Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Insidious by Aleatha Romig ~ Release Day Review

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Title: Insidious (Tales From The Dark Side)

Author: Aleatha Romig

Genre: Dark, Erotic Thriller

Release Date: Oct 21st 2014

Rating:

4.5 stars 

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♥ Synopsis ♥

DUE TO THE DARK AND EXPLICIT NATURE OF THIS BOOK, IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

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.

Even me.

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 by ALEATHA ROMIG.

Becs’ Review

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Well, it’s been a while since I read an Aleatha Romig novel and I’ve forgotten just how shockingly thrilling she can be as an author.  Insidious is a worthy successor to the Consequences books as she dishes up a multi-layered, suspenseful novel that cranks up the mystery with fantastic character development and shocking revelations.

 

Victoria is our heroine and she has signed a contract to be the wife of industry mogul Stewart Harrington and has to fulfil certain sexual expectations – Aleatha does like her contracts, right?  BUT, even though the highly impressive Mr Harrington may think that he’s in control, and he certainly gives off that air, Victoria it turns out is not to be underestimated and is playing very much the long game and is anyone safe when she has her crosshairs firmly fixed on them?  I’m not going to give much more plot details than that as I went into this pretty ‘blind’ and I think you get the most out of this novel when you don’t have a clue what on earth is coming next.

 

This is one of those books that you just gallop through – as every chapter ended and I intended to put my Kindle down and get on with other things, I found myself saying ‘just one more chapter’  because this is so skilfully written that each chapter end leaves you desperate to know what on earth is coming next!

 

I had such divided loyalties and conflicted emotions as I read Insidious.  It was hard to find someone to really like throughout all of this – even Victoria, our heroine and erstwhile victim of circumstance had definite character traits that put her firmly in the bitch category.  I often felt very very sorry for her and then found myself pretty appalled at her actions.  Likewise Travis, Stewart’s right hand man – I hated him and I liked him and I even felt sorry for him and actually even found myself pitying Stewart himself.  Even people who seem to be so innocent and wholesome are not quite who they seem to be.  Everything is cloaked in an air of mystery and nothing and no one is who they appear to be.  Pretty much everyone seems to have an agenda as this very clever novel shockingly twists and turns right through to the very end.

 

The intertwined plots and stories worked so well as I found myself thoroughly engrossed, desperate to know what was coming next. An erotic thriller is a beautiful, sensual thing, but when it's combined with fantastic character development and finely crafted hidden motives, it becomes even more powerful.   This is most definitely a smart and absorbing erotic thriller and I think fans of the Consequences books and EK Blair’s Bang will find much to entertain and enthral them in Insidious.  All I can say is – expect the unexpected!

 

4.5 sensual and shocking stars

Purchase Link

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Author Bio

aleatha picAleatha 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. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty-eight years, they've raised three children. 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 pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

INSIDIOUS is Aleatha's seventh novel. It is her first time to delve into the world of erotic thrillers. The Consequences Series, her first series has been categorized as psychological thriller and dark romance. With INSIDIOUS, Aleatha took the twists and turns of CONSEQUENCES and turned up the heat.

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011, by Xlibris Publishing. Then in October of 2012, Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012, and CONVICTED, the third in the series, was released October 8, 2013. Unexpectedly, the fourth book of the Consequences series came to life with REVEALED: THE MISSING YEARS. It is the fourth full-length novel in the series. It explores the years in CONVICTED that previously were only mentioned, as well as a complete character glossary and timeline. REVEALED was released May 20, 2014.

INSIDIOUS, the first released book from TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE will be released October 21, 2014. TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE will be a series of standalone, dark, erotic thrillers guaranteed to take you on a wild, hot, and dark ride. Each novel in the series will be independent of the next. The characters from one book will never be revisited. Instead, Aleatha leaves it up to her readers to imagine how each story will end while remembering that it is the journey that is the most fun.

Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.

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