Book 1, Infidelity
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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 romantic suspense 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.
Awesome read loved every moment
Like the crazy, enjoyed the ride
Read like a prequel for Infidelity
Betrayed is book 1 in the Infidelity series. This was a coming of age romantic suspense. Although I didn’t find it suspenseful. The main character in present time was twenty-three which doesn’t meet the definition of coming of age. Little snippets about her childhood weren’t enough to justify this meaning either. The story mentions college, but the main character had graduated from Stanford and was planning to attend Columbia so it wasn’t a new adult college story either.
The story was executed using both present time and 6 weeks prior with Alex being the narrator of her story. The present included Alexandria’s obligations to her bloodlines. While the past was Alexandria’s way of cleansing herself before offering herself to the wolves.
The main characters were Lennox and Alexandria. Lennox was a wealthy businessman. Alexandria was a recent Stanford graduate.
Alex had some unfavorable qualities towards the male characters. Her stepfather was controlling and commanding and the way she handled him was unsavory. Nox was domineering and her behavior was a smitten kitten. With Bryce who was deceitful she allowed him to control the situation by manipulating others.
The premise was a hard sell for me considering this is the twentieth century and this story was about 18th century expectations where men ruled and women obeyed. Bloodlines was high priority and with no men left to carry on this Montague name it was expected that Alexandria find a suitor capable of carrying the name. I kept expecting Alexandria to take control considering she had the name and the inheritance. I couldn’t understand how easily these women could hand over power and control to men. I wanted to see them take control. It was disappointing to see Adelaine allow Alton to use her daughter and Susanna allow Alton to coverup Bryce’s problems. For a woman who had intelligence and wit I had hoped to see her rip the rug out from under her parents authority and claim it for her own.
I’m always skeptical of these instant romances between strangers who have a short time frame to get acquainted especially when characters intend to limit the time with no contact. I realize these tropes are ways to create a forbidden style of romance, but it’s harder to connect when the growth is limited to physical attraction.
The story redeemed itself towards the end heading into an unexpected direction. Although it was an arduous process getting there. I do plan to read book 2 since I’m curious about Infidelity.