Insidious By Aleatha Romig Review

Dark desires…Deadly secrets…Devious deceptions…Nothing is exactly as it seems in INSIDIOUS, the new erotic thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. 


When a powerful man is willing to risk everything for his own satisfaction, only one woman can beat him at his own game: his wife. Or so she thinks…


“Let’s start with you calling me Stewart. Formalities seem unnecessary.”


Stewart Harrington is rich, gorgeous, and one of the most powerful men in Miami. He always gets what he wants. Anything is available to him for the right price.


Even me.


Being the wife of a mogul comes with all the perks, but being Mrs. Stewart Harrington comes with a few special requirements. I’ve learned to keep a part of myself locked away as my husband watches me submit to his needs. But the more he demands of me, the more beguiled he becomes and that’s to my advantage. So I keep fulfilling his fantasies and following his rules because he doesn’t know that what he’s playing is really my game. And winning is everything, right?


Insidious is a stand-alone novel and the first Tales from the Dark Side title. Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only. 
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EXCERPT
I began to turn toward him, to stop the uneasy feelings his proximity spurred, when he stopped me: his tenor left no room for compromise.
“Don’t turn around.”
Involuntarily, I shuddered at his command.
“Put your hands on the window. Let me see those pretty little fingers.”
I’d never heard a man speak with such unquestioning authority. Obediently, I splayed my fingers on the cool glass before me, thankful I’d left my purse on the sofa. Caging me within his arms, his hands came to rest beside mine. The contrast in size was startling as his deep voice exhaled breathily onto my neck.
His lips brushed my neck. Instead of fighting, I tilted my head back against his chest to give him better access.
Sighing, he moaned. “Damn, girl, you’re sexier up close than I ever imagined. Do you know how hot that answer was?” His fingers that had just painfully twisted my hard nub caressed my same breast. Suddenly, his touch was warm and electric. “You may be frightened, but it’s not of me, it’s of what you’re feeling. Your nipples are telling me you’re feeling the same thing I am. They’re saying that you like this.” With both hands on my breasts, he’d lowered the top of my dress fully exposing me to the window. Thankfully, we were stories above the city. “Do you know how else I know you’re aroused?”
Forming words had become increasingly difficult. Therefore, I shook my head.
“I smell it, and darling, you smell fantastic. I bet you taste fantastic.”
“Because, after I share my beautiful fiancée with the world, I’m going to bring you back here and bury my face in that perfect pussy. The next time you come, it won’t float in a tub. No, darling, it will cover my tongue, my lips, and my chin. I’ll be dripping with your sweet juices.”
Oh, my God!
“And you will not be sighing contently, as you just did. No, you will be calling out—screaming out—my name. Because as of today, that’s your job, to come, to show me how amazingly sexy you are. Because this little orgasm was nothing like what will overtake you when we get home.”
I was shocked and appalled at his candor, and, at the same time, I was freak’n turned on and hot as hell.






ABOUT ALEATHA ROMIG:
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty-eight years, they’ve raised three children. 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 with her family and friends. Her pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
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REVIEW


Insidious (Tales from the Dark Side, #1)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For anyone who hasn’t read Aleatha Romig before, here’s a helpful hint before you start. Anxiety Warning: Medication Required
If you have read her before, you already know that she’s the queen of mindfucking plots.
Insidious is about a girl thrown into a world she knows nothing about. She is young and naive and has no idea what her future holds. She continuously finds herself in situations of ‘you can’t close it once it’s been opened.’ This leads to sink or swim time, and she’s not going down without a fight. Nothing is ever really what it appears to be, including her.
Erotic scenes play a huge part. Some are dark; some are business; some are pleasure. Scandals are lurking behind each act. Every character has their own agenda. Contracts control some. Murders end some. It’s the type of book that you have to pay attention to what you’re reading. Certain parts may even require a reread in order to digest this pretzel of a storyline. It’s difficult for me to explain the levels of twists and turns without giving away too much, and I recommend going into it without knowing anything beforehand. Just understand that the moral for every character in the book is trust no one.


***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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Debt by Nina G. Jones —Top Reads Published in 2014 —Interview

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I don’t know what I was thinking when I hired someone to attack me. Maybe I was bored, or lonely, or there was a void so deep inside of me that I needed something explosive to fill it. 

It was supposed to be safe. A thrill. A way to break through the monotony of everyday life. It was an illusion of danger that I could walk away from as soon as it was over. 

