by Aleatha Romig


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LARGER PRINT Edition of BOOK #1 of the bestselling Consequences series:

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a suspenseful thriller about secrets and deception, passion and love, choices and consequences.

Every action has consequences.

Waking in an unfamiliar bedroom in a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols is terrified to discover that a chance encounter led her into the cruel hands of her abductor, Anthony Rawlings. Claire has no understanding of why she's there, but it's been made abundantly clear-she is now his acquisition and every action has consequences.

Learn the rules to survive.

Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive her new reality-every aspect of her livelihood depends upon the tall, dark-eyed tycoon who is a true master of deception. Driven by unknown demons, he has no tolerance for imperfection, in any aspect of his life, including his recent acquisition. Anthony may appear to the world as a handsome, benevolent businessman, but in reality Claire knows firsthand that he's a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as you're told, public failure is not an option, and appearances are of the utmost importance.

Captivate the captor.

To fit together the pieces of the puzzle, Claire must follow his rules. Will her plan work, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire's beauty, resilience, and determination, changing the game forever? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?

Nobody ever did or ever will escape the consequences of his choices.-Alfred A. Montapert

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615608860
Publisher: Romig Works
Publication date: 03/09/2012
Series: Consequences Series
Pages: 572
Sales rank: 199,330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

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 third in the series, was released October 8, 2013. Unexpectedly, the fourth book of the Consequences series came to life with REVEALED: The Missing Years. It is the fourth full-length novel in the series. It explores the gap in time in Convicted that was previously only mentioned as well as a complete character glossary and timeline. REVEALED was released in June of 2014.

Aleatha also wrote reading companions for the Consequences SeriAAes. BEHIND HIS EYES CONSEQUENCES (Book 1.5) and BEHIND HIS EYES TRUTH (Book 2.5) are currently available for those time and scenes when the readers asked, "What was he thinking?" These companions also contain never before behind the scenes scenes.

