REVIEWS – Ebook & Audible ~~ Ripples by @AleathaRomig
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.
Kerry’s 4.5 Blush Review
Aleatha takes us back into the Rawlings family. If you don’t know who they are, I suggest you read The Consequences Series. You wouldn’t want to disappoint Tony! With the web that has been woven, could history repeat? Natalie is struggling with who she is, she is the youngest(baby) and she’s privileged. Natalie doesn’t realize that the day she was born her path was set. Some might say it’s a dream or a nightmare but this is her story.
Aleatha as lured us back to the dark side. There’s no black and white with the Rawlings.
Dexter is handsome, dangerous. There is a look in his eyes. You can see it! He has a motive and you wonder if Natalie will fall for him.
Aleatha has given us so much more with Ripples! I can’t believe how much I have missed these characters. Tony is still his overbearing self. Claire gives her unconditional love to her family. Phil and Taylor will always serve to protect their family.
I felt their story ended way too soon and hopefully we will see more of Rawlings and the Smithers. Just hoping Tony won’t want to disappoint his fans.
Louisa’s 3.5 Blush Review
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.
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.