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“I don't know how I feel about this book. Too many holes in the plot I think. I started skimming because I stopped believing in the story line but had invested so much time I wanted to know how it ended. Which was largely unsatisfying.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I stopped reading 65% (according to my Kindle) of the way through. I just couldn't take it anymore.
-I hate Tony (antagonist)
-Claire is blah
➣ Well, from reading the blurb, you know that Anthony(Tony) kidnaps Claire and keeps her hostage at his home. He tells her she signed a contract that she will work off her debt by providing him "services".
➣ Unbeknownst to Claire, Tony has been watching her for a long time and he sold and/or gave away all her possessions, moved her out of her apartment, closed her accounts and sent messages to everyone that she moved away. Virtually leaving her with nothing and no one.
➣ I was nervous to read this book based on what a lot of my friends had said about it being so dark, sooo bad and Tony being sooo evil. I really didn't think it was too bad* (I'll explain) but it did put me in a bad mood while I was reading it.
➣ * Explanation - most of the scenes are fade to black. It's both a good thing and a frustrating thing. I don't really want to her about what Tony does to her but sometimes it will be at the beginning of a scene and the chapter just ends. Then the next chapter moves on to something else. Sometimes you might get bits and pieces but it was infuriating!
➣ Is it a love story?? I think that's an individual decision.
➣ Claire - she frustrated me so much but I "got" her. She doesn't like what she has to do but she does it for the end goal.
➣ Tony - UGH...I cannot stand him. Period. He is effed up...and anything good he did always had "consequences".
➣ There is a bit of a steam factor but it's not very descriptive...again, mostly fade to black.
➣ There's also a side story and at first, it made no sense at all. Hang in there though, things will start clicking together soon enough.
➣ I hate that the theme is you can do - and get away with - anything if you have enough money.
➣ The "accident"...enough said.
(Here's a link to Tony's POV:
➣ 45%....WTH?? How could Claire even contemplate it? I know, I know...I get it but still.
➣ After the above happens, there is some sweetness. It's deceptive.
➣ I loved the friends Claire makes especially Courtney.
➣ OMFG!! 87%....I was not ready for that. I totally didn't suspect that of happening. (and yes, I hate Tony even more)
➣ You will definitely want to have the next book ready to go.
⌘ “I have told you that every action has a consequence. That can be negative as we have seen, or positive."
⌘ "It was not okay to want to be with her, please her, and love her."
⌘ “I think you are amazing. You are so strong and resilient. I don’t deserve your forgiveness for what I did, but you deserve to hear me ask for it.”
⌘ “A promise that you will do your best to follow my rules, that you will do your best to never give me cause to hurt you again.” (blah!)”
“This book had me spinning! In the beginning I was sucked in and intrigued but when things didn't go as a normal romance would go I became disturbed and I really didn't have any idea where or why the author was taking me down this path. What was the purpose of this book? I was so discouraged with Claire and I was sick with Anthony. I just don't know if I can pick up book 2. It is disturbing and I don't think of this as romance so its not my type of books. But part of me wants to know how this plays out so maybe someday I can pick this up when I'm in the mood. ”Christina E wrote this review Tuesday, October 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I don't know how I feel about this book. Too many holes in the plot I think. I started skimming because I stopped believing in the story line but had invested so much time I wanted to know how it ended. Which was largely unsatisfying.”TracySchoenberg wrote this review Monday, June 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really liked the book ..but I was so upset with Anthony.... the book is worth reading ...”Cheryl wrote this review Thursday, April 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I am kind of the fence about this book; one, it was really drawn out but sometimes it skipped over things and I felt robbed. Other times I couldn't stop reading. I really enjoyed the ending of the book and for that reason I will probably read the next in the series. Not was I was thinking when I bought this book. ”Cant stop reading in California wrote this review Friday, April 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Omg ”Catherine McGowan wrote this review Wednesday, February 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow!!!! what a rollercoaster. This book was intense on so many levels. I found the first half of the book incredibly hard to read... I kept having to stop reading because I was so angry, frustrated and emotional about what was happening to Claire and how she reacted. At 37% I cried...really cried for Claire. But, I have worked in a women's shelter before and have seen the mental effects and circular nature of that type of thing, so I was compassionate in her decisions and reactions even though I was completely against them. So instead of thinking she was stupid or pathetic, I had a level of understanding of why she did what she did. That made me like her and root for her, and I always hoped she would reach a level of clarity that would give her the strength she needed to change - - - but then at 50% - I stopped liking Claire. I was like 'bitch get clue' - stupid stupid stupid decision. STUPID! (You know what the answer should have been!!). Finally an opportunity presents itself and she doesn't take it. And I get she was conditioned and the disturbing normality of her feelings made her do it... caused she really believed... but really.... Did you really think it would change anything at all Claire!!!!!!! It was hard for me to feel compassion after that...
The second half of the book really tried hard ( a little too hard in my opinion) to demonstrate change....which I knew was never going to be the case. I spent most of the second half shaking my head and saying to myself - seriously just wait!! Wasn't shocked by anything in the second half.
I didn't expect the big left hand turn to towards the end and I didn't quite think it would go that far, so that was a big surprise!
As for Anthony, I NEVER - during the entire time reading this book - liked him. Not once. Not at all. Never. I despised and loathed him and when he talked about anything - it made me feel ill and I rolled my eyes constantly. I hated him the whole entire time, but that's because he lost me in the first chapter. There wasn't any coming back from that in my head, I don't care what issues he had - just NO.
