Also by this author: The Matchmaker's Replacement (Wingmen Inc., #2)
Stealing Her by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Covet #1
Published by Skyscape on November 5, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes an unexpected love story of family, secrets, and the most intimate of deceptions.
My estranged twin brother, Julian, was always the wonder boy—and soon-to-be CEO of our ruthless father’s corporation. My mother and me? Left behind. Now, years after tearing our family apart, my father dares to ask me for a favor? Pretend to be Julian while he fights to survive a tragic accident. It can save the company. Nobody will be the wiser. It’ll be our secret.
I can play Dad’s favorite. I’ll do it for Julian. And for my mother, who’ll want for nothing.
But this double life comes with a beauty of a hitch: my very real feelings for Julian’s fiancée, Isobel. Not only am I betraying Julian, I’m deceiving a woman I love. She doesn’t suspect a thing. As lies compound, lines are crossed and loyalties tested, all I can ask myself is…what have I done?
Because sooner or later something’s got to give. There’s no way I’m giving up Isobel. But once the truth is exposed, it might not be my choice at all.
“I swear to you that the man standing here, in front of you, will never cheat on you. Ever.”
Romance wasn’t my first genre that I enjoyed reading, that belonged to the genre I called “Anything RL Stine wrote”. I devoured his books. I started to pick up a few romance book when I was on active duty for the Army. I needed an escape, and those books helped provide that. It was with those books that I started to love watching people “fall in love”. I now read this genre a majority of the time, and I couldn’t be happier that it still is something I love to do.
One of Rachel’s best qualities, as far as I’m concerned, is that she is a master at showing us (not just telling us) how two people fall in love. I love watching them fall sometimes before they even know they have, and Rachel nails this part for me. While I don’t feel that this book is a prime example of this talent of hers, I still enjoyed this book.
The reason I am not marking this 5 stars is this; the book did not have that “thing” that is suppose to hook you in the middle of the book, and that Izzy was way to doormat for me. As far as the hook goes, well we had that thing in the beginning that draws you, the climax at the end of the book, but the middle was non existent. I need that middle hook to keep me going, to get me to anticipate finishing the book, sometimes the hook is so good I’m afraid to finish the book. Those are so brilliant, and when you find those, they are everything.
As for the other reason, Izzy was just not for me. I empathize with her, I felt for her, but she just needed to save herself. She never did that for me. I thought her and Bridge had great chemistry, and I felt the spark, but I just needed more.
I look forward to the rest of the series. This “world” is off to a good start. I can’t wait for Julian’s book.
“I won’t ever deserve you,” he rasped. “Doesn’t mean I won’t try every damn second of every damn day. You’re special, never let anyone tell you different. You’re a fighter, stronger than you think. No matter what happens, Izzy, remember that.”
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