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.
Where to start? I finished this last night and gave myself the night to sleep on it because my brain was in tatters when I finished, and I’m still having trouble collecting all of my thoughts and feelings together!
Claire knew she was in control of her actions, she could choose to fight or complain. Her plan was for self-preservation until she was free. This had been a good old-fashioned thunderstorm, loud and boisterous but no real damage.
I truly can’t decide whether I hate Tony or I want to help him… well actually, I can probably confirm that I feel both of those things! I hate him passionately, but I want to find out more. I want to help him and I want him to come good. I’ve had a busy day doing ‘real life’ things, yet all I can think about is getting to TRUTH so I can find out exactly that, the truth! I need to know. I need to speak to Tony and find out, ‘WTF’?!
I have two criticisms of this book… the first is that it made me fall in love with a psycho! Lol! I feel angry and weak, but I just can’t help it. I’m sure there’s more to Tony than just a ploy to carry out a vendetta. There has to be. Right?!
“I want you to make me a promise. A promise, that you will do your best to follow my rules. That you will do your best – to never give me cause to hurt you again.”
No no no Tony!!!! There is no reason good enough to hurt her!
“It is your strength and determination that have infuriated me. That strength and resilience has also made me fall in love with you.”
Oh, so sweeeet. See what I mean?! Told you! I’m weak, I know.
The second is a criticism that I made internally and then kind of took back. I was ready to say, at about 75%, that the book was long and there was a lot of scenes I felt could have been cut… but looking back, I’ve changed my mind. I think you needed to really get to know the characters. I think you needed the mundane interactions just as much as you needed the climatic scenes, to get inside of their heads, relate to them, reallyfeel their connection, their emotions and try to understand their thought processes. Without all of that, I don’t think the ending would have been half as powerful.
And my God was it powerful! My head was literally spinning and at one point I’m pretty sure I even felt physically nauseous. That is some writing talent right there Ms. Romig! I would never in a million years have predicted what was going to happen. I was completely blind sided and my heart was racing continuously from about 88% onwards!
Claire believed she was teetering literally on the edge of sanity. A strong wind was all it would take to blow her one way or the other. Iowa had its share of storms, strong winds and tornadoes, they were all unpredictable. It made an ironic parallel for her life.
The book deals with some incredibly dark issues and I was reading with my jaw on the floor at times. There isn’t graphic detail or crude language, but in some ways, I think that makes it all the more shocking. Rape, abduction and violence are written about in such a way, it makes you re-read the page, like ‘Did I really read that right?!’. But it’s done so brilliantly.
I loved Claire. I think her character was so real! I felt she was so easy to understand. You could get why she made the decisions she made, how she coped with the things that were happening to her and how she justified all the bad that was surrounding her.
You don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry the person who you cannot live without.
I really enjoyed getting to know Claire and absolutely can not wait to find out how she deals with her current situation, in Truth! I hope she can find the strength she needs. I have a feeling she will and I’m thinking it’s going to get juicy!
So if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to put myself through another emotional whirlwind by getting my teeth into Truth!
Read Aleatha Romig’s fantastic interview in the next entry of my blog. She talks about domestic violence, her future work and her dream cast for Tony and Claire. She’s also been kind enough to agree to a Consequences giveaway. So don’t miss that, coming up!
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