Monday, 16 November 2015

Counsellor (Acquisition #1) by Celia Aaron * ARC Review, NetGalley*


In the heart of Louisiana, the most powerful people in the South live behind elegant gates, mossy trees, and pleasant masks. Once every ten years, the pretense falls away and a tournament is held to determine who will rule them. The Acquisition is a crucible for the Southern nobility, a love letter written to a time when barbarism was enshrined as law. 

Now, Sinclair Vinemont is in the running to claim the prize. There is only one way to win, and he has the key to do it — Stella Rousseau, his Acquisition. To save her father, Stella has agreed to become Sinclair's slave for one year. Though she is at the mercy of the cold, treacherous Vinemont, Stella will not go willingly into darkness. 

As Sinclair and Stella battle against each other and the clock, only one thing is certain: The Acquisition always ends in blood. 

Full disclosure: This book is a dark romance with elements of slavery, violence, BDSM, and super-hot sex. It is the first of a series and ends on a cliffhanger. If you're good with these caveats, enjoy.



Hi, I'm Celia. Nice to meet you. Can you keep a secret? 

I write smut. Gritty, dirty, delicious smut. This is a secret we can share. I'll do the writing. You do the reading. We have to keep our relationship quiet because I have a highly respectable day job, mostly involving putting bad boys behind bars. At night, I let the bad boys play a bit in my imagination, as you will see.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my stories. And remember, it's our secret.

Links: Goodreads / Twitter

4 Stars

Sinclair Vinemont, our anti-hero, belongs to an old and long line of aristocratic ancestry. An ancestry so old, they belong to the most affluent and prestigious, and they govern themselves via a Sovereign. Sinclair a lawyer by day, and at night when the mask comes off, their is only darkness, their is only a Vinemont. 

As the eldest Vinemont, and as per traditions, it is Sinclair's duty to participate and fulfil the role within the Acquisition. This is where our forlorn heroine comes into play. Stella Rousseau, is acquired in a one year contract, in order to aid her father's escape from life imprisonment.  Sinclair is her only hope, but soon, we will see that he becomes her worst enemy.

Preparations for the Acquisition Trials become a mass of emotional and physical torture for Stellar. She soon discovers the true nature of Sinclair Vinemont. And his darkness and the lines of tradition supersedes any and all feelings he has for Stellar.

In trying to play the game, for her own salvation, her main mission to lure Vinemont into caring for her, thus seeking her own self preservation, but instead... She became enamoured with him. Now, her heart was the one caught in a trap.

This story captured me from the start. The masterful display of savagery and the intimacy of want, all warring together, in an intense and sadistic story of ancestral brutality among the elitist.

*ARC provided via NetGalley for an honest review* Thanks!

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