Now, I thought the writing in the story was just stunning. The style was captivating, mesmerizing and the author managed to write about graphic situations without being too graphic. That's just brilliant. Excellent story writing!!!! Ahhhhhmazing!!!!
I found the first half of the story to be my favorite as it evoked the most emotion from me even though I was mostly disturbed by it. The second half dragged a little with details and lost some of its momentum. Although the last ten percent was very exciting.
I did really like how crazy it made me feel. Any book that makes me throw my kindle across the room as well as cry like a baby - gets two big thumbs up!!! I love when books do that - reacting to the highs and lows are the most fun! am looking forward to the sequel”
“ “Follow my rules: Number one, do as you are told, do not divulge personal information, actions have consequences, appearances are of vital importance, and public failure is not an option.”
There is no way that I can go into depth or get across to you the emotions that I went through while reading Consequences. It has now been days after I finished and I am still in awe and shock over what I have read.
You need to go into this book with as little knowledge of it as possible and just let it take you on the ride of your life. I assure you that there will be plenty of ups but I also guarantee you that there will be even more downs. Countless books have been described as a ‘roller coaster’ but never before have I felt that definition fit more perfectly than I do with Consequences.
The easiest way for me to write this review and to not give too much away is to simply talk about the characters and give my thoughts about them.
“Claire believed she was teetering literally on the edge of sanity. A strong wind was all it would take to blow her one way or the other. Iowa had its share of storms, strong winds and tornadoes, they were all unpredictable. It made an ironic parallel for her life.”
Claire. There were so many times I just wanted to hug Claire. To simply let her know that somebody was truly there for her and that it was all going to be okay. However, there were just as many times that I wanted to slap her. To call her a spineless excuse for a human being and leave her to rot in her misery.
Yes, I promise you my emotions toward Claire were this contradictory and dramatic.
I was and still am confused by Claire. One minute I was yelling at her to fight her way free but then I would understand why she wasn’t doing just that. This is not to say I agreed with all of her actions, no way, no how. Let us be honest with each other, she made some really stupid mistakes and I strongly believe she has a series case of Stockholm Syndrome.
“I want you to make me a promise. A promise, that you will do your best to follow my rules. That you will do your best – to never give me cause to hurt you again.”
Anthony/Tony. I honestly think I need to see a therapist before I can fully explain the feelings I have for Tony. If you believe my emotions toward Claire to be conflicting then you haven’t heard anything yet. I’m not even sure I can go into detail about him. Just the thought of Tony sends a shiver down my spine. I have had dreams about this man, and no not in a good way. It was frightening. It wasn’t a scene from the book and let’s just say it wasn’t one of the happy times between Tony and Claire. It was bad. And to be honest when I woke up I had to actually sit and think if the scene that was in my dream was in the book because even how terrible it was I could actually see it being something that Tony would do. Needless to say, I despise Tony.
“I have spent most of my life only concerned with myself. I’m truly trying even if it does not always appear so… Perhaps I’m afraid of losing you, afraid you if you truly know me you will not want to stay with me.”
But then... he does something nice and you see him trying to be a better person. As Claire says many times throughout the book, when things are good they are really good. He is just so sweet sometimes and just when you find yourself starting to think things will be okay and somehow after all that has happened maybe, just maybe, this will all work out perfectly. And then BOOM. You are hit with another curve ball. Because when things are bad, they are really bad.
“God she hated the dance. A blow to the cheek one minute and discussing a romantic getaway the next. It was the one step forward, two steps back waltz. She wanted to scream. Sitting on the side of the bed, Claire allowed herself tears and swallowed”
You honestly feel like you are walking through a mind field as you are reading. You experience the highs and the lows right along with the characters. As mentioned before when things are good you are smiling and going along thinking all is right with the world then something will happen and you are just waiting for the dam to burst. Your heart starts to beat a bit faster as you anticipate how the scene is going to play out. I felt the emotions right along with Claire as I awaited to see how Tony would handle the situation and waited to see if there were any more accidents.
Yes there is violence and sex, I wanted to make sure and point this out in my review. However it is never gone into with descriptive detail. You know it is happening and there are some scenes that go into more detail than others but I never felt uncomfortable reading them. Honestly do not let the fear of there being scenes of graphic violence and sex discourage you from starting this book because that is just not the case.
Along with my strong suggestion for each and every person I know to read this book I have a couple other helpful hints that will get you through to the other side with your sanity intact. I don’t care if it is the hardback, paperback, Kindle, Nook, iPad, phone, etc... There are going to be many times while you are reading that you will want to throw it across the room. Please refrain from doing so because trust me when I say you are going to want to see how Consequences ends. My second helpful hint is to have Truth, the second in the series, ready to be started right away. You will be emotionally drained and exhausted by the end but I promise that you will be unable to not want to immediately start book two.
“The heat of the summer transformed the green grass into long brown straw, only the weeds were green. Claire didn't mind, the weeds had pretty flowers. Unlike Tony's flowers, which had been sentenced to his yard, gardens, or clay pots, these flowers grew free wherever they wanted. Furthermore, weeds were survivors. When all else died, the weeds remained. Yes, Claire liked weeds.”
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“I have never had a book provoke so many emotions in me. I laughed, I cried, I yelled, got aggravated and angry. I even had to walk away from it half way through. I could't stay away, though. Less than 24 hours later I had finished reading it and couldn't believe the ending. Absolutely brilliant! Any author who can make me go through that range of emotion simply from reading a book is in the right business! Highly recommended for anybody who likes a bit of mystery and suspense.”Fallen Angel's Bookshelf wrote this review Saturday, January 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No