Series: Consequences #1
Genres: BDSM, Dark, Erotica, Love to Hate, Millionaire/Billionaire Hero, Mystery, Revenge, Romance, Suspense
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Every action has consequences.
Waking in an unfamiliar bedroom in a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols is terrified to discover that a chance encounter led her into the cruel hands of her abductor, Anthony Rawlings. Claire has no understanding of why she's there, but it's been made abundantly clear--she is now his acquisition and every action has consequences.
Learn the rules to survive.
Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive her new reality--every aspect of her livelihood depends upon the tall, dark-eyed tycoon who is a true master of deception. Driven by unknown demons, he has no tolerance for imperfection, in any aspect of his life, including his recent acquisition. Anthony may appear to the world as a handsome, benevolent businessman, but in reality Claire knows firsthand that he's a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as you're told, public failure is not an option, and appearances are of the utmost importance.
Captivate the captor.
To fit together the pieces of the puzzle, Claire must follow his rules. Will her plan work, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire's beauty, resilience, and determination, changing the game forever? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?
I really don’t know how to feel about this book, but honestly I think that is the point. Fair warning this book is a dark book, so if you are hoping for hearts and flowers and happily ever afters, you might want to just back away from this book slowly. If you are looking for a look into the darker side of the human condition then this might be a book up your alley. While this book definitely deals with kidnapping and a whole heck of a lot of abuse, I do have to say it’s not explicit, I mean the author gives you just enough information for you to fill in the blanks without being overly descriptive of the abuse.
So first things first, my biggest complaint with the book is that it is soooooo long. I really thought the book was never going to end. Don’t get me wrong I love a long book, but only if the pacing is able to keep up with it. So much of this book is description, like what Claire is eating, or what each room looks like, or every errant thought that runs through Claire’s head. I honestly think if you cut out like a fourth of the descriptions then you would end up with book with pacing I would have enjoyed a heck of a lot more.
So enough about my complaints, here are the things I liked about the book. So Claire is in a tough spot, for sure. And I know how a lot of people could think badly of her, and how her relationship with Tony evolves. But the fact of the matter is, Claire was kidnapped and she did the only thing she could to survive, compartmentalize and roll with it the best way she could. At some point in the book she starts being let out in public, and yeah I know, a lot of people are going to say, why didn’t she just start screaming or run for help, anything, but she’d been locked away and abused for months, it’s not exactly shocking that she has gotten used to following the rules and being afraid of Tony, I mean that what happens to battered women. I was actually impressed by Claire in a lot of spots, she does her best to maintain who she is in the hardest situations.
Now as for Tony, man that man makes for one hell of a villain. Just when I thought I knew what was going on with Tony, and who he is and how he was going to react to situations, the rug would get pulled out from under me. He always kept me guessing. I don’t think there is anything redeeming about this guy, I know some people like him, but I only like him as a terrific villain, he’s a seriously unhinged dude in my book.
All in all this book is disturbing, but that’s kind of the point. I don’t know how I feel about it, but again, I think that might be the point. While I did have issues with pacing, I do have to admit that I had to know what was going to happen with the characters, so I couldn’t put down the book, I was compelled to finish. If you like dark books then without a doubt this is a book for you.