Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Consequences by Aleatha Romig ~ Blog Tour

Consequences by Aleatha Roming
Review, Teaser & Giveaway 


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.

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“For the sake of clarity, since that seemed to be a problem in the past, you are aware that your indebtedness to me can only be determined paid by me?”
Claire swallowed. This is what she anticipated, smiling she nodded, yes.
His voice, strong and authoritative, “I prefer verbal confirmation.”
 “I am aware that you are the only one who can decide when my debt is paid in full.” The calmness of her voice surprised even Claire. She said a silent prayer that he wouldn’t notice her hands balled into fists with her nails biting into her own palms. If she concentrated, she could remember to relax her hands. But at this moment, her concentration was needed elsewhere.
“You are also aware that your duties require you to be available to me whenever, wherever, and however I demand?” His dark eyes never faltered, staring directly at her, yet his body language looked relaxed, arrogant. He was definitely a man willing to push Claire to the brink. It was like watching a poker game, pushing the odds. Would there be a payoff? Or would someone blink?
“I am aware.”
“You’re aware that you must at all times obey my rules?” Anthony’s eyes penetrated.
“I’m aware that I must do as I’m told.” The words hurt her throat but sounded easily spoken. She was not going to let him fluster her. And damn, she didn’t need that skin on her palms anyway. Her smile remained steady and undaunted.
Anthony remained silent for an extended period of time, watching Claire. Finally, he spoke, “Very well.” He stood. Claire expected some kind of directive. Instead, he walked toward the door.
“Wait.” She proclaimed. He turned to look at her, displaying astonishment at her command. She immediately realized her words overstepped her bounds, but she couldn’t go on locked alone in the suite. Her tone softened. “I’m sorry, but may I leave this suite?”
“As long as we are certain on the terms of our agreement and you follow the rules and orders given, I see no problem with you roaming the house.” He reached for the door handle. “It is rather large. I’ll be working from home tomorrow. Your services will be utilized then, so be prepared for my call. When I have a chance, I’ll give you a tour of the house and define your limitations. I think it is best that you do not roam tonight. I don’t want you getting lost.” She heard the beep as he grabbed the lever.
“Anthony? I don’t have any...duties tonight?” Her voice began to fail her. She sounded less like the strong, lighthearted woman she desperately tried to project and more like a child.
“I have recently arrived from a series of meetings in Europe and am quite tired. I’m glad to know we have a mutual understanding. Good night, Claire.”
“Good night, Anthony.”

Nikki & Janessa's Review:

5+++++ Stars!!!

Where do we even begin? The web Ms. Romig weaves is complex, raw, gritty, and mind-blowingly awesome! From start to finish we could not put it down! We had no idea how it was going to end! There were quite a few times we had to stop reading to try and wrap our minds around some kind of information and try to piece some of the pieces to the puzzle together. This is pretty much what we looked like:
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We tried and tried to figure out what was going on, but alas, just when we thought we had everything figured out BAM something else was thrown in! We found ourselves asking this a lot:

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Claire Nichols is one of the strongest heroine's we've had the pleasure of reading about. Her life as she knew it is gone. When most women would probably fall apart, Claire decides she is going to survive. No matter what it takes. Her determination to make it through her struggles with not only Tony but her solitude and loneliness proves what a solid character she is.

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Enter Anthony Rawlings:

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Tony is one of the most complicated, thrilling, scary, sweet, confusing characters we've ever met! We have never had such an intense love/hate relationship with a fictional character in our lives!!
Sometimes Tony made us want to do this:

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Other times he made us want to do this:

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See what we mean? We still are not sure whether we love him or hate him but we are completely enamored by him.  
There were so many moments that left us speechless. We cant even put into words. It went a little something like this:

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And the sex scenes we thought were done perfectly. They had just the right amount of steam and intensity. There were times where you lust for Tony and want nothing more for them to be together,

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and other times you want her to get the hell out of there!

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When we reached the end of the book and realized it was a cliffhanger, we were like:

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Suffice to say, we did not want it to end. We immediately had to have Truth! 
So if you haven't yet purchased Consequences then do so NOW and while your at it pick up Truth because trust me when we say that you will NEED to know what happens next! If you have Consequences already but haven't read it yet, then what are you waiting for?! Open it up and devour it! It left us with the biggest book hangover we have ever had!! We couldn't even sleep because we were still trying to figure out the enigma that is Anthony Rawlings. 
This was us days after finishing Consequences:

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After pulling ourselves together and gathering our thoughts, this was pretty much our reaction:

BRAVO! Ms. Romig! Consequences easily became one of our all-time favorite books!

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We HIGHLY recommend this book, this series, and this author!!

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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