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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Consequences 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 285 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were few things that bothered me or maybe I should say disturb me, the mental and physical abuse that are part of the story. It is not for everyone to read but it is worth it and it will make you want to continue reading the sequel, Truth!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing absolutely amazing. This series is so different from all the other stories.... Can we just say "paging Dr. FLYNN "for Tony because this man needs a couch to lay on or a straight jacket. Im hooked and my mind is ready to embrace book two. TEAM CLAIRE !
RhondaB2 More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I expected! At first, I thought it was a simple story of a young woman overcoming obstacles, but as I started reading I realized it was so much more. At first, I didn't like the character of Tony and I thought Claire was weak, but as their story unfolded I realized Claire wasn't weak and I actually hated Tony. The story had twists and turns that couldn't be predicted by the reader and just when I thought I had it figured out...BAM, something unexpected happened. This is a great first novel by Aleatha Roming and I look forward to reading more of her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There were several times I wanted to quit reading simply because the subject matter is very controversial, but I'm glad I stuck to the end. I will be reading the next book. This book does contain rape and is overall very demeaning to women.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is this book considered a thriller? To me, it was a long story about a man who beats and controls a woman and her falling in love with him. I was looking for a romantic thriller, instead I got disturbing book about rape and control.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All I can say is Wow! This book passed all my expectations as I couldnt imagine some one I knew writing their first novel so I had to read it! It was excellent..brilliant and kept me guessing till the last page...or last word! A must read for anyone who loves thrillers...its gonna play with your mind. Very well written...cant wait for a sequel!
PaigePP More than 1 year ago
He spoke again as if he hadn’t just shattered his promise and her security. Her house of glass now lay in a pile of shards.” “Life is not what it's supposed to be. It's what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Consequences by Aleatha Romig is the first book in the Consequences series. I'm trying to write this review while its still fresh in mind after completing it just a few hours ago. Of course, I needed a little to mentally recover from this read. Aleatha Romig had me hooked from the beginning. This was a dark, thrilling adventure. I say adventure because it definitely took me through all the emotions, angry, disgusted, elated, sad, and bewildered. Clair Nichols is a young woman whom lost her dream job of being a meteorologist and finds herself down on her luck working as a bartender. She meets Anthony Rawlings, a successful charming businessman. To Anthony appearances are of the utmost importance. A signature on a napkin entangles Claire in an unfamiliar contract resulting in Claire waking up in her prison. Her prison consists of her suite in Anthony's mansion. Claire is given a lists of rules she must follow in order to escape her prison and public failure is not an option. In order to survive each day Claire has to put on her mask each day and compartmentalize her situation. Claire has few freedoms, but even more limitations involving no access to telephones or computers. Clair begins to captivate her captor, and unbeknownst may start to have feelings for this man. Or is Claire just playing her part a little too well? Claire quickly learns each action has consequences. "To say he was cruel would not explain what she endured. One could say demanding, aggressive,abrasive, controlling-but above all, brutal."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Consequences series is a great read. I am still enthralled with Claire and Tony. I hope Ms. Romig will be able to continue writing great stories. I would highly recommend this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridulously long with a heroine in which you quickly lose respect--along with an unlikely ending that appears only to serve the author's purpose to get the reader to buy the next book in the series--pathetic! Very dissatisfying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many twists and turns, it keeps you hooked from page 1! Aleatha Romig is one hell of an author with a wild imagination. Absolutely recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little worried at first with the story, but OMG I couldn't put it down! The end of the first book was an amazing cliff hanger and I am on the edge of my seat about to stary book two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay so I will be in the minority here. I did not give this book two stars because I am worried about women being dehumanized. This book was just flat out annoying do to the constant repetative slow chapters. The book dragged on and on. I skim through so much in the beginning do to it being so damn slow never missing a thing. Finally ended up going to chapter 40 to get to the point of the book and still skimmed. Finally the last two chapters getting to the meat of the book. So sad when a book has so much potential, but the author is forced to have so many words to create a book, therefore dragging a book out until it is beyond annoying. Now, after saying all that, the last two chapters hooked me. Now I need to know what happens. I hope the second book isntnas annoying.
NookluvrRM More than 1 year ago
When I first began this book I wasn't sure that I would like it because as a woman I have very strong opinions regarding kidnapping, rape, physical, and mental abuse.  I didn't think I would enjoy reading a dark book about these topics but this book totally sucked me in.  In the beginning I detested Tony and wanted to see him burn.  I didn't think he could possibly be redeemable because of the things he did to Claire.  As the book unfolded I found that at times I hated him, pitied him, even loved him. There was so many things in Tony's back story that came to light that explained Tony's thought processes.  Not that his past justified his actions but at times I felt that they were understandable to a certain extent.   This book managed to twist me into knots and I couldn't wait to read the second in the series. 
ReginaFalange777 More than 1 year ago
Tony I hate you but I love you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard to finish after a woman is raped then beaten almost to death. She still for some unknown reason loves her abuser. Wow *shaking my head* Don't get me wrong it was a good book up until the physical abuse. Then she's ok with it?... That totally ended it for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A zero if possible. How would this book been received if "Tony" had been unattractive, maybe foul smelling, and without financial means to keep his captive in luxury? Remember the 3 girls held captive in the disgusting person's basement...a very disturbing story...think about it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a horrible book that left me extremely upset! I couldn't even finish reading it! It is NOT about dominance and submission! It is about sexual, physical, and mental/emotional ABUSE! If you have ever been in an an abusive relationship (as I have) this is NOT the book to read! It drags up too many memories that I have spent years in therapy trying to get past! There needs to be a GIANT disclaimer for this book that says what it is truly about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book def. Did not belong in genre thriller or erotica as it is neither. Unfor. I bought three of the books and now slap myself because I won't read them. I learned a valuable lessdon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Relentlessly depressing and nasty. Not sexy, not romantic. Stomach-sickeningly brutal and ugly from start to finish. The only thing I felt for Claire was dread and sadness. Ended up flipping through the last half, hoping that SOMETHING would make me understand what the point was. Lost me after the inexcusably violent interval that I won't discuss further. And I even like edgy BDSM. Just yeccchh!
