Thursday, May 22, 2014

Behind His Eyes - The Missing Years: Aleatha Romig

THE MISSING YEARS is the final piece to Aleatha Romig’s CONSEQUENCES SERIES puzzle. Follow the twists and turns as secrets are revealed, consequences are delivered, and the future is shown.

In CONVICTED we saw what happened that fateful afternoon at the Rawlings Estate. Now experience the shocking repercussions first-hand. More than a companion, this full-length novel fills in the gap of time that was only mentioned, beginning when Claire Nichols forgets and seen through the eyes of collective men (the HIS is plural).

In THE MISSING YEARS, readers will see Anthony Rawlings fight for what belongs to him and cope with the reality of his past. Watch as Harrison Baldwin discovers the truth that threatens his beliefs, and as John Vandersol comes to terms with his revelations. Witness Phillip Roach, as he decides with whom his loyalties lay, and Brent Simmons, as he demonstrates the meaning of friendship—no matter the cost.

As the pieces of the puzzle fall into place, BEHIND HIS EYES CONVICTED goes beyond. This final instalment of the series offers a glimpse into the future of the lives that will forever be changed because there was 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

BEHIND HIS EYES CONVICTED also contains a complete glossary of characters and a timeline that covers the entire series. If you have read New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig’s CONSEQUENCES, TRUTH, and CONVICTED, you must learn the rest of the story: BEHIND HIS EYES CONVICTED: THE MISSING YEARS!

I was not sure exactly what to expect with this book as I loved all the books in this series and the BHE books so I found myself intrigued; not knowing what to expect.  Well I was certainly surprised and in a very good way.  This book by Aleatha not only answered some of my questions but also gave me such an insight into the other characters in the Consequences Series.  

In the Missing Years you hear from many of our beloved male characters in this series POV. It was very refreshing, it is such a delight to read what the others though rather than guess as I did while reading Convicted.

What struck me in this book was Tony, the anguish and dare I say it, the humanity of him.  You experience this immediately from the prologue and it’s refreshing to see how Tony comes out of his comfort zone, he is lost and distraught over situations he cannot control but most of all he is in turmoil regarding his family.  I loved this side of Tony, I loved Tony from the Truth book but I feel in these BHE books Tony comes more to life, you see the reasons behind the actions and I must admit I understood him, I felt for him as he reacts to things going on around him that he cannot control.

Aleatha shared this quote from Aristotle Onassis and to me it is so relevant of this book “It is during our darkest moment that we must focus to see the light”

Phil is such a character and I loved in this story that not only does Aleatha give us more  knowledge of Phil, but he comes to life, he is an enigma in the previous books but in here, he is on his own, you learn more about him and what he feels, thinks and the choices he makes.

I loved reading about Harry, Phil, John and Emily, even Courtney and Brent they are all here. 

In Convicted I was always wondering why Emily was being the way she was, what made her like she was with Claire and her isolation? It was interesting in this book where Aleatha answered all my questions regarding these people, I can’t say I agreed with Emily & John in Convicted but I understand now why they did what they did.

This book has so much in it, it would be easy to go into too much detail and end up giving you spoilers, however, there are some surprises for you in here that make you sit up and read more.

There was a point that John say’s in this book which made me smile when thinking about Claire.  John compares Claire to a Phoenix, and that is so true, no matter what she has been through she rises above it all. 
Claire is a fighter we see that in all the other books and especially in Convicted, what surprises me though is how much Tony fights for Claire.... his Family.

Throughout The Missing Years, there are times where you think back to the series and know exactly what happened, there was no repetitiveness, everything was new from the eyes of who was telling the story.
There is emotion throughout this whole story but the realization that Tony has is astounding and so very well written that you cannot do anything but feel moved and sorry for him, you feel his pain, his anguish about his family and about revelations from his past you also see the insecurity Tony has regarding future for him and his family that you just have to read more, well that is what I felt.

I love how Tony reiterates to Claire how much he loves her “I told you before. I’ve never pretended to love you! I do love you! That’s present tense!”   to me this was the best way to end this remarkable, captivating, romantic story, however, we all know Tony and although he does not profess and never will that life will be a Happily Ever After or that he will not mess things up, he does promise (and as we all know Tony is a man of his word and keeps his promises) that he will endeavor to do try his best for the rest of his life.

This book is a must read but not if you have not read the entire series first.  I will miss Tony, Claire and everyone else in this series, it has been a pleasure to read
I leave you with this teaser  


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 third in the series, was released October 8, 2013. 

Unexpectedly, the fourth book of the Consequences series came to life with Behind His Eyes Convicted: THE MISSING YEARS. It is the fourth full-length novel in the series. It explores the missing years in Convicted that previously were only mentioned as well as a complete character glossary and timeline. THE MISSING YEARS will be released May 20, 2014.

Aleatha also wrote reading companions for the Consequences Series. BEHIND HIS EYES CONSEQUENCES (Book 1.5) and BEHIND HIS EYES TRUTH (Book 2.5) are currently available for those time and scenes when the readers asked, “What was he thinking?” These companions also contain never before behind the scenes scenes.

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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