It is so great to be able to be part of the blog tour for one of my favorite books of the year! I know I already said, but Aleatha Romig is absolutely brilliant!!!
Since I posted my review of Truth awhile ago, I’m re-posting it now and along with it, we have much more for the blog tour, such as the dreamcast, playlist and a giveaway! So hop on, and enjoy this blog tour stop!!
Remember: Truth is the second book and it must be read after Consequences! And some good news, Truth’s price is going to reduce during tour!!!
Rating: 5 sexy stars (I wanted to give more than 5, but there wouldn’t be stars enough!!!)
Claire Nichols endured the CONSEQUENCES of Anthony Rawlings’ vendetta.
When she first arrived to his home, her goal was survival. Through strength and compartmentalization Claire captivated her captor. Her resilience in the face of his rule threatened Anthony’s well developed plan. Domination became desire and power turned to love.
Their passion and adoration in a world of opulence appeared perfect. Yet, reality was a roller coaster of emotion. Claire’s world teetered on the edge of sanity as Antony monitored her every move. When given the opportunity to flee, Claire drove away. A fateful decision which set a well laid plan into motion.
However, unbeknownst to either of them, there were others who saw past the perfect facade of Anthony Rawlings. There were others who saw the TRUTH. Conspiracy and unfulfilled promises result in an early prison release for Claire. Not just a release – a pardon. According to the law, her crime never happened!
Will it be that easy? Faced with freedom from her past… can Claire seize it? Can she build a new life, mend her broken spirit, become the woman she once was, and seek her own revenge? Or is it all a game? And does the game master have different plans?
How does Sophia Burke fit into the puzzle that is Tony and Claire? Will her presence affect the future of this well esteemed man? Can he dominate twice? Is that his goal?
TRUTH continues the tumultuous saga of CONSEQUENCES, introduces new players, and uncovers more intrigue. Aleatha Romig skillfully weaves past transgressions through current deception to create a fervent world of obsessed desire. In this reality can an all-consuming relationship survive?
When buried sins are discovered they threaten not only Tony and Claire’s future — but their very lives! Will the TRUTH be revealed in time?
HOLY F***ING SHIT!!! Pardon my French, but this book (along with the first installment) is absolutely BRILLIANT!!!
Aleatha one more time shows us how brilliant she is! She made us hate Anthony and love him at the same time and I couldn’t keep this book down!
You want to finish it badly to know the end, but you also don’t want it to end!
I found myself quite sick to like Anthony in Consequences, specially because of the way he treated Claire (hello, accident???). I always knew it had something to do with how he lived his childhood and his past, so I was willing to forgive him, even before Claire herself was… I understood why he did what he did to Claire, I didn’t like most of it, but know I understand it a bit more! The way he was manipulated without knowing it was very, very vicious (it gets a very manipulative and intelligent person to manipulate the slickest of all controlling man who ever roamed the Earth).
Well ladies if you found Christian Grey to be controlling and domineering, keep your minds opened, because he is nothing, I repeat, NOTHING, compared to Anthony Rawlings (in every sense with you get what I mean *-*). Somehow (don’t ask me why or how) I found the reasons for Anthony’s behavior to be more gullible and believable than Christian’s. Don’t get me wrong, I’m Mr. Grey’s number 1 fan, but I just think that compared to Anthony’s story, Christian’s is more like a fairytale, it doesn’t seems so real.
But I’m not trying to compare characters or books, who am I to do this? I’m just pointing that Anthony is a real control BEAST!
After spending the whole night reading Consequences and most of Truth I believed I would need to seek professional help. This story got me in a huge turmoil! I felt like I needed to cry and cry, and I actually don’t know what I’m feeling until now.
I know I feel happy and sad, and no more sick of liking Anthony.
Team Tony all the way!!! *-*
I know I say that after great book I read it is my favorite one, but this two books will be with me forever. Not only for how great they are, but also to remain as lessons on how to construct a brilliant masterpiece!
You need a lot of talent (and a clear mind, a good, healthy mind, actually) to write something that appears sickening and making it become truly beautiful.
