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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Covet by janet nissenson Susan Decker to me 1 hour agoDetails Covet is the prequel to Splendor. Though I already read Splendor I was very excited to read Covet since Splendor is my favorite book in the Inevitable series. A lot of readers have requested more of Tessa's backstory and details about Peter and the author delivered with this trilogy. I have to say all of the men in the Inevitable series are swoon worthy book boyfriends, but Ian is my favorite. He is alpha and protective, but also classy, cultured and well mannered. Tessa Lockwood has had an extremely difficult and heart breaking life. She has endured more in her young life than one can imagine. Through it all she kept her dignity and honor. She has a sweet disposition and a strong work ethic. I really like her character development and what she represents. She earns a job with the Gregson Hotel Group, a world class hotel chain that epitomizes luxury and first class service. When she meets Ian a few years into her employment she can't help but to be drawn to him. This is despite their age difference and the fact that she is married. I don't want to spoil the story and give away took many details. Suffice to say there isn't any cheating and hers is not a traditional marriage. She does have incredible dreams about him as a stranger prior to meeting him and then as her boss while she is married! There love is written in the stars. Ian Gregson is a bachelor devoted to his job and family. He was happy being single, but definitely not a playboy. He was content in his life until he meets Tessa and realizes that she is what is missing in his life. He has very strong morals and would never get involved with a married woman or let his interest in her be known. He secretly wishes that she will be free to be with him day. In the meantime he keeps an eye on her at work and falls in love with her the more he gets to know and respect her. In a quintessentially princess or Cinderella style romance he is the Prince that will shower his lady with the finer things in life he feels she deserves. She is not a gold digger looking for those gifts and fights to turn them down. She wants Ian for Ian and not his wealth. I really am excited for the rest of their story and am anxiously awaiting book two.
For someone that knew nothing of the previous book this couple made waves in, I have to say hell yeah. I enjoyed every minute of this story. The everything that I went through to get to the end and still feel that I wanted more. This romance was beautiful in its strength and courage that required on both parties part to endure all that they had to get to the point of still loving the other not mater what was being thrown their way. Tessa has tragedy in her past life and has to live with the pain and memory of it all. The despair and pain of it all was emotionally draining. She battles it all to find the courage to move on with life and make something for herself and her life. Through it all her beauty shines bright to be seen. It goes past the physical. She exudes the true qualities of a beautiful person inside and out. Ian, of course, was the rich, alpha, that demand, pushes, and commands his world. That was until the light of Tessa enters his world. She captures him within her rays and she becomes all he can every desire. I found it all so beautiful and crafted with much detail paid to the event in and around the two leading them in the direction that got every ounce of emotion, angst, pain, depth. All put on paper to consume and become totally completely filled with all that was Tessa and Ian. I don't know what to say. I do want to get to the book in which their love story was made so poignant. What's up next for them? I want more. **This ARC was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
4 Stars! The Review: Amazing read! More of a character journey than a romance, this book kept me reading through the night just to get to that delectable ending! I can’t wait to start book two! Story/Characters... Tessa’s story opens in this book when she’s sixteen. She’s young but grown in so many ways. She’s had to take care of herself for a long time, learning from a young age to care for not only herself but also for her bipolar mother who suffers long bouts of depression. They are financially unstable and she’s been shuffled around a lot, her mother packing up and running whenever life becomes too stressful or she gets a whim to be in a new place. Tessa’s life was heartbreaking. She had no friends, no one to confide in or lean on and when tragedy strikes, her simple life goes from challenging to bleak. She’s thrown into a world of loneliness like she’s never known, filled with chaos and uncertainty. That is, until Peter comes into her life. Together, these two forge a friendship that helps them survive the most trying of times. They come through for one another and save each other, but Peter’s past doesn’t allow for him to connect emotionally or physically to Tessa. He tells her from the start, they can be friend.. even best friends, but nothing more could ever come from their relationship. This book journeys