Respect - An Infidelity Series Novel
The Godfather meets Love Story...
From New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best selling author Aleatha Romig comes a stand-alone novel spin-off from her beloved Infidelity series. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic romantic 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 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.
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 being the one who signed the paychecks and offered the accolades when they were rightfully earned.
Angelina was all I wanted. Yet my path was uncharted. There was more to earn, lose, and willingly give.
The top of that list was RESPECT.
This stand-alone novel takes place before the Infidelity series and may be read BEFORE, AFTER, or APART from the series.
Remember, this isn't a romance. It's a love story.
About the Author
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 standalone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with PLUS ONE, followed by 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
And this book didnt disappoint. Im so pleesed she wrote Oren's story. It really filled in some blanks from the Infidelity series. Thank you Ms Romig from the bottom of my heart. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one. Keep them coming. CB
Here's my truth... I have many of Ms. Romig's books. Two signed paperbacks and many of them in ebook. I even have several in audio book. But aside from a seriously hot novella in an anthology I had to buy in paperback as well, I haven't read them. Until now. I wasn't sure what to expect based on the novella, but Respect wasn't it. I think I spent the entire book waiting for the other shoe to drop. As I didn't know any of the characters, I formed incorrect assumptions. I thought it was actually going to end differently. And I never- not in chapter one, ten, or thirty- thought I would be brought to tears but after experiencing so much...how could I not? Respect has a fully developed cast of characters. It has an awesome blend of real and fictional aspects. It may be the "past" but that's easily forgotten as you devour its pages. I personally found it hard to get into. I think I was intimidated by missing out on the previous series. If you give up the misconceptions and attack it head on, I think you will get caught up in the Costello family. It's getting out that could be a problem...
I haven't read any of the Infidelity series before - before you torch me, it's on my TBR!! Even more so after reading this story!! This story was raw and gritty and dark but so so good! So thrilling and consuming! This isn't a sickening sweet insta-love but that's not what Aleatha writes, nor should you expect it. This is a story about a strong, powerful dark man - Oren - and the woman who he is obsessed with and spellbound by - Angelina. I love me a good mafia romance - sometimes you need a thrilling, dark, gritty story and this certainly fit the bill!
********** 10 STAR READ!!! wow I didn't think I would be this moved by Oren's back story but dang, there was some tears shed. Respect shows us how Oren became the man he is. Oren and Angelina's love story was wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. seriously the last part of the book I couldn't help but cry. This book to me in a must read as part of the Infidelity series. Thank you,Ms Aleatha Romig for Oren's story!
Rated 4.5 Stars Don't be fooled this book is not beautiful but there are beautiful parts to it. It's not a romance but there are romantic elements in it. I won't lie this book will make you hurt, it will make you cry but it's an amazing read that you will be happy you read. It's an epic tale of one man's journey and the way his life affected those around him and the way outside forces shaped him into who and what he is. Oren's story will mess you up but man I loved it even during those parts where my heart did nothing but hurt, did nothing but bleed for these characters I still loved it. I definitely recommend it. ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review
I think Aleatha nailed it when she said Respect is like "The Godfather meets Love Story.” Respect is the story of the rise and fall of Oren and Angelina Costello-Demetri. We first met Oren, Angelina, and Nox in Aleatha’s Infidelity series. This standalone novel may be read without reading the five-book Infidelity series. The Infidelity series is not about cheating (if cheating books bother you). Respect is a true standalone. It can be read on its own or after reading the Infidelity series. If you didn’t read the Infidelity series, you will be one-clicking it after reading Respect. On his rise in the ranks of the mafia world, Oren works hard to build his empire to gain the respect of “The Family.” The mafia family is built on trust, fear, and respect. Oren is reminded daily of his blood-in and blood-out commitment. He puts his heart and soul into his underworld business dealings. What respect does an absentee father and husband have at home? In this epic mafia love story, Aleatha weaves a cut-throat web of love, sacrifice, and devotion. Aleatha’s writing was flawless. This story played out in my head like a movie, but better. You will be captivated from the first to the last page. If you are a fan of mafia romances or just waiting for your next "Aleatha fix" than you absolutely must read this book!