Counsellor by Celia Aaron

Posted February 26, 2016 in Blog Tour, Book Review / 1 Comment


Counsellor by Celia Aaron

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
Counsellor by Celia AaronCounsellor by Celia Aaron
Series: Acquisition #1
on September 28th 2015
Genres: Dark Romance, Adult fiction
Pages: 204
Format: eARC
Source: ARC from publisher
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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.

Main points


Wow, this book is definitely one of my favorites so far this year. It’s beautifully written and edited. (I swear, I only found a single typo.) It was very emotional and conflicted. And the plot twists were beautiful.

The synopsis gives you just the basics. There’s a competition. It’s a brutal one. What it doesn’t tell you is that things are more complicated than that, especially with feelings involved. But you could probably tell that, right?

Sinclair was deliciously hard to pin down. He let his cold exterior become who he was. He didn’t show his inner self, sometimes to the point where I was sure that he really was just a mix of darkness and light and it wasn’t just a façade. In fact, I think that’s the case. That’s what makes it so hard to figure out how to feel about him. Normally it would be difficult to like someone who was so cruel, but the circumstances were very compelling. It wasn’t usual. I knew what this book was, and I loved it for what it was.

The competition was cruel, yes, but not the worst thing in the world. (However, this was only the first phase of it. I believe it gets much worse.) But aside from that, Sinclair wasn’t the most evil thing in existence. There were several people far worse. And a few quite likeable people that were far better. Anyway, in this book, cruelty was kept out of the bedroom, so it wasn’t quite a BDSM sort of thing yet, although there was some in the background at one point. And Sinclair did say he wanted to, but we’ll see, won’t we? The thing about people that are hard to pin down is that they’re also hard to predict. Things change, I guess.

There was some savagery and some unfortunate circumstances, but there were also some really nice moments in this book as well. It was a really enjoyable read and quite well-described. As I said, the writing was excellent, especially with the dual POV. I always love that in stories like this, and this was quite believable and satisfying. Also timed quite well, which is hard to find these days.

This book seems to be only for a select set of readers, but those who know what they’re getting into seem to love it, according to ratings. I assure you I loved it to pieces. I know the next book is out, and I’m quite sure I’ll be owning all of them at some point. I’ll wait just so I can re-read this sometime in the future. I am so glad I got this as a review copy, because it’s unusually fantastic compared to most of the ones I read.

Also, interesting note: this book is labelled as erotica, but there were really only two sex scenes in the book (and they were 100% worth waiting for). There was some teasing before then and a few humiliating moments, but most of the book was fantastic story plot. That’s what I love. I love the perfect mix between the two, and when it finally goes there, it’s super steamy and leaves nothing to be desired. This book isn’t too much of any one thing and just the right amount of everything, IF you enjoy reading about these sorts of things. If you do, it’s perfect.

Hmm, okay, plot twists…There were a couple shockers right at the end, which is why I’m currently flailing and demanding the next book. I just can’t let it end there. (But I will. I’ll pick up the series again later.) They were good, though. Makes some things easier, some things harder. Definitely keeps the story interesting while it moves toward the known goal. Can’t wait to find out where this goes. I can honestly say I don’t know what’ll happen next, but I really do want to find out. The only problem with this book was that there wasn’t more of it.

 reaction upon finishing


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About Celia Aaron

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.

Overall: five-stars


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This sounds like a great book and very well written, too! Glad you liked it! :)