on August 3rd, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Every action has consequences.
Waking in an unfamiliar bedroom in a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols is terrified to discover that a chance encounter led her into the cruel hands of her abductor, Anthony Rawlings. Claire has no understanding of why she's there, but it's been made abundantly clear--she is now his acquisition and every action has consequences.
Learn the rules to survive.
Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive her new reality--every aspect of her livelihood depends upon the tall, dark-eyed tycoon who is a true master of deception. Driven by unknown demons, he has no tolerance for imperfection, in any aspect of his life, including his recent acquisition. Anthony may appear to the world as a handsome, benevolent businessman, but in reality Claire knows firsthand that he's a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as you're told, public failure is not an option, and appearances are of the utmost importance.
Captivate the captor.
To fit together the pieces of the puzzle, Claire must follow his rules. Will her plan work, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire's beauty, resilience, and determination, changing the game forever? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?
Nobody ever did or ever will escape the consequences of his choices.--Alfred A. Montapert
Consequences was the perfect book for my #cleanoffyourkindle review this month, as it has literally been sitting on my Kindle for a couple years (I know, I have a horrible one-click addiction). I think I was a bit intimated to start this book because of the length and also because I heard that it was a complete mind f**k. Well, just to let you know ahead of time- yes it is a lengthy and at times very wordy book and YES it definitely can be categorized as a complete mind f**k! I should also add a warning that this book is DARK in content and might not be for everyone!
“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.”
This book is almost like a story within a story, within another story and author Aleatha Romig added so many twists and turns that I almost didn’t have it all figured out. Even though there are several flashback chapters (that honestly at times were confusing) and hints along the way, it is very likely you will still be wondering what the heck you just read when you finish this book. I think that is the beauty and brilliance of Aleatha’s writing.
Consequences tells the story of Claire Nichols, a naive and at times overly trusting young woman that finds herself abducted by the mysterious and dark Tony Rawlings. Not only does he make it very clear that actions have consequences, but she learns this the hard way when Tony’s many rules and demands lead her to live a completely different lifestyle then she had before. Tony plays with Claire’s emotions in so many ways and seems so evil, yet there is still a hint of something real and genuine behind his dark eyes.
“It’s not the circumstances that make a person a success. It is how that person responds to those circumstance.”
My feelings during this book were all over the place. I hated Tony for the way he treated Claire, but then at times I wanted to scream at Claire to just do what she was asked to do so that Tony wouldn’t give her any “consequences.” Claire appeared to be a weak character who easily bends and conforms to what Tony wants her to be. But then who wouldn’t when your mind is being played like hers was! I am still not sure how I feel about Tony. I mean he is evil and diabolical- no doubt. But, there were also hints of a loving, caring man; especially when his eyes were that shining, light brown color.
There were a few times I almost put this book down… I will be honest it is a daunting read. It’s not just the length, because I enjoy a long book, it was just so wordy and overly descriptive at times. But then it isn’t really a book you can skim either, because you need to absorb and remember all these little details so that you can put all the pieces of the puzzle together to figure out what the heck is going on.
This book will take me a bit to absorb and I will definitely be moving on to the next book in the series, I just might need an in-between read first to get my mind right.
“The worst thing you can do for love is deny it; so when you find that special someone, don’t let anyone or anything get in your way.”