Behind His Eyes - Consequences
by Aleatha Romig
January 14, 2014
This companion was written to explore the thoughts and motivations of Anthony Rawlings, the man behind the consequences. It was not intended as a total rewrite of Consequences, but meant to enhance the reader’s understanding. BHE-Consequences contains significant scenes from the novel Consequences, as experienced from Anthony’s point of view. It also contains never before read, behind the scenes information, as well as, a glossary of the characters and a timeline devoted to the events within Consequences.
BEHIND HIS EYES - CONSEQUENCES is a dark journey into the mind of the man who believes that he controls everything and controls nothing. Because there is more to learn about a man who:
Once upon a time, signed a napkin that he knew was a contract. As an esteemed businessman, he forgot one very important rule—he forgot to read the fine print. It wasn’t an acquisition to own another person as he’d previously assumed. It was an agreement to acquire a soul.It was a long and painful acquisition—especially from Behind His Eyes!
—Aleatha Romig CONVICTED
Rating: ★★★★½ - Amazing
My review of Convicted, the 3rd book in the Consequences Series can be found HERE.
This book is a reading companion therefore expect possible spoilers for the Consequences Series.
I, along with a lot of other readers, HATED Tony in Consequences. I know most of them changed their minds about him in Truth and even though I felt bad for him by the end of it, I still couldn't forgive him for what he's done to Claire. I was so upset when Claire went back to him because I didn't believe that he's changed. I also couldn't accept the fact that he's never going to pay for his sins. Just because Claire's forgiven and accepted him again, doesn't mean he could just get away with what he did scot free!
But I finally made peace with Tony in Convicted. Through his POV I've seen guilt and regret for what he has done. He was also willing to pay for his crimes and I've seen how he has finally accepted Claire as his equal, not just a puppet he was bent on destroying.
After reading Behind His Eyes - Consequence, I am now back to hating Tony. I can't decide if I want to torture him by kicking him continuously in the balls or by cutting them off so I can feed it to my sister's cat. I realized that I only enjoy revenge stories when the person is actually guilty. Claire was innocent and her only fault is her bloodline--something she has no control over. That didn't matter to Tony though because in his (and Catherine's) screwed up mind she, along with the others, deserve to suffer for the actions of their grandfathers'. Actions, I might add, that they did because they were only doing their job. So really, this all started because of one man's delusion that these people, who are beneath him, have no right to bring him down and they, as well as their heirs, therefore shall pay.
I don't really like reading about the same story again even if its from a different POV. BHE - Consequences is different though. I like that it only highlights important events that happened in Consequences and I must say, reliving those moments again, but this time through Tony's eyes, was extremely difficult. He was fucking evil, no doubt about it. In here I saw how truly close to being psychotic he was. Like his grandfather, he thought because he had money and power he can manipulate everything and anyone. He was also a man obsessed. In his psychotic, delusional mind he believed that he had the right to do whatever he wanted with Claire...and he did. He has kidnapped and physically, sexually and mentally abused her all the while thinking she deserved it because she had to pay a debt. And because he didn't want to let her go, he's somehow convinced himself that what he's actually doing is for the betterment of Claire, that he's only making a better version of his obsession.
"Months ago, he's taken a strong woman and refined her. Tony supposed it was like the process with gold, where excessive heat removed impurities. In his process, he'd taken Claire into the fire and come away with the perfect companion - wife? Without planning to do so, he and Catherine had created the perfect Mrs. Rawlings."
What. A. Load. Of. Crock. Rot in hell, Tony, rot in hell.
So yeah, this book made me really, really angry, but in a very good way. It's like all my feelings in Consequences got multiplied ten times and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. I appreciate that Ms. Romig didn't romanticize Tony's POV because it wouldn't be believable if it is. Simply put, Tony was a bad man and I've accepted that of him. Reading BHE - Consequences only solidified the fact that I did have the right to hate him in Consequences because it was only Claire that changed him for the better. Without her, he would probably end up as psychotic and mentally unstable as Catherine. Claire's growth and inner strength in Truth made Tony what we know of him now. That's why I cannot wait for BHE - Truth. Tony was redeemed for me in Convicted, but I'm really excited to read the turning point of his character in BHE - Truth because I still didn't trust him then. I want to experience, through his eyes, when he realized that he actually wants and love the real Claire, not the puppet he believed he refined.
Behind His Eyes - Consequences is a must read if you are a fan of Tony and Claire's relationship. It is definitely a great addition to the Consequences Series. I am now impatiently waiting for both Behind His Eyes - Truth and Behind His Eyes - Convicted. March cannot come fast enough!
An advance readers copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
The Consequences Series
Is this just a rewrite of Consequences from Tony’s POV?
No. BEHIND HIS EYES CONSEQUENCES is NOT a rewrite. It is a “reading companion”. I went through CONSEQUENCES and with the help of my betas; we decided upon significant scenes that if told from Tony’s POV would enlighten readers. I also added “behind the scenes” scenes to again enlighten readers.
CONSEQUENCES was told mostly from Claire’s POV. Therefore, conversations and things happened outside of her observation. This companion allows readers to witness some of these scenes.
Was it difficult to write Tony’s POV?
It was! I tried to start this book multiple times. Each time I’d get so mad at him that I’d have to stop writing. (Don’t let that scare you) My anger was directed at his indifference more than his behavior. Then, one day I realized my problem. It was Claire. She’d lived in my head for almost three years. I knew what she experienced and how she felt. I couldn’t be Tony with Claire there. Once I realized that and evicted Claire (no exorcism was necessary—lol) I let Tony take over. From what I’ve heard...it was effective. You’ll have to let me know.
Tell us more about BEHIND HIS EYES - TRUTH and BEHIND HIS EYES - CONVICTED.
I am currently working on BEHIND HIS EYES - TRUTH. It will be similar to BHE CONSEQUENCES since we weren’t privileged enough to have very much of Tony’s POV in TRUTH. It begins where TRUTH begins, with Claire’s unorthodoxed release from prison.
BEHIND HIS EYES - CONVICTED will be different. Readers are given more of Tony’s POV in CONVICTED. I didn’t want to rehash what readers already knew. Therefore, BEHIND HIS EYES - CONVICTED will be “The Missing Years.” It will begin at a tragic event that happens in CONVICTED and give the readers an insight into the two years that are only alluded to in CONVICTED. I haven’t started writing that one yet, but I’m very excited. It will be more of a standalone story. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense if you hadn’t read the series.
What are your plans after you release all of the BEHIND HIS EYES reading companions?
I want to write a new series. I don’t know for sure if it will be two books or more. I want to develop a relationship with new characters and create new twists and turns. I have some notes and some ideas, but I’ll be honest, Anthony Rawlings is not an easy character to let go. However, I believe it is time.
I’ve been asked if I’ll ever write more about them. My answer is “I don’t know.” I can’t say NEVER, but I believe it is time to move on.
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, who has been voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads, July 2012 - Present!
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 seven 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 heroes/ anti-heroes 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. Then in October of 2012, Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012, and CONVICTED, the final installment of the Consequences Series, was released October 8, 2013! She is now releasing the CONSEQUENCES READING COMPANIONS: BEHIND HIS EYES – A trilogy of companions, from Anthony Rawlings’ POV.
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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