WHY I READ IT
I previously read and loved the Consequences series by Aleatha Romig and was given and advanced reader’s copy
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
One week. No future. No past. No more.
Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree–no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as “Charli,” she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.
In 2015, I developed a love-hate relationship with Tony Rawlings. I loved to hate him. But, I had no problems falling for Nox Demetri, the man at the center of Aleatha Romig’s new Infidelity series. The first book, Betrayal, introduces us to a very interesting cast of characters and begins an emotional story that is about many things: control, betrayal, escape.
At the center of this series are Alexandra (Alex) Collins and Nox Demetri. I love Alex because she has such a complicated story. Her life so complicated, that she creates an alter-ego for herself as an escape. The alter-ego, Charli, is everything that Alex is not. Alex is focused and driven and doesn’t allow anything to distract her. On vacation, she morphs into Charli, who is a bit of a bad girl, who takes risks, like engaging in a week-long affair. During her week as Charli, Alex constantly battles herself and questions herself but ultimately allows herself the freedom to explore, to be free. Nox is like Alex in so many ways. He too wants to escape from his reality and uses his week-long affair with Charli as a getaway from the demands of the real-world. He is strong and demanding and dominant and has secrets to hide.
Betrayal is also an incredibly well-written, complex story with a complicate plot. I am usually not a fan of stories that go back and forth in time. It can get confusing and annoying. However, Aleatha Romig smoothy transitions her story between past and present. This story is very much about control. Alex comes from a wealthy and prestigious family who want to control her but she pushes back for control over her own life. I love her fight. I love that Alex fights a family heritage that demands her to be nothing more than a pretty face. Alex uses her week as Charli as another means of control. In reality, she can’t lose whatever control she has over her life. Becoming Charli allows her a bit of controlled freedom. She can be everything she desires, have everything she desires because there is a finite timeline: one week. This story is also about betrayal because so many people in Alex’s life betray her. Her mother’s weakness is a betrayal; her step-father’s greed is another act of betrayal. Even her old friends betray her. The story is satisfying, even though it ends with a cliffhanger. And even though I kind of guessed the ending, it felt right. The ending seemed almost like the ultimate act of betrayal.
I truly loved Betrayal and it made it into my top 15 of 2015. It is hard for me to verbalize how much I loved this story because it is so amazing. I cannot tell you exactly why I love Nox, but I do. What I can tell you is that this is one series you’re going to want to read because it will literally suck you in. Make sure you read it before Cunning is released!