Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review: CONSEQUENCES by Aleatha Romig


Besieged by memories of a brutal abduction, Claire Nichols wakes in an unfamiliar bedroom, within a luxurious mansion. Her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met, Anthony Rawlings. 
Unbeknownst to Claire, for a very long time, she has been within Anthony’s sights. Many of the pivotal events in her life occurred, due to his sinister manipulation. Every action has a consequence, and his actions result in their chance meeting.

More than a psychological thriller, Consequences is a vivid story of one woman’s struggle to survive incomprehensible circumstances. Every aspect of her being suddenly depends upon the tall, wealthy, dark haired, dark eyed businessman. Anthony Rawlings is known to the world as prosperous, benevolent, and kind. Claire quickly learns that he can also be a menacing controlling captor.

With few options but concession, Claire attempts to earn her freedom, while enduring a hellish existence that truly appears perfect. Persevering tests and trials, she struggles to retain her pure Midwest values and beliefs. Encouraged by memories of a loving upbringing, she gains strength in the simplest of joys: solitude in nature and good in the face of evil.

His goal in sight, Anthony’s calculated agenda encounters an unforeseen detour. He becomes captivated by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination. The interaction of these two compelling characters instigates strong emotions: fear, anger, love, and lust. Claire and Anthony’s tumultuous journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion.

Utilizing vivid detail, this 167,000-word novel unfolds like a movie, before the eyes of its readers. From the opening criminal abduction, through twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Anthony’s motivation becomes evident.

Anthony and Claire must decide if they will stay true to one another, or allow preceding actions to result in justifiable Consequences.

Wow! I mean, really... WOW! This is no Disney fairytale love story. CONSEQUENCES is a guttural tale that's more reminiscent of a Grimm nightmare full of abuse and manipulation. This book is unlike anything I have ever read. It's incredibly intense and at times can be a bit overwhelming, but the overall effect is utterly amazing.

The author did an impressive job making this larger than life situation believable and actually scary. I found myself completely sucked in by the entire situation just like Claire and kept having to remind myself that Anthony Rawlings is a bastard. As the story progressed, I found myself being able to relate more and more to Claire and her feelings toward her situation. 

There is no play book for this type of event, and at times I wanted to yell at Claire. I even found myself at one point so wrapped up in the consequences of her actions, that I was telling her (yep, I was talking to a fictional character. Out loud might I add) "Don't you dare do that! Don't. You. Dare! This is going to be so bad for you. What are you thinking!" I got some pretty strange looks from my husband at this point, but that was how invested I was in her character. Even I wanted her to avoid the consequences. 

Once the history and reasoning behind all of Anthony Rawlings' actions is revealed, it gives the story an even more twisted and sadistic aspect. This book is all about the consequences of that history, but book 2, TRUTH, is now what I'm really looking forward to. I have to commend author Aleatha Romig on her approach to such a difficult and truly epic topic. She absolutely WOW'd me like no other author has before, and I can't wait to see what TRUTH has in store.



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