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.
"Some of my tastes are unique. They aren't for everyone. I understand that."
Lennox "Nox" Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive - he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one: one week. No more.
When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.
"Is it really cheating if you're doing it to yourself?"
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Thank heavens this series is very different to Consequences. That was just too much to bear. This is an exciting, tense book that keeps you nervous and anxious for more.
Brief synopsis: our heroine Alex/Charli/Alexandria is desperately fighting the privileged but soulless future as the heir to one of America's 'Royal' Southern families. She loathes the customs, misogyny and emptiness of a future plotted out for her since her birth.
Then she meets Lennox. He offers wildness and unpredictability and she gratefully falls into a week of freedom and hedonism completely out of character for her, kind of a last hurrah before going to graduate school and 'adult' life.
I felt the familiar rage toward the men in her family I felt when reading Consequences . They have an impregnable sense of entitlement and arrogance. Their behaviour goes well beyond highhandedness: there is an almost Kafkaesque quality to the complete impotence and powerlessness the women endure.
It's a great read with so many twists and turns you can't predict the plot at all. Thoroughly enjoyed it! Can't wait to get the next book.
The narrator is great - perfect for this book.
Wow what a great listen I had never heard of this author until three days ago I was browsing Audible for a new book the third book came up in my recommendations I searched for the first book and read some reviews and thought I would get the book as well as the narration am I glad I did this book has you laughing one minute shouting at it the next as it takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions .i really did not expect such a,good story line as well as good characters it is well narrated really good story that is very well written with lots of twists and turns I finished this book in two sittings. I am now getting the whole Set especially because it leaves you on a cliff hanger so you have to download the next book .
"AR IS A MAESTRO AT COMPLEX COMPELLING STORYTELLING"
After listening to this brilliant, addictive and awesome first book in AR's new series I couldn't wait and went straight into book 2 thinking this is a Duet but it's a 5 part series that will stretch all year I'm sure, and maybe even beyond, so be warned because they both end in a nasty cliffhanger. Also, book 2 becomes so multi-layered as to stories, sub plots, then and now time frames and different POV's, that I may wait until all books are available.... oh who am I kidding - I bet I'll be so desperate to hear more from this very deep, dark and gripping series.
Alexandria (Alex) is from a well know wealthy Savannah family who are treated like royalty by many but Alex is haunted by her past and very resentful at being controlled and manipulated by her evil Stepfather (who, it's hinted, may have abused her too). Her Mother is no better - she was totally controlled by her own Father and then her husband and knows only how to be a good dutiful Southern wife who looks the other way while her husband cheats. Alex had left it all behind four years ago and has just graduated from Stanford and she's all set to go to Columbia Law School to become an Attorney. She, and her best friend, go on holiday to Del Mar.... where she will meet her destiny - Nox who is handsome, sexy, charismatic, mysterious and oozes the Alpha vibe.
Nox and Alex are instantly drawn to each other - their chemistry is radioactive and they agree, after a shaky start, to a one week affair with no strings, no expectations of more and absolutely no personal details. It takes a couple of days for them to just get to know one another but then, after that time, both were ready to take things to the next level.... turning the dial up with passion, heated kisses and lots and lots of hot sex. However, as they spend time together they grow closer and neither one really wanted to say goodbye..... but still they did.
Alex is called home after Del Mar unaware of the web of lies, tricks, manipulation and a life changing ultimatum that she's about to walk into.... it's unbelievable how low and loathsome her Stepfather is being and the BETRAYAL is devilish. But Alex has other plans.... plans that will once again bring her face to face with Nox - however the man she easily fell in love with in Del Mar is a very different person second time round.... and the rules have changed.
This was a great listen with colorful descriptions, it's mesmerizing, captivating and so addictive that I just didn't want to stop anywhere along Alex and Nox's various encounters and I was riveted to see what nasty surprises Alex's family would try to entrap her with next. Alex is a strong, motivated and determined character caught in a precarious situation unwilling to throw her dreams away so she tries to get out of it by joining a secret Club called Infidelity..... but this is when her whole world changes.... and the mysterious Nox comes back into her life. An assortment of secondary characters including a very annoying and dissatisfied ex and a fun loving BFF. Told in varying past/present chapters from Alex's POV except one chapter at the end from Nox's POV and the narration was great.
Worth a credit? Oh YES - this founding first stepping stone in the series lines up the Board and Players in Aleatha Romig's cleverly orchestrated strategic game where each move has consequences, heartache, dilemmas, losses and gains.... but who will ultimately win - and what will the cost be? I would give this 10 stars if I could.
"5 Sexy, Secretive Stars!"
One of my favorites. I enjoyed this story and the audiobook was well done.
This was one of the first romantic-suspense type audiobooks I've listened to so I don't have a good feel for comparison, but I did enjoy this one.
This was my first time listening to these two narrators.
