Review: Respect by Aleatha Romig

January 25, 2018

An EPIC mafia love story not to be missed.


From New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a stand-alone novel, a spin-off from her beloved Infidelity series. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic mafia love story/ thriller will delve into a world where family takes on new meaning, and even the inhabitants are suspicious of the next chapter. 


"Standing at what I believe is the precipice of my life, I, Oren Demetri, was too young to understand that it wasn’t and too old to imagine that it couldn’t be. 


The already hefty accumulation of my successes and failures, bravery and fears, and rewards and suffering, had brought me to this point. It was hard to contemplate the things I’d done, and yet in reality, I’d only begun to learn the possibilities.


I suppose that’s how it was for me at twenty-nine years of age on the brink of all I’d ever wanted without fully realizing the price I would pay. Yet in that moment, I knew there would be no cost too great or sacrifice I wouldn’t make. I had no idea how far-reaching that moment of self-discovery would be because as the congregation’s murmurs quieted, bleeding into silence and allowing the thump of my heart to be the only sound I heard, I was a man filled with love and adoration, emotions in stark contrast to those I needed in the world I’d built or the one I was about to enter. 


Angelina Costello was my dream and now my reality. I’d worked diligently to move beyond the actuality of being a dockworker’s son to becoming a self-made, successful entrepreneur, all in an effort to earn the right to call her my own. I’d overcome servitude to others, collecting their paychecks and lowly praises, to become the one who signed the paychecks and offered the accolades when they were rightfully earned. 


The world was my oyster and walking toward me on the arm of her uncle was my pearl. I’d found her amongst the empty shells life had offered. There was no need to pry open another possibility. Angelina was all I wanted. Yet my path was uncharted. There was more for me to earn, lose, and willingly give. 


The top of that list was respect."


This stand-alone novel may be read without reading the Infidelity series.


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**** 4 Star Review ****


I won't lie. I didn't read the synopsis of this book. It's Aleatha Romig, so I just naturally read it. I will always read anything she writes. For some reason, I had a scenario in my mind what this book would be. However, I was more wrong than I was right.


I was scared going into this book. Aleatha has said over and over in her promos for this book that it can be read as a standalone. Based on what I assumed I would get from this book, I wasn't sure that was possible. I was wrong, again. This book does completely stand on its own. If you haven't read any of this series, have no worries about reading this book.


I knew that I was going to get to see the side of Oren Demitri that I knew existed. I had seen some of it towards the end of the series. So to see what made him who he is is a real treat. I couldn't have imagined the struggles he went through to become successful.


If you are expecting a lovey dovey story, just lose that thought right now. It's raw and real. Aleatha did a wonderful job getting into his head and telling a truthful story about how a boy became a man and the sacrifices he made, along with the repercussions of those sacrifices.


This book isn't just about how Oren became the man he is in the Fidelity series. It's also gives us more insight to Nox and Silvia, and their bond. This is about how the family became what it is in the original series. I am very pleased that Aleatha decided to give us this story. 


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