January 24, 2016

Review - Cunning by Aleatha Romig






CUNNING
By: Aleatha Romig
Release Day: January 19, 2016
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"He owns you. Whatever he tells you to do you do".

One year. No future. A past that won't go away.
Lennox "Nox" Demetri broke his own rule by making a deal. It may not have been directly with the devil, but that doesn't mean Satan himself isn't watching. Was it fate that brought Charli into his life and his bed? What will happen when rules are broken and secrets are revealed?
"New rules...my rules."
Alex "Charli" Collins found pleasure with Nox like she'd never known. That was before she knew his last name. Now that Infidelity is involved and the rules have changed, what will result when real life and fantasy collide?
 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, the depth of this new, epic dark romance reaches new levels and will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.
Have you been Aleatha'd?
CUNNING is a full-length novel, 360 pages, and the second of five books in the INFIDELITY series.
Infidelity - it isn't what you think.

 

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MY REVIEW: 

Forget what you thought this story was about, because it just got so much deeper and I am hooked! I loved Betrayal it was sexy and unpredictable, and that ending owned my thoughts for months. So when this baby landed on my Kindle I jumped right in. 
"Miss Collins, your opportunity to negotiate has passed. It’s time for our reunion. I paid handsomely for it.”


Charli/Alex is back with Nox, but this isn’t the Nox she fell for. This man is calloused and unavailable, he reminds Alex at every turn that she means nothing to him. However, we do get to see point of views and I loved seeing Nox is true feelings. He is a man that is hurt and afraid to fall again.

Charli is hanging on by a thread, in such a short amount of time the life she knew completely changed. She is penniless and has sold her body to a detached man who wants her for nothing more than sex. The worst part of that is that she was falling for Nox or at least thought she could given more time. She thought Nox was different than the other men in her life and she loved how he treated her. 


In Del Mar I’d given him my heart. I knew that now, because today he had broken it. 


My absolute favorite thing about this story is how unpredictable everything is. I love Nox and Charli’s story, but when I saw that other point of views and realized we had only hit the tip of the iceberg here. I have no idea where things will end up, but I am hooked on the journey. This is my first series by Romig and after finishing every book I am more and more surprised at the outcome. 

If you are looking for suspenseful, hot as hell and romance, this is the book for you. This is book two of three in the series and while I know a lot of readers don’t like to start a series until all the books are out, these endings are unforgettable. 


Nox, you absolutely overwhelm me. I feel things with you I never knew existed. 


ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. 


ABOUT ALEATHA:

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 a 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 stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.
In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.
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.


EXCERPT 1:
Nox

I couldn't concentrate. Shit, I could barely function. Thoughts of Charli consumed my mind—her gorgeous eyes, the way she looked at me when I came out of that room and our gaze met. I hadn't planned on going to the Mandarin yet or being there when she arrived. I had things to do, but I couldn't stay away. I couldn't not see her. The attraction was too strong.
That was what she did to me. She made me lose focus on the world and see only her.
In only the short time we'd been together, she'd gotten under my skin like no one else, even Jo. I'd never fallen so fast or so hard. I didn't do drugs, never had. Nevertheless, I imagined that Charli was like cocaine. One casual hit at a party—that was all I was after in Del Mar. One hit, one week. Since returning to New York, I'd tried to deny my addiction. Each day we were apart was another day clean, another day sober. I was able to detox because she was out of my life.
That was then.
This is now, and now she's mine.
Deloris said her name was Alexandria, or Alex, but that didn't change anything. We'd confessed that our names were nicknames, and to me she'd always be my Charli.

 
EXCERPT 2:
Charli
The storm of raging tension that had surrounded us since our eyes met in the bar changed. The intensity was still off the charts, but this was something different. Whatever it was affected us both. Our breathing suddenly took effort as both of our chests rose and fell.
"Take off that dress."
Nox's command echoed throughout the glass stall. I considered arguing, but common sense stopped my rebuttal. I'd already pushed him far enough. Starting at the neckline, I slowly exposed myself, inch by inch. His gaze followed the soaked material. As I revealed my breasts, my nipples hardened, and he let out a low growl. Down the dress went, exposing my tummy and red lace panties.
Shaking his head, Nox ran his finger along the edge of my panties. With his large hands now at my hips, he asked, "Did you do anything I told you to do in my note?"
"No." My honesty left a trail of vulnerability and shame.
In one quick motion, Nox ripped the lace, and the shredded panties joined my dress on the shower floor. I blinked away the water as he tipped my face upward.
"No more disobeying. Do you understand?"
I nodded—not in acknowledgment of his words, but in response to the rush from once again being in his presence. Nox electrified me in a way I'd never known, and even in the absurdity of our current situation, he was doing it again. The way he scanned my nakedness as his Adam's apple bobbed tingled my skin.
He hadn't released my chin. "Say 'Yes, Mr. Demetri.'"
My chest hurt. "N-Nox."
His grip tightened.
"Yes, Mr. Demetri."
 

BETRAYAL – AVAILABLE NOW
BETRAYAL – RELEASE DATE OCTOBER  13


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.




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