Truth (Consequences #2) by Aleatha Romig
Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Dark, Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction.
Published: October 2012
Length: 468 pages
5 out of 5 Stars (It was a really good sequel…loved!)
I am always so leery of sequels. Many are just “fillers” until the third book in the trilogy comes out. I hate that. However, that was not in the case with Truth the sequel to Consequences.
Synopsis: When Claire finally is released from jail and from Anthony Rawlings, she makes it a mission to rebuild her life. After being under the control of Tony for so long, she knows it will be a struggle, but one she cannot fail at. How easy will that be when she knows that Tony likes to control everything in his life and even though she is no longer “in” his life, she knows that Tony will not give her up that easily. However, what Claire begins to learn is not everyone is fooled in the façade that Anthony Rawlings put out for people to see.
The second book in the Consequences series was so well written, so original; I loved the twists and turns. Just when I thought I had everything figured there was an unexpected twist.
I am emotionally invested in the lives of Claire and Tony. I don’t know if I will regret saying this, but I started to like Tony. Yes, I know!!! I saw him as a different man, but not sure if I am blinded by all his “everything.” Readers, you know what I mean!!!!
And what an amazing job the author did by having me change my opinion about certain characters. I can’t believe I started hating some and loving others. Maybe I am suffering Stockholm syndrome??!! Can I get that as a reader????
My favorite… favorite scene in the whole book is the scene when Claire meets Tony at the restaurant for the first time after she has been released from jail. I read Truth twice already and that is still my favorite scene in the entire book. That scene was just so…Tony. I don’t want to give away specifics but from the minute Claire walked into the restaurant to the end it was everything I could see Tony do. I seriously love and hate that man. I need help!!
Hours after finishing the book, I was thinking about the characters. I rarely say this about a book, but I am not sure if I want an HEA with this series. The ending had me asking “what just happened???” And this is why I loved the book. I love that I am not sure which way I want the story to go.
- Did I skim? No. So much happens in this book, you can not skim.
- Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes!
- Will I reread? Already have and probably will again before Convicted comes out.
- Positives: Well paced. The sequel did not disappoint.
- Negatives: My only gripe is that we have to wait for the release until the end of 2013/beginning of 2014.
- Do I recommend? Yes. I loved it!!!!
Author Interview (Part II)
What was the hardest part about writing Consequences and Truth?
The hardest part was writing a trilogy and not knowing I was writing a trilogy! I wrote Consequences as a standalone book. I left it “open”. However, I had no idea where it would go. Then with Truth and now with Convicted, I have to check dates and work diligently to be sure everything fits together.
How long did it take you to write Consequences and Truth?
I wrote Consequences slower, it was all trial and error. Truth, once it started flowing, which was about 5 – 6 months into it, I wrote the entire manuscript in four months.
Did you learn anything from writing Consequences and Truth? If yes, what was it?
OMG! I’ve learned SO much. I’ve gone to seminars and workshops. I’ve talked with talented amazing authors. I’ve listened to readers and reviewers. The entire process has been one big education. I’ve learned to know the rules and know when to break them. Value others opinions but write for me. If I don’t love what I write, no one else will.
Did any parts or scenes of Consequences and/or Truth come from personal experiences or of experiences of other people?
There are a few snippets here and there. However, most of the material is from fiction, books, TV shows, and movies… all woven together.
Did your husband and children read your books? If yes, what were their reactions to the story?
My husband is my “sounding board”. I often read scenes to him. My children have not read, but they know the story. We’ve had many dinner discussions regarding Claire and Tony.
Is there a meaning behind the cover of Consequences and Truth?
Yes, at the end of Consequences, the note in the box says, “You’re just a piece of the puzzle”. The entire book is a puzzle for the reader to put together. Remember, things are not always as they appear. And Truth, I wanted to stay with the “game” theme. The entire book is like a chess match. I also like the inclusion of Claire’s pearl necklace.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Follow your heart and get a good editor!
Do you have anything that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you! I could never have imagined how loving and outgoing readers could be. I’m enjoying every minute of this fantastic ride. Please continue to tell others about my books. Word of mouth is still the best recommendation.
What is your favorite movie? Favorite book?
One of my favorite movies, I’ve watched so many times I know by heart is: Overboard with Goldie Hawn. Favorite book, I always say: Gone With the Wind. Truly, there are too many to pick one!
What is the most shocking thing a fan has asked you since Consequences and Truth have been published?
That! lol Nothing comes to mind. Maybe I’m not easily shocked.
Will Convicted be the last book in the series?
Yes, it’s time to move on. However, no matter how many more books or series’ I write, Tony and Claire will always be special – they’re my first. You always remember your first!
When will Convicted be coming out?
The release date isn’t set. I’m hoping for late 2013 / early 2014. We’ll see!
Thank you for this interview. I cannot tell you how excited I am for the release of Convicted.
Thank you so much for having me here! And thank you for telling people about my books! I’m very excited about Convicted too… I promise more twists and turns! I have a reputation to maintain.
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Series Reading Order:
Convicted (Consequences #3)