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REVIEW: I became a fan of Aletha Romig the moment I started reading Consequences. Aleatha’s writing is impeccable, her stories are unique and her characters are fascinating. Having said that I was a bit surprised when I read Betrayal. The story isn’t necessarily unique, it does hold an interesting premise and the characters though not perfect they do maintain a level of suspense I have come to expect in Romig’s stories .
Betrayal is the story of Alexandra Collins, a beautiful girl from Georgia. A college graduate who is trying to build a future on her own. She comes from a rich family, a family that leads a life of tradition and rules. Alexandra is young, she is smart, ambitious, independent, and she wants to have control over her future even if that means going against her parents wishes and her family tradition. When Alexandra decides to celebrate her graduation for a week with her best friend she never considers meeting anyone, but when the opportunity to have some fun presents itself, Alex does not question it. She just follows the attraction she feels for Nox and that’s when her decision to an adventure without introductions and expectations starts to unravel. She allows herself a week of fun and without consequences, allowing herself to live and experience things she would never allow herself otherwise.
What worked for me about Alexandra was not necessarily her inexperience or even her good friend qualities or even her girl next door personality but her ability to decide what she wants to do about her future even if that goes against her family. Romig’s writing is usually fantastic, her characters are well rounded and mature, though flawed they tend to maintain a certain level of real that makes her stories great. Romig does a great job pairing these two characters, their sensuality mixed with their anonymity plays out well in the story, their desire for just a week of fun without knowing what was behind each past or present makes for a more sensual and different take on this romance. A week for them to forget and enjoy, a week in which they just had each other to relay on for pleasure and passion and week that marks an undeniable yet predictable future.
Betrayal lacks the suspense and the mystery that its often found in Aleatha’s writing. The story though well written came across as predictable, it lacked the WOW factor one has come to expect from Romig’s stories. I think both characters gives us an entertaining story, their interaction and dialog was mature, my expectations however prevented me from fully enjoying it. Romig manages to create a female character that is both, delicate and strong, something that is characteristic in her writing. Nox is a character that like many other in the genre is passionate, strong and willful, with good business sense and a sexuality as high as the ego that precedes their sensuality and personality. Nox character is reserved and his businesses as well as his importance in the story is kept a secret, why he surrounded himself by ex intelligence security had me intrigue but not overwhelmingly. Nox gives the story the balance that it needs, creating a dominating and intellectual backdrop to a story that is filled with old tradition and rules.
Betrayal may not be an all out suspenseful story but it has a certain appeal that will bring me back to read the next book in the series. I am a fan of Aletha’s writing and her storytelling is magnified by the quality of her writing. I think this series has the ingredients to become a hit, I will keep my eyes open for the next book but I will not necessarily make it a priority.
Do I recommend this book? Yes
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