on through the years of Tessa’s life. She graduated high school, gets a job, attends some college courses and is lucky enough to find a modicum of peace in an isolated life. She dreams of a connection she doesn’t understand and a life without struggle, but with the help of Peter and a stalwart employer who takes a chance on her, she’s happy knowing that she’s secure for once in her entire life. When they move to San Francisco, things start to change, but it’s a slow... very slow, progression towards something new. She meets her incredibly handsome boss, Ian Gregson, who instantly drives her mind and body into an unfamiliar desire. And unbeknownst to her, Ian feels the same way. This one turn of events takes this story on a very quiet, almost torturous (in a good way) build to a sweet, pining romance with some very sensual dream sequences. I know some readers were disappointed with how long it took for the hero and heroine to actually meet, or to have any kind of real interaction, but I for one, found this style of storytelling unique and involved. I liked that feel of anticipation and wonder and as impatient as I also was to see the sparks fly when they finally met, I loved savoring the way their lives orbited one another without having actually connected. As for the writing, this author has a vivid way of telling a story and I was pulled willingly along for the journey. I will admit that in the beginning, I felt things were moving a bit slow and the paragraphs felt too wordy. It felt like the author was taking several paragraphs to make a single point and hammering home that point to readers intelligent enough to understand what was going on without all the information overload. Most of the romance’s I read are centered around the romance, not around the lives of the characters and this is very much a character driven story. Once I came to terms with how the story was going to progress and how the author chose to tell the story, I was able to sit back and really enjoy the ride. And it was an amazing ride!
Covet, (Splendor 1), Janet Nissenson Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, Erotica Well, just for info this book was originally called Splendor (Inevitable 2), and is still available under that name. Now because of reader comments and requests Janet has re-written it to include Tessa’s backstory and her marriage. Despite her being married though this is not a book that contains cheating. I’ve got some issues reviewing this – its a long book, and usually I love those, but this dragged so, so much I wanted to flick ahead and find the actual story. It starts with Tessa being just 16, and the first half of the book mostly covers her teen years and marriage. We don’t even meet Ian until almost halfway through the book. Its classed as erotica too – and having looked at Splendor, and seen comments about the sex in reviews ( positive and negative – isn’t that always the way? What some of us love others hate!!) I was expecting something steamy here but...its just all dreams. Literally!! The sex is just in Tessa and Ian’s dreams and imagination. That doesn’t cut it for me, sorry. I need to feel the emotional connection otherwise the sex is just...sex, not romantic, not any sort of lovemaking. What I love about romance, whether erotica or otherwise, is the characters meeting, how they get together, build up to a romance, the push and pull, the slow burn that gradually sizzles until they finally take that plunge and become lovers, but here none of that happens. Its just Ian wanting Tessa but holding off, and Tessa wanting Ian but thinking he wouldn’t be interested in her. the sex is all imaginary. For me the story is potentially very good and the writing flows well, but there was just far too much of what felt like padding, fluff, stuff included simply to get the word count up and make two books. I do want to read more...I think... do want still to see how Tessa and Ian actually get together, and am wondering whether to buy Splendor for that rather than wait for the sequel to this. If there’s really such a demand for a prequel I think Tessa’s background could have been covered easily in a brief novella, a Spendor 0.5 book, rather than rewriting the whole story and dividing it into two. There is supposed to be a lot of new material coming in the next book, but it worries me that it may be like this one – full of fluff, what feels to me like irrelevant padding :-( Still, as ever I’m sure there will be readers who love it – along with ones like me who are ambivalent, a good story, good writing but just too much additives. The Wednesday issue irritated me too – just didn’t feel right, felt over hyped and forced. Its a minor irritation but one that had me rolling eyes and thinking “ for goodness sake girl!!” So overall I’m going a three, a book that for me could have been 5 stars if it was more succinct. I think that maybe Splendor is the read for me, where all the story is told in one swoop – I hate romance stories being in two or three parts anyway, and Splendor seems to be a read without those extraneous parts. Stars: three, lots of potential but too slow for me to really get into it. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher