Reviews for Already Published Books

REVIEW: Covet by Yolande Kleinn

SUMMARY

35164020Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 15, 2017
Received From: NetGalley

Jack Mason—graphic designer and unrepentant player—has never been interested in monogamy. He certainly isn’t looking for romance when he meets Professor Colin Sloan.

Newly single and not looking for anything serious, Colin is intrigued by Jack’s offer of a physical affair with no strings attached. Becoming friends wasn’t part of the plan, but as accidents go, this one’s pretty great.

Peter Mason is Jack’s identical twin. In a long-term relationship himself, Peter tells no one that he’s falling for his brother’s newest favorite, even as the secret creates tension with his girlfriend.

When Peter’s relationship falls apart, he seduces Colin, fully expecting Jack to forgive his transgression. But Jack is keeping secrets too—he hasn’t told even Colin that he’s fallen in love. Suddenly the twins are feuding, and Colin is caught in the middle, blindsided by the revelation that he doesn’t want to choose between them.

Now all three must find a way to share, or they’ll tear each other apart.

GENDER SEXUALITY PAIRINGS

GENDER: cisgender
SEXUALITY: homosexual, bisexual, polyamory
PAIRING: M/M/M

TAGS TROPES WARNINGS

TROPES: first love, friends to lovers
TAGS: adult, erotica, contemporary, queer romance, queer characters, sibling relationships
WARNINGS: cheating

REVIEW

The premise of this book is one of those that it both exciting and horrifying, especially as you can’t tell exactly what’s going to happen from the blurb. Do they work out some kind of compromise? Do the twins end up having sex with each other? And more and more questions. I requested the book, going into it with an open mind, in order to get some of my questions answered. They all were, by the end, but I still found the book incredibly unsatisfying and, at times, very enraging.

The only character I felt any sympathy for throughout the novel–other than Maureen who didn’t deserve any of the shit Peter put her through–was Jack. I didn’t even particularly care about him personally, but the other two, Peter and Colin, were simply rage inducing in how they treated Jack and his feelings. Even if your sibling is only FWB or something like that with someone, why would you have sex with that person? Why would you think your brother would be okay with it and immediately forgive you? Why, in all the heavenly hosts, would you go after the person and get involved with them when you know for a fact that your sibling is in love with them and it would hurt them? I’m still at a loss as to what Peter was even thinking the first time, but he later continued to pursue Colin even when he knew how badly it was hurting and upsetting Jack, and I just don’t understand that. I don’t understand how he could wilfully hurt his brother like that, even if he too had feelings for Colin.

And then there’s Colin who, similarly, kept hooking up with Peter even though it was obvious, not only, that it was hurting Jack but that Jack is in love with him. From the beginning, Jack and Colin had agreed on a FWB thing, so I’m inclined to be a bit more forgiving towards Colin than Peter, but still. His brother.

I was also upset, and this may just be more of a personal thing, by the perpetuation of the idea that “it’s not cheating if it’s just fantasies” and “it’s not cheating if you only have feelings/an emotional relationship but don’t physically act on it while you’re monogamous.” I’m very aware of the fact that not all instances of cheating are exactly black and white, and can fall in the gray areas, but that’s really not the case here. Peter is very clearly forming an emotional relationship with Colin, while actively fantasizing about him, that directly affects his relationship with Maureen, and he completely disregards how it hurts her, except for some mentioned guilty feelings. In this specific instance, it’s absolutely cheating. The “it’s not cheating if it’s just fantasies/dreams” is Peter’s (and Colin’s, as he encourages it) way of making himself less guilty.

Anyway, suffice it to say I thoroughly hated Peter, I don’t really know how I feel about Colin, I could take or leave Jack but I still feel bad for him, and the only character I liked was Maureen.

But at least there was no twincest? Yay?

REVIEW

2 STARS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ykleinnsmall

Yolande Kleinn may be a shameless dreamer and a stubborn optimist, but she is also a proud purveyor of erotic romance. Excitable, fastidious, and a little eclectic, she spends every spare moment as far away from reality as possible.

A Minnesotan by both heart and geography, Yolande has plenty of experience weathering tough winters. Her favorite method: distracting herself with warm beverages and even warmer stories. A night spent with a good book is heaven. A morning free to write, with a hot cup of coffee close at hand, is even better.

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