Consequences by Aleatha Romig
Series: Consequences #1
Published by Xlibris Corporation on August 5, 2011
Genres: Abuse, BDSM, Contemporary, Dark, Erotica, Romance, Sociology, Thriller
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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.
This story was so hard to read. It’s categorized under Erotica and Romance. Somehow though it’s not really either. I did not get that warm fuzzy feeling like you do in a typical romance nor did I fan myself during the sex scenes. This book is dark and disturbing. Did I say dark? Because it’s so very dark. This book is a psychological thriller at it’s best. It takes you on a journey that will leave you scratching your head and wondering what the hell you just read.
This book was written to disturb you. To shake your foundation. To make you question what you think you know about society and our ability to manipulate another human being to be what we want. It’s a novel you will love or hate or love to hate much like the main character Tony. Tony the villain. Tony the mastermind. Tony the magnetic. Tony the monster.
The other main character is Claire. She doesn’t necessarily behave like you would expect in the beginning. I definitely didn’t understand her logic. But given the situation she was in I can’t say I would have done anything different. Who is to say how our minds will handle those events. My hope is that as the story progresses we see a stronger Claire. A resilient Claire. A Claire that can and will overcome.
Claire used the technique of compartmentalizing in order to get through her horrific ordeal. Interestingly enough I found myself doing the same. As Claire struggles with her feelings towards her captor Tony, I did too. When she hated him, so did I. When she loved him, so did I.
The ending of Consequences was not at all what I expected. Every action has a consequence. That’s all I could think about for days after reading this book.
I highly recommend this book. If you choose to take this journey please leave all preconceived notions at the door.