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"Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it."
Sometimes ideas find you, and dreams begin as nightmares. Sometimes the truth that has been kept hidden is the key to opening a door you never knew existed.
"You might not know me. I'm the baby of the Rawlings family, the princess, the daughter who came along later. I'm not like my older siblings, successful at everything they touch. My mother and father have provided me with every luxury as well as their unyielding love and support, but I'm not spoiled. I'm also not content. By example, my parents have shown me how love should be. I don't know their past, and that doesn't matter. I know what I've seen - two people devoted to one another.
I don't believe that I'll ever find that kind of love, the kind that forgives and accepts all. And as my life falls to pieces and I travel to visit my family to face their disappointment, I'm not even looking for it.
I'm looking for an escape...from my life as a Rawlings...from the pressure to achieve and not let others down. I dream of the time I can live for my own desires without the expectations that come with my name.
I don't find what I'm seeking...it finds me. Or should I say...he finds me.
This time is different. I have a family who will search for me and find the answers. Little do we know - any of us - that my father set my journey into motion long before I was born."
"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects." ~Dalai Lama
Please enjoy this Consequences novel along with special appearances from your favorite Consequences characters.
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By DK on 01-18-18
The Next Generation...
+While this book is not reliant upon reading the others in the Consequences Series, I think it is appreciated more having read the others. If one has the background of the relationship of Claire and Tony, you understand more the characters and reasonings for decisions in RIPPLES.
I urge you to read the publisher's summary, on each book, for more details, as I'm afraid adding to it may it inadvertently reveal spoilers.
This is NOT the psychological thriller that the original CONSEQUENCES is. This is a full out dominant/submissive tale. I do not care for books with this premise – especially... grrrrrr, I cannot think of a way to communicate what bothers me without spoiling.
I was happy that Althea Romig lengthened the series – to the next generation, even though this particular installment was not for me. I do hope that Audible publishes/records further books.
This book was narrated by Eric Rolon and Kylie Stewart. I found both to be great voice performers.
Story: 3 stars
Performance: 4 stars
Overall: 3.5 stars
Credit worthy? Yes, if you are a fan of the Consequences Series.
Notations: some strong language, violence and sexual situations
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By BeazerB on 11-16-17
Gotta Love Aleatha Romig
I am a dedicated Aleatha Romig fan. I went to see when I first read her and low and behold, 3 years ago on November 6, 2013, I purchased Consequences. I have since read every book she has ever published.
The Consequences series is high on my list of favorites. Dark and twisted has never been my normal read, but when Aleatha Romig writes it, I read it and love it up. You can read this book as a standalone, but you are so missing out on the amazingness of Tony and Claire and their unique story.
This book had the darkness I love, the twists and turns too. Natalie and Dexter have a relationship that will mirror her parent's lives. Some serious Stockholm syndrome going on here and Natalie falls, hook, line and sinker.
"Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
Nat, aka Bug, should have listened to those words the moment Dexter spoke them.
The story as a whole was interesting and kept me listening and reading. My only concern was that it went too easy for me, to see Natalie acquiesce so easily was just too hard to swallow at times.
The ending seemed incomplete, I want more. I want to see the dynamic between Tony and Dexter and Natalie's entire family. So I will hold out some hope that maybe, just maybe Aleatha Romig has another novella, short story or full-length book about this family ruminating in her brain as we speak!
The audible - I enjoyed the narrators, the male narrator, Eric Ronlin was on point on for me for the male voices. His "evil laugh" is so perfect that it could be a sound bite for me. (Insert evil laugh). I found that his performance was believable and well rehearsed.
Kylie Steward, the female narrator felt as though she was just reading the book to me at times. Not making me feel what Natalie was feeling but telling me how Natalie was feeling. Overall, the book and audible were enjoyable and kept my interest. Just wanted a little more from both the story and the narrator at times.
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By SamK on 12-16-17
2.5 stars.... I am a HUGE Aleatha Romig fan, and every single one of her books have always left me in absolute AWE of her sheer storytelling ability and mind twists.... except for RIPPLES. This book left me with a sour taste in my mouth - I didn’t find anything likeable about Dexter - he was a complete douche with his degrading pet name for Natalie (“bug”), and his warped sense of being “her King”. And well, Natalie was obviously suffering from a case of Stockholm’s Syndrome but there was never one part in this story where I felt that her love for him was believable, or that it had shifted from hate/fear to love. Everything about their relationship felt forced even when she said that she loved him. There were so many eyeroll worthy moments in this book that I couldn’t wait for it to be finally over. And towards the end, more secrets are revealed and yet there is NO resolution of them. Is there going to be another book? Does Tony come to his baby girl’s rescue?? Sooo many questions and we are left hanging with a mediocre happy for now ending. I can only hope that Ms. Romig comes up with a follow up book to tie up all these loose ends. The only thing I actually liked about this book was the return of Tony, Claire, Phil and Taylor. It saddens me to say that I wish I could get back the hours I wasted listening to this audiobook.