Author: Aleatha Romig
First Published: 2011
Page Count: 567
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Note: Book 1 of the Consequences series
It shocks you in the beginning, meanders in the middle, and blows your mind by the end.
*Jaw Dropping Ending *Interesting Story Concept
*Dull Middle *Infuriating Main Characters
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Claire Nichols’ life is altered forever the night she meets handsome tycoon Anthony Rawlings while working her bartending shift. She wakes up in an unknown place full of fear and confusion as to how she ended up there. There is no means of escape and her only chance at freedom is to follow the rules of a man she’s only known a couple of hours. Will Claire be able to play Rawlings sick game or will she become prey to the millionaire’s hidden agenda?
The story of this book was very interesting to say the least. It’s very sexual in nature but don’t be fooled into thinking this is another Fifty Shades of Grey. The descriptions are merely suggestive about what is occurring but these scenes are not meant to inspire lust or desire….unless you’re a basket case. The book is extremely dark with a lot of physical abuse that can almost be too much to handle in its intensity and consistency. Claire’s circumstances are so shocking that the reader can’t help but be lured in. And just when the abuse is nearly too much for the innocent bystander of a reader to take, the author throws two huge curve balls in the end that tie the whole book together. You start to get suspicious about certain aspects of the book in the middle but there is no way I could’ve put it all together the way the author lays it out. If possible, it gives a purpose to the torture we endure alongside Claire through the entirety of the novel.
Once the dominos fall at the end and we see the entire picture, maybe parts of the middle that I thought unnecessary and dull did have meaning. Even so, the middle of the book, at least a good two hundred plus pages, felt like a complete drag on the story compared to the suspenseful, mysterious beginning. A lot of that is due to how annoying Anthony and Claire are as main characters. From the beginning we know Anthony is a sicko, but does he have to be such a complete sadistic jerk? Well, now that I’ve read the ending I understanding that the answer is yes, but while reading you just full on want someone to slug him right in his perfectly chiseled face. But that is nothing compared to Claire. One could argue in the book that she is under the influence of Stockholm Syndrome which is why even though at every turn when she could have easily escaped, she didn’t. Part of me just can’t accept that. He does awful things to her and her anger feels tangible, and yet the dummy doesn’t cut and run! She would waver back and forth between “he is so controlling; I just want to have the freedom to use the internet” to “oh he loves me! We’re going on vacation to a tropical island!” It begins to get a little unbelievable just based on the childish, suffocating abuse she endures constantly.
Before I reached the thrilling conclusion I was prepared not to recommend this book. The beginning was interesting but it was getting repetitive with the violence and I thought Claire was pretty much going to die before attempting to make even the smallest attempt at freeing herself. She seemed too deeply under Anthony’s manipulative thumb and I didn’t see the story going anywhere. Well I was definitely wrong on that last point! For the ending alone and what promises to be an interesting series now that I see where it could be going, I’d say check this one out if you can handle the dark plot.