Betrayal Audiobook by Aleatha Romig (REVIEW)

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Review of: Betrayal Audiobook
Aleatha Romig

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On February 20, 2017
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Betrayal Audiobook

By: Aleatha Romig

Narrated by: Samantha Prescott, Brian Pallino

Published by: Audible Studios 2/16/16

Betrayal Audiobook by Aleatha Roming

4.5 stars rating

Infidelity #1

7 hrs and 29 mins

Genre: Mystery Romance

Betrayal Audiobook Sample

Betrayal Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

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.

Betrayal Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

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.

Author: 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. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. 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 a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

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 romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Narrator: Samantha Prescott

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Narrator: Brian Pallino

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I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Great review, Melanie. THANK YOU for clarifying the title and the lack of cheating in the story. I’d taken a pass because I thought there would be.

    I think I’ll add this to my shelf.

    • It is a really good story. More erotic than her The Light series, but I think you’ll still enjoy it. When you read the story, the title and the series title makes sense, but yeah, I wanted to point out the no cheating part, because I know that turns people away.

  2. Love it when you review books that are waiting for me on my kindle 😉 Always makes me want to read them so thank ya!!

    • It is always easier when those are already on your TBR list. 😀 I hope you enjoy this one.

  3. This book sounds like a conundrum with the misleading title and label of dark romance. I do like a good Southern story and one with mystery. Good to know there isn’t cheating either

    • When you read the story, the title of the series and the title of the book makes sense. I do realize that they make it sound like there’s cheating. That is why I wanted to be sure to point out that there wasn’t.

  4. Great review, I know you have liked her other books and I picked up an ebook of hers because of it though not read it yet…lol. 🙂

    • I’ve really started to enjoy her work. Her stories don’t really fit into the of the genres that I’m used to for labeling. I think that makes me like them even more.

  5. I think the split story line does work well with a mystery when bringing the reader to understand how things came about. The foreshadowing it creates heightens curiosity.

    You definitely have me curious about this story. Nice review, Melanie!

    • I like when stories do this. She did with with another book she wrote too. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  6. !This is a new to me book and narrators too. Looks good Thanks

    • I really enjoyed the start to this series. I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

  7. I agree with Heidi, it does sound like this book was trying to figure out who and what it was as well as the reader doing the same thing but it sounds like whatever it was/is worked and that is great. So glad this wasn’t about cheating, I looked at that title and went Nope but now that I know it isn’t about that at all I think I would like this one as well. Sometimes books that make me really think and mess a little with my mind are the best ones. 😉

    • I thought it worked. When you read it, the name and the series become clear. I found this to be a very interesting story.

  8. I have this one on my kindle – I love ARomig even if I haven’t read as much of her as you have. 😉 You have me chomping at the bit to get started on this one. And I’m tempted to pick up the audio. I love the sound of Alex – love that she’s a Southern girl chafing under the restraints of Southern traditions. And I really want to meet Nox. 😉

    • If you have this on your kindle, the you can get the audio cheap. I hope you get a chance to try it. I really enjoyed this story.

  9. I didn’t know about this one either but it’s great when you find a book like that and when you’re taken away!

    • I’ve really come to like this author. She writes some really interesting stories.

  10. I was curious about this since I loved the Into the Light series. Adding to my list.

    • I debated between this series and another series she had. I just grabbed one. No real reason why I chose this one over the other. Maybe because the last book in this series was just released and I saw a lot of promotion for the series.

  11. New to me author. Sounds like an interesting book.

    • I just found this author last year. I’ve really enjoyed her writing so far.

  12. I have this on kindle and I don’t really know much about it other than what I’ve read from reviews because to me the synopsis is somewhat vague. I’m glad you enjoyed Betrayal that give me hope that I might enjoy it.

    • This is a hard book to summarize without giving away too much. You want to say more, but it was great not knowing what was going to happen. I hope you get a chance to try it. I really like this author.

  13. I would’ve been greatly disappointed to not get cheating when there isn’t any. 😉

  14. This sounds good, Melanie! And I have to admit I have a special place in my heart for books that don’t fit into a specific genre, and where I have to think about how to fit it in for my review!
    And the fact that you weren’t able to guess how the two timelines would fit together is another plus for me.
    Great review!

    • Thanks Lexxie. I’m not sure Mystery Romance is the right genre either. It is a really fun book and I think you’ll like it.

  15. oh that can be so much fun to follow, two different storylines, wondering where they are going – how it’s going to play out, and what comes of it. I love the sound of those, for the most part they haven’t disappointed.

    • They’ve been fun for me so far too. I’ve read a few books like this. I really enjoy them.

  16. Great to see that the author kept you guessing as to the direction of the story with these two timelines, and you never predicted the ending.

    • The whole time I was listening, I knew that the two storylines had to come together at some point, but it wasn’t how I thought it would.

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