Review ~~ Respect – An Infidelity Novel by Aleatha Romig
Respect – An Infidelity Stand-alone Novel
From New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a stand-alone novel, a spin-off from her beloved Infidelity series. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic mafia love story/ thriller will delve into a world where family takes on new meaning, and even the inhabitants are suspicious of the next chapter.
“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 become 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 before or after reading the Infidelity series or on its own.
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Dawn’s 5 Blush Up All Night Review
Blown away. Where do I even begin?! First of all, Respect is my introduction to the Infidelity Series and now I finally know what I have been missing!! Wow! In my opinion, Respect is the perfect lead way into the series if you have not read it.
It gives you all the detailed history you will need to dive into the rest……
Trust me, you will be running to read Betrayal!
Aleatha Romig proves once again that she is in a league of her own with Respect! Her writing is impeccable and STELLAR. There is a sense of maturity and intellect within this book. There is no use of frivolous words or scenarios. Respect takes you into the world of the New York Mafia. A world I am very familiar with, being an Italian American born and raise New York…. I can honestly say, Aleatha did the lifestyle justice. She obviously did her homework. She got down and dirty and totally captured the essence of the mafia. Her depiction was spot on. She shows us, what it is all about family, loyalty, respect and sacrifice! She nailed the extreme violence and the unimaginable bond… She didn’t romanticize it. Respect is more then a love story, it’s about the making of the man, Oren Dimerti! When he fell in love with a mafia princess Angelina Costello, it sealed his fate. Everything he did was for his family and “The Family” and it ultimately cost him everything! Unfortunately Obligations come first and relationships suffer…. (You can not sell your soul to the devil and expect to come out unscathed.)
Oren & Angelina’s son Lennox may have been born into the family, but they were determined to keep him away from the lifestyle, but blood is blood! That boy would eventually turn into a man, making his own choices. Bring on BETRAYAL! I need to know where Lennox’s story goes!
Kerry’s 5 Blush Up All Night Review
Amazing! Aleatha has done it once again! She ceased to amaze me in this epic story of power, betrayal and loyalty. I have read the whole Infidelity series and Oren Dimerti’s story is my favorite. Mrs. Romig has a unique style. She can write; she will captivate you.
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 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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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.