If you haven’t read Consequences by Aleatha Romig yet, then you are in for a ride! You should definitely go get it now!
Synopsis: 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?
REVIEW: ** spoiler alert ** I finished this book a couple days ago, but Consequences is one of those books that you have to seriously think about how you’re going to write a review for it. I’m still a little shell-shocked by all of the events of this book. And I don’t know if I can quite keep spoilers out of this review. So please read at your own risk. You have been warned!
The main character is Claire Nichols. She used to work as a meteorologist at a news station until it was bought out and she was laid off. Now she’s a bartender at The Red Wing. Anthony Rawlings happens to be in town on business and stops in to have a drink. He see’s Claire and the wheels start turning. He talks her into having dinner with him after her shift one day and after a few drinks and laughs somehow she’s signed her name on a napkin and so has Anthony. In the midst of all this apparently it is a business deal between them. The next thing she knows she wakes up in a strange bedroom. It’s not her own and she’s never been there. From there on things just get worse. Anthony believes that they have a business agreement and she is to do whatever pleases him. In return he has paid off her $215,000 worth of debt. He makes sure to let her know that he has full control and he will take whatever he wants from her. She is powerless. He holds all the cards. Her door has a lock on it and the only time it opens is when staff bring in food (which she’s conveniently in the shower/bathroom or closet when that happens) or when Anthony decides to waltz in unannounced and take what he wants. He expects complete obedience. Claire soon realizes that life is easier and simpler when she obeys him. She rationalizes with herself and decides to start “compartmentalizing” her life. She neatly tucks away all the bad things into the corner of her mind and tries to think of the positives. She knows if she doesn’t do that, then life will cease to hold any meaning for her and death would be a welcomed thing.
This is where I think Stockholm syndrome has taken root. After a while and a lot of compartmentalizing she begins to fall in love with the softer side of Anthony Rawlings. He starts to give her more freedom. She’s allowed outside of her room. And eventually is allowed outside of the house as long as she doesn’t go off of the property and she’s able to return to her suite at a certain time so that she is available for Anthony. There is a lot of psychological information to take into account with this book and I believe Aleatha did an amazing job of portraying these two characters. I don’t think I’m going to talk any further about what happens in the book because I’ve already said too much, but as things progress I get to a point in the book where I’m wondering why it feels like things are dragging out. I wanted the author to get to the point, but then I realize she was setting everything up to just blow your mind! The last 10% of the book on my Kindle took my breath away. It brought out a lot of red, nasty, angry emotions towards Anthony Rawlings and I was completely side swiped by this experience. I had not expected it. And then you start to realize all of the back story and plotting that went into everything that Anthony did. It was all very calculated and precise. He planned for everything! It’s like that AT&T commercial when the little girl says “What about infinity times infinity?” and the guy at the table makes the motion that his mind is blown with the sound effect. Yup. That’s me after I finished this book. MIND. HAS. BEEN. BLOWN! *faints*