Maybe Monique was the kind of woman he needed in his life. No one had held up a mirror to his empty existence quite like she had. The characters she had based on him had opened his eyes to the possibility that all was not right with his world. He had made mistakes, a lot of them, but perhaps there was always room for redemption.
(from Cover to Covers, page 55)
Quick summary: Cover to Covers is about Tyler Moore, an oil company CEO who likes to be in control and is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. After running into his girlfriend from 20 years ago, romance author Monique Delome — the only woman he was unable to forget — Tyler leaves his company behind and flies to New Orleans, hoping for a second chance. He knows she still has feelings for him; after all, she’s based all of the leading men in her books on him. But Monique finds it hard to trust him because he’s broken her heart before, and Tyler has issues of his own, as the battles with his stepfather for control of the company and the effects of a devastating loss from his childhood threaten his chances of happiness.
Why I wanted to read it: I don’t read many dark and steamy romance novels, but I am a fan of Weis’ writing and am willing to read outside my comfort zone now and then.
What I liked: Weis does a great job developing her characters. The novel was narrated in the third person from Tyler’s point of view, but I still felt like I understood Monique and the reasons behind her actions. I also appreciated that the characters were older (Tyler is 50, and Monique is in her 40s), and they have two decades of life experiences under their belts when they meet again at the beginning of the novel, which made it easier for me to relate to them. The plot itself was interesting, how a man so seemingly in control actually needs to learn to take control of his own life and stop doing what is expected of him. The sex scenes are very steamy, and in this novel, they actually contribute to the plot and the evolution of the characters and their relationship.
What I disliked: There were times I wished the book were told from Monique’s point of view because I really liked her, and I spent much of the book disliking Tyler. Even in the end, I appreciated the changes in his character, but I never fell in love with him. However, Weis did make him believable as a CEO, and I guess that was the point.
Final thoughts: I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve read by Weis so far, and Cover to Covers is no exception. It may not be my favorite of her novels, but I found the characters intriguing, and even if I didn’t particularly like Tyler, I still rooted for him in the end.
Disclosure: I received Cover to Covers from the author for review.
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