Author: Aletha Romig
Series: Consequences #1
Anthony Rawlings had a plan—to teach Claire Nichols to behave.
Claire Nichols had a plan—to survive!
In an unfamiliar bedroom within a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols wakes to memories of a brutal abduction. All of her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met—Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, Anthony has had her in his sights for a long time. Every action has consequences—and his actions resulted in their chance meeting.
Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive as she comes to terms with her new reality—every aspect of her livelihood is now dependent upon the tall, dark-haired, dark-eyed tycoon. Anthony may appear to the world as a prosperous, benevolent, kind businessman, but in reality Claire learns he is also a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as your told, public failure is not an option, and don’t divulge private information. Failure to follow these rules and more, are met with serious consequences.
In an effort to earn her freedom, Claire learns her lessons well and before long, she unknowingly captivates her captor. Anthony/ Tony reluctantly becomes enthralled with Claire’s beauty, resilience and determination. Their interaction instigates strong emotions, including—fear, anger, love, and lust—as their journey flows into uncharted waters of intrigue and passion.
From the opening criminal abduction, through the twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Aleatha Romig utilizes vivid detail, allowing this novel to unfold like a movie.
Can you put the pieces of the puzzle together? Claire Nichols abduction wasn’t a random act—did she learn her lessons well enough? Will these unlikely lovers remain true–or will she learn the truth before it’s too late?
First let me start off with THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. It may have some things that may trigger some things for people. There are some things that happen that some may not be able to read. There are moments that he does put hands on her and harms her as well as inferred rape. We don’t get the details on that so it may be okay for some to read and won’t trigger much with the lack of detail in there.
Okay so I heard so many things about these books and I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it yet. I was instantly pulled in when I read that Clair had been abducted for the most part. I do love me a good dark read. So this one as soon as I got into the first chapter I was questioning why I hadn’t started this one sooner. So that being said I was pulled in fairly quickly and had no problem staying enthralled with this story. Though I was wanting to know more, why he took her, why she didn’t fight harder…all that good stuff. We get to find out as we go because there are moments of going back to remembering the night she was taken.
To start off, yes, it has a darker feel to it, as you can get from the synopsis if you read it is that Anthony has kidnapped Claire. He also has his reasons for doing so. We find out more about that later as you read. This is one of the longer books that I have read. It does seem as though there really are not many good long books. The majority of the books I have read are usually in the 200 page range and this one was up in the 500 page range so that was a big plus. It would get good and I would check thinking okay I am going to be getting close to the end right? But then I would see I had a lot left still and get happy. 🙂 This has been put in the category with “dark” and “taboo” and in some sense yes maybe it does fall under there for some but I think it really just depends on the reader. I do not think it falls under either of those. Dominant male? Absolutely. Controlling bastard who you want to beat down? YES. BUT to be put with Captive in the Dark & Comfort Food? No, I would have to disagree. If you have read the books I am speaking of you will understand what I mean. Oh and although yes Anthony is a very dominant person there is really no bdsm in this book as far as the sex goes. So I know if someone is going to read this expecting that you may be disappointed.
This book for me was a good one, different than what I have been reading lately so it was VERY welcome! I love mixing it all up reading a little of everything 🙂 Now that being said I think that although I did enjoy this story I do think a good hundred pages could have been taken out in details alone. I am all for painting a picture, but there are those times when things just get wordy. And at moments in this book it did get there for me. I didn’t need to know what the water sounded like in the lake. I understand that she is trying to explain her surroundings and all but it was a little much for me at times. Okay, there was one other thing. There was one word that stood out to me and I swear it felt like it was used a thousand times. I looked it up and it was used in some form around 36 times or so, but I swear it was more. Maybe because the word is not commonly used so it stood out more to me. But I don’t think I ever read “compartmentalize” so many times. But like I said, maybe because it isn’t a commonly used word that may be why it stood out so much to me.
Now there are things that I did love and didn’t love so much in this book one was well, lets see…I despised Anthony and you will too, there were also moments with Claire that drove me up the wall as well. I mean I completely get the Stockholm syndrome or being completely terrified of what will happen if you do something your not supposed to but I would think that if I were in that situation I would have at least tried. Right? Well I would like to believe I would. I understand what the author was going for but yes they both kind of drove me up the wall at times. But it didn’t stop me from reading 🙂
Okay so the one good thing about waiting to read these books is I was able to read right through onto the next book because that ending!!!????? OMG!!!! I was thinking to myself ‘I am SO glad I don’t have to wait for the next book to come out!” And so I jumped right to the next one because HOW could I stop to type out a review with that kind of an ending???????? I NEEDED to move to the next.