Feature book: Under the Covers
Under the Covers by Claire Boston
Elle Carter was struggling to keep up with customer demand at her bookshop cafe opening when George Jones accompanied his friends to the cafe. He was soon living up to his nickname of Galahad and ended up spending the day as a voluntary staff member. During this time, he becomes fascinated with Elle and wants to get to know her better. Elle appreciates his help but she’s focused on establishing her business after recently leaving an abusive relationship. While the only male she is interested in is her five year old son, Toby, she can’t ignore George.
George continues to help her at the cafe and she becomes more involved with him and his friends. Although she does find it difficult to adjust as her new friends, particularly George, seem to have taken her on as a rescue project. While she is uncertain about the situation, she can’t resist spending more time with George. Yet after leaving one controlling relationship, she isn’t interested in another. When her ex discovers where she is, her life becomes more complicated as he expresses his wish to be reunited with her. Her ex’s unpredictable behaviour angers George and puts Elle on edge. She finds it difficult to find her feet as George tries to make life easier for her and she deals with a range of emotional issues. Toby knows what he wants and this serves to further complicate things for Elle. Or are things really as simple as Toby sees them?
After her cafe is broken into and vandalised, she must draw upon her inner strength to continue. A medical emergency soon after proves too much for her. Despite declaring his love for her and for Toby, their relationship is on the rocks. Can they move forward to a happy future or will they let the past continue to ruin what they have? Elle and George make a great couple who are well suited and you will be cheering them on as you turn the pages. Toby is a gorgeous boy and the developing relationship between him and George is also well handled. Well drawn secondary characters also serve to move the story forward at a good pace. You will want to keep turning the pages to see what happens next.
This book is part of Boston’s Texas Quartet series but you don’t need to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one. I highly recommend this book as an engaging read that has a good mix of drama, romance, sexual tension, comedy and a cute kid. Cuddle up by the fire and enjoy this book.
Reviewed by Tracey
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.