physically, but he also sees something deep within her. He’s drawn to the goodness of her heart. Her loyalty. Her ability to be kind to every single person, despite how they treat her. But he has a strict no dating staff policy. So he covets her from afar.
“Let me take care of you now, cherish you the way a woman like you should always be adored.”
Adore. That is what Ian does for Tessa. How can one man fall so deeply? His heartbeat is in tuned with hers. He wants to love and cherish her. But is she truly his to have? Does her heart belong to another? A love like theirs is classic and timeless. It can wait. Ian is the most romantic man I’ve ever read. He’s overwhelming, yet gentle. Patient, but passionate. His love forbidden, but powerful.
The author’s writing leaves me speechless. Breathless. Every. Single. Time. Her unparalleled talent blows me away with her innate ability to craft a well written and moving storyline with unforgettable characters. The pacing of the story is genius as the author allows you to truly get deep within the story. I look forward for what’s to come with the remainder of this trilogy.
Janet is a lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, and currently resides on the northern California coast with her husband Steve and Golden Retriever Max. She worked for more than two decades in the financial services industry before turning her focus to producing running events. She is a former long-distance runner, current avid yoga practitioner, is addicted to Pinterest, likes to travel and read. She has been writing for more than three decades but Serendipity is her first official published work. She plans five more books in the Inevitable series, with each one a standalone with new lead characters, so no cliffhangers or waiting months to see what happens next!
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