Except that it wasn’t. Because I had been in danger long before I ever invited it into my life. 

———————

My mission is almost complete. The bubbling boil of vengeance that heats my blood might finally simmer. 

She is the last piece of the puzzle. Once I destroy her, everyone who ever hurt me will have paid their debt. 

It was supposed to be quick and easy, but as soon as I met her it got complicated. 

Very complicated.

How did the idea for this book first come to you?

I was joking with a friend about how we love some book boyfriends that would terrify us in real life. Then the conversation somehow turned to me asking: what if there was a service where you could order someone to basically rape you. Because, let’s be honest, most dark erotica has a rape-y element to it. That concept of taking a fantasy that most would not actually want to become a reality, but creating a character who wanted to take that leap and then what would become of her.

Did you know how you wanted it all to go from the beginning or did it change as you were writing?
I usually outline important events that I want to occur (especially with a complex plot). However, a lot of twists occur to me as I write and I might adjust the timeline accordingly. Usually, by the time I am writing the middle, I know everything that needs to occur and have it outlined somewhere.

Are you currently working on anything? If so can you tell us about it?
Yes. I am working on a new adult romance called, IF. It will be written under N.G. Jones, a version of my pen name to indicate that this will not be erotica (it might have some sex, but it will not be central to the plot).
I made a sarcastic comment a year ago about people who complained about rich heroes in romance. Something along the lines of: Next time, I’ll write about the young ingenue who falls in love with the homeless guy in front of her building.

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Drew from Tied by Emma Chase —Top Book Boyfriends From Books Published in 2014 —Interview

In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of… my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?
~My favorite Drew quote from Tied.~
“Because I would never let her go, Matthew. Ever. No matter what happened—no matter what I did, I’d keep hoping, trying, until she came back to me.”















Character Interview: Drew

Favorites:
Band— Metallica
City— New York
Car— Aston Martin

Cooking or Cleaning?
Neither. But if Kate is naked, I’ll happily watch her do both.

Art or Science?
Really? One of these things actually makes a difference in the survival of our species – the other doesn’t. So…science.

Sky Diving or Deep Sea Diving?
I believe the only reason someone should jump out of a plane is if it’s fucking crashing. Any thing else is just daring God to call your bluff. Deep Sea Diving.

How is being in a relationship better than being single?
Being single is like eating at an exclusive restaurant – the menu changes – you never know what your options are going to be. Which isn’t a bad thing, but…you have to wait for your food to come out, deal with the waiter and hope your meal will be satisfying.

Being in a relationship is like an all-you-can-eat buffet of your favorite foods. You can go back for seconds, thirds – as often as you like, with no waiting. And you know without a doubt, you’re going to enjoy every fucking morsel.

Have you ever fed a homeless person?
Yes.

Have you ever ate from a hot dog stand?
I grew up in New York – absolutely.

Emma interview—

What project are you currently working on?  Can you tell us about it or give any teasers?

I’m currently working on edits for book #1 in my new Legal Briefs Series, Overruled. I have fallen head over heels for Stanton Shaw and can’t wait to share his story with you!!

“But — here’s the most important thing: whenever possible, you want to show them a good time. Give them something to watch. They’re hoping for a live reenactment of Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. The system may be boring but you don’t have to be. You can be entertaining. Show them you’ve got a big swinging dick and you’re not afraid to use it.
My dick is the swingingest of them all—juries can’t take their eyes off it.”

Thank you!!

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Transcendence by Shay Savage —Top Reads Published in 2014 —Interview

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle. 

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.




Do you have any deleted scenes you could share?

If I did cut anything, I didn’t save it.  I don’t remember removing anything significant.

Ehd is very different from the usual male lead. How did you ever think of him?

I would always hear people talking about book boyfriends being cavemen.  It made me wonder if there were any stories about actual cavemen.  When I couldn’t find any, I wrote one.

When writing Transcendence did you use any special strategies different from when you usually write?

I’m not sure if anything I did was particularly unique when writing, but trying to keep things moving and interesting without any dialogue was certainly a challenge.  I wrote a little bit of it every day, and spent a lot of time trying to understand how a caveman would think, feel, and react to a given situation.  Ehd’s a very intelligent guy, and I wanted to make sure that still came across despite his inability to communicate with words.  Describing body language became very important as well.

Out of all of your books, do you have a favorite story and character?

Evan Arden is my favorite character I have developed.  He’s wonderfully messed up, and a lot of fun to write about.

