Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Review: Betrayal (Infidelity,#1) by Aleatha Romig

Betrayal (Infidelity, #1)
by Aleatha Romig
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

One week. No future. No past. No more.
Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree—no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as "Charli," she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.

"Some of my tastes are unique. They aren’t for everyone. I understand that.”

Lennox "Nox" Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive—he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one: 

One week. No more.

When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.
"Is it really cheating if you're doing it to yourself?"

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"Oh princess, you do that doe-in-the-headlight look very well.  . . . But I just f#cked you in the bathroom of a gas station." He pushed me against the dark paneling as his lips covered mine and his tongue took my breath. "That f#ck'n innocent act ...  that shipped has sailed."

To be honest I'd no idea what to expect when picking up Betrayal. All I knew was that it's not as dark and suspenseful as her previous novels; nonetheless, I expected awesomeness, and I got way more than that - she made me a Nox and Charli addict!

Betrayal is the perfect book, starting her Infidelity series. The slow build-up, getting to know the main character, Charli (Alexandria) and snippets of mysterious Nox made this more than a page-turner. The story is written in the present and past, reliving her carefree time in Del Mar as well her horrendous life at her family's estate, Montague Manor. Aleatha skillfully includes secondary characters and whole Montague vibe to give her story a mysterious touch - you just feel that there's something seriously wrong.

"The current Montague Manor was now one of the most admired mansions in the Deep South. Where others saw beauty, I saw a prison and loss of innocence."

Aleatha created a well-crafted novel with a plot that is so skillfully written that you find yourself glued to your e-readers/book. I thought I'm smart and had figured out what's going to happen, but nope. BIG FAT NOPE, because around 80% Aleatha drops a bomb and all I could think was that I didn't see that coming AT.ALL! The book has no huge cliffhanger, but ends with a jaw-dropping moment - be prepared.

And that's what I love - books that surprise me, plots that have depths, characters who do the unexpected and a setting that is more than meets the eye. Aleatha got checkmarks on all accounts from me. 
As soon as I finished Betrayal I clicked Cunning, the second book in the series - I couldn't wait to find out more and again, I'm frigging loving it!

"Charli, I'll never forget you." Taking my chin in his grasp, he said, "I'm not going to tell you which one or that I'm sorry for doing it, but when you discover the rule I broke, I hope you know that it was because of you."




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