Review: Ripples by Aleatha Romig

Posted November 3, 2017 by Jennifer D in 3.5 Star Reviews, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Ripples by Aleatha RomigRipples by Aleatha Romig
on October 31st, 2017
Pages: 266
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three-half-stars

Ripples: A Consequences Stand-alone Novel

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.

Review: Ripples by Aleatha Romig

My Thoughts…

I have to admit, I’m a little torn right now.  On one hand, I love me some Aleatha.  She always brings us the readers amazing twisted stories that make us question our sanity.  On the other, I feel like this is an unfinished story.  I’m perplexed by the ending.  I was immediately sucked into Natalie and Dexter’s story and maybe I’m selfish that I wanted more!  The ending was just let short for me and if there was just a little more I would have been happy.  This story can be read as a standalone but it does heavily intertwine with The Consequences Series and is told in third person.

Natalie Rawlings is the youngest daughter to Tony and Claire Rawlings.  She is more like her mother than her other siblings where she is a free spirit and her siblings follow their father in a strong business sense. Flunking out of Harvard, she is about to break the news to them that she’s not returning for the next semester.  Dreading the inevitable, she knows she must come clean to them. She boards a flight to meet the rest of her family to only have her life changed forever.  When she awakes from a nap on the plane, she is forced a new reality she never expected.

Dexter is a force to be reckoned with.  He knew him and Natalie were destined to be together. It was just a matter of time before it became reality.  He knows he must get her to love him in his own way.   Will Natalie submit to his ways? She wanted to live her own life but at what cost? If you are a fan of the Consequences series, you would definitely enjoy Ripples.

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About Aleatha Romig

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. 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.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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