Answer, a very loud and resounding NO!
When I started Consequences, I began reading it with the cover in mind. La te da, nice lil puzzle piece with a pretty necklace on the puzzle piece. My expectations of this book had me humming soap opera tunes ".....and these are the days of our lives...". Yeah, NO! Not so much!
Consequences by Aleatha Romig
So, the "these are the days of our lives" tune in my head came to a screeching halt, like a needle across an old vinyl record. At page 2 I stopped reading and went back to my Kindle home page asking "Is this the right damn book?" Then I went to Amazon asking myself "Did Amazon send me the wrong book?" Yes, it was the right book, No Amazon did not send me the wrong book. This novel went (in my head) from Grandma's day time story to Life Time Movie Network meets Taken. This book had my guts twisted, my tear ducts stinging, and my heart jumping, palpating, and then breaking into pieces with defeat. Claire wakes up in an unfamiliar room, though it seems cozy enough, it's warm with very nice furniture and expensive plush bedding, carpet, and couch all arranged in a comfortable setting. However she is anxious, she feels dread like a solid thick black blanket, because this doesn't feel right. She can feel in her bones that her life has taken a turn for the worse. FLASH, her last memory comes into her mind, like a frontal attack. Her dread was warrented, justified, and real as HELL!
As she commences through her own personal version of Dante's circles of hell by the Consequences Anthony Rawlings, a self made billionaire deems fit for her punishment. Claire somehow keeps the things she must hold dear, secret, and safe to her heart: her hope, her faith, her actions. They are still hers to choose, but at what expense? Freedom? Fresh air? Sunshine on her face?
Anthony Rawlings has paid his dues, he has studied Claire for well, for forever. After he has studied, learned her, he sets the bait, and of course (he studied her for years) Claire took the bait, Hook, Line, and poof, she is gone, she is "sinker", sunk, no more, taken by the hands and at the wrath of Anthony aka Tony Rawlings. But why? Why does a man that has so much at his disposal, so much with in his reach feel he needs Claire? And once he has her where he wants her, is it going to be Claire or Tony that pays the ultimate Consequences of a thrilling, mad house, and toxic physical chemistry between them?