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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 29 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 being 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 heard without listening to the Infidelity series.
From New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author Aleatha Romig comes a stand-alone novel based 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. Have you been Aleatha'd?
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By Ariadna B. on 07-11-18
Incredible story, fantastic narration! Credit worthy!
This was such an emotional story and audiobook. I truly felt like boarded a roller coaster of emotions with incredible twists and turns and stomach-clenching dips that made the ride intense, gripping, and fantastic.
It was great. It was raw and emotional. I might have traded up a little. I really liked Angelina and Oren. She had an amazing ability to love. He was a very complicated man. I loved her and understood him. I heart also broke a little for him at the sacrifices he made.
Narration by Brian Pallino was superb. He did an excellent job of bringing out every characters’ emotions. I really enjoyed his voice and look forward to more from him. All in all I loved this book! It’s not high on steam, but the story is so fantastic it doesn’t need it. Story and narration for this audiobook are incredible and make it completely credit worthy! Now I feel like I need to go back and listen to the rest of the series.
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By Zandalee on 07-10-18
This spin-off of the INFIDELITY series acts as a sort of prequel to the series, as well. It’s important to note that this isn’t a romance story. Going into this book with that expectation will only lead to disappointment. This is very much about Oren Demetri’s life and how he makes a name for himself. This can be read as a standalone, though I have read the Infidelity series. It’s been a while since I’ve read them however, so I felt like I was being introduced to this world all over again.
Oren is a complex character, and I struggled to connect with him as a whole in several areas of the story. I didn’t always get where he was coming from, and his choices made me lose respect for him. I also kind of wish there was more of a love story here, but we can’t always get what we want. There were moments where this lengthy story seemed to drag on and it lost my attention. Yet, moments came swooping in that pulled me back into it.
This isn’t a story about hearts and flowers. It’s real, it’s tough, it’s complicated. There’s blood, and death, and betrayal. I love the way Romig weaves in different elements into a genre that has been exhausted. Just keep in mind that there’s no romance or HEA here, and I think your reading experience will be a bit better.
On the plus side, the narration of Brian Pallino was excellent throughout. He really made the listening experience much more enjoyable.
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By Book Addict on 01-30-18
A Bird's Eye View inside A Mafia Family!
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.
Respect is more than an ordinary novel, it’s an insider’s view into a young man marrying into a mafia family, and how he changes and loses his love and marriage in the process. At no time did Oren doubt his love for Angelina, even though he had been unfaithful through the years.
When Oren had to make changes to fit into Angelina mafia family, and his drive to make his company more profitable for his family. In the process loses what made feel like a good family man.
I'll admit, I didn't much care for Oren in the Infidelity series, he was always the pinnacle of hate for Lennox and was portrayed to be a neglectful and absent father through Lennox's eyes. Here we see how the relationship between Oren and Lennox broke down. My heart just bleed out for Oren and my feelings are in turmoil. I completely fell in love with Oren I could feel the strain and torture that troubled him every day.
There were so many other characters that we briefly became aware of in the Infidelity series, it was great to get to know these in greater detail too. Aleatha writes with feeling, with passion and with depth. She brings her characters to life and we truly see the story through their eyes.
I enjoyed the book so much that I decide listen to the Audiobook with Brian Pallino, and lost myself in Oren’s life again. Now I crying my eyes out as I’m writing this. Book or Audio I loved them both. This is a five star read that has plenty of heart.