Counsellor by Celia Aaron – REVIEW

Counsellor by Celia Aaron
(Acquisition #1)
Publication date: September 28th 2015
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.

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Review by Gina

I was intrigued by the description of Celia Aaron’s Counsellor. Getting into dark romance and having read just a few, I wanted to give this book a try and I was not disappointed.

Much like many mob type stories where things may look above board on the surface, these successful families of Louisiana live a rather depraved and dark life. Sinclair Vinemont is no different. And with Stella as his Acquisition, he plans to win. Win what—we are not entirely sure other than running the whole group of families as sort of the ‘king.’ Kind of like a mob boss?!?

Stella Rousseau agrees to become Sinclair’s to save her father. Her father has been in trouble with the law and Sinclair is the district attorney for this Louisiana area. A complete fluff job seeing as he has more money than he knows what to do with. If her father “sells” her to him, Sinclair will keep her father out of jail. Stella agrees to this because she doesn’t want her father in jail. Easy enough of a premise. However, Stella does not know exactly what she’s agreed to. Sinclair hasn’t told her what being his Acquisition actually means. And the reader isn’t entirely clear either, which makes the reader experience each scene with Stella.

Stella is strangely attracted to her captor, but tries to deny those feelings as well as trying to figure out what her role in this Acquisition game. It’s a struggle for her. She’s forced to face her inner demons and Sinclair’s.

The characters are well developed—from Stella and Sinclair—to Sinclair’s brother and Stella’s step-brother. Each character has likeable qualities and then those that are not-so-likeable. At times, you’re not sure how you feel about each person and that makes for an interesting story. Sometimes you’re cheering for Sinclair and Stella—it’s clear he sees her as more than just his Acquisition. But sometimes you hate him because he doesn’t have the balls to step out of this game and save Stella the humiliation and hurt.

The ending of this book surprised me and definitely has me curious about book two. I was impressed with the writing—well done! I enjoyed the characters and the seeing the darker side. We all know it’s there—we all have it. We just don’t all tap it. This book will definitely assist in understanding why we are more apt to tamp down our dark side. But well worth the read.

4 silver buckles

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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.

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

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