Tuesday, August 4, 2015

INSIDIOUS by Aleatha Romig - #ARC #BOOKREVIEW #FIVESTARS @inkslingerpr @aleatharomig

Title: Insidious
Series: Tales from the Dark Side (Standalone)
Author: Aleatha Romig
Release Date: October 21, 2014

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. Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only. 

I began to turn toward him, to stop the uneasy feelings his proximity spurred, when he stopped me: his tenor left no room for compromise.

“Don’t turn around.”

Involuntarily, I shuddered at his command.

“Put your hands on the window. Let me see those pretty little fingers.”

I’d never heard a man speak with such unquestioning authority. Obediently, I splayed my fingers on the cool glass before me, thankful I’d left my purse on the sofa. Caging me within his arms, his hands came to rest beside mine. The contrast in size was startling as his deep voice exhaled breathily onto my neck.

His lips brushed my neck. Instead of fighting, I tilted my head back against his chest to give him better access.

Sighing, he moaned. “Damn, girl, you’re sexier up close than I ever imagined. Do you know how hot that answer was?” His fingers that had just painfully twisted my hard nub caressed my same breast. Suddenly, his touch was warm and electric. “You may be frightened, but it’s not of me, it’s of what you’re feeling. Your nipples are telling me you’re feeling the same thing I am. They’re saying that you like this.” With both hands on my breasts, he’d lowered the top of my dress fully exposing me to the window. Thankfully, we were stories above the city. “Do you know how else I know you’re aroused?”

Forming words had become increasingly difficult. Therefore, I shook my head.

“I smell it, and darling, you smell fantastic. I bet you taste fantastic.”

Oh My God!  This book was a complete roller coaster from beginning to end.  It wasn't a quick read, but I couldn't put it down.  I literally stayed up all night to finish the book and see where and how it would end.  It makes you question who is good and who is bad throughout the whole book.  From page 1 I was enthralled.  

Young, eighteen year old Victoria is manipulated by her family into marrying a wealthy, but much older man.  Even though she is nervous and out of her league, Victoria is attracted to Stewart from the beginning.  She's not completely innocent and naive, but he's much older and therefore, much more experienced.  He likes control and he knows what he wants.  He agrees to help out her family, but in return, he demands marriage and that she sign a contract.  

After signing a contract that didn't make much sense to a young girl and agreeing to marry Stewart, Victoria finds out that Stewart's desires and pleasures are a lot kinkier than she had thought.  But she can't back out.  She is put through hell, but in the end she wins over Stewart.  

Or does she?  There are so many twists and turns in this book.  I can't say much more about the plot without giving away some of the many plot turns.  

Victoria is naive, but she learns quickly.  By the end she's no longer innocent and is just as ruthless as her husband.  She learns to take what she wants and what she feels entitled to.  

Stewart is an interesting character.  At times I found him sexy; other times I found him disgusting; and still other times I felt pity for him.  I'm still reeling now and not quite sure what I feel at the end.

I will say that in addition to Stewart, there are other men who were sexy and alpha (my favorite traits).  

If you are looking for a mind-bending book, then pick up Insidious.  You won't regret it.  I give Insidious FIVE STARS!

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!

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