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October 1, 2013

Braine Reviews: Convicted by Aleatha Romig

Series: Consequences 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: Self-published
Source: Author
Genre: Psychological Thriller - Contemporary Dark Romance
There were still lessons to learn and consequences for the truth!

When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future. Over time,the role of teacher changed—games became reality—and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history,Claire and Tony found their way back to one another.

Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposed the truth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled...

At one time, Claire was held captive in an opulent mansion—then her incarceration was a cell inside a state penitentiary. Washer new prison—a tropical island—truly less lonely? Perhaps that was the game master’s plan, all along?

Who will save Claire from her oldest nightmare and her newest reality? Will it be Tony? Can he forgive her for leaving him—again? Harry? Will he utilize previously unknown connections to save the woman who infiltrates his thoughts? Maybe Phil? Will his devotion in keeping Claire and her child safe be rewarded?

As the cards are played—sins of the past, innocent victims, and truths are revealed. With compartmentalization no longer an option, is the reality too much? Could there be an even worse isolation?

With the game master dealing from a stacked deck, can this new high-stakes game possibly be won?

When it’s all over and their cards are on the table—SOME will discover their bets were too high—they have nothing left to lose—ALL will learn the crucial lesson—the most important rule—there are CONSEQUENCES for the TRUTH!

Aleatha Romig’s CONVICTED!

And there are frickin' Consequences for the Truth.

CONVICTED by Aleatha Romig, the final book in the Consequences series, is one of my most anticipated books for this year. And I've had nervous sweat for many reasons while reading the conclusion to Claire Nichols and Anthony Rawlings' tumultuous relationship. Why you ask? Well first of all you never know which way the story will go because ARomig is brilliant like that. Tony didn't get devious all by himself, he sure got it from somewhere and his creator has a tight grip on the strings. To say that it was rollercoaster ride is a big understatement. Plus I use the phrase love story loosely in conjunction with CONVICTED because it is a story about love but you won't find bubble gum fluff here. What you'll get from reading Consequences is a mind-f*ck. 

Compared to its predecessors, CONVICTED isn't as dark but it's still bumpy and a journey worth taking. When Truth ended I was left with a resounding What now?! because Claire evened up the playing field creating additional fringe to an already crazy story. I loved how ARomig carefully braided each plot line, addressed each issue painstakingly whilst doling out consequences to all the people involved. CONVICTED is told from two different points, the present and future intertwined, both moving towards point zero. The present is the calm before the storm and our first glimpse of Claire and Tony's future is downright heartbreaking. Two extreme points and the motivating factor here is What the frack happened?!. Next you'll find yourself flipping through the pages feverishly, you'll probably even lose sleep and may grip your ereader too tight for comfort because of events you won't see coming. Notwithstanding the unpredictable turn of events and intriguing conflict, the most striking quality of CONVICTED and the Consequences series is the character development. If you are to line-up the characters as they were from each book, you almost won't recognize most of them now from the first time we met them in book 1, Consequences

For those of you who've read Truth, Catherine London will chill your bones in this one, I have no further words. John and Emily Vandersol are the only two people who remained constant in this menagerie. Some might see Emily as an overprotective sister but as a big sis myself, I understand where that desire to shelter is coming from. And to be fair, Emily went through pain and suffering from Tony's hands not just through her association with Claire but direct and intentional attack from the domineering billionaire. Plus the fact that she doesn't know a lot of Claire's truth so she's operating on limited and inaccurate knowledge adding to the fact that she only knows one side of Tony. Now Mererith Banks is someone I never expected I will give the time of the day. But this girl found herself to be a crucial key and her trouble making propelled the story to new heights. Her scenes with Claire moved me the most.

Claire Nichols-Rawlings, I can no longer recognize you. You've grown so resilient, brave and brazen, you are truly Tony's match. Gone is the meek, naive, and carefree meteorologist/bartender we met in Consequences. You've reinvented yourself into this svelte, cunning, matriarch survivor whom I can only admire and respect. I can go wax poetic on your character but that will be overkill so let me just say that your story is so engaging there's nothing like it. You're in a league of your own and one can only stay in awe to your strength as a woman. Even if you're not real, I'm sure there's only a handful like you out there so way to represent! #RESPECT

Finally, Anthony Rawlings. I have some serious bones to pick with this guy, he's so exasperating I was huffing, puffing and seeing blood red for two books! I've always wondered if ARomig will let him get away with how he treated Claire in the past and despite his slight change of heart for his wife in Truth, I felt that he needs a big serving of Consequence himself. And he did get served and achieved redemption in my eyes and it was so humbling and touching. This man was brought down from his lofty throne by love, kicking and screaming on his way down which made his fall (-ing in love) agonizing, earth shattering but eye opening and all encompassing. I'll still put him at arm's length but like Claire, this guy has been through a LOT and he's almost unrecognizable now. You've changed my mind boy and you've finally proven that you deserve an amazing woman in Claire.


