Deception by Aleatha Romig – BECKY’S REVIEW

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I will read all of the words that Aleatha Romig writes. I’m also seriously invested in the Infidelity series.


5 stars


DECEPTION, book THREE of FIVE in Aleatha Romig’s INFIDELITY series.
“Infidelity – it isn’t what you think”

It all began in Del Mar, a chance meeting with a single rule–one week only.

Or did it?

Lennox ‘Nox’ Demetri and Alexandria ‘Charli’ Collins had every intention of following their agreement but rules are made to be broken. In CUNNING they are reunited with Nox setting down new rules for the game and Charli having no choice but to follow them.

Now, once again, the game has changed. Nox and Charli’s hot sensual encounter has grown into something more but it is threatened with secrets and regrets. Is it their love and intense sexual chemistry that’s pushing them together or something darker, a puppetmaster behind the scenes pulling the strings on their love affair?

Shadowy villains lurk around each corner and everyone is suspect as Nox’s and Charli’s pasts collide with the present and threaten to compel them back to their predestined fates.

Can deals brokered in the past be negated by something as pure as love and as steamy as the attraction shared by Nox and Charli? Or was it all a deception—starting with that very first meeting?

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists and turns, the depth of this epic romantic suspense continues to reach new levels as past and present intertwine. The Infidelity series will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

DECEPTION is a full-length novel, over 300 pages, and the third of five books in the INFIDELITY series – It isn’t what you think!
(This series is not about nor does it advocate or condone cheating)

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Deception is such a clever title for this third installment in Aleatha Romig’s Infidelity series. I seriously thought about the title after finishing and I thought to myself, “Oh, Aleatha Romig. I see what you did there.” Not to sound redundant but Deception is really all about being deceived. Nothing in Nox and Charli’s world is what it seems because as this story continues to unfold, Charli and Nox are clearly being deceived by the ones closest to them.

In Deception, Aleatha Romig adds even more layers to this incredibly complicated story. To begin, Charli and Nox must deal with the breach of the security that ended the second book, Cunning. This is the first act of deception and really sets the tone for the rest of the book. Who can Nox and Charli  truly trust? This compels them to grow as a couple; they have to really lean on each other and work together as a team. In Deception, Charli begins to trust in Nox, which I feel is a big step for her. Much of her life has been controlled by Alton and her mother and willingly giving up control to Nox is huge. However, I think Charli is beginning to realize that Nox truly wants the best for her and is the only way she can escape the Montague family name. I feel that Nox also grows tremendously in this book. He’s never really shared his life and has kept himself closed off for so long. He wants to open up to Charli, knows that his future is with Charli and takes serious steps towards letting her in completely. I really loved where Aleatha Romig takes these two characters. It’s really Charli and Nox vs. the world.

Aleatha Romig also weaves in chapters set in the past, from different points of view. These glimpses into the past show us how complicated this story really is; it’s not just about Nox and Charli. Charli and Nox are connected in ways they have yet to learn, and when they do, it will be explosive. There are little hints at things that I won’t mention but when you carefully read between the lines, it’s kind of exciting to see what Aleatha Romig possibly has planned for the fourth and fifth books. Charli, Nox, and the reader seem to be pieces in a much larger puzzle. There are so many acts of deception, each varying in degree and all leading up to the end. All I can say is…there’s going to be an epic showdown.

Aleatha Romig gives Charli and Nox some happiness and normalcy. Their relationship seems stronger than ever in this third installment. And yet, it seems like she’s deceiving her reader a bit; playing with us, lulling us into a false sense of security. I have no idea what’s coming next. I can only guess based on my own inferences. I loved where this book ends because even though it’s a cliffhanger, what I imagine happening next will be amazing. I seriously hope you’re all just as hooked as I am because I’d hate to be on this journey alone.

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