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?"
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants, and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic dark romance will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha'd?
BETRAYAL is a full-length novel and the first of five in the INFIDELITY series.
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★
Holy whiplash batman! I did NOT see that coming! ... Wait, let me back up. First off, there is a cliffhanger. So, warning to those who aren't patient for a continuation on a story, you are warned. The next book, Cunning, is scheduled to come out January 19. So before you go read this and then cry over the ending, I have warned you. But that ending.... oh that ending. It solidified the over-the-top rating for this book!
After meeting Alexandria and Nox for a week, I was left wondering just how their lives would intercept again. I knew they had to. They are the basis of this story. So, I kept wondering when it would happen and how.
I got to follow these characters through their tumuluous meeting and week-long fling. Then I got to see the aftermath of how much their fling affected them aftwards. All the while, begging for these two to be reunited. But this is Aleatha. Nothing is ever that simple. Nothing is ever that easy. This wouldn't be an Aleatha book without it being tortuous, slow and painful. In true Aleatha-form, this story played out slow and painful. I loved every last second of it!
Now, at first, I thought of comparing this book to Consequences. However, that wouldn't be fair to either book. They are nothing alike. The only likeness they really have is that they are both written by the same person and they have some unbelievable twists and turns. The comparison stops there. So I can't really compare them. I can say that this book left me jaw on the ground and my heart beating out of my chest.
If you haven't read any of Aleatha's books before, I feel I need to warn you. This is not a fairytale love story. None of her books are. They are raw and will have your adrenaline pumping from start to finish. They are the other side of a fairytale. They are fairytales gone wrong, but in the best possible way. You find yourself in the most love-hate state of mind you could imagine. To say that I continue to be an Aleatha cheerleader is an understatement.
Buckle-up, fasten your seatbelt and be ready for a new ride with Alexandria and Nox... you new favorite characters to talk about for the forseeable future!
I'd tried to recall exactly what he'd looked and sounded like earlier that day. But with each passing hour the recollections had become embellished in my mind. I recalled the sun behind his head now as a radiating glow. His voice, deep and stirring, in my memory rolled like thunder, fluttering my tummy while melting my insides. His chest wasn't just muscular, it was sculpted, and I no longer just remembered the sight of his dark hair and slight facial stubble. Now, my skin tingled at the thought of its touch—so real, as if I'd felt it against the most sensitive of my parts.
When I stepped past the woman and exited the glass doors, my breathing hitched.
I hadn't embellished, not really. With the orange glow of the setting sun sending prisms dancing off the waves below, the man casually leaning against the rail was everything I'd imagined and more. Despite the ocean breeze, his casual stance, the way one hand lingered in the pocket of his pants while the other held tightly to a tall fluted glass of light colored liquid, filled me with warmth.
I was glad that Chelsea had talked me into wearing a dress and that I'd insisted on wearing panties. As he stood to walk toward me, the light gray suit coat he wore moved effortlessly accentuating his shoulders and forming a V to his trim waist. If I'd thought he was handsome in his swim trunks, he was even better in a silk suit. The white shirt he wore was unbuttoned at the neck and his strong jaw was covered with just a hint of stubble. Whoever this man was, he wore the combination of casual and class with ease.
I remained still as his grin grew and he scanned me from the top of my head to the tips of my toes. Just like earlier at the pool, the gaze of his light blue eyes burned my skin, sending a rush of heat and leaving goose bumps in its wake. I found myself lost in the paleness of his eyes, like pools of liquid, I imagined drowning in their depths, and then, they settled on mine.
"Welcome, Charli, with an I. I'm very glad you accepted my invitation." Flutters like butterfly wings filled my tummy as I searched the horizon for clouds of an impending storm. There were none. It was him. His voice did roll like the low rumble of thunder.
"Would you like to have a seat?" he asked, reaching for my elbow and leading me toward the table.
I almost jumped at the touch of his warm skin against mine. Electricity like I'd never felt surged through my veins setting off detonations at each synapse. My eyes snapped to his, and for just a moment, I believed he felt the same thing, but just as quickly, his expression found its casual confident demeanor.
"Yes," I said, trying also to ignore the chemistry that threatened to knock me off my feet. "Thank you. You didn't need to go to all this work."
He laughed. "It wasn't me."
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she's not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These standalone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat. In the fall of 2015, Aleatha will move head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series.
Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.