Okay, Deep Breath!!! Now, where to start?! I’m not sure how I stumbled upon this book. I remember seeing the name on Facebook here and there but with all the books I have on my TBR list, it didn’t catch my immediate attention. Not sure why I ended up buying it and reading it but I AM SO GLAD I DID!!!!! I don’t say this lightly but this is the BEST series I have read in a long time! Easily, in my “All Time Favorites” category! I’ve had to take a few days to digest the story and I’m still reeling from it! Since I couldn’t put the series down long enough to write reviews in-between, I’ve decided to write a review on the entire series instead.
As I began reading the first book, Consequences, I figured it would be a typical “millionaire bachelor with a f**ked up view of the world who falls in love with an unsuspecting submissive woman” type of book. I read the synopsis so I figured there would be a little CJ Roberts-esque darkness in it as well. Oh, how I was wrong! I was floored at all the twists and turns this story took! It was literally like a train wreck I couldn’t look away from. The further I got into the story, the more it unfolded and the further from a romance it got. My hatred for the main male character, Anthony Rawlings grew and grew. Yet, I was still rooting for him… Not sure how that happened so kudos, Aleatha for being able to write a character so well that you have to hate him but want to love him at the same time. Seriously, there was not one redeeming quality about this man and when it looked like there was a chance for him being somewhat of a decent guy, he did something to bring me right back to disliking him. The main female character, Claire, was also so complex. I wanted to see her as weak (which many may see her as) but instead I saw her unyielding strength and ability to survive that far surpassed any weakness she may have had.
I was maybe a third of the way into the book when I decided this was not a romance at all and would classify it as a suspense/thriller/mystery but as a hopeless romantic, I was secretly hoping for it to turn directions so I kept on reading. What I got was an intricately webbed story full of deception, revenge, excitement, endurance, and… love? Still wasn’t too sure about that one. The story was beautifully written and was so unpredictable I couldn’t put it down! I have never had as many “what the f**k” moments as I had in this series! As soon as I thought I had figured something out, I was thrown off guard again and headed in a different direction. This continued throughout all three books! I do need to say that the romance I was looking for did come and continued through all three books but it wasn’t quite what I expected either. I realized the only thing better than one book boyfriend is multiple book boyfriends! I had my favorite but I can honestly say I was torn for awhile. Even toward the very end when I thought everything was getting wrapped up, Aleatha threw another twist into the story making my head swim and my heart hurt! I absolutely love a book that makes you question what is right or wrong, pushes boundaries, and makes you ask yourself, what would you do if you were in that situation? This entire series did that for me! I highly recommend putting this series at the top of your TBR list now! In fact, just go buy them and begin immediately! (Links are below) If you like books that keep you on your toes and tells a great story, I can’t imagine how you won’t LOVE the Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig! It is by far a 5 out of 5 champagne glass series! Well done, Aleatha!
Book #1 of the Bestselling Consequences Series:
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?
Book #2 of the Bestselling Consequences Series:
***May contain spoilers if you haven’t read Book 1- Consequences***
Claire Nichols endured the CONSEQUENCES of Anthony Rawlings’ vendetta.
When she first arrived to his home, her goal was survival. Through strength and compartmentalization Claire captivated her captor. Her resilience in the face of his rule threatened Anthony’s well developed plan. He thought he taught her to behave—but domination became desire and Claire taught Tony to love.
Their passion and adoration in a world of opulence appeared perfect, yet the reality was a roller coaster of emotion. Claire’s world teetered on the edge of sanity as Antony monitored her every move. When given the opportunity to flee, Claire drove away—a fateful decision which began a well laid plan.
Unbeknownst to either of them, there were others who saw past the perfect facade of Anthony Rawlings. There were others who saw the TRUTH. Conspiracy and unfulfilled promises result in an early prison release for Claire. Not just a release—a pardon. According to the law, her crime never happened!
Will it be that easy? Faced with freedom from her past—can Claire seize it? Can she build a new life, mend her broken spirit, become the woman she once was, and seek her own revenge? Or is it all a game? And does the game master have different plans?
How does Sophia Burke fit into the puzzle that is Tony and Claire? Will her presence affect the future of this well esteemed man? Can he dominate twice? Is that his goal?
TRUTH continues the tumultuous saga of CONSEQUENCES, introduces new players, and uncovers more intrigue. Aleatha Romig skillfully weaves past transgressions through current deception to create a fervent world of obsessed desire. In this reality can an all-consuming relationship survive?
When buried sins are discovered they threaten not only Tony and Claire’s future—but their very lives! Will the TRUTH be revealed in time?
Book #3 of the Consequences Series—
***May contain spoilers if you haven’t read Book 1 – Consequences and Book 2 – Truth ***
There were still lessons to learn and consequences for the truth!
When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future. Over time, the role of teacher changed—games became reality—and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history, Claire and Tony found their way back to one another.
Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposed the truth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled…
At one time, Claire was held captive in an opulent mansion—then her incarceration was a cell inside a state penitentiary. Was her new prison—a tropical island—truly less lonely? Perhaps that was the game master’s plan, all along?
Who will save Claire from her oldest nightmare and her newest reality? Will it be Tony? Can he forgive her for leaving him—again? Harry? Will he utilize previously unknown connections to save the woman who infiltrates his thoughts? Maybe Phil? Will his devotion in keeping Claire and her child safe be rewarded?
As the cards are played—sins of the past, innocent victims, and truths are revealed. With compartmentalization no longer an option, is the reality too much? Could there be an even worse isolation?
With the game master dealing from a stacked deck, can this new high-stakes game possibly be won?
When it’s all over and their cards are on the table—SOME will discover their bets were too high—they have nothing left to lose—ALL will learn the crucial lesson—the most important rule—with the TRUTH comes CONSEQUENCES!
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