Ruthless Reign by Aleatha Romig

Posted on November 23, 2022 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 5 Comments

Ruthless Reign is the first book in a brand new series by Aleatha Romig. Romance, suspense, intrigue, betrayal and surprises await you in this new series which focuses on the royal family of Molave. So pick the book up, sit back and enjoy the ride. 


Ruthless Reign by Aleatha RomigTitle: Ruthless Reign
Author(s): Aleatha Romig
Series: Royal Reflections #1
Also in this series: Resilient Reign, Ravishing Reign , Relevant Reign: Forbidden Royal Romance
Published by Romig Works on November 22, 2022
Pages: 230
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Source: Publicist
Format: eArc
Purchase: Amazon|Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne Flame

I have a secret. I’m not who you think.
In this world where gowns, castles, and crowns make for the perfect reflections, life isn’t always as it appears. Love is elusive, even when the most beautiful woman is right before you. Illusions distort visions, shadows lurk in the sunshine, and monsters tread behind smiles and chivalrous facades.
I, Roman Archibald Godfrey, swore an oath to Molave.
To the king.
And above all, to Princess Lucille.
Forget the fairytales you’ve heard. This world is ruthless.
Have you been Aleatha’d?
From New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a brand-new contemporary romantic-suspense series, Royal Reflections, set in the world of the royal elite, where things are not as they appear.
*RUTHLESS REIGN is book one of the Royal Reflections series.


OMG! Where do I begin? Ruthless Reign delivered a story which will slowly pull you in, twist you around, mess with your mind and leave you wondering what the heck you just read. To receive the full effect of this story, one needs to go in blindly and so my review will be deliberately vague.

The story hidden between the pages of Ruthless Reign was complex, riveting, and suspenseful. It will have you flipping the pages as you try to figure what next is going to happen. So prepare for a journey into the unexpected. All is not as it seems in Oliver and Lucille’s world. Political intrigue, conspiracy, betrayal and secrets drove this story. 

Readers will enjoy getting to know the main characters, Lucille an Oliver. They are both compelling characters who you will want to cheer on. They both got caught up in a situation bigger than them both. A situation where they don’t know who to trust and so every move they make has to be done with caution. Readers will feel empathy towards Lucille and her situation. Marrying a prince doesn’t mean living a fairy tale life, a lesson Lucille learnt in the past five years.

The chemistry and energy between the protagonists is intense. At first, their attraction to each other felt out of place, but as secrets unfolded, things became so much clearer and soon they couldn’t stay away from each other. One may feel uncomfortable at first reading about the developing relationship between the protagonists, but as stated earlier all is not as it seems.

The plot was bold and risky with many twists and secrets which amped up the tension in the story, therefore making it hard to put the book down. It ended on a shocking note, and I am still reeling from it. Now I wait to learn what other surprises await us in Resilient Reign which release January 2023.


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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star


About Aleatha Romig

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. 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 over 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 and bring your imagination to life! 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 stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with PLUS ONE, followed by the sweet stand-alone, 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.

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5 responses to “Ruthless Reign by Aleatha Romig

  1. I am so glad that you ended up loving this one so much. I hear all the good things about this author but quite frankly I have no clue where to begin with her stuff haha but this one sounds superb! I am glad it was able to evoke such strong feelings for you.

    Great review!

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  2. I’ve yet to read her books, but have seen so many glowing reviews that I’ve added her books to my kindle. I like how you describe this ‘royal romance’ as something darker. You are tempting me to this series now. 🙂