It might be the end of the series but ARomig has more plans for the series so fellow fans, REJOICE! There's more to come but I'll let ARomig make the announcement herself. As for the ending of CONVICTED, ARomig can't resist to f*ck with our minds one last time so I'll say Whatever, bring it! to that.  Now as for Claire and Tony? I'll leave it at they each got what they deserved.


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Caution:
These Character interviews contain spoilers, if you have NOT read Consequences and Truth


A Series of Interviews in response to my 2011 Article about Anthony and Claire Rawlings which appeared in Vanity Fair
By: Anne Robinson

I met with Anthony and Claire Rawlings in their home for a Vanity Fair interview in February of 2011. On that cool February morning, I met with who appeared to be a loving newlywed couple.

Flash forward...now it’s October of 2013, and the world is discovering that all was not as it appeared. My Life As It Didn’t Appear by Meredith Banks, (which was originally scheduled to be released by Parrott Publishing on October 1 but has been delayed again due to legal battles) will eventually hit the market. The release is imminent and the snippet alone has revealed a peek into the depth of misinformation in my original interview! 
 
My goal with these interviews is to attempt to set the record straight.

This time I’m not working with Mr. Rawlings or Ms. Nichols. Why? Because they are both missing!
Ms. Nichols was last seen September 4, and Mr. Rawlingswas reportedly in a plane that made an emergency landing on September 21. He has not been seen or heard from since.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is more involved than a soap opera. Over the next few days, I will be releasing my “unauthorized” interviews with friends, family, and employees of these two individuals and hopefully settingthe record straight.

Please join me in learning the real story...what were these two individuals hiding from me AND from you in 2011?

AMBER McCOY

Good afternoon Ms. McCoy, thank you for talking with us. May we call you Amber

Yes, please. I’m happy to do anything I can to help find Claire.

Can you first tell our readers how you came to know Claire Nichols?

I met Claire for the first time at my fiancé’s funeral.

That seems like an unlikely place to meet someone who would later come to live with you.

Yes, I suppose it does.

Isn’t it true that after Claire’s unexpected release from prison, she came to live with you in Palo Alto?

That’s right. She didn’t have anywhere to go, and she was trying to get away from Mr. Rawlings.

“Get away from”? Does this have anything to do with the information in the book, My Life As It Didn’t Appear?

It does; however, I never forced the issue with her, and she never told me all about it. I just got the feeling that she was deathly afraid—well at first.

Can you explain?

When she was first released from prison, she seemed truly frightened of him. I remember the first time he called her. He’d hired a private detective to find her—creepy, right? And once he found her, he called. Claire went pale as a ghost while she was on that call. My brother and I were afraid she would pass out!

Did she willingly move back to Iowa?

I think so. I know that it doesn’t make any sense. But, over time he worked his way back into her life. At first she rebuked all his attempts—she threw away flowers and sent back gifts; then, something changed.

Oh, I remember. It was after she said he blackmailed her.

What? Did you just say he blackmailed her?

Yes, at least that was what she told us. She said that he arranged for something to happen at SiJo Gaming that caused my brother to miss going with her to an annual charity gala. Once she was there, according to her, he promised that nothing would happen to my company, only if she agreed to pretend they were reconciling.

Did you believe her?

I didn’t have reason not to. Admittedly, it was pretty farfetched. Besides the problem that occurred at SiJo was fixed and determined to be just some kind of computer glitch. Maybe she was just making it up to lie to my brother. They were kind of dating at the time.

Do you think she would lie? Could the things in the book be a lie, too?

Oh, I didn’t mean that. No, I don’t think so. I mean, she was really scared when she first got here. But seriously, if it is all true, who in their right mind would go back with him? I mean, she even believed Mr. Rawlings was responsible for other crimes. I don’t think she was thinking straight...unless, she did it to protect SiJo, or she thought she was. I really don’t know.

Where do you think she is today?

I don’t know. I know neither my brother nor I have heard from her. Harrison received a call from Mr. Rawlings when she first went missing. The only other news that we’ve received was from the news outlets, just like everyone else. I hope she’s all right. It is weird that Mr. Rawlings is also missing. None of it makes sense.

Thank you Ms. McCoy.



Aleatha Romig is a bestselling author, who has been voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads July 2012 - Present! She was also #9 most followed author on Goodreads - July / August 3013.

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 six 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 heros/ anti-heros 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. October 2012 Ms. Romig rereleased CONSEQUENCES as an Indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012 and CONVICTED, the final installment of the Consequences Series, is scheduled for release in October of 2013!

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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89 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read more of you guys! Pulling for a VErY Happy Ending!

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    1. Mouth zipped on the HEA, Tony... err ALEATHA might lock me up.

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  2. You are killing me....with the...."they both got what they deserved" I cannot wait for this book

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  3. Agh, I think I made a mistake, I scheduled the giveaway until Oct 30th. Should I change it?

    Great review Braine! I actually had a tough time reviewing this one because I was so mindful of posting any sort spoiler.

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    1. Hey it's your giveaway, do whatever you feel is best :)

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  4. Interested by how they get what they deserved. So glad you enjoyed

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    1. Brandi, I know you read mostly YA but make an exception of this.