Yes, if I could have, I would have! This storyline is totally captivating and would be an easy listen if I had the time.
Great story and fun audiobook to listen to!
Good narrators but they do sound too old to be in their 20's. The story was refreshingly different. Excited to listen to book 2.
she sounds as if she was an older woman. It would have been better for the voice to sound younger than the voice used.
This one kept me listening all day. It was exciting and heart touching! Loved it!
"Great start to a interesting romance series"
I went into this story pretty much not knowing anything about it. I’ve read Aleatha Roming before and I really enjoyed the first three books I’ve read (The Light Duology and Insidious). So I grabbed the first book in another series from her.
This is the story of Alexandria Charles Montague Collins. She comes from the wealthy Montague family in Savannah. The thing with southern money, they are all about keeping the family alive. The fact that her mother was the only Montague to have children and a girl at that, doesn’t mean that her mother doesn’t want to work to keep the family name around. Her mother really wants her to marry a good southern man from a good family to keep the bloodline going. Alex has other plans.
Betrayal is told from two timelines. There is the present and 6 weeks ago. Alex (as she prefers to be called), has just finished up getting her undergrad degree at Stanford. She’s been accepted to Columbia School of Law. In the “6 weeks ago” timeline, Alex and her best friend from college decide to go on a girls week in Del Mar. There, Alex decides to be completely impulsive and even go by a different name, Charli. Charli is going to do things that Alexandria or even Alex wouldn’t dream of. While in Del Mar she comes across Nox, a really hot guy staying in the Presidential suite. They decide to use their week as they can and then go back to their own lives.
In the “present” timeline, Alex has been summoned home to Savannah to meet with her mother and stepfather. Needless to say that Alex and her stepfather are not in a good relationship. There are a few flashbacks to her childhood. I wouldn’t like him either. There is also an ex-boyfriend who was never as much of a boyfriend as her mother would’ve liked.
This was a pretty amazing listen. Alex is a very strong willed southern woman who has seen the world outside of the South. She really wants nothing to do with her family. She wants to go to law school and make her own money. Nox is very much an alpha male. He exudes power. He takes what he wants.
As I listened to these two timelines, I was very curious about where this was going. I knew the two stories were going to come together at some point, but I had know idea how that was all going to come together. I will admit that I didn’t see it ending up the way it did. I really enjoyed both timelines. I thought the time with Nox was extremely hot. I was also very intrigued with the story with Alex at home with her family, even if I really despised them.
Hard time choosing a genre for this book. I looked at Goodreads, some people labeled it as a romance, dark, etc. I didn’t like calling this “Dark Romance”. I didn’t think it was dark enough for this genre. Amazon had it in Mystery, so I thought that worked better. So, Mystery Romance it is. There is a lot of trying figure out where the story is going. I had my headphones glued to my ears. I really wanted to know where this story is going.
One thing I really want to call out too. The name of the series is Infidelity and the title of the book is Betrayal. I won’t go into why the series or the book have these titles, but I will say that there is ZERO cheating in this book. I know that is a hard stop for many people (I’m not a fan of it either). I just don’t want that to be an issue for not trying this series.
Samantha Prescott narrates almost this entire book. There is only a small part of this book that is told from Nox’s POV and those are the parts that Brian Pallino narrated. I think both narrators did a really good job with the narration. I can say that Prescott’s Southern accent isn’t a strong one, but you could hear when Alex was in Savannah. I thought that both narrators handled male and female character voices with ease. I liked the pace and tone. Prescott handled the very graphic sex scenes without a problem. I would listen to either of these narrators again.
**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Aleatha Romig is a new favorite author. I am going to begin Book 2 now. The switch from Alex to Charli then back to Alexandra, her birth name and then Alex again gave me insight into what seemed like three different women.
"Left me wanting more..."
Never have I listened to a book and had such an urgency to start the next one. Wow, this story has a lot of twist and so much intrigue you just have to keep listening to see what happens next. Very very interesting! The narrators also didn't a very good job. On to the next one.
Great Story Telling
Alexandria Collins. What a great character. She has spunk, and fire.
I loved the way this story unfolded. It was subtle, slow, and the buildup is incredible.
Aleatha Romig is such a great story teller. The voices were excellent. Samantha Prescott is such a great reader. She reminds me of my favorite narrator Jennifer Ikeda, and that is my highest compliment.
At first, I thought the female narrator's voice held a more robotic tone but once I got past it, I enjoyed her narration. The storyline is a bit predictable in spots but still very enjoyable. After listening to a few extremely high-angst audiobooks, this story was a bit of a relief. While the angst is still present in the story, it's not what I would consider over-the-top.
The characters were realistic and there wasn't the typical "pitiful heroine" as the main female character while, at the same time, she wasn't too "alpha male". I look forward to starting book 2....in fact, I'm purchasing it right now.
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