Saturday, January 27, 2018

Review and Excerpt Tour: Respect by Aleatha Romig

Respect - An Infidelity Stand-alone Novel 
Author: Aleatha Romig
“The making of a man” 

 Standing at what I believe is the precipice of my life, I, Oren Demetri, was too young to understand that it wasn’t and too old to imagine that it couldn’t be. The already hefty accumulation of my successes and failures, bravery and fears, and rewards and suffering, had brought me to this point. It was hard to contemplate the things I’d done, and yet, in reality I’d only begun to learn the possibilities.   

 I suppose that’s how it was for me at twenty-nine years of age on the brink of all I’d ever wanted without fully realizing the price I would pay. Yet in that moment, I knew there would be no cost too great or sacrifice I wouldn’t make. I had no idea how far-reaching that moment of self-discovery would be; because as the congregation’s murmurs quieted, bleeding into silence and allowing the thump of my heart to be the only sound I heard, I was a man filled with love and adoration, emotions in stark contrast to those I needed in the world I’d built or the one I was about to enter. Angelina Costello was my dream and now my reality. I’d worked diligently to move beyond the actuality of being a dockworker’s son to becoming a self-made, successful entrepreneur, all in an effort to earn the right to call her my own. I’d overcome servitude to others, collecting their paychecks and lowly praises, to being the one who signed the paychecks and offered the accolades when they were rightfully earned. The world was my oyster and walking toward me on the arm of her uncle was my pearl. I’d found her amongst the empty shells life had offered. There was no need to pry open another possibility. Angelina was all I wanted. Yet my path was uncharted. There was more for me to earn, lose, and willingly give. 

  The top of that list was respect. 

  This stand-alone novel may be read without reading the Infidelity series. 
 From New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a stand-alone novel based from her beloved Infidelity series. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic romantic thriller will delve into a world where family takes on new meaning and even the inhabitants are suspicious of the next chapter.   
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 Angelina Costello was the only woman to ever take my breath away. I couldn’t not speak to her. “I haven’t seen you since NYU.”

 “I’ve been living overseas, studying history and architecture in Italy.” 

 “Italy! Molto bene. And now you’re back?” I asked. 

 “I am.” 

 “To stay?” 

 “I believe so.” 

 “Perhaps we could see one another,” I proposed, all the while hoping that she would say yes and saying a prayer that she would say no. 

 Her lips curved upward. “I see you now.” 

 “Si, and I would like to see more.” 

 With a glint to her gaze, she said, “I never forgot you. I thought at one time...” Her head tilted innocently as her lip momentarily hid behind her teeth. “Are you sure you aren’t still scared of me?” 

“Angelina, I’m quite certain that I’m terrified of you.” 

 Her smile grew. “Bene. Then let me give you my number.”  
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I love Aleatha's books... I enjoy her dark side and her light side... I really do.. but this was just a good book..not my favorite... maybe not my was intense read not big on the romance but big on family... not that I don't care about family but I need a lil more steam in my books. I would give this book a 3.5 stars and recommend to anyone that likes the godfather or mafia books. This a pretty extensive read and I did find myself having a hard time getting through story but I am happy I finished the book.. I do look forward to more from this author in the future!

Oren and Angelina fell in love at an early age... but things did not come to fruitation for many years. They will deal with many things in life... love.. loss... family... but in the end what will come of there story?? Did they get an HEA??

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Oren and Angelina....

Their story of sorts. This is how Oren started out in life and worked his way up within the Italian mob (Angelina's family). He meets Angelina and deems himself not worthy. In order to prove himself he takes on more and more... but at what cost?

It was an interesting story of family, duty and love. I hadn't read the rest of the series and I am sure if I had this would have made more sense. But reading this as a stand a one, it wasn't for me.
Wow! What a ride! This book had its ups and downs, and I really couldn't wait to see how it ended. Why the 3 1/2 stars, then, you ask? I think that boils down to personal taste. 

Oren loves Angelina with all of his heart, that's apparent. But he does things that say the opposite. That's where I struggled. Some of those things just left me unhappy. 

The family and mafia angle was very appealing and was very well described. If you are looking for a good read about one family's life as connected, this is for you!

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. 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 over 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 and bring your imagination to life! 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 romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016. In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with PLUS ONE, followed by the sweet stand-alone, ONE NIGHT. Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.