“Covet” by Yolande Kleinn was a bit frustrating for me. While it was delicious to watch the heat build between Jack and Colin, and the subtle BDSM dynamic that flourishes between Peter and Colin is intriguing, I was uncomfortable with the way the relationship(s) evolved…between the “poaching” and the destruction of an established relationship on the way to this polyamory relationship. Naturally, this is a romance, so things work out, but I can’t help thinking this is a happy-for-now ending, and I fear things will not last. I don’t really feel that I got to know the guys that well—other than their preferences for each other. I actually put the story down for a while before I worked on the review and after re-reading it, I wasn’t any more enamored of the situation than I had been the first time I read it, so I’ll just say this wasn’t quite my cup of tea even though I liked each character individually.
A contemporary m/m and m/m/m romance, this story follows the evolution of a no-strings relationship that becomes something more, complicated by the inclusion of a twin brother who makes an evolving relationship even more fraught with challenges.
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.