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Coveting Love (Jessica Crawford #1) by Victoria Schwimley

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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Abandoned by her father, and raised by her mother, Sarah, that provided her with all of the opportunities that she never had; Jessica Crawford is a successful fashion photographer that doe not have time to find love; she enjoys spending time with friends and visiting her mother, and has a hard time understanding why her mother keeps trying to play matchmaker.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After being advised by her boss that she is taking on a known womanizer and president of Chic Fashion, Phillip Stewart, as a client, Jessica is looking forward to enjoying a quiet weekend in the country with her mother. After her friend and co-worker, Amy, revealed to Jessica that she was pregnant with a married man's child, Jessica insists that Amy accompanies her on the trip to visit her mother; not knowing that her mother is trying to set her up with a successful businessman, Randy. 

Jessica is enraged by this at first and insists that her mother cancel the plans to have Randy and his father, Grant, over for dinner; however, she gives in and allows her mother to carry out the dinner plans. When the two men arrive for dinner, Jessica and her mother are surprised to see that Randy and Amy have an instant rapport. As dinner progresses, Jessica is surprised to see that Sarah and Grant are also attracted to each other.

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After dinner, Jessica suggests that she, Randy, and Amy visit a local bar to give Grant and Sarah some privacy. Once Randy and Sarah hit the dance floor, Jessica indulges in a few moments of self-pity until a handsome and rugged man approaches her. He introduces himself as Brandon Phillips and as the two become acquainted, she shares the details of her current project with him and moans over the fact that she has yet to find a location versatile enough for the spread. Being the gallant gentleman that she thought he was when they first met, he offers to allow her to shoot the spread at his beautiful ranch. Jessica cannot believe it; in one instant she has not only landed herself a handsome man, but she has also found the perfect location for her photo shoot!

As Jessica makes preparations for the shoot, the relationship between her and Brandon intensifies; however, when she visits his ranch for the photo shoot, she is surprised to discover that Brandon has kept some secrets from her; including the fact that he had been married before, and that his relationship with one of his brothers, Jeffrey, is strained. During her stay at the ranch, Brandon begins to act increasingly jealous and possessive of her and he refuses to reveal why his relationship with Jeffrey is strained. The fact that Brandon is so insistent that she stay away from Jeffrey while refusing to tell her why piques Jessica's curiosity about Jeffrey, and she finds herself becoming attracted to Brandon's forbidden and mysterious brother.


After the photo shoot, Jessica is confused; she thinks she loves Brandon, but is attracted to Jeffrey. She also has another admirer to deal with; the creepy and womanizing Phillip Stewart. Jessica soon discovers that she is being pursued by three men, and finds herself in a precarious position: if she spurns one brother to be with the other, it could mean an all out war in the family; however, spurning Phillip's advances could mean that losing Phillip as a client.

What is a woman to do?


Coveting Love by Victoria Schwimley is a thrilling and exciting read. While there are some love scenes in the book, it seems that Schwimley focused her efforts on building suspense about what Jessica would do next rather than building sexual tension. 

I enjoyed reading the book, but I had some problems connecting with Jessica; there were moments when Jessica seemed level-headed and mature, and other moments when she acted like an indecisive teenager. I also had a bad feeling about how possessive and jealous Brandon became when she interacted with both of his brothers, and wondered why Jessica continued the relationship without addressing his behavior. Finally, sensitive readers should know that there is a brief rape scene in the book. The scene is not graphic or detailed, but it may be enough to trigger some readers.

Coveting Love by Victoria Schwimley is a good read overall; while some readers may have a problem connecting with the protagonists, it has a solid plot with enough suspense to keep you reading. I am definitely looking forward to reading and reviewing the next two books in the series.

To find out more about Victoria Schwimley and Coveting Lovecheck out her website that shows off her other publications, recommends other indie authors, refers readers to free and discount eBooks,
and shares reviews of her books.  You can also visit Victoria's blog in which she shares her thoughts on being an indie author, book reviews, and book trailers for upcoming books.

To connect with Victoria, you can find her on Goodreads where she answers readers' questions; on Facebook where she posts trailers for her new books and keeps fans updated on new releases; or on Twitter where she shows support for other indie authors.

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