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.
Counsellor is the first solo Celia Aaron book that I have read, familiar with the hilarious, sarcastic and crude banter Celia Aaron brought in Cleat Chaser; Counsellor was a welcomed surprise into the twisted mind of this author and the versatility of her writing. Taking readers into the dark and depraved secrets of America’s south, Celia Aaron has seductively trapped me in a fictional world that has me questioning what I know about reality.
Counsellor hits the ground running, introducing readers to Sinclair (Sin) Vinemont and Stella Rousseau. Filled with intense emotion, pain, grit and debauchery; the tone of the Acquisition series is set from the very first page. With the decision to provide limited background knowledge of her characters, Celia Aaron successfully places you into the here and now. Fuelled by lies, deceit, betrayal and heartache Counsellor is a book about choices and enduring all the consequences that come.
Sin and Stella are opposites, brought together under the most unusual circumstances, a deal is made with the devil and the unfolding of the Acquisition and its process is brought to life. Told in alternating perspectives Sin and Stella suck you into their world; engrossed, captivated, invested. The passion, chemistry, lust and the powerful similarities between love and hate will have you excusing abhorrent atrocities and making sense of the dark, complicated and powerful connection between Sin and Stella.
The plot of Counsellor is enhanced through the perfect use of secondary characters. Explaining the reason behind Sin and Stella’s union is enhanced with the presence of other characters; seamlessly symbolising all of Sin and Stella’s obstacles. Flawlessly weaving both Vinemont brothers into the story, Aarons highlights the distinct theme of wrong versus right, good versus evil and love versus hate.
Knowing that Counsellor is the first book in the series, you will have no choice but to jump straight into book two. With your heart racing and possibilities being endless, the story of Sin, Stella and The Acquisition will pull every possible emotion out of you. In Counsellor, Celia Aaron prepares you for Sin and Stella’s journey into hell, because, with an ending like that; I’m sure the worst is yet to come.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Celia Aaron is the self-publishing pseudonym of a published romance and erotica author. She loves to write stories with hot heroes and heroines that are twisty and often dark. Thanks for reading.