You often write from the POV of the male lead instead of the female. What made you decide to go that route?

I tend to identify with men more than women.  It also gives me a bit of an edge, since erotica is primarily written by women and from the heroine’s point of view.  Readers seem to like stories that are a little different from the norm, and I try to provide that.

Are you currently working on anything? Can you tell us about it if so?

I’ve been hopping back and forth between a couple of different things lately, trying to figure out what will be next.  I do have a lot planned for 2015, including brand new stories with new characters, and very likely some more about Evan Arden’s life.

Anything extra that you want to add?

I’m constantly amazed by how well Transcendence has been received.  It’s so out there – so different from your usual erotic or romantic tale.  I really enjoyed writing about Ehd and Beh, and I’m thrilled so many people have enjoyed it!
Thanks a lot for talking with me!  Happy New Year to all!

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Roan from Destroyed by Pepper Winters —Top Book Boyfriends From Books Published in 2014 —Interview

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She has a secret.

I’m complicated. Not broken or ruined or running from a past I can’t face. Just complicated. 

I thought my life couldn’t get any more tangled in deceit and confusion. But I hadn’t met him. I hadn’t realized how far I could fall or what I’d do to get free. 

He has a secret.

I’ve never pretended to be good or deserving. I chase who I want, do what I want, act how I want.

I didn’t have time to lust after a woman I had no right to lust after. I told myself to shut up and stay hidden. But then she tried to run. I’d tasted what she could offer me and damned if I would let her go.

One secret destroys them.

~A favorite quote from Roan~
Hours inched past as I toyed with metal and fire and sweat. Working with such unforgiving materials was a reminder that no matter how set in stone we seemed, we could always change. We could mould and adapt and become something new, even a hunk of iron.
I had to hold faith.
I could change.
Over time.







—Character Interview: Roan

Favorites:
Band—Really like the vibe from Imagine Dragons Book—Don’t really read…too busy with Obsidian. Sport—Fighting for sure. I’m good with my fists.

Drawing or Building? Sculpting. I love to mould bronze into whatever I want.
Sailing or Hang Gliding? Neither. Way too flimsy.
Talking or Listening? Listening. No one wants to listen to what I’ve lived through.

What is he most dangerous job for a man? What I was made to do in my former life. Obey a master over his own life.

Is it ever okay to give up? No, never.

Have you ever been to Disney World? I’d never be able to go to a place with so many people.

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Archer Hale from Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan —Top Book Boyfriends From Books Published in 2014 —Interview

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

~One of my favorite Archer Hale quotes~

I want to be able to love you more than I fear losing you, and I don’t know how. Teach me, Bree. Please teach me. Don’t let me destroy this.



—Character Interview: Archer Favorites: Time of Day— Dawn on the lakeshore. Sound— My wife and kids’ laughter. Book— UnBroken.
Painting or Building? Building. Running or Relaxing? Running. Watching or Listening? Listening.

What is the secret to happiness? Relationships with other people.

What would your dream vacation be? I’m a big homebody, but I would like to see Greece someday with Bree. There’s a town there called Pelion, too.

Have you ever tried juggling apples? Can’t say that I have.

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Sacrificed: Heart Beyond the Spires by Bey Deckard —Top Reads Published in 2014 —Interview



Novel (127,090 words)
Genre(s): Historical Fantasy, Erotic Action/Adventure, Gay

Reunited once more, the crew of Baal’s Heart must make the long and treacherous journey south to the towering spires of the Devil’s Isles. The path through the mountain range is fraught with peril; mayhem and tragedy plague the pirate ship, but what the men find beyond the spires is the most shocking of all.

In this sequel to the acclaimed Caged, the pirates are dragged into a dangerous new world by Captain Baltsaros’s all-consuming obsession. In the midst of terror and chaos, Jon learns that the captain and first mate have been keeping secrets from him. But will the truth tear them apart?



