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March 17, 2014

Love It: Behind His Eyes - Truth by Aleatha Romig

Series: Consequences 5
Format: Mobi
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Romig Works
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Psychological Thriller
BEHIND HIS EYES—TRUTH is the second of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES three reading companions, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig. It is recommended to be read after completing all three books of the CONSEQUENCES SERIES: Consequences, Truth, and Convicted. It is not a standalone book and should not be read as such.

This reading companion explores the thoughts and motivations of Anthony Rawlings and his struggle to accept the truth behind the consequences. It is not intended as a total rewrite of TRUTH, but meant to enhance the reader’s understanding. BEHIND HIS EYES—TRUTH contains significant scenes from the novel TRUTH, as experienced from Anthony’s point of view. It also contains never before published, behind-the-scenes information, a glossary of the characters, and a timeline that grows from Consequences to include the array of new characters and revelations found in the pages of Truth.

BEHIND HIS EYES—TRUTH is the continued journey inside the mind of the man who survived the consequences. This companion allows readers the opportunity to witness first hand as Anthony’s world changes forever. His rules and control begin to slip away, threatened by the most unlikely foes—an experience completely unfamiliar to him.

Can something as pure as love and forgiveness wreak havoc on his well-planned existence?

Of all the Consequences novels, Truth was the most difficult for me to read. Consequences was shocking, brutal even, Truth rankled me because I got so invested and protective of Claire Nichols, I want her to be as far away from Tony as she possibly can but that's not exactly what happened which frustrated me. I don't want to give out any spoilers in case you're one of the select few who haven't read Aleatha Romig's dark contemporary mind-fluck series. Suffice to say that Claire and Tony frustrated me to no end in Truth and to relive that via Tony's eyes in BEHIND HIS EYES-TRUTH was just as disconcerting but admittedly, not as challenging as Truth.

BEHIND HIS EYES-TRUTH is a companion novel so it may/can be repetitive to an extent but it's also enlightening because we get to see Tony's side of the story and there are a LOT of events that made me stop and say WTH?! In Truth, the moments I'm most eager to see in Tony's eyes were the dream sequence and the gala. Claire's dream for obvious reasons and as for the gala, that night was the most frustrating for me to read in Truth because that's when Claire let Tony in her life again. And I want to know how hard he pulled the strings to get Claire where he wanted her to be. And of course there were other things that happened in this part of the storyline which I found manipulative and deceitful but seeing it behind Tony's eyes gave me insight and it also made me soften up to him a bit.

There! I said it! I was so afraid that I will hate Tony less with his series because holding on to that grudge makes it easier for me to condemn his actions. Don't get me wrong, some of the things Tony did I still won't condone but after reading BEHIND HIS EYES-TRUTH, I saw his struggle. How hard he held on to his stubborn loyalty to his grandfather at the expense of his happiness and how it conflicted with his love for Claire. In BEHIND HIS EYES-TRUTH I think I finally saw what Claire saw in Tony and how she found strength in her submission to him. 

I know I'm speaking in tongues and like I mentioned previously, it will all make sense once you read the series. If you're thinking of reading Consequences, my suggestion is for you to read the BHE novels right after you read its counterpart in the series. I'm not a huge companion novel reader but trust me, with this series, it's almost imperative because Tony is such a complicated character and I promise you, you would want to know his motives and BHE will give you that. 

With these companion books, not only did ARomig carefully and thoughtfully wrote and crafted Tony's POV, she also managed to make it almost a necessity to read the books. Plus if you've been part of the journey, you'll also notice how much ARomig's narrative has improved since Consequences was published 3 years ago. To me that's personal because I can say that I was there before the series blew up and I'm happy and honored to have witnessed and been part of that growth and journey in some way. Looking forward to BHE-Convicted, Tony was pretty much MIA on the novel and I sure would like to see/know what he was up to while Claire was in a jam.




Glancing at the numerous pictures from his years of surveillance, Tony wondered if he and Claire had come full circle. Would it be like this again? Would his only connection to her be through this new investigator? Would he only see Claire in two dimensions? Tony searched for their contract, the beginning of their personal journey together. He knew it wouldn’t be that easy again. If he were to get her back to Iowa and into his life, it wouldn’t be because of a signature on a napkin.

Then he shook his head. He didn’t want her back, did he? Hell, the lack of sleep was making him sentimental. He stopped his search. The damn contract was no longer valid; it never had been—legally. Pushing the box back into its hideaway, he contemplated throwing it all away. Having her back wasn’t his goal; learning her location was. She had no right to disappear.

With the necklace in his hand, Tony settled upon the soft leather sofa in front of his fireplace. If Phillip Roach were correct, in a few moments he’d hear the voice that used to fill his suite and his house. When her voice came through his phone, Tony wanted to feel her presence. He imagined the sound as he looked up at her wedding portrait and saw the emerald green that haunted his dreams. What did he want to hear? He wanted to know she was safe and unharmed. He wanted to know where she was, and he also wanted to bring her back to Iowa—because that was where she belonged.
It didn’t make sense. To the world she was the woman who tried to kill him. To Tony she was more than that. The past twenty hours had proven it. She was his drug. Claire Nichols ran through his system like ecstasy, sending him on otherwise unobtainable highs. He reasoned that lows followed highs, and she’d given him those, too; they’d given them to each other. Nevertheless, without the right stimulant, the euphoria could never again be achieved. Whether it was elation or misery, neither would be obtainable without the exhilarating potency of Claire. He didn’t want an empty envelope. He wanted her. Nathaniel was wrong: Claire wasn’t gone; she was just misplaced.

