Series: Infidelity World
on March 21, 2017
Genres: Dark Romantic Suspense
Desperate men do desperate things. When Decker Gabrielli hits rock bottom, he accepts a job as a hired companion at Infidelity. Surrendering a year of his life to a woman he’s never met might be the worst idea ever. But money, prestige, and sex are powerful incentives. That is, until the job becomes more than a contractual agreement. Hard limits are breached, panties are shredded, and rules are broken. In the end, his secret to getting ahead is…her.
I should state that I have never read the Infidelity Series by Aleatha Romig. However, I was told this book could be read as a standalone and I did not need to have prior knowledge of Aleatha’s popular series. In fact, this series has done so well, it’s sparked its own fanfiction. This is what the Infidelity World is. It’s a part of Kindle Worlds by Amazon, a special line of stories set in worlds already made popular by a specific author. Through Kindle Worlds, the original author gives Amazon permission to publish stories written by other authors within the world they created and they get a commission off every sale (or so I’m told). Got all that? I know it’s something not many readers are familiar with but it’s important to take into account when considering the Infidelity World.
Even though I would have preferred to have read the Infidelity series before diving into these set of novellas, I am happy to report that Pam Godwin did a stellar job with this book. It’s actually not really a novella, it’s more of a short novel that comes to about 2,800 kindle locations. I’ve actually never read Pam Godwin either, and this was the perfect excuse to do so, albeit in a peculiar way.
Infidelity is a company that deals only with the cream of the crop of the world. It’s in essence a matchmaker service that is so secret and so excellent at what they do, its clients are the most popular celebs and powerful people in the world. This is an intriguing premise and the way it’s developed here is sexy as hell. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.
I just love the way Pam writes her male heroes. Decker Gabrielli is a bartender not by choice, but because something terribly scarring happened in his life that led him to leave his MMA combat sports school for children. Along with it went his relationship with his best friend. His trust in people is shattered but he still has a strong personality and is a fighter to the core, even in his dire financial circumstances.
He’s approached by an enigmatic stranger to join Infidelity as an employee and thus be paired with an unknown woman for a specific length of time and under certain rules. He doesn’t just have killer looks, he meets a host of other criteria that makes him a great candidate. And whoa… he ends up paired with someone completely unexpected. A woman so high-profile and seductive his world is turned upside down.
I think Pam did a great job creating a to die for hero and a heroine that despite being one of the most famous women around, was likeable and relatable. There wasn’t much room here to develop a stronger connection between Decker and Laynee given the word count, but I was willing to roll with it considering how much of a protector Decker is and how his chemistry with the heroine can be explained through Infidelity’s careful vetting process.
The reason I’m knocking one star off has to do with something that happens near the end involving a third party, which I found slightly uncomfortable and unnecesary. I feel like Decker’s love and devotion could have been proven differently. I felt like it could have been done in a more savory way that didn’t take away from the sacred connection with Laynee. I understand it was supposed to be “hot”, but it left me a little cold.
Other than that, I truly enjoyed this book and it makes me that much more interested in the Infidelity World and the original canon series by Aleatha Romig. Oh, and of course… I must go through Pam Godwin’s backlist because she’s a stellar writer that loves toeing the line and pushing boundaries. Her male POV is on point and there’s an edginess to her writing that seems right up my alley! I can’t wait to continue.
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PAM GODWIN is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.