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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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The following review contains SPOILERS

I finished this book a couple days ago, but Consequences is one of those books that you have to seriously think about how you’re going to write a review for it. I’m still a little shell-shocked by all of the events of this book. And I don’t know if I can quite keep spoilers out of this review. So please read at your own risk. You have been warned!
The main character is Claire Nichols. She used to work as a meteorologist at a news station until it was bought out and she was laid off. Now she’s a bartender at The Red Wing. Anthony Rawlings happens to be in town on business and stops in to have a drink. He see’s Claire and the wheels start turning. He talks her into having dinner with him after her shift one day and after a few drinks and laughs somehow she’s signed her name on a napkin and so has Anthony. In the midst of all this apparently it is a business deal between then. The next thing she knows she wakes up in a strange bedroom. It’s not her own and she’s never been there. From there on things just get worse. Anthony believes that they have a business agreement and she is to do whatever pleases him. In return he has paid off her $215,000 worth of debt. He makes sure to let her know that he has full control and he will take whatever he wants from her. She is powerless. He holds all the cards. Her door has a lock on it and the only time it opens is when staff bring in food (which she’s conveniently in the shower/bathroom or closet when that happens) or when Anthony decides to waltz in unannounced and take what he wants. He expects complete obedience. Claire soon realizes that life is easier and simpler when she obeys him. She rationalizes with herself and decides to start “compartmentalizing” her life. She neatly tucks away all the bad things into the corner of her mind and tries to think of the positives. She knows if she doesn’t do that, then life will cease to hold any meaning for her and death would be a welcomed thing.
This is where I think Stockholm syndrome has taken root. After a while and a lot of compartmentalizing she begins to fall in love with the softer side of Anthony Rawlings. He starts to give her more freedom. She’s allowed outside of her room. And eventually is allowed outside of the house as long as she doesn’t go off of the property and she’s able to return to her suite at a certain time so that she is available for Anthony. There is a lot of psychological information to take into account with this book and I believe Aleatha did an amazing job of portraying these two characters. I don’t think I’m going to talk any further about what happens in the book because I’ve already said too much, but as things progress I get to a point in the book where I’m wondering why it feels like things are dragging out. I wanted the author to get to the point, but then I realize she was setting everything up to just blow your mind! The last 10% of the book on my Kindle took my breath away. It brought out a lot of red, nasty, angry emotions towards Anthony Rawlings and I was completely side swiped by this experience. I had not expected it. And then you start to realize all of the back story and plotting that went into everythingthat Anthony did. It was all very calculated and precise. He planned for everything! It’s like that AT&T commercial when the little girl says “What about infinity times infinity?” and the guy at the table makes the motion that his mind is blown with the sound effect. Yup. That’s me after I finished this book. MIND. HAS. BEEN. BLOWN! *faints* 
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Claire floated in that place before consciousness. She had difficulty distinguishing reality from fantasy, unsure of what she was feeling. The epiphany came with the realization, she was –feeling. It had been so long since she felt anything. She felt warm, safe, and secure. Her mind tried to convince her it was a dream, but she remembered feeling that way before she fell asleep. She questioned herself, is this real? Her soft skin rolled on the silky sheets and felt radiating warmth. Hesitantly, she opened her eyes. Right in front of her, close enough to touch, was Tony’s firm broad chest. Again, the questions, is he really here? He usually left her bed before she woke. Why is he still here? Now as Claire rolled onto her back and saw the beautiful ornate ceiling she wondered, Where is here? This isn’t my room.

With a rich raspy tone, he greeted her, “Good morning, Claire.”

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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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