Claire was a GREAT character…I was great to see how much she grew up not only in Consequences, but specially here in Truth. She’s way more mature now. She got the chance to experience freedom and it’s great to see her feeling like herself, she owns herself, her femininity, and her life! It’s nothing wrong to want to put your life in the hand of someone you love, but she learned that it is her choice to give her life to whomever she wants…
And Tony..how Tony grew up as well! He doesn’t want to love her and to have a loving life, but regardless of what he’s been taught, he loves her and for her he can be a better person! I found different kinds of love for him…Since the beginning, even when he didn’t love her yet (he was always fascinated with her, he just didn’t know it yet), when he was a mean jerk, I knew I would love him…It was very good to see him trying to be a different man, he will always be controlling, domineering Anthony, but he is also sweet, protecting Tony…Best character ever! Even the ones who didn’t like him have to admit he is a great character, brilliantly constructed to make us have a strong reaction…either it is love or hate, or even both.
I never liked Harry, not only because he’s too good, but also because I knew he didn’t hold a candle to Anthony! He’s just too good, you know?! I got that he had to be completely different from Tony, he’s the anti-Tony in every way, so Claire could experience some kind of “normal”, but I was so glad she realized that normal is so overrated! Who wants (or can have) normal when you can have an Anthony Rawlings???
Claire discovers her freedom and a new sense of normal, but as said above, normal can be pretty overrated, after all who can define normal? The only people who can define normal are themselves. Only Claire and Tony can define their normal, or their relationship…And if she is willing to forget Tony, who are the others to question it? As happened to Caleb in Epilogue it is better not to dwell so much in some things, let us know that he actually loves her and can be better for her.
As I was discussing this book with some girls after finishing it, this book makes a complete 360 and everything you thought you knew was wrong!
The man that was supposed to be the villain (I never thought he was), was a mere tool, a mean to an end..Don’t get me wrong, I don’t condone the type of violence Tony did to Claire (I was feeling like I was very sick to still like him after beating her in Consequences), and there’s no excuses for it. He could have handled it better, but our villain (no major spoilers, I promise) didn’t help either…The villain was playing everyone in this book.
I’m glad Claire saw Tony for what he was, or better, what he became, and I hope we’ll have more of their story, how it will unfold in Convicted.
I need some closure, and calm after the storm that were this two first books.
I can’t wait to read Convicted. I need vengeance, and I need me some more Tony 😉 #proudtobeasicko
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A little teaser for you guys:
“Good for you.” He leaned toward her, his eyes devouring her entirely, until she questioned her own presence. “Your ability to admit your displeasure is refreshing. It encourages me to be honest, too.”
Claire did her best to glare, “Honesty. That would be a refreshing change.”
His expression remained soft and so were his words, “You should know …I am sorry.”
The world as Claire knew it, shifted. Perhaps it was an earthquake, they do happen in California. Why couldn’t he be domineering or abrasive? That she could resist. But, apologetic, in the depths of her soul, she never expected to hear those three words.
“What?” She tried unsuccessfully to subdue the overpowering trembling. The volume of her voice rose exponentially with each phrase, “You’re sorry?” The years of submission, incarceration, and domination bubbled out. No, not bubbled–gushed. This was not his house. She was not sequestered away from the love and support of others. She’d say whatever she wanted, and then tell him to leave. If he didn’t–she’d call security. They were after all, on her call log. “Well, Tony, I believe I need a little clarification. Tell me what exactly you’re sorry about. I’ll gladly give you a few options.”
The fury surging through her veins wouldn’t allow her to remain seated. She stood and paced, around the coffee table, in front of the large windows, back to the chair and again to the coffee table. She felt his eyes on her, as she made multiple slow and methodical loops. Her mind was a whirlwind, a tornado, of words. Each syllable vehemently rushed to get out. Instead of opening the flood gate, Claire took a few deep breaths. She wanted to proceed slowly, clearing away the debris cluttering her mind, and choose the right words. Finally, she began, “First, you’re sorry for invading my privacy for years, years before I even knew you existed. Second, you’re sorry for kidnapping me, isolating, controlling me, and manipulating me. Third, you’re sorry for lying to me, pretending you cared and oh yeah, marrying me. Fourth, listen carefully Tony, this is a big one…you’re sorry for framing me for attempted murder, resulting in incarceration in a federal penitentiary.” She sat back down, arms once again crossed over her breasts. It was the most direct she’d ever spoken to him, and it felt liberating. Unfortunately, the resentment coursing through her veins wouldn’t allow her to relish her new found independence.