For the last twenty-four hours, his entire being had surged with anticipation. Claire may not understand it—hell, Tony didn’t understand it, but he couldn’t deny it. Now that she was gone, he needed her back in his life, and he would have her.


THE CONSEQUENCES SERIES


TONY'S POV



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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46 comments:

  1. I just saw this on another blog, and now I'm even more interested in this series! I need to get my hands on the first book.

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    1. Persevere! The first book isn't as smooth as the succeeding books but if you look at the overall plot, it'll keep you reading.

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  2. Wow, this really sounds like an intense series

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  3. I have like the first three books in this series, but haven't read them. Still loving it at book 5 is excellent motivation though ;)

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

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    1. What are you waiting for?! Although I suggest you dedicate a week for reading the books, it'll get to you.

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  4. It's always awesome when you get in at the forefront on a series, and get to watch it excel as time goes by. And, the fact that you felt like you just HAD to read all of the books is usually a good sign too.

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    1. Yeah, being there from the start and seeing it grow gets personal. Not only does your relationship with the author grow but you also feel a sense of pride or something like that.

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  5. So I haven't read this series, but I know tons of people enjoy it. I am all for really intense reads, so I hope to check them out someday. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. I hope you find the chance to do so!

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  6. I do like dark romances, so I would give this series a try. Have you read J.A. Redmerski's In The Company of Killers series?

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    1. OMG Dre, I read book one in one sitting over the weekend, I could not set it down!

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    2. I will look that up! I like fluffy contemporary romances but I really prefer the darker ones... what does that say about me? :D

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  7. I have heard great things about this series. I actually added the first book of this series to my TBR on 2012, but for some reason I haven't read it. I think I need to fix that.
    Great review and thank you for not giving spoilers away. :)

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    1. Persevere! Some readers find book 1 to be a so-so read but it gets better and better with the next two books

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  8. I am glad this one was easier and soften you a little towards Tony!

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  9. I came early and read your review, and I went to check on audible, and forgot to come back to tell you, I'm already the proud honor of book 1, I bought the kindle and audiobook for $6. Not a bad deal :)
    Thanks again for keeping me in the dark side ;)

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    1. Hahaha, I love how you said I keep you in the dark side. Thanks for keeping me company!

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  10. Sigh... another series I need to try. Thanks for sharing! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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    1. Happy St. Patty's! Even if I'm not Irish... any excuse to drink beer right?!

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  11. When I first saw the cover I though oh no, not another New Adult read...LOL I'm glad to hear that the characters are well developed and that it falls in the dark romance category. Can't wait to check it out!

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    1. Don't worry, I'm not a big NA reader so you won't find a lot of those here :)

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  12. Haven't read this series before, but I like it when an author does it in one POV then retells in the other POV. :D

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    1. Esp when they do the retelling right.

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  13. Oh wow, I've heard a lot about tbis series, but haven't given it any real consideration. I didn't even realize it was still ongoing! I'm glad you enjoyed Behind His Eyes!

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    1. There's valid reason behind all the chatter, it's real good!

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  14. I'm one of the select few who haven't read this series yet, Braine. But I do own Consequences - because of you! ;) Great review!

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    1. I'll wait for your thoughts, I'm sure you'll have a LOT

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  15. I know what you mean, sometimes I just love to hate a character and if they redeem themselves in come way sometimes I get pissed. I want to hate them so much because of what they did but seeing their side of things changes a lot.

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who feels that way LOL

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  16. I love the covers for all the books. I don't think I have seen these books around, but you have sure made me curious about them.

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  17. Hmm, I am beginning to like novellas more, but I am not sure how I feel about them almost being a necessity. I feel like story would have been skewered if I didn't read the 1st novella in Shatter Me whereas the 2nd one felt almost pointless to me.

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    1. I LOOVE novellas! It helps take me out of a slump

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  18. Ahh Braine you make me want to give this series another try!

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    1. The first one is so-so because of the writing and some parts were long drawn but stick to it or skim if you feel the need to. Anything to get you to book 2, that's when things start to get really interesting (story) and better (writing).

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  19. oh it's nice to have a new great book like that. I remember your reviews about others. And I'm glad it's still good. I'm reading a thriller right now but it's difficult...

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    1. I love thrillers, keeps my heart young and pumping!

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  20. Both of these series sound awesome! And especially having a different point of view in the companion novels is something I actually really enjoy.

    Lovely review, Braine :) I hope you're having a fantastic week!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I'm not a big fan of companion novels but this one I can't pass up.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lexxie!

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  21. I need to add this to my TBR list...loving your reviews on these books

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  22. Ohhh...I'm not sure I will read this but I HAD to hear what you thought of it. I did very much like the trilogy but I'm not convinced of doing the books again in a different POV. Sometimes I like to keep the mystery intact, ya know? Great review though. :-)

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    1. That's ok, I feel the same way about other companion novels but my dislike for Tony runs deep and I just have to know what the fuck is going on in that twisted head of his. Thanks for checking it out, Jenese!

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  23. Great review Braine, the companion novel sounds really good! I've heard great things about this series and need to pick it up soon.

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