RoxanaRP More than 1 year ago
Seriously people, you have to read this book like... yesterday, but first thing first, don't go into it thinking that this is another Fifty Shades of Grey book, because it isn't, even though the description could fool you into thinking that you'll read about another Dom-innocent woman relationship. Oh, no! I didn't even thought when I first started this series that we'll have a HEA kind of ending! He is the mastermind of mind games, the man who simply HAS to have everything under control and who can't admit a weakness under no circumstances. He's like a piece of a very complicated puzzle who toys with your mind and makes you feel safe and well... not exactly happy, but good... very, very good... until BAAAM!! And you have a complete stranger in your arms, a dangerous one that he would do anything to make himself clear.... So, from the start of this story, we delve into the depths of  this story, we don't know exactly how she finds herself trapped with this cruel, cunning and perverse man. I HATED him with every fiber of my being, because he's not a hero. You know that I'm not the kind of girl who doesn't give everyone a chance, because I believe that everyone deserves a second chance and obviously he IS the main male character, but from the first moment until the ending he is a manipulative bastard. Oh, he has his moments where we see more from him, beneath the layers it seems the a damaged human being lives, but he's so full of defenses you simply have to dig very deep... In the start, I was sure that Claire must be crazy, because no human being could be so cruel and kidnapp a defenseless and innocent woman, even if it has happened everything with her  'consent' and even more so, now that she's his tot do everything he wants, he rapes her, abuse her body and mind without a remorse. But, somehow, in this world of deceipt where he is the master of deception and no one knows their truth, somehow they find a way to fall in love or at least in lust, but, like always, Tony's nature to control her ruinates destroys the little emotiones that start to grow between them, and in that moments, I hate him with a vengeance, because he has no scruples to get what he wants.  Anthony may appear to the world as a prosperous, benevolent, kind businessman, but in reality Claire learns he is also a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as your told, public failure is not an option, and don't divulge private information. Like in the image and quote, Anthony Rawlings is a walking contradiction, from time to time, or page to page we can see a damaged man in search of salvation, a beautiful man in search of his soulmate, but the other times, we see the menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as your told, public failure is not an option and he won't ever grant Claire's freedom... because she has to pay. But I stop now before I reveal too much... You must now by now that this is not your traditional hero, you'll hate him so much, and more so you'll hate yourself even more for trying to understand this cold-hearted, manipulative, lying bastard, but you'll also want desperately to find a redeeming quality about him, because some scenes are... shocking and horrifying... Claire, on the other part, was courageous and so, so likeable. I think that some readers will understand her decisions, because Rawlings had all of us fooled, but I also know that some of you will not understand many of them, because she had many opportunities to run and/or find help, but she chose not to, even more so, from their first outings she was fascinated and attracted to him, when she should have been repulsed... But I was also sorry for her and even shed a tear for her situation, trapped in a world she didn't understand with a man so confusing and alone, withput her friends or family... just her and a gorgeus monster. So you may ask yourself... why would you read this book? What's so special about it? It's the story, because Aleatha Romig creates  a world where the crimes of the past mixes with a romance, fueled with strong emotions like love, anger, vengeance, fury and  from the opening criminal abduction, through the twists and turns, to the unlikely romantic thrills, the suspense climaxes as Aleatha Romig utilizes vivid detail, allowing this novel to unfold like a movie....every word is completely true. Through the book there have been some moments where I was sure that I should either give up and not to read a word from it or to throw my kindle on the window, even more so because this book was very long, and like I already said some scenes were more than I could endure ... but you can see my reaction right here: But I'm so glad that I haven't give up and find out their end... because it promise even more of a mind f**ck than this one was and it was mind blowing! I have to repeat- this book is NOTHING  graphic or descriptive, even though we have love scene, fight scenes... all of them had am emotional impact over me, but not one of them where graphic... so don't be afraid and buy it like right freaking now! You won't regret it and you'll just want to grab the next book, because Consequences was that good. So, about witing to read the next one... Final Decision- If you want a book that we'll give a crazy ride, one that you'll NEVER forget, but we'll make you see that the world has all kinds of shades, that sometimes there is no good or evil... or if you just want to read a book with criminal secrets and mastermind plans, thive my ratingen this is your book!!! Before I give my rating, I just want to say: Well  done Ms. Romig!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some may find it hard to read at first, but see past that! It is so well written and totally an amazing read... One of my favorites to date!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read in a long time. Could write a LOT more but I just got book #2 and can't wait to start it. Pamisue
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Subject matter aside, this has no originality. Another self made (incredibly handsome, perfect physic) billionaire with control issues needs/wants/has-to-have perfect petite beautiful (younger) girl. The story is boring and drawn out. Every thing is 'always' perfect; the house, the food, the clothes etc. that it becomes redundant. Only one reason kept me reading and that is the setting of Iowa City and the Quad Cities. I've lived and worked in the Quad Cities my entire life, and if one is going to write about an actual city, one should research it a bit better (many inconsistencies). The only this (Nook) book has going for it, is the fact that it is free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a partial romance? THATS RIDICULOUS!!! This book is about a woman, Claire, being held against her will, abused, and raped!!!! AND THE AUTHOR IS TELLING ME SHE IS FALLING IN LOVE WITH HER ABUSER??!! BULL!!!! The author is insane! Who falls in love with the person endlessly torturing them?! I havent even gotten half way through and thats everything but romantic! INSANE IDEA! INSANE ROMANCE! INSANE AUTHOR AND PUBLISHER! STUPID BOOK!