Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Counsellor (Acquisition #1) by Celia Aaron

Counsellor (Acquisition #1) by Celia Aaron
Publication date: September 28th 2015
Purchase Link:  Amazon
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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.

My Thoughts:
“I’ve never been a good man. My darkness is neither restrained nor buried. It lives right at the surface. The only thing that hides it is my mask.”

Oh wow! That was absolutely dark, twisted and quite disturbing at times! Counsellor by Celia Aaron was exactly what I needed to shock my reading palette! This is the first novel in what I believe is a three book series, and I can tell you now, I have no intention of putting this down. On to book two!! I must see how this dark tale continues!

When Stella Rousseau decides to take Sinclair Vinemont’s offer of being his Acquisition for a year in exchange for her father’s release from a hefty prison sentence, she has no idea what she’s bargained for in this dangerous agreement. Living in the deep south, the Vinemont’s are among several powerful families in Louisiana that take part in a tournament held every ten years, where slavery and sadism are the basis of the game and losing is not an option. When Stella becomes Sin’s Acquisition, she’s immersed in a barbaric game that could cost her more than she ever thought to sacrifice.

Despite the pain and danger Sin puts Stella through, she never gives up hope that she will make it through the year she agreed to be a part of his sick game. It was heartbreaking to witness her being degraded and tortured in order to protect her father. I knew from the beginning that Stella was going to begin to fall for her captor, Sin, and as much as I don’t want it to happen I can see the appeal in this dark and hard-edged character.

"To want the touch of the devil was nothing short of a mortal sin."

Sinclair is nothing short of lethal, handsome, and absolutely motivated by the traditions of his ruling faction that has been a part of his history for over 150 years. There is plenty of darkness in him that guides every move he makes, but when he has brief moments of vulnerability you see the man he prefers to be.

Overall, I found myself captivated by this twisted tale. I wanted to know more about the Acquisition, as well as Sin’s parents who are mysteriously out of the picture but not out of the story. Celia Aaron does a great job at giving me just enough details to whet my appetite and have me scrambling for the second book. I am hooked!
4 Suns

Author Bio:
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. At night, I become markedly less respectable, as you will see.

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  1. Great review, Arlene! I love dark and twisted books and this sounds like a great read! Glad you liked it! :)

  2. Sounds like a really interesting read!

  3. Great review, this author is new to me and I am excited to check ou this book/series. Thanks!