Counsellor (Acquisition #1) by Celia Aaron is dark romance at its finest. The undercurrent of sexual tension, desire and a deep darkness added to the mystery of the Acquisition. The author slowly exposes pieces of the story, leaving readers on the edge. And each new unveiling of the secrets leaves us shaking our heads but also unwilling to put the book down. It all concludes with a cliffhanger - and I can not wait to read the second book.
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.
5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
This book was given to us through NetGalley. Many thanks.