To Anthony Rawlings, everything and everyone is an acquisition, and Claire Nichols, a bartender in an Atlanta pub, is no exception. Anthony begins a relentless campaign to ‘own’ Claire, a campaign that results in her becoming a prisoner in his secluded mansion in Iowa. But, his success could be his undoing. He finds himself developing feelings for Claire, feelings that could threaten his control over her.
Consequences, a dark erotic thriller by best-selling author Aleatha Romig, won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. For one thing, Romig manages to convey a sense of all manner of sexual activity without going into clinical detail as she takes us through Anthony’s total and utter degradation of Claire. What she also does is show, through a parallel plot that shows how Anthony’s childhood shaped him into the monster he is, is that actions have consequences, and that the things we do today will come back to haunt us tomorrow. She has created characters that are, like real people, an astonishing mixture of good and bad, detestable and sympathetic, and a rich setting that allows you to see, hear, feel, and even smell your surroundings.
If you’re looking for explicit erotica, you’ll be disappointed. If you’re looking for a thrilling read that will hook you solidly on page one and lead you by the nose until the final page—which, by the way, will also leave you gasping in shock—then, this is the book for you. Five stars!