Do you have a deleted scene or upcoming scene (or both) from the Baal’s Heart series you can share?
I don’t have any deleted scenes. However… here’s a small excerpt from the third Baal’s Heart book. 
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The slave opened his eyes and was relieved to see that the little square was almost empty. That was good. When the men from the mining town were on their own, they mostly left him alone; the abuse came when there were a few of them together, and it was always worse when they had been drinking. The slave figured he’d been pissed on by every man in town. And probably every dog. He winced at the thought. His own bladder was full, but he held it even though eventually he’d be kneeling in his own piss puddle again. 
With another painful shift, the slave closed his eyes. He wished that they’d just killed him when they found him covered in his master’s blood.
Blinking slowly, the slave raised his head at the sound of someone approaching on one of the wooden planks that served as walkways in the town square. He must have fallen asleep again. It was amazing what someone could suffer through and still get some bloody sleep. He eyed the men approaching as he licked rainwater off his lips. 
The one on the left, the one who had put him in the stocks nearly a week earlier, was his master’s brother-in-law Lester. He didn’t recognize the other. 
The stranger was tall and, as he walked with long strides, the hard soles of his black leather boots thudded loudly on the warped, wet wood. As they got closer, the slave could see that the man wore a greatcoat that covered him from chin to ankle, and atop his head was a wide black hat with a curved brim. The only hint of colour was a bright-red silk scarf that peeped above the coat’s collar when the stranger turned his head to speak to Lester. When they stopped next to him, the slave had to crane his head up to see the two, and the rain blurred his vision somewhat. Or, he thought, maybe it was the lack of food finally getting to him. 
Squinting, the slave silently studied the stranger. He was a middle-aged man with a tanned, angular face, a fine, thin nose, and a top lip that was bowed like a gull’s wings. He had a foreign look to him that was confirmed by the strange accent he spoke with after he had circled the slave a few times.
“He’s damaged,” the man said quietly, “on top of being obviously half-starved and subjected to the elements.”
“What of it?” growled Lester. “I ain’t lowerin’ the price, if that’s what yer after, Captain. Yer gettin’ him fer a song as it is. He’s as strong as a bloody bull, I can guarantee at least that.”
“Regardless of what you get for him, you’re making a profit,” pointed out the tall man, a wrinkle appearing on his smooth brow. “You told me you were going to have him put down.”
“Three silver. Take it or bloody leave it,” muttered Lester.
The slave made himself look directly into the stranger’s dark, deep-set eyes and was surprised by what he saw there. No pity. No disgust. Just quiet self-possession. The tall man’s eyes widened slightly after a moment. 
“I will give you five if you arrange for his transport to my ship,” said the stranger, turning away and lifting a small, red velvet pouch from his coat pocket.
Lester swore under his breath. After a few seconds he nodded. 
“Fine. But, I’m bloody done with this devil. He’s yer trouble now,” he growled, and accepted the coins. Lester handed the key to the stocks over to the stranger and turned to go arrange for a wagon.
The slave ground his teeth together. He had just been sold for less than the price of a barrel of beer. He scowled at the stranger in the coat. The man was probably a pervert. The slave had seen his kind before. All perfumed and proper and dainty manners until they had him chained to the bed. His heart jumped quick in his chest as he prepared to bolt as soon as the stocks were open. However, the tall man stared at him a moment longer, a small smile playing over his lips. 
“There is nowhere to run,” he said softly. “It would be a miracle if you could even get to your feet on your own.” 
The slave bared his teeth and clenched his hands into fists.
The stranger chuckled and slipped the key into the lock. The mechanism clicked.
With a roar, the slave forced himself up and ran, his legs pure fire as he tried to make his escape. However, he got no further than a half-dozen paces before something cool and strong curled around his neck and jerked him backwards. He landed on his back in the thick mud and began to writhe, trying to regain the breath that had been knocked from him. The stranger stooped over the slave, pulling free the whip from around his neck
“Impressive,” was all the man said before relieving the slave of consciousness with the weighted whip handle.
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How do you weigh-in on the whole #TeamTom team whoever thing?  Do you have a favorite character?
Well… I like them all for different reasons, and the amount I like them varies day to day, depending on my mood. I think the #TeamTom thing is great… pretty amazing how people took to him, eh? 
If I had to pick one out of the three (Baal’s Heart), I think I’d have to pick Tom. 
Where do you get the ideas for your characters?   Are they somewhat based on anyone real or totally from your mind? 
I get ideas for characters from everywhere. I read a lot (or at least I used to), and I watch a lot of movies. I people watch. The three MCs in the Baal’s Heart books are based on different facets of my own personality and represent, in a lot of ways, my constant fight with strength and weakness, dominance and submission, and self-control. In the F.I.S.T.S. books, the two MCs came from a dream I had… but they’re also modeled on personal taste. My secondary characters seem to be a mix of people I’ve known.
Do you prefer writing or drawing best?  
I prefer writing. I love drawing… but words are where it’s at for me right now. 

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