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It all began in Del Mar, a chance meeting with a single rule--one week only.
Or did it?
Lennox ‘Nox’ Demetri and Alexandria ‘Charli’ Collins had every intention of following their agreement but rules are made to be broken. In CUNNING they are reunited with Nox setting down new rules for the game and Charli having no choice but to follow them.
Now, once again, the game has changed. Nox and Charli’s hot sensual encounter has grown into something more but it is threatened with secrets and regrets. Is it their love and intense sexual chemistry that’s pushing them together or something darker, a puppetmaster behind the scenes pulling the strings on their love affair?
Shadowy villains lurk around each corner and everyone is suspect as Nox’s and Charli's pasts collide with the present and threaten to compel them back to their predestined fates.
Can deals brokered in the past be negated by something as pure as love and as steamy as the attraction shared by Nox and Charli? Or was it all a deception—starting with that very first meeting?
Many of you will be too young to remember, but this book (in fact this whole series to date) is like watching a cliff hanger episode of 80's prime time American soap opera "Dallas." That programme was seriously crazy. The lifestyles of the rich and famous, the plots, the twists, the good guys, the bad guys, the good guys turning bad, the bad guys turning good, the incestuousness of it all... yup it all happened and then some and we couldn't get enough. Aleatha Romig's "Deception" is on parr with all of that. Actually, scratch that, this book is way ahead. It's in a league of it's own. This author really has taken mind f**k craziness to a whole new level and as I reach the end of each book in this series, I crave more. Need more even. There are still so many questions. There are still so many parts of the puzzle missing and I'm desperate for everything to fit, to get the complete picture.
Secrets weren't secrets unless they were hidden away.
The minute I turned the first page of "Deception," I knew I was about to peel back a few more layers of a story that had turned into something so much bigger than just a journey of love. This was a story about two families. It was a story about legacy and loyalty, wealth and duty and and if you're looking for shock value, this book is bursting at the seems with it. The sinister, underhanded activities, the lengths people would go to, to protect what they felt was rightfully theirs or what they felt they deserved. Each time I thought I had started to make some head way with the plot, each time I thought I had managed to untangle a few knots in that ever growing web of lies, deceit and double crossings, this author would throw something in that would make me stop dead in my reading tracks and do a double take. "Say what???? Did I just read that right???" Sometimes, these moments were obvious. However, other times it was a comment from a character or a simple word and I know that had I not been giving this story my undivided attention, I may have missed it. So word of warning... PAY ATTENTION!!! The plot continues to thicken in this latest instalment of the "Infidelity" Series and you really don't want to miss a thing.
Those things that we shared openly, that we talked, laughed and even cried about,
couldn't hurt us because they were out there for the world to see.
It was the things that were hidden, that we didn't share, that lurked in the shadows-
those held the power to hurt, harm and even destroy.
I loved the multiple POV we continued to get in this next chapter in Nox and Alex's story. The various characters really knew how to test and challenge my thought processes. My views on how I felt about certain individuals continued to morph and change, some for the better, others most definitely for the worse but I think it was the addition of chapters told from the past and present from various POV's that really did help to tip the scales for me. Those chapters were eye openers, helping provide rhyme and reason for actions and behaviours and really highlighting the fact that all was most definitely not as it seemed.
My affections for the main characters continued to grow but it was Nox's behaviour that left me with an uncomfortable feeling. He had promised never to lie to Alex which he didn't but was not telling her the whole truth or withholding information not just as bad? This was going to come back and bite him if not in this book, then the next and it was not going to be pretty. When would he learn!!!
She filled me with a promise of something that I'd forgotten existed-
a promise of more, of love, laughter and life.
"Deception" was a fantastic, action packed, drama filled, thrilling addition to this brilliant saga and I cannot wait to see what happens next. Yup, you got it, another doozer of a cliffy peeps. Would we expect anything less?
This third instalment in the "Infidelity" series gets ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Gripping the phone, I nodded, though I knew he couldn't see me.
"If I were there, I'd unwrap you, like a fucking Christmas present. Each piece of your clothing would find its way to the floor as I exposed your perfect, sexy-as-hell body. I'd run my fingers and tongue over every inch of that soft skin, tasting you and leaving goose bumps as a trail of my exploration."
My eyes closed as his words touched me.
"Princess, I'd punish your ass for your insolence in pushing to go back to the city tomorrow and for scaring the shit out of me by not answering your phone. Then after I turned it fire-engine red, I'd make it feel better, showing you how much I admire your strength and determination."
My neck strained as I sucked in a breath, lifting my behind from the mattress and imagined all he described.
"I'm not there," Nox continued, "but I'm going to take what I can get. Do you have a problem with that?"
"N-no." My voice sounded wonton, even to my own ears.
"Now, princess, tell me what you're wearing."
I hurriedly kicked back the covers, revealing my yoga pants and stocking-covered feet. "A big t-shirt, yoga pants, socks..."
I sucked my lower lip between my teeth, waiting for his next command.
"Tell me what I want you to be wearing."
"Is the bedroom door locked?" he asked.
"I-I don't remember."
"Lock the door, Charli."
Without thinking, my feet, covered with fuzzy socks, landed on the soft rug that surrounded the big bed. My socks slid as I skated across the wood floor, no longer worried about ghosts or Demetri secrets.
My thoughts were now consumed with everything Nox.
I tested the knob. As I did, it clicked and the small button within the knob popped out. I pushed the button back in and verbally confirmed my mission. "The door's locked."
"Are the blinds shut?"
I turned toward the windows. Was it still raining? I couldn't hear anything but the way Nox's voice reverberated through the phone, sending shockwaves throughout my body, my blood coursing to keep up. "They're shut."
"Keep the lights on."
My hand lingered over the switch. Would he know if I disobeyed?
"Tell me they're on."
With a sigh, I did as he said and moved my hand away from the switch. "They're still on."
"Now, put me on speaker phone. I want you to fix the attire problem we mentioned earlier."
My lower lip disappeared as I hit the speaker button and laid my phone on the bed.
"Charli, you need to respond to me. I can only hear you."
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.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AleathaRomig @aleatharomig