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. Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only.
Review by Ashley
This is my first Aleatha Roming book and I've been sitting on it for a while too. I'd heard mixed reviews about Insidious but decided why not? While it is toted as a dark romance, it is much more dark than romance. There wasn't that super swoon worthy guy that you're rooting for. You find yourself rooting for the heroine to get her life back. That being said, I was hooked right from the prologue but as I read I kept thinking where does this fit in with the rest of the book? (not to worry it all makes sense eventually).
There was something about the female lead, Victoria, that I really liked. Her will and determination to work her way out of the tricky situations she had found herself in, due to the actions of others showed just how strong she was. Add to that the fierce loyalty to her sister, Val and her brothers and the stage is set for all kinds of craziness to ensue. I knew that something was amiss with the contract that Victoria had to sign and the way that Stewart was speaking to her that all was not as it seemed. Initially my feelings about Stewart wavered. His actions and emotions towards Tori ran hot and cold. At times he was gentle and tender and in the next he was super controlling and demanding of her. He thinks he has the upper hand but it turns out that his Tori had a plan of her own. WOW! I wasn't expecting that from Victoria and was torn between cheering for her and cringing. I loved that she got even an ounce of satisfaction from what she did. Oh what a twisted, tangled slew of consequences unfold.
From that point on it is all a big guessing game. Who can Victoria really trust? Who is an ally and who is an enemy? What is really the truth and what is an exaggeration of the lies she had been told? There were so many ways this story could've gone and I had no clue how everything was going to pan out. And that ending....just what!?! More questions and I really want to know who got the upper hand on the other when all was said and done. But alas, it is a stand alone and that question will go unanswered.
About the Author
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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