Dark desires…Deadly secrets…Devious deceptions…Nothing is exactly as it seems in INSIDIOUS, the new erotic thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig.
When a powerful man is willing to risk everything for his own satisfaction, only one woman can beat him at his own game: his wife. Or so she thinks…
“Let’s start with you calling me Stewart. Formalities seem unnecessary.”
Stewart Harrington is rich, gorgeous, and one of the most powerful men in Miami. He always gets what he wants. Anything is available to him for the right price.
Being the wife of a mogul comes with all the perks, but being Mrs. Stewart Harrington comes with a few special requirements. I’ve learned to keep a part of myself locked away as my husband watches me submit to his needs. But the more he demands of me, the more beguiled he becomes and that’s to my advantage. So I keep fulfilling his fantasies and following his rules because he doesn’t know that what he’s playing is really my game. And winning is everything, right?
Insidious is a stand-alone novel and the first Tales from the Dark Side title. Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only.
I always love dark and devious reads! I am always hungry for something that will bury itself deep into my soul... This book is nothing short of what I love about a book!
However, I can't even begin to wrap my head around this book enough to know where to begin or even how to write this review! I don't know if I can,
1. do the book justice,
2. give what I feel is a spoiler-free review,
3. do this book justice.
This book, just like and unlike Aleatha's other books, is full of lies, deceit, good and evil, twists, turns, lies, and more deceit.
Let's just start with Vik since she is the central character in this story. She is doomed to pay for her family's mistakes. She is backed into a corner, aka a marriage, to save all of them from impending doom. She is lied to. She is forced to be a ruthless fighter. A life she never wanted or asked for. Everything in her life is controlled by her bastard of a husband, Stewart.
Stewart. He is a sick and sadistic human being. He is ruthless and cunning. He, by far, is one of the most manipulative and selfish characters we have seen yet. Nothing short of castration and death would be best for a character like him. Now, at first you will kind of not like him. Then you maaaay sway to kind of liking him. But trust me, you will have no qualms in despising him very quickly! And you will pray for him to get what is coming to him!
Wes... I never really cared for him. While he seems like he truly does care for Vik and wants what is best for her, I was suspicious of him in many parts of the book. Maybe I was supposed to be suspicious of him... I mean, this is one of Aleatha's books after all. Shouldn't you be suspicious of all of her characters? With every turn in this story, I kept trying to figure out his true angle in everything.
Then we have Travis. I think he is one of those characters that Aleatha wanted everyone to not like from the get-go. He and Vik do not get along. He is quite a jerk to her from the beginning. However, he is one of the characters I kept in the back of my mind when he wasn't forefront. I couldn't help it. I knew that there was more than met the eye, but I just couldn't put my finger on it. His character is so rough around the edges, and it was apparent he played a bigger role in everything that we just couldn't quite get a grasp on.
All of these characters play an important role in the story. They aren't all of the characters, but they are the stand-outs. The ones who weave the web. They are the ones who continually put a new ball in motion and give you whiplash. There are many parts where you will sit there, seething with anger, begging for death to come quickly, yet slowly.
This story is told in such a way, that here I am, over a week later, and STILL trying to put all of the pieces together over and over again. I keep wondering what I missed. What didn't I pick up on? But that is Aleatha for you. She has a genius way of making you think, making you see things that may or may not be there. Her writing is so put together and genius, you can't help but to get wrapped up in anything she writes. You will be pissed. You will curse out loud. You will be on the edge of your seat for more the majority of the book!
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