**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.
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.
in·sid·i·ous adjective \ə̇nˈsidēəs sometimes -ijəs\
1 a : watching for an opportunity to ensnare
<an insidious tempter>
: lying in wait : intended to entrap or trick
<an insidious plot>
b : enticing and deleterious
<these insidious drugs>
2 a : acting by imperceptible degrees : having a gradual, cumulative, and usually hidden effect : subtle
<the insidious pressures of modern life>
<an insidious drink>
b of a disease : developing so gradually as to be well established before becoming apparent
While Merriam-Webster Dictionary provides the definition of insidious, Aleatha Romig provides the meaning and feeling of what it is to be insidious.
Victoria hasn’t had an easy life in her first eighteen years. When an act of betrayal by her mother and stepfather lead her to the doorstep of Stewart Harrington, Victoria is faced with a life changing decision. Upon her marriage to Stewart, things in Victoria’s life seem to be looking up for the first time. Unfortunately for Victoria, life with Stewart isn’t as it appears. She’s nothing if not adaptable, so Victoria sets out to fulfill ALL of the demands a marriage to someone like Stewart Harrington requires. All the while, planning her revenge.
Insidious starts just as Victoria’s plans are coming to fruition and then seamlessly bounces back and forth between the past and the present, giving the reader just enough information to keep them on the edge of their seat. Truthfully, the reader won’t know until the last page what the fuck is going on and even then it will be up for debate.
I don’t have to have romance in a story for it to be good, but I do require some sort of satisfaction. Aleatha has constructed the story to satisfy the outcome every reader would want, but she does it without pandering. It’s an ending you have to read to believe, and skipping ahead won’t help you one bit. Insidious lives up to its title indeed, for it will creep into your mind and tease the hell out of you each time you put it down.
Reviewed by Liz.
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. 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.