Monday, November 6, 2017

Ripples by Aleatha Romig Blog Tour

You don’t have to read the Consequences series to enjoy this stand-alone novel, but if you know Tony Rawlings, you know that disappointing him isn’t an option. Imagine being his youngest daughter... imagine telling him the unimaginable...

“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

Ripples is Natalie’s story, the youngest of Tony and Claire’s children—their baby. This story first appeared in shorter form in Glamour: Contemporary Fairytale Retellings. Due to the length restriction of each novella in that anthology, many scenes in Ripples were shortened or omitted for that anthology. This unabridged edition is the entire story—double in length and—a full-length novel.

Please enjoy this Consequences novel along with special appearances from your favorite Consequences characters.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Dark Romance
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I love Aleatha Romig stories. She has a way to winding a story and twisting things to seem one way, but they really are another. I have read all of the books leading up to this one and despite the anticipation, I didn’t really enjoy this as I thought I would.

Natalie is spoiled and knows it. However, she just can’t seem to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She has failed out of college and has to go home and face her father. She’s not looking forward to it, but before she can, she meets Dexter. He seems okay, but soon after the flight takes off, her senses ping and she realizes that she is in major trouble.

Dexter has been watching Natalie. He stalks and “befriends” her while she is returning to face the music that has become her life. He steals her away and hides her, but communicates with her family and orchestrates a double to be seen around. He has everything planned.

I think for me, it just rang too much like book one, Consequences. It was such a similar premise, just with Natalie instead of her mom. Dexter was so much like Tony it seemed that they could be related. There is almost a sense of Stockholm Syndrome and I’m not sure if that was the intention. There is definitely steamy scenes and a lot of dark and twisty scenes, so it holds true to Romig's themes.

I think that I was expecting a very different story and because I went in with a preconceived notion of what I was going to get, this just didn’t deliver. It will be interesting to see where this series goes because it seemed that there is a lot more story to tell. I want to see how Natalie and her mom now relate and how Tony handles seeing this from Dexter's perspective.

Who would have thought that one of Claire and Tony's children would be like Natalie? While Nichol and Nate are go-getters, doing well in their careers and successful. Natalie is not content, doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. But being the baby she can get away with most anything, that is why she is on a commercial flight, instead of a private flight for a family vacation.

She meets a man on the plane that she thinks is cute and nice, but something's not right when they land in Germany. She finds out he is not what he seems to be and Natalie is along for the ride.

Dexter Smithers has been watching Natalie for a while now and he has finally gotten his chance to get her. But what are his plans for her? And who is Dexter really? Will Tony, Claire, and Phil find her before it is too late?

"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects." ~Dalai Lama

I loved everything about the Consequences series and couldn't wait to read this one and now I am left wanting more. Aleatha Romig is an automatic go-to author for me and I hope you read this one, even if you haven't read any of the other parts of the series. I loved it and hope you do too.

3.5 stars

I've sat trying to think of a way to write this review.

First off, I want to say I was super excited to get this book. Consequences was one of my favourite series, so I couldn't wait to jump into this.

Sadly, I didn't connect with the characters. There was no chemistry between Natalie and Dexter.

Natalie clearly has a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome and was making the best of her situation.

Dexter had no redeeming qualities; even in the end, he was too controlling and for me, he crossed the line into abuse.

I also felt it ended just when we would get some answers about him. Hopefully we will get another book where Dexter can redeem himself.

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. 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 a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, Consequences, in August of 2011. Consequences became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series Tales from the Dark Side, Insidious, in the fall of 2014. These standalone thrillers continue Aleatha's twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of Betrayal, the first of her five novel Infidelity series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books Into the Light and Away from the Dark were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

2017 brings Aleatha's first "Leatha, the lighter side of Aleatha" with Plus One, a fun, sexy romantic comedy.

Aleatha is a "Published Author's Network" member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America.  She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Ripples by Aleatha Romig to read and review for this tour. Avid Reader reviewed her personal copy of the book.

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