She expected her words to incite anger; after all, she’d experienced his anger before. Nevertheless, carelessly and unapologetically Claire forged ahead. “I would prefer the words, but you are welcome to say, one through four, if that’s easier for you.”
He leaned forward. Cautiously she looked up into his face. Her body trembled. The cause may have been the fury she’d just released, or perhaps fear of his anticipated reaction. Then she took in his expression and without warning the trembling stopped. His eyes were soft, the color of melted chocolate–even sad, overflowing with regret. He reached for her hand and gently tugged. Slowly, Claire released her appendage, allowing it to sit in his large palm. Tenderly he closed his fingers encasing her petite hand.
“I’m deeply sorry for one and four.” He rubbed the top of her hand with his thumb. “I did provide you with an alternative destination for number four.” Claire exhaled audibly, Tony continued, “I’m not proud of two, but three would never have happened without it.” His tone deepened and slowed, “I am not, and never will be sorry for three. And, for the record, I never lied about or pretended to love you. I didn’t realize it at first, but I have loved you since before you knew my name.” He slowly lifted the hand he held and lowered his lips to the firm soft skin. “And, you forgot our divorce. I am sincerely sorry for that also. Had I known you would be released so soon, we could still be married.” He placed her left hand on her knee, and stroked her empty fourth finger. “You could still officially be mine.”
Here are Truth’s PLAYLIST AND DREAMCAST:
Here is a Book Trailer for Truth:
Please welcome Aleatha Romig to Sex and the Books! It is such an honor to have her here!
Did anything inspire you to write “Consequences” and “Truth”? Or was it more random than anything?
I believe it was more random. I had the “thought” of the opening scene of Consequences. Everything has grown from that. The characters have taken on lives and personalities of their own. I’ve loved watching them blossom!
Can you name some funny and/or random things that happened while you were writing “Truth”? (It can be something that happened in the story, or something that happened with your family. Anything at all!)
I wrote about six beginnings to Truth. That’s based on the Epilogue of Consequences. I took the story many different directions. It wasn’t until I came to terms with where I wanted the story to go that I was finally able to start truly writing. Once I did, Mr. Jeff told me that no one would like it. He said the readers would be upset. It wasn’t that I didn’t care—but, I can’t write that way. I have to write what I want to write.
I’ve learned that it isn’t possible to please EVERYONE. Therefore, I’ve decided to please myself. Funny thing—the ratings and reviews are fantastic for Truth.
Tell me a bit about yourself. What was your childhood like?
I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We have three great children—two grown and graduated from college and one still in high school. My family and my writing are my two priorities in life.
I love to travel. That has been a great bonus with writing. I’m so excited to travel and meet readers. It is a very exciting time for Mr. Jeff and me.
My childhood was a long time ago. I was raised by a single mother who did her best. I always wanted brothers and sisters. I’m blessed with siblings from marriage, but I basically grew up an only child. I swore I wouldn’t do that to my child…thus three!
When did you start writing novels?
I began Consequences, my first novel, in 2010.
Do you have any exciting stories about your latest novel Truth that you think will be of readers interest?
When I wrote Consequences, I did not plan on it being the beginning of a trilogy or a series. I thought it was a standalone book; however, my readers wanted to know what happened next. To be honest, so did I.
Tony and Claire wouldn’t leave me alone. I thought about them constantly. I needed to learn the TRUTH of their story. I mean, did Claire really love him? Did she only go on with their relationship because of Stockholm syndrome? What about Tony? Why would he do what he did at the end of Consequences? Were Claire’s consequences planned from the beginning? How do their ancestors fit into the story? I had SO many lingering questions…the only way to learn the answers was to sit down and write. I can just say…after surviving the Consequences—everyone NEEDS to learn the TRUTH!
Anything else you want to share?
The final book in the series is CONVICTED. I’m super excited about this installment. I kinda have a reputation as a “Mind F***”. I take that title seriously and quoting Tony, “I didn’t want to disappoint—public failure isn’t an option.”
Well, after this last answer I am even more afraid to read the last book! I preview a lot of tension and wanting to read it slowly, but actually not being able to do it! LOL #TEAMTONY
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. She works days as a dental hygienist but enjoys spending her nights writing. When not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend 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!
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Thank you so much Aleatha and Casey from Hardcover Therapy!!!