Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she's becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.
Tristan can't believe Sav won't even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don't expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.
A reckoning is coming and not everyone will survive.
Covet, the second book in Melissa Darnell’s Clann Series, picks up exactly where we were left in Crave. Tristan, Savannah, and her father are on an uncomfortable return trip home, when one phone call changes their unpleasant homecoming to a terror-filled race against the clock. An intense few chapters later, I was in tears. There is so much heartbreak so early on in this novel. I truly felt Sav’s pain, and my heart ached for her and those closest to her.
Savannah is still dealing with all the changes she is going through physically and emotionally; but now, she has to add grieving to the long list of struggles she must endure, and second on that list is realizing just how dangerous she’s becoming to the boy she loves. It is forbidden love and self-sacrifice at its strongest:
“Sometimes love doesn’t conquer all. Sometimes we just have to let go.”
Tristan’s attributes are just as endearing as they were when we first met him in Crave, reminding readers why they fell so hard for the handsome Clann boy. Tristan goes through his own changes in Covet and experiences new hurt and responsibilities that change him from boy to man faster than it ever should.
Aside from the two main love interests, readers are given a lot of interesting details about their friends and family, as well as their enemies. We get a great deal of insight as to why Dylan is the way he is, Ron’s family secret was a fun addition to the story, and we learn a lot more about Sav’s best friend Anne, who has a love interest of her own to figure out.
I love that the author included the history that she does in Covet. So many stories involving vampires have us relying on what we’ve learned in other books or movies. Melissa does a fantastic job of world building and explaining these origins involving Lilith and her offspring. Too much back story can be tedious and, at times, boring; but Ms. Darnell excels at providing answers while keeping a fast pace and intriguing the reader.
Vampire Councils, Clann members and descendants, Keepers, blood lust, spells, and blood memories are just some of the things that make this series so riveting. The way the author brought it all to a head and the unexpected twist at the end have me wanting to Consume book three.
Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing me with an ARC of this book. The quote included in this review is taken from the ARC and subject to change.