Review: Convicted by Aleatha Romig

Book #3 of the Consequences Series—

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. Was her 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!

Truth left us with our jaws hanging open and wondering.  Wondering WTH!  Well, Convicted kind of starts out that way.  You are left a little confused for a short while in the beginning.
Then things start to kick in. Things start to click in place.  You are wanting Claire and Tony together... But unsure if the way things are around them if that will happen!  You are left asking yourself for a quite a while, why can't they just get everyone out of their way and just get things the way they should?
Claire has to protect hers.  Tony needs to protect what is his.  The turmoil that surrounds their circumstances makes it seem almost impossible.  All the while, the ones who have pulled things apart and torn their relationship to shreds needs to be brought to justice.
Just when you thought all of the secrets have been laid before you... there are more!  The secrets go deeper than we could have thought.  Things are going to get hairy before they have a small chance of working themselves out...
Trust is one thing that none of the characters have much of.  The lines of what really is going on are so blurred, I almost thought that those involved would never see through the smoke!
I am not a spoiler... hence my cryptic review.  It is hard to write about this book without giving too much away!  I have read reviews that I would not have wanted to read before I read the book.  I never want to know more than the bare necessities of a story before I read it.  So that is what I am giving you.  Trust me, this is a must read.  It is the grand finale to the series, and it goes out with a bang or two!