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  5. Hmm okay I might have to give these another try. I picked up book one this summer and just wasn't able to get into it but maybe it was just my mood at the time. Glad you loved it and it lived up to expectations :)

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    1. Book 1 has it's slow spots but do try it again and soldier on, it gets dark and darker.

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  6. Tony and Claire please be on the island together

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  7. I will lick the bottom of someones boot to get my hands on a copy of this book now. Think Tony or Claire can help me with that?

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    1. Hahaha! I like this answer! I'm sure they'd be happy to help you out, they can more than afford a paperback.

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  8. I'd love to go out with the two of you for drinks.

    Damaris dsr002(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway!! Can`t wait to read it :)

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  10. Love Tony. Love Claire. Love Aleatha. Love this giveaway. Can't wait for Convicted.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, happy to see you're loving the giveaway!

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  11. I can't wait to see what happens for Claire and Tony in Convicted!! I really need to know what happens next! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. OMG! When you get your hands on a copy, dedicate a few days to read and recover, you'll need it.

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  12. "they each got what they deserved"...what did they get??? Gah...I can't wait to find out what happens. HEA??

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  14. Good luck with everything, C & T! :-)

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  15. Ohh I'm gonna end up with a basket case ...you totally f** k I mean play with my mind ;)

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  16. Oh man, my friends love this, but I'm not sure it's for me. It definitely seems intense! I'll probably give it a try.

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    1. Proceed with caution if you do decide to start this series.

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  17. I love Tony & Claire, they are by far my favorite characters ever, this series is the reason why I read, thank you Aleatha Romig!!!!

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  18. I could NOT be more excited for this book! Seriously, the first 2 books are works of art. After I finished them, I was like: Now THAT'S how you write a story!
    Inspiring!

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  19. As much as I both hate and love Tony, I want them to be together

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    1. Exactly! Only Claire can control the monster within.

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!!! I can't wait to read this book!

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  21. howdy claire & tony :)
    thx u for hosting this giveaway :)

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  22. Hi Clair and Tony! Only on the first book but it looks like a wild ride series! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. It's better than a fair ride that I can promise you.

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  23. Awesome review. This sounds great. It is not what I typically read, but something I think would definitely be a welcome change.

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    1. Thanks for checking my review out, Ellen :)

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  24. Best story ever for this characters, no other book can compare!!!!

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  25. Hi Tony & Claire, can't wait to see how your story ends. Great giveaway!

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    1. Thank you for supporting this giveaway, Mary, your constant visits are very much appreciated :)

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  26. I am really excited to read this series. I have not read it yet and came across a blog post about it and loved the blurbs and excerpts I have read on different books in the series. I have all books. in the series added to my to read list and will be starting them soon! Thanks for the giveaway ♥

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    1. Dedicate a week or two, you'll need breaks in between. It's intense.

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  27. I need to read this series! I love your review :)

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    1. Yes, it's a need that you shouldn't ignore.

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  28. Fabulous post. I'm going to love this series.

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  29. Oh Braine, I have to, have to read this series. I love stories where I never know what's going to happen...I love mind f#cks! ;) Does that say something bad about me?!? I'm excited to meet Tony & Claire. Great review, Braine!

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    1. That says a LOT about us! LOL! Better read it than do it right?

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  30. OMG, I`m so excited for this book!!! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Good luck! Follow the tour for more chances of winning.

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  31. I have never been so excited for a book's release!! It can't get here fast enought! I am looking forward to finding out what happens with Claire &Tony! Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  32. OMG ! I can't wait to read this. Only a few days left !!
    Thank you soo much for the chance to win a Paperback copy. You are amazing. <3

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    1. You're welcome, follow the tour so you can enter other people's giveaways!

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  33. I can't wait to read more this series!!
    Thank you for this amazing giveaway!!

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  34. Hi Claire and Tony.

    I can't say something more right now because I haven't met them yet. But I think I have to start reading the series.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    Raffle name: Demitra Giote

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    1. Start catching up, the're unforgettable.

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  35. OMG! Please give us some happy ending :))

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  36. Tony/Claire - I hope the two of you end up together. In a backwards kind of way, you belong together.

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    1. Yup Claire is Tony's perfect match. Thanks for joining!

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  37. Can't wait to see what happens to Claire and Tony. HEA? Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Lips are sealed but each will get the HEA they deserve.

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  38. I Want Catherine To Be Convicted!!! I Can't Wait 2 More Days I Want It Now!!!

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  39. I Want Catherine To Be Convicted!!! I Can't Wait 2 More Days I Want It Now!!!

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  40. Have not yet read the books, I have both and plan to read them ASAP!

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    1. Oooh reading it back to back? Good luck! It's intense.

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  41. HUHU. 1 More DAAAY!!

    I can't wait for the culminating conclusion of Tony and Claire's story!!!
    asdfghjkl

    Thank you so much for this giveaway <3 ;D

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  42. Can't read your review yet matey! But crikey!!! Suped all the way!
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    Mich

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    1. I'm waiting for your review. :D

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    2. Coming tonight my time if my brain can relax. It is kinda overloaded, lol!

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