“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Consequences, by Aleatha Romig

Consequences Book 1

3.5 outta 5 stars

I’m not even sure where to begin – here is the synopsis:

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.

As you can see – it’s a complicated story. When I initially rated it on Goodreads – I gave it three stars, because i was so annoyed when i finished. There was a pretty damn good cliffhanger, but luckily i wanted to read this until the second book was already out – but after being stuck in this story for days – because it’s RIDICULOUSLY long – like 11.5 hours on my Kindle long. And I’m not a reader that shy’s away from a long book – I guess i wasn’t interested in the story enough to think I could forge ahead – but it hooked me enough to finish.

Anthony is a bastard – a hot bastard – but still a bastard. Claire? I’m not sure what to categorize her as – idiot? victim? Stockholm syndrome sufferer? This story is so thick I was going back and forth trying to keep up with the past and present – and usually this isn’t an issue for me…. but Aleatha Romig like’s a story so thick you have dive waist deep to find out what the hell is going on. More than half way through it – i could see where this was going and how Claire was changing from victim to willing participant and i wasn’t happy about it – i was actually kind of disgusted. Because of the horrible things that Anthony did to her in the beginning? Or the fact that she’s there against her will in the first place? How the fuck could she even remotely be attracted to this man – unless she was brainwashed – especially after she disobeys him one too many times and he nearly killers her – i don’t care if he thinks he’s developing feelings for her – he’s a bastard, and 90% of me hated him through the entire book. There was no redeeming qualities about him – even when he starts acting somewhat loving and human – i can’t get past the rest of the bullshit to care enough. And I want to smack the hell out of Claire for even thinking for a second he was genuine.

If you’re interested in a twisted story of love/hate/lies/betrayal/revenge – here it is – wrapped up in Anthony Rawlings and Claire Nichols. But be prepared for a MIND fuck!

Book#2 – Truth – review to come!

*SPOILERS*

This was my initial Goodreads review:

***SPOILERS***
If you haven’t read it yet – DO NOT read any further!

1) It’s insanely long. I’ve started books on my Kindle and notice the 5 to 6 hour time line it’s giving me to finish it, this does not shy me away. But 10.5 hours? I did a double take and rethought the idea of spending the next few weeks monopolized in this novel. (So it only too me 11 days to get threw – still seemed like FOREVER.)

2) Anthony is a tool – I’m not even remotely interested in him as a character unless he’s terrorizing Claire, who after she accepts his proposal and doesn’t run screaming into the streets of NYC? Is asking for it – as far as I’m concerned. I wanted to reach through my kindle and slap the hell out of her sitting in that carriage in Central Park and even remotely debating her freedom. But looks like the Stockholm Syndrome won in the end.

3) The sex is non-existent accept when she’s talking about her bruises and the fact that he raped her the night before. And then half way through the book we as readers are supposed to understand she now enjoys it? WTF!

4) The back story comes a little too late and left me some what confused at first, but once it all hit me that this was a ploy the entire time – that ever bad thing that happened in Claire’s life was Tony’s fault from the crazed mined of his grandfather – I just rolled my eyes

5) I’m excited to read the 2nd book even though I could rip this one to shreds, just for the mere fact Claire seems to get her back bone replaced and frankly, I want to see what hellish revenge she enacts on Tony to watch him squirm.

I gave this 2 stars at first, but I’ll throw in the third for keeping me at least entertained enough to finish it. But I could have edited out about 1/4 of the shopping trips, her walks in the woods and the never ending play of her being happy in her prison cell estate.

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