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.
Note to Self: Never sign a cocktail napkin. Ever.
This story begins in your face with a beaten Claire Nichols waking up in a strange room in the home of a strange man. How did she get there?
Claire, an out of work meteorologist, pays her bills by bartending at a local restaurant. One night she meets a handsome, mysterious man who coaxes her into having a drink with him.
As Claire is forced to stay with Anthony until her debt is paid, their relationship continues to evolve and change constantly, in such ways that pull the reader in such conflicting directions that you can't possibly know which way to go.
This book took me on one crazy rollercoaster of a ride. I found myself feeling a myriad of emotions ranging from horror, absolute anger, frustration, shock, and disgust, to hesitant pleasure and utter confliction about the happiness I was feeling.
It's seriously hard to form the words to actually say that I liked this book, but in all reality, I absolutely loved it. Ms. Romig does an incredible job weaving a twisted tale that keeps the readers of their toes while questioning everything. I went from a broken heart, to my heart being fully healed only for it to be broken, torn out, and stomped on again. I was an emotional mess reading this!
Claire- My heart utterly broke for her as she endured the emotional and physical abuses that Anthony inflicted upon her. Her strength and determination not to be broken made her an admirable character. At the same time, her ranging emotions for Tony became frustrating, but I can't blame her because I was feeling the same things!
I cannot put into words how I feel about Anthony Rawlings at the end of Consequences. One one hand I feel intense loathing for him, but on the other hand, I truly believe he cares for Claire and has a dark, hidden past that has made him this way. He's as cold, calculating, and cruel as he is caring, charming, and loving. This makes the mindgame so much harder because Claire, and the reader, never knows which Tony she's going to get.
This book was dark, twisted, and it blew me away. It was psychologically gripping, thrilling, and I cannot wait to see how this series plays out!
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.