October 8, 2013
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!
IntroductionFor those of you who are not familiar with the the series, the story revolves mostly around Claire Nichols and her relationship with Anthony Rawlings, the man who kidnapped and abused her for the sake of revenge. It is highly recommended to read the books in order, because this series is so rich with intrigue and deceit that spans generations, and the past is told throughout the first two books.
In Consequences, we saw how it all began. Claire woke up a prisoner in a strange room, with no idea how she got there. In the book, her relationship with Tony was Stockholm Syndrome at its finest. I seriously wanted to shake Claire so many times for believing herself to be in love with her captor, thus letting her multiple chances to escape slip by.
In Truth, Claire is finally a free woman and she is determined to uncover the truth of the past...but Tony is also determined to get Claire back. I was really disappointed when Claire went back to him willingly. I didn't trust Tony and I was sure he was still planning something sinister for Claire. Why would you want to go back to the man who caused you so much sorrow? Why Claire?
But at the end of Truth, I actually felt a little bad for Tony. He did a lot of horrible things that he should pay for but he shouldn't be blamed for something that he didn't do; same as when Claire was being wrongfully charged and convicted for Tony's attempted murder in Consequences. I understand Claire's decision to leave again but it's frustrating how she was manipulated by someone she trusted, yet again.
Rating: ★★★★ - Love It!
Theirs was a long complicated story with a monster and a knight. What made their story unique was that these two players were the same person.Reviewing a book like this one is tough. I would honestly be devastated if I ruined another reader's enjoyment because I gave the book's secrets away. This is better to uncover on your own, no matter how difficult and heartbreaking the journey. I decided to just focus on what I felt while reading the book rather than give out actual details... because seriously, this book is just brimming with revelations.
We can't rewrite history. If we could, our pen would probably run out of ink.Reading Convicted, I realized that this bid for vengeance could've been put to rest if Tony just let go of the past but I understand that with certain (evil) people by his side, fueling his anger for all those years, he really didn't stand a chance. It also got to me how looks can be so deceiving, a sweet and gentle face can mask the sickest minds and because of that, throughout the whole book, I did not trust anyone.
People that I liked and trusted in Consequences and Truth became the people with the biggest secrets to hide. I was suspicious of everyone's intentions for Claire, it didn't matter if they were family or a close friend, I was that paranoid. If I have to mention one character that seriously disappointed me, it was Harry. I was rooting for him and Claire to be together because he seemed to be the type of person Claire should be with after the horrors that she experienced, but even he had his reasons for trying to be close to her in the first place. It doesn't help that some actions he ended up doing in this book were just plain douchey.
I think this book is less of a mind f*uck than the first two books in the series but that doesn't mean that there are only a few secrets to unravel. With cards already on the table from the get-go and because there are two timelines to unravel, getting to the revelations is just as nail-biting. I have to admit, there were a few times that I actually had to stop reading and give myself a breather... not because I was bored (far from it), but because it was just too heartbreaking to go on knowing what would eventually happen.
I was satisfied with Tony's character development. I never really considered their relationship as romance because of how twisted it was, but in this book, I actually believed that what they felt for each other was love, and not some sort of dark, twisted obsession. From being the captor and the captive they finally became equals, their relationship finally finding that balance that they needed. Tony didn't feel like a ticking time bomb in here, whereas in the first two books I was always preparing myself, waiting for the time when he would snap and strike at anyone near and dear to Claire. Both finally found their own place in the relationship and I'm glad that although they let go of the past, they didn't try to forget it happened.
I know from my review it sounds that their relationship is blissfully headed to that nice HEA ending but I just have to remind everyone that there are still two timelines to uncover... and in the world created by Ms. Romig, we know that nothing is what it seems and happy ever after is just really hard to come by. Will they end up there? I'll leave you to find out for yourselves.
"Our lives are so fucked up!"
"You certainly do know how to sum it up!"
An ARC copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Consequences Series
About the Author
Aleatha 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 high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty six years, they've raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include exercising, reading and creating heros/ anti-heros who haunt your dreams!
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 August 2011 by Xlibris Publishing. October 2012 Ms. Romig rereleased CONSEQUENCES as an Indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012 and CONVICTED, the final installment of the Consequences Series, is scheduled for release in October of 2013!
Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.
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