What will happen… when Jenn learns the truth that has been brewing deep inside me?
…when she learns my desires have been restrained?
…when containing them is no longer possible?
Will she flee when there’s no place to run?
Traveling to the isolation of a tropical island, we agree to lay our marriage and our future on the line. It’s the only way to face the demons—my demons—that threaten our life together.
For us to make our marriage work, we must break down barriers, reveal the hidden places, and shine light where darkness has taken root.
This reprieve from life is meant to be about us, our marriage, and our future.
It is…until the unexpected happens…
Will our marriage survive? Will we?
This suspenseful, steamy stand-alone novella follows Paul and Jenn Masters, characters previously introduced in the novella UNCONVENTIONAL. This quick, spicy story may be read completely on its own or even before UNCONVENTIONAL.
If you enjoy a fast and furious, heart-thundering ride that leaves you breathless and perhaps a bit hot and bothered, check out New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig’s THE VAULT novellas: UNCONVENTIONAL and UNEXPECTED.
Have you been Aleatha’d?
Stephanie’s 4.5 Blush Review
Unexpected is the second stand alone novella in the Vault series featuring Jenn and Paul who were introduced in Unconventional. Jenn and Paul are giving their marriage one last chance. They plan a trip away to an exotic and isolated island. They want to break down their barriers, face their issues and explore their desires.
“ I want to hear you, even when you don’t speak.”
Unexpected was certainly that! What a wild ride! It is not for the faint of heart. Jenn and Paul are at a crossroad in their marriage. So this is the last ditch effort to save it. They are both walking a fine line. Trust is the force that is keeping them on it. What will happen when the unexpected occurs???
Limits are tested. Will they survive? There are many twists in the plot. The heat between Jenn and Paul – scorching hot! There are also tender moments shared as well.
The last 25% of the book left me speechless! I had to really reflect on all that Jenn and Paul went through before I had my “Ah ha” moment of clarity. This little novella packs quite a punch! Leaving you totally “ Aleatha’d”!
Kerry’s 4 Blush Review
Aleatha is back! Once again, she captures our attention with her sexy and twisted stories. They don’t use the term “Aleatha’d” for nothing and this little novella is no exception. Jen and Paul are on the verge of divorce; however, they both still love each other and decide to give it their all in hopes of salvaging what may be left. Unexpected is about reconnecting and finding the passion you once had. Jen and Paul need to find the balance in their relationship and potentially be open to new ideas. As expected, Unexpected is a quick read full of twists, passion and some BDSM. It had been awhile since I had read BDSM, so it was a great change of pace. Can Jen and Paul save their marriage? Is divorce the answer? Sometimes it takes being at the brink of losing what you love deep down and realizing it was what you needed and wanted all along. This is the side of Aleatha I enjoy! Her books tend to hold an element of darkness with plenty of twists and elements of surprise. She never disappoints me. If you’re looking for a sizzling hot summer read, look no further. Aleatha has written some serious heat and passion in this little book.
Dawn’s 4 Blush Review
Aleatha Romig brought the heat in Unexpected! It’s been a while since I read a book with a BDSM storyline and I forgot how steamy it could be… Aleatha balanced the heat and emotions perfectly. I gobbled this novella up!
A troubled married couple alone on an island with nothing but time to get to know each other again or move on… Maybe live out a fantasy or two. This could turn out to be PARADISE or hell. Depending on which way it goes.
Paul and Jenn had been married for some time and things were great until they weren’t… Their lack of communication and individual secrets had hindered their marriage. Could some time away save them? Once on the island, things heated up quickly. These two were HOT!! Chemistry was not their problem, vocalizing their needs was… Could they finally open up to one another before it’s too late??
I really liked Paul & Jenn from the start. Although they were on the brink of divorce, I felt their love and respect for one another. I was hoping they could reconnect and get their HEA… Their journey was intense, passionate and emotional.
I close my eyes and allow my body to simply react.
It’s been too long.
It seems as if recently I’ve overthought everything—every action…word…everything—between Paul and me. The process is exhausting, and I’m too tired to continue. I don’t know what will happen over the next ten days. All I know is that I want what’s in front of me.
I want what’s intoxicating me—my husband’s embrace, the spicy scent of his skin, the way his erection probes my tummy through our clothes, and the sweet sensation of his kiss.
Sex may not save our marriage, but damn, right now as our kiss deepens, I’m on fire. Like a field of grass that’s withstood a drought, the flames grow. Small explosions detonate throughout my body—tiny flares roaring to a blaze and blasting our world. Each is a reminder that there’s been only one man who has ever made me feel completely and utterly loved, worshipped, and satisfied.
The one man who is with me now.
A moan escapes my lips as Paul reaches for the hem of my sundress and lifts it over my head. Just as quickly, he tugs off his own shirt, and I’m surrounded by his strong arms. His wide chest smashes against my breasts, and our hearts work together, the presence of the other increasing their rhythm. The faint taste of the salt air lingers on my lips as I kiss his neck, chest, and torso.
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.