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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 10 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. It is the first of a completed series and ends on a cliffhanger. If you're good with these caveats, enjoy!
©2015 Celia Aaron (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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By Lia on 01-10-18

Good Book But Violent

What an interesting story of power, privilege and deception. Is everyone who and what they appear to be or are they hiding behind a mask? Counsellor is a well written, dark story, set in modern day in the south. Families from the privilege set play a game every 10 years. This year the Vinemonts are to play. There is debauchery, twists and turns and Counsellor certainly sets the stage for the rest of the series.

My only complaint is the short length of the book I felt the author was really out make her money by the cliff hanger ending and the trilogy. If you like this type of book there are better value choices out there. Try Red Phoenix Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center (Volume 1) also a trilogy each book has and hours hours of listening pleasure or Sawyer Bennett Uncivilized.

I will continue with the series because I am hooked.

Robyn Verne and Stephen Dexter were outstanding with the delivery of the story.

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By Misty on 01-21-18

If all audios were this good, I would never read again.

I'm sure this has been said before, but this is the Hunger Games on steroids. It is not for the weak of heart or a beginning dark reader.

Nothing is as it seems and no one is telling the truth. Everyone is guarding their pride, their hearts, their character and their motives.

Stella is The Acquisition. She has only her father left and will do what it takes to protect him but what is the cost and what is the truth behind her being Acquired.

The Vinemont sons will make you squirm both in desire and in fear. The eldest, Sinclair, is perhaps the most guarded of them all because only he knows all the secrets behind the Acquisition and although he is full of hate and spite, there is also a glimmer of something redeemable.

This was unlike other dark books I have read in that I felt Stella's pain to my bones. I didn't feel like I was reading something so incredibly far fetched; I felt like I was Stella and I still have no idea how Celia Aaron could create characters that have you hating them so much you want to kill them and then turn the page to feeling so deeply for them and wanting them to succeed at deplorable actions.

It's a cliffy but all 3 books are out so it's a non issue for me. Most definitely worth the purchase.

Stephen Dexter makes Sinclair come to LIFE. His voice is perfect. On top of that he gives each character a voice that distinguishes them in my head and makes the book even more deadly and dark. Goosebumps.

Robyn Verne was excellent. Truly a great choice for a Stella. I can’t even wait to hear how she progresses as the character progresses. This is going to be good.

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