Series: Consequences #3
Author: Aleatha Romig
Review: Claire flees the United States and seeks asylum on a private island while Tony soon follows. They are preparing for the birth of their baby while also trying to find a way to bring down Catherine. The timeline alternates with flash forwards, where Claire is in a mental institution in Iowa and her sister is raising her child. How did Claire end up there? Did Tony attack her? Where is Tony?
I had high hopes for this book. I REALLY liked the first book and the first half of the second book. The ending of the second book spoiled the 'will Tony and Claire get back together' plot in this book. Even knowing this, I still enjoyed the cat and mouse activities through Europe until they officially got together but once they were back together my annoyance for Claire was unbearable. Her relationship with Tony has never been healthy but she became so co-dependent he couldn't even take a walk on the beach alone without her freaking out. The events that lead up to her having a psychotic break are directly related to her co-dependency issues (I'll avoid spoilers but she makes some REALLY BAD decisions, with an infant in tow no less). I enjoyed the scenes when she was in the mental facility, although it was sad that her sister was written as almost the villain. The end...things were tied up a little too pretty for my taste. I understand that author views Tony and Claire as the one in a million who can get through their past to have a healthy relationship, but I just didn't buy it. Overall, I enjoyed the series but this was least favorite out of the books.
One final note-Tony did redeem himself in this book, as he tried to take accountability for his actions. Props to Romig for making me actually like him somewhat, I didn't think that would happen!