Truth (Consequences #2) by Aleatha Romig

Truth (Consequences, #2)

From goodreads: Claire Nichols endured the CONSEQUENCES of Anthony Rawlings’ vendetta.

When she first arrived to his home, her goal was survival. Through strength and compartmentalization Claire captivated her captor. Her resilience in the face of his rule threatened Anthony’s well developed plan. Domination became desire and power turned to love.

Their passion and adoration in a world of opulence appeared perfect. Yet, reality was a roller coaster of emotion. Claire’s world teetered on the edge of sanity as Antony monitored her every move. When given the opportunity to flee, Claire drove away. A fateful decision which set a well laid plan into motion.

However, unbeknownst to either of them, there were others who saw past the perfect facade of Anthony Rawlings. There were others who saw the TRUTH. Conspiracy and unfulfilled promises result in an early prison release for Claire. Not just a release – a pardon. According to the law, her crime never happened!

Will it be that easy? Faced with freedom from her past… can Claire seize it? Can she build a new life, mend her broken spirit, become the woman she once was, and seek her own revenge? Or is it all a game? And does the game master have different plans?

How does Sophia Burke fit into the puzzle that is Tony and Claire? Will her presence affect the future of this well esteemed man? Can he dominate twice? Is that his goal?

TRUTH continues the tumultuous saga of CONSEQUENCES, introduces new players, and uncovers more intrigue. Aleatha Romig skillfully weaves past transgressions through current deception to create a fervent world of obsessed desire. In this reality can an all-consuming relationship survive?

When buried sins are discovered they threaten not only Tony and Claire’s future — but their very lives! Will the TRUTH be revealed in time?

Truth blew me away!  It’s absolutely riveting,completely amazing and there is nothing predictable about it.  This story is unlike any other story I’ve read before and I loved every word! Claire and Anthony have the most bizarre relationship which obviously is a huge understatement.  But they are still drawn to each other in a way that left me completely confused considering the ending of the first book, Consequences.

“In their figurative game of chess, Anthony Rawlings had Claire in check. Every move she made, he countered.”

Claire really becomes an incredibly strong and amazing woman in Truth.  She has a voice and she’s ready to fight as best as she can which made me do backflips since she didn’t have much of anything when she first starts out with Anthony.  But Claire is resilient and she even meets a new love interest who is swoon worthy in his own right, Harry.

Anthony doesn’t really change and he’s the same awful man as he was in the first book.  He’s just despicable and I can’t believe I’m about to say this but by the end of the story I developed a soft spot for him! I know, I know, I know but redeeming qualities were revealed!!!  I’m so ashamed to even admit that but the heart wants what the heart wants!

This is a complex story filled with complex characters that have compelling roles and the layers of mystery will command your full attention.  There are so many twists and turns that I thought I might get whiplash and yes, it’s that intense of a story.  Something new would surprise as the story progressed and just when I thought I figured everything out, I didn’t.

“It’s documented, when a person is forbidden something, once it’s available, they tend to overindulge.” Tony met her gaze, his tone a sultry melody, “Before it is made available, a person may dream of it, long for it, and fantasize about it. Especially if they once had it and know how amazing it is.”

The pace of this story is excellent, the attention to detail is astounding and the plot is brilliant.  By the time I was done reading Truth I was completely invested in every character and I was emotionally exhausted.  Questions were answered in this book but those very answers brought new questions!

My final two cents: This is story about love that’s wrapped-up tightly in a blanket of deception and lies. Truth has been categorized as a psychological thriller and it is and once you start reading this book you will wonder why you didn’t read it sooner! Yes, it’s that good!  ;)



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