Review: Covet by Rosanna Leo

Reviewed by Debz

Dana Hamill is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Not only has she just been told that she is infertile, her fiancée and support system, Tommy Parker has just dumped her as well. His reasoning, he want biological children of his own and cannot continue the relationship. And this is doubly worse because he does this unceremonious dumping in the cafeteria of the hospital, immediately after the diagnosis. What a dickhead.

She meets Alex Markov, (unbeknownst to her) a hotel magnate and the new owner of the hottest hotel on the Vegas strip, Vice at a hole-in-the-wall bar in Vegas. Alex and Dana are both there to drown their sorrows in relative anonymity and darkness. They strike up a conversation, however, when Alex advices Dana not to get the white wine on the menu. As they continue talking, sexual tension builds up between them and they decide to let go of their pent emotions via a quickie in the bathroom. Dana regrets this instantly, and runs away hoping to never hear from the hot stranger Alex anymore.

Now that I’m done with the introduction, let’s get a bit personal. This was the first book I read after getting the horrible news that my grandma, the only grandparent I ever knew, had passed. I was devastated and broken; I had to go home like a baby for my mum to comfort and pamper me. The worst part of this was hearing she had passed not from my parents, who had planned to tell me in person but from a nosy extended relative. Needless to say, my outlook on life was bleak and I was in a funk.

When I was sent this book by the author, thank you Rosanna, for an honest review, I just didn’t want to open it. I didn’t want to read about 2 perfect people falling in love and living happy ever after when my life was so bleak. But that was the best thing about this book for me. It reminded me that life was not and will never be perfect. In the blink of an eye, you can lose a loved one like Alex did, or the future you had planned for yourself like Dana did, and for that, I am forever grateful.

Dana doesn’t tell any member of her family about her diagnosis and her subsequent betrayal. She has always been the daughter, sister and friend who has had it together and she doesn’t want to burden others especially when they too have their problems they have to face. Her sister for instance, has just gone through a divorce from a cheating husband and Dana wants her sister and friends to have the best time in Las Vegas rather than nursing her broken heart.

It’s not all sunshine and daisies for Alex either. He had to leave New York and the public eye due to the accidental death of his ex-fiancée. Although it was rightly ruled an accidental death by drowning, Shannon’s family have since been on the attack; talking to press and insinuating that Alex killed her. He needs a break. He moves to another city hoping to bury the horror and tragedy in New York.

On the day Anise and friends arrive in Vegas for her divorce party, Dana finds out that her reservation for suites in Vice has been lost. Not only were they lost, but management was not willing to look for rebook the rooms telling Dana instead to find another hotel on the strip. Dana is furious, and in the middle of giving a very well deserved verbal beat-down to the receptionist, Alex overhears the conversation.

Alex in overjoyed at bumping into Dana again and Dana is just horrified. Her depressing one night stand refuses to remain in the dark recesses of her mind. Alex upgrades Dana and her divorce party to penthouse suites and invites her to Covet, his newest, exclusive club in Vegas.

Dana and her party go to the opening and it is undeniable the chemistry between her and Alex. This leads to misunderstanding and resentment, especially from Dana’s sister Anise, who had just been cheated on, thinking Dana was cheating on a clueless Tommy.

After Dana comes clean to her family about the breakup Alex finally convinces her, (with the help of a vengeful in-law and a journalist willing to put her in danger to get to Alex) to embark on a relationship with him. This was a struggle for Alex because Dana, feeling like she was no longer a complete woman didn’t want to burden any partner with her infertility. Alex was so sweet about her diagnosis and a good, loyal boyfriend. GO ALEX.

Read this amazing book to know more about the story of Dana and Alex. I assure you, you will love it. I cannot think of anything I didn’t like. It is a sweet, good romance and you even get suspense and revenge plots in here as well. I loved it and it was the perfect escape I needed during that time in my life.

Rating: B+

I’m trying to be more frugal with my As from here on out.

*ARC provided by author

Click to purchase: Amazon

by Rosanna Leo
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Publisher: Crave Publishing


  1. Rosanna Leo says:

    Thanks so much, Debz, for this awesome review of Covet. I am so happy you enjoyed it.

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