This reading companion explores the thoughts and motivations of Anthony Rawlings and his struggle to accept the truth behind the consequences. It is not intended as a total rewrite of TRUTH, but meant to enhance the reader’s understanding. BEHIND HIS EYES TRUTH contains significant scenes from the novel TRUTH, as experienced from Anthony’s point of view. It also contains never before read, behind the scenes information, a glossary of the characters, and a timeline which grows from Consequences to include the array of new characters and revelations found in the pages of Truth.
BEHIND HIS EYES TRUTH is the continued journey inside the mind of the man who supplied and survived the consequences. This companion allows readers the opportunity to witness first hand as Anthony’s world changes forever. His rules and control begin to slip away, threatened by the most unlikely foes—something completely unfamiliar.
Can something as pure as love and forgiveness wreak havoc on his well-planned existence?
BEHIND HIS EYES TRUTH, because there is more to learn about a man who:
Once upon a time, signed a napkin that he knew was a contract. As an esteemed businessman, he forgot one very important rule—he forgot to read the fine print. It wasn’t an acquisition to own another person as he’d previously assumed. It was an agreement to acquire a soul.
—Aleatha Romig, CONVICTED
Continue the long and painful acquisition, as the TRUTH becomes evident, from Behind His Eyes!
Glancing at the numerous pictures from his years of surveillance, Tony wondered if he and Claire had come full circle. Would it be like this again? Would his only connection to her be through this new investigator? Would he only see Claire in two dimensions? Tony searched for their contract, the beginning of their personal journey together. He knew it wouldn’t be that easy again. If he were to get her back to Iowa and into his life, it wouldn’t be because of a signature on a napkin.
Then he shook his head. He didn’t want her back, did he? Hell, the lack of sleep was making him sentimental. He stopped his search. The damn contract was no longer valid; it never had been—legally. Pushing the box back into its hideaway, he contemplated throwing it all away. Having her back wasn’t his goal; learning her location was. She had no right to disappear.
With the necklace in his hand, Tony settled upon the soft leather sofa in front of his fireplace. If Phillip Roach were correct, in a few moments he’d hear the voice that used to fill his suite and his house. When her voice came through his phone, Tony wanted to feel her presence. He imagined the sound as he looked up at her wedding portrait and saw the emerald green that haunted his dreams. What did he want to hear? He wanted to know she was safe and unharmed. He wanted to know where she was, and he also wanted to bring her back to Iowa—because that was where she belonged.
It didn’t make sense. To the world she was the woman who tried to kill him. To Tony she was more than that. The past twenty hours had proven it. She was his drug. Claire Nichols ran through his system like ecstasy, sending him on otherwise unobtainable highs. He reasoned that lows followed highs, and she’d given him those, too; they’d given them to each other. Nevertheless, without the right stimulant, the euphoria could never again be achieved. Whether it was elation or misery, neither would be obtainable without the exhilarating potency of Claire. He didn’t want an empty envelope. He wanted her. Nathaniel was wrong: Claire wasn’t gone; she was just misplaced.
For the last twenty-four hours, his entire being had surged with anticipation. Claire may not understand it—hell, Tony didn’t understand it, but he couldn’t deny it. Now that she was gone, he needed her back in his life, and he would have her.
My delightful two cents:
Behind His Eyes Truth is for fans of the bestselling Consequences series by Aleatha Romig. It is a companion novel and not meant to be read as a standalone book. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to read this extraordinary series from the beginning, I highly recommend you do so. It’s a dark, twisted journey that will boggle your mind yet leave you craving more. Need more convincing? Read my review of Consequences here. Then read my review of Truth here. And my review of Behind His Eyes Consequences here.
Still not convinced? Peruse reviews of the entire series on Goodreads. If you enjoy dark, thrilling romances with surprising twists and turns, you will no doubt want to devour these books. Then you will undoubtedly want to read the latest in the series, Behind His Eyes Truth, which provides us an even further detailed glimpse into the perverse mind of a man once obsessed with seeking revenge on behalf of his deceased grandfather for past wrong doings.
“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.”Anthony Rawlings has had his world rocked. Turned upside down. Spun out of control. The very control that he is so used to maintaining with every fiber of his being. The cause of this earth shattering transformation?
(Mary Shelley, Frankenstein)
“Claire was the woman who spun his otherwise calm, predictable life out of control.”What was once supposed to be an act of vengeance and nothing more than an acquisition, became an irrevocable and undeniable twist of fate.
Filling an envelope. Falling in love. Shedding tears. Apologizing. Anthony Rawlings doesn’t partake in any of these. At least he thinks he doesn’t.
“Anthony Rawlings had all the comforts money could buy, and he couldn’t remember being more miserable.”This isn’t just simply a retelling of the book from an alternate point of view. Behind His Eyes Truth digs deep into Tony’s psyche giving us an intriguing look into his deepest and most private thoughts and feelings during significant portions of the story. We observe Tony at his most vulnerable, a quality we rarely knew even existed before gaining entry into the mind of this egotistical, controlling, arrogant man.
We know we are supposed to hate him, so why do so many of us end up falling for him? I’m convinced that Aleatha’s eloquent writing style contains some sort of magical fairy dust. She has this unique ability to turn around a most hateful and shameful character and I not only forgave him but also fell even more in love with him. I struggled. I did struggle with our love/hate relationship. But the love ultimately won out. I couldn’t help myself. Must have been the magical fairy dust.
The banter between Tony and Claire…absofreakinglutely priceless. Tony most certainly met his match. After her release from prison, Claire was stronger, resilient, and fiercely independent. Or as Tony would say, “sexy, bold, and cheeky.” She took no crap. And Tony noticed.
“Times change; Claire’s action was challenge, one he gleefully accepted.”
“No, her spirit wasn’t broken. If anything, she was stronger than before.”Aleatha is adept at causing us to experience the same overwhelming emotions of her characters, whether it be turmoil, stress, relief or love. She has successfully provided us with another emotional roller coaster ride in the Consequences series and never ceases to amaze me. And she certainly doesn’t disappoint. We all know that Tony does NOT like to be disappointed. After all, disappointment results in serious consequences.
In the words of another Aleatha fan (and I apologize for not remembering who coined this phrase), I’ve been Aleathaed, irrevocably and undeniably Aleathaed!
Have you been Aleathaed? If not, seriously, what are you waiting for?
In less than two months, we’ll have one more perspective from Tony’s point of view in Behind His Eyes Convicted, The Missing Years. That my friends is going to be one helluva ride!
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, who has been voted #1 "New Author to Read" on Goodreads, July 2012 - Present!
Aleatha has lived most of her life in Indiana, growing-up in Mishawaka, graduating from Indiana University, and currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty seven years, they've raised three children. 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 with her family and friends. Her pastimes include exercising, reading, and creating heroes/ anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!
Aleatha enjoys traveling, especially when there is a beach involved. In 2011 she had the opportunity to visit Sydney, Australia to visit her daughter studying at the University of Wollongong. Her dream is to travel to places in her novels and around the world.
CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011 by Xlibris Publishing. Then in October of 2012, Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012, and CONVICTED, the final installment of the Consequences Series, was released October 8, 2013! She is now releasing the CONSEQUENCES READING COMPANIONS: BEHIND HIS EYES – A trilogy of companions, from Anthony Rawlings’ POV.
Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.
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