Review: Beyond the Consequences by Aleatha Romig

From New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes more of the suspenseful romantic thriller about secrets and deception, passion and love, choices and consequences. 

Secrets and deception 

As the pieces of their puzzle come together, Anthony and Claire Rawlings continue to defy the odds. Together they overcame an incomprehensible beginning. Apart they endured unimaginable heartache. Reunited with family and friends, their journey continues as they navigate a dangerous world where secrets threaten to destroy what they hold the most dear. 

Passion and love 

Tony and Claire turn up the heat as sparks fly, passion rages, and love prevails. With only a dark glance or devilish grin, the fire that sparked in an isolated suite, continues to burn. Though no longer willing to be less than Tony’s equal in life, behind closed doors only one man makes the rules. 

Choices and consequences 

The safety of the Rawlings family is not debatable, and only Phillip Roach can assure that they are not disappointed. Learn how he leads old friends and new associates through the dangerous world of delusion and revenge. The choices he makes for both the family and his personal life will have consequences. 

Beyond the Consequences is a novel that began as the novella, A Peek Beyond the Consequences, in a limited-release anthology, Breathless. Since its publication in 2014, Beyond the Consequences has more than tripled in length with more action, heat, and secrets to reveal. Learn once and for all the identity and fate of the sender of the Rawls-Nichols letters as you join the Rawlings for a special surprise!

Theirs was a long, complicated story with a monster and a knight. What made their story unique was that these two players were the same person. — Aleatha Romig, Convicted 

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty-eight 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 reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

INSIDIOUS is Aleatha’s seventh novel. It is her first time to delve into the world of erotic thrillers. The Consequences Series, her first series has been categorized as psychological thriller and dark romance. With INSIDIOUS, Aleatha took the twists and turns of CONSEQUENCES and turned up the heat. 

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011, by Xlibris Publishing. Then in October of 2012, Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012, and CONVICTED, the third in the series, was released October 8, 2013. Unexpectedly, the fourth book of the Consequences series came to life with REVEALED: THE MISSING YEARS. It is the fourth full-length novel in the series. It explores the years in CONVICTED that previously were only mentioned, as well as a complete character glossary and timeline. REVEALED was released May 20, 2014. 

INSIDIOUS, the first released book from TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE was released in October of 2014. TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE will be a series of standalone, dark, erotic thrillers guaranteed to take you on a wild, hot, and dark ride. Each novel in the series will be independent of the next. The characters from one book will never be revisited. Instead, Aleatha leaves it up to her readers to imagine how each story ends while remembering it is the journey that is the most fun.

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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I have been trying to find the words for this review.  I have two opinions on this book, and I teetered on which way this review should go.  So I will give you both.  

I will start off with what I expected from this book...

If you have read the entire series so far, you are most likely wondering who was writing the notes and sending the packages to Claire and Tony... This is a piece of the puzzle that was never resolved.  Well, this piece is multi-layered, and you do get answers and a resolution.  However, I really thought this is what the book would revolve around.  I was looking forward to it.  Well, this is just a tiny blip in the book.  You find out the who.  It's even taken care of.  It really is that simple in the book.  I thought for sure we would get a little more meat and potatoes on this.  Maybe some twists and turns.  A little bit of the shock value, maybe.  And then in the end, they all live happily ever after... 

What I got in this book....

This is the part that is hard for me.  While the book is resolving left over issues, lightly, it is also giving you a glimpse into the life after the story... Hence the name of the book.  For me, being that it is Aleatha, is was too light and soft.  I have come to expect more grit from her.  Although, I did enjoy learning about Claire and Tony as parents.  Seeing them move forward was sweet.  Then introducing us to a new character along with Phil and Eric was a nice little bonus too.

I will admit, since there wasn't much plot twists to keep my mind racing, the book moved slow for me.  I did have a hard time staying focused.  Maybe that's because I was expecting something a little different from what it actually was.  Who knows.

The book itself is written in true Aleatha form though.  I can still hear her voice in her writing, but it's her tamer voice.  Who knew she had one!  haha.  It flowed and allowed you to see the characters in a different light from what you have seen in the past.  Some don't like the new version of the characters.  I am not sure what I think of them.  However, the only character that seemed to not change at all is Emily.  I still can't stand her.  She never did redeem herself in my eyes.

There were many heart melting parts in the book.  This isn't your heart-pounding wtf book; this is the awww that is so sweet and wonderful book.  It really did take me by surprise.  The interactions in the story are so well written, I did feel like I was in the story, as I have in the past with Aleatha's books.

And now for the big finish... My rating.  I still can't figure out how to rate this book.  The writing is phenomenal, as always.  My hang-up, obviously is the change in plot-style.  I am trying really hard to look past the whole HEA throughout the entire book... With that being said, I am giving this a 3.5-4 stars.  I just can't seem to give this book a solid rating.  Many LOVED it.  Whereas, I liked it.  Many will not be disappointed in this book.  They will be pleased with Claire and Tony's happily ever after.  If you have read the rest of the series, you really should read this book!