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 (Unabridged Version) 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.
Hilary’s 5 Star Review
Stunning, jaw-dropping and just downright brilliant – Romig resurrects her Consequences series, bringing in the Rawlings children and sending those same intoxicating chills down my spine. Ripples was everything this Consequences lover could have hoped for, and more!
I first fell in love and hate with Romig when Tony Rawlings kidnapped Claire Nichols and taught her that every action has a consequence. I waited in agony for every single one of the books in that series. Claire felt like my sister, friend, someone I wanted to protect and love and hear every juicy detail of her life.
Romig’s works evoke every emotion, and Ripples was no exception. Although, I feel like I was a bit eager for what was to come, even as the dark twists came into sight, I was smiling. Smiling because I knew that Aleatha was back! And I have been so desperate for her words. Her twists. Her turn. That beautiful and intricate web she weaves.
For every action is a consequence. For every drop in a pool of water, no matter how small, a ripple occurs. How will that ripple effect you? And how far back did that drop happen?
Ripples follows Natalie Rawlings, the third born child of Anthony and Claire Rawlings. She is spoiled. She is America Royalty. She was his target.
Dexter Smithers had his eyes set on Natalie Rawlings. She was his. They belonged together. And he was going to make the spoiled Rawlings princess kneel and rise as his queen.
Don’t worry. If you haven’t read the Consequences series, Ripples can be read as a standalone novel. HOWEVER, you MUST, and I repeat, you MUST read the Consequences series that started it all when you are done.
Thank you, Aleatha, for perfect additional to one of my favorite series. You have done the original proud! And I truly hope that these characters talk your ear off so we, the readers, can have the pleasure of reading them again.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed on behalf of The Read Report.*
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 stand alone 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 romantic suspense 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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