Consequences (Consequences, #1)
by Aleatha Romig
This is a tough book to review because the subject matter is truly disturbing. That being said, I could not put it down. I've read a lot of anti-hero books... this book was definitely one of them. And although I can usually find a way to connect on some level with a redeeming quality in an anti-hero, I have to be honest, I just couldn't ever imagine connecting with this guy! Still, the book is very well written, and I had to see how the author would bring the story to a full circle. Well, that didn't happen. But what did happen was one wild roller coaster ride! The story takes you up, down, and in every direction! I felt angry, disgusted, sentimental, sad, and a whole spectrum of emotions. So, what is it about?
Claire Nichols is mostly alone in the world. As a bartender, she has an enormous debt that she has hardly touched. She meets a mysterious, gorgeous, yet intense older man named Anthony Rawlings. She agrees to dinner, and ends up in his bed. And in the course of the evening, a contract is made on a cocktail napkin that changes the course of her life forever. Little does she know, it is all part of his plan... a well-developed, complicated, and deep-seated plan, based on even more complicated circumstances.
Claire is taken to an opulent home in Iowa, where the roller coaster ride begins! She is a master at compartmentalization, which keeps her sane and alive, as Anthony dictates and monitors her every move. Anthony's plans are ultimately threatened by Claire's strength and resilience. But while they appear to be a golden couple to the outside world, every day for Claire is a walk on the razor's edge.
There were many times I wanted to throw my kindle across the room! But I could not put it down, and felt a bit guilty for loving it! Although it is a love story, it is mostly twisted and dark, and not for everyone. I was shocked by the cliffhanger ending. I've never read a story quite like it!
Reviewed by Kelli