Saturday, May 10, 2014

Consequences by Aleatha Romig: Series Review & E-book Giveaway

Consequences (Consequences #1) 

Blurb:

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?


Review by Michelle:

It's the classic story, boy stalks girl, girl meets boy, boy kidnaps girl, boy falls in love with girl, girl gets completely screwed over. Ok so its not your classic story in the least but what a story it is! Claire is an intelligent, social, fun-loving girl who finds herself locked away by an overbearing, controlling, sometimes brutal billionaire who teaches Claire that for every action there is a consequence. This man, Tony, finds himself falling for Claire as he begins to admire her strength, tenacity, perseverance, acceptance and forgiveness. Despite all this Tony still feels compelled to teach Claire the ultimate lesson that sometimes there are consequences even when the actions were those of others.

This book was great and the twists and turns taken throughout were shocking, entertaining, and suspenseful. I did find some parts of the book to be a little too detailed and slow. I felt like there were definitely situations and actions that took up pages at a time that weren't necessarily needed or had much consequence (consequence, you like that?) to the rest of the story so I found myself skimming at times to get the goods, but the substance of the book was SO GOOD I couldn't not give it 5 Stars.

Overall, I really did love this book. I loved the transition in Claire from the beginning to the end. She really did learn a lot from the situation and blossomed becoming a strong and independent woman determined not to let anything keep her down or hold her back from what she now wants. I loved Tony, or maybe I should say the idea of Tony, who can be the perfect villain and the perfect gentlemen within the span of just a few paragraphs. And I LOVE when an author can make you feel something or actually like characters even if only on occasion that are reprehensible.

If you are looking for a darker read with an unexpected ending AND a cliffhanger, this book definitely delivers. Loved it!

Rating: 5 Stars

Truth (Consequences #2) 

Blurb:

Book #2 of the Consequences Series:

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?



Review by Michelle:

What a great book! Even better than Consequences, this second book in the series had it all, romance, suspense, humor, drama, love and lust.

I loved how Claire was a different, stronger, more confident version in this book. She believed in herself, she had hope for the future, and she was determined to not just be independent, but to ensure independence for herself by outmaneuvering Tony at his own game.

I loved the recurrent theme of both loving and hating someone. I think everyone experiences this in their daily lives to one extent or another and it really made Claire's thoughts and feelings for Tony realistic and gave insight into their complicated relationship.

"I think its true. Love and hate are very close emotions, both intense and consuming."

It seems hard to grasp how Tony could at times become the "hero" in Consequences and throughout both books I found myself rooting for their relationship and then asking myself, why, did I forget all that happened in the beginning? Claire goes a long way in helping herself as well as the reader in rationalizing those feelings.

"I know it doesn't make sense. Its just that when he was good, he could be so good. When he wasn't..."

I loved the glimpses into Tony's mind in this book both of the present and of things that transpired in the previous book.

I loved that Claire was able to teach Tony a thing or two namely what it feels like to love and be loved by someone that is not dominated by you or under duress.

I loved how the balance of power often shifted away from Tony in this book and how sometimes that power was Claire's and most interestingly how sometimes that power belonged to neither of them.

"He felt his power slipping through his fingers Nevertheless, as her eyes opened and Tony watched the shimmering emerald irises glow and her lips form a smile, he no longer cared."

My favorite thing about this book is the complicated, thoroughly engaging, and interconnected concurrent storylines. Aletha Romig packs three separate yet connected stories into this one book which makes for an extremely intricate, intelligent, and impressive book with lots of twists and turns, tons of surprises, and plenty of suspense. This book is entertaining, interesting, and exciting.

Rating: 5 Stars

Convicted (Consequences #3)

Blurb:

You must stick to your CONVICTION, but be ready to abandon your assumptions - Denis Waitley

Book #3 of the Consequences Series—

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—there are CONSEQUENCES for the TRUTH!

Aleatha Romig’s CONVICTED!




Review by Michelle:

One word...Brilliant! From the beginning of the first chapter that had me saying Oh My God! No Way! and WHAT?!? I was hooked. As soon as I finished that first fateful chapter my reaction changed from shock to awe. I was so impressed with the direction of the book I couldn't help but think, Well played Ms. Romig, well played.

I sat down with Convicted thinking I would get a good start on it with a solid hour or so of reading, but that is not how this book works. I was so sucked in I lost valuable sleep, skipped meals, and snuck five or ten minute reading sessions wherever I could. I could not put this book down and when I was forced to I could not get it out of my head.

There isn't much that can be said about this book without giving something away, it is so packed full of surprises. What I can say is that even if something works out the way you want it to or the way that you think that it should it is still so full of twists and turns that it is anything but predictable. Even some characters that we have come to know and love from the previous books have shocking secrets. And don't even get me started of the conviction that I never saw coming!!

This book is smart, intriguing, captivating and just plain incredible. I would absolutely recommend this series to everyone I know.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Author Bio:

Aleatha Romig voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads, July 2012 through now! She is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writer's of America.

She has lived most of her life in Indiana, growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. She works days as a dental hygienist and enjoys spending her nights writing. She also likes to spend time with her family, friends and patients. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and writing.

Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world. CONSEQUENCES, her first novel was released in August 2011 and has sold over 20,000 copies. TRUTH, the sequel was released October 2012 and has surpassed 10,000 copies in less than 3 months!

Aleatha originally published through self publisher Xlibris a subsidiarity of Author's Solution/ Penguin Publishing. In October of 2012 she re-published on her own, a true Indie Author. Later that month she published Truth through Romig Works. Aleatha is happy to be represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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20 comments:

  1. Not yet! I have the first one though waiting to start it!

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  2. I hear so much about them, but I have not read them yet.

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  3. they are on my tbr but havent read yet

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  4. Not yet. But I've heard great things

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  5. I haven't read anything from this series yet, but they are on my TBR.

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  6. No, I havn't read any of Aleatha Romig's books...yet. They sound amazing :) Thank you for putting her on the radar!

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  7. I own them, but have not read them yet! I like to wait until I have the full series...

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  8. Yes! I love it. It's my favorite series out of all the indie authors.

    Damaris

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  9. Yes only Consequences so far - trying to pluck up courage for the rest!

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  10. I have not read any yet. I cant wait.

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  11. So far, I have only read the first book. Now, I've heard things and I'm having trouble believing I'm going to eventually like this guy. lol

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  12. I haven't read any yet but I have heard they are very good books!!

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  13. I haven't yet, but am looking forward to. Thank you for this giveawau

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  14. I have read the first 3, and I'm soooo ready to read the BHE's!!! I can't say how much I love this series!! Aleatha is a genius!!

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  15. Thanks for the giveaway. I haven't read any yet but plan to

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  16. no i have not had a chance to read any of the books yet.

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  17. I haven't yet but my GF all rave about it!

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