Behind His Eye
by Aleatha Romig
BEHIND HIS EYES CONSEQUENCES is a dark journey into the mind of the man who believes that he controls everything and controls nothing. 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
It was a long and painful acquisition—especially from Behind His Eyes!
~~~~~~REVIEW DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR CONSEQUENCES AND SHOULD ONLY BE READ AFTER COMPLETING THE ENTIRE SERIES; Consequences, Truth, and Convicted~~~~~~~~~~~
Once again I entered the world of Tony and Claire. I must say it was a bit heart wrenching to go back to the beginning. Having already seen some of the story from Tony’s POV I was somewhat prepared, but I don’t anything could really prepare me for the Tony Rawlings that graces the pages of BHE-C.
This was a story that had to roll around in my head for a few days. It brought back all of the old feelings of utter disbelief that came at the end of Consequences. When I started BHE-C I expected to see a little bit more inner turmoil regarding Tony’s treatment of Claire. That maybe he had been a little more hesitant, but that isn’t what’s I read. If you take the Tony presented on the page he is a cold, calculating, harsh, mean, controlling, manipulative, exacting bastard to put it mildly. I remembered all the reasons he was such an unlikeable guy. When I finished the book I was very disappointed in Tony because I had hoped his demeanor in Consequences had been more of a façade. By the time I finished the book I knew it wasn’t.
Or so I thought. I always say a book doesn’t have to be made up of likeable characters to be a good book, it has to stay with you and make you think about it, even when you don’t want to think about it because the male lead was a jerk. So I pondered Tony’s choices and his reactions. I wondered why he couldn’t he see what was right in front of him? We know he saw it later on. Then it dawned on me it wasn’t that he couldn’t admit what he saw, but that he had no frame of reference to put what he saw in it’s correct context. He saw everything, but not being familiar with what he was experiencing he couldn’t make it equal the reality he had always known. If you’ve never been taught love and forgiveness, how can you understand your first experience with it? And much like the readers of Claire’s story Tony couldn’t understand how she could truly forgive him and love him after the things he had done.
We all know Tony did unforgivable things. Maybe the person who thought he was the least forgivable was Tony himself.
Another superbly crafted story by Aleatha. She stayed true to her character while giving a fresh, if brutal, view of an already polarizing story.
This review was prepared by Liz.
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