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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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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 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.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 01-15-18

THIS WAS DARK AND DRENCHED IN FEELS

This is the third review I've written for the start of this well written, fast-paced, epic, dark and sinister trilogy - hopefully this one won't get lost somewhere in cyberspace because I didn't want, all you who can handle dark, to miss out on a great story. Dutiful daughter Stella has to save her father so she reluctantly signs over a year of her life into Counsellor/businessman Sinclair (aka Sin) Vinemont's eager hands.. he's cold, ruthless and totally focussed on winning his family's dark and twisted legacy. A secret brotherhood of the most elite and powerful Louisiana families enjoy the barbaric and bloody four-part Acquisition Tournaments.. and this year three families compete. Stella is unaware of the games, the part she will play, the penalties and the outcome - all she knows are secrets upon secrets - well that and her intense attraction to Sin.. and her growing friendship with Sin's brothers.

Sin is the oldest of three boys so the responsibility of picking the right Acquisition is his to bear and it's a heavy burden because Stella is fast becoming his obsession.. but he must remember she's just a pawn to play/sacrifice and his slave to use in a deadly game where not everyone is going to survive. Yet lines get blurred secrets get found out and suddenly Sin is left behind.

The suspense is overwhelming, the conceals are never-ending, the drip-feeding of reveals is so cleverly done, the year long preparation and anticipation for the quarterly games makes your blood pressure rise, the violence is chilling, ruthless and jaw-droppingly tense. The off-the-charts sexual chemistry and slow to build relationship between Sin and Stella has you gasping for breath. Stella is naive yet wise, strong, determined and very caring. Sin is handsome, dark, broody, moody, angry and sexy. It's dual POV (mainly Stella's) and the narrators did a great job at expressing the emotional rainbow of feels held within this epic listen.

Worth a credit? Well I loved it, I couldn't put it down, it was unique and had its sexy hot spots too... so everything I was hoping for.. and a whole lot more. So YEAH very creditworthy. There were NO rape scenes.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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WOW 😲🤩🤔AMAZINGLY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER DARK ROMANCE

This was a really enjoyable book. It is well narrated and even better written. The story is just differnt. One complaint is there is a CLIFFHANGER 😲😲😲.....but wait I dint have to wait two years for book two!!!! LOVED EVERY MINUTE worth Five Credits

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 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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wowzers dowzer!

I listened to this book out of the blue and feel like I'm hooked. I have fallen. in love with the southern accent let me tell ya! wow. great narration especially Sin & Brothers wow. onto book 2!

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So Good...Except for the Beatings

Would you listen to Counsellor again? Why?

No. I usually only listen to books once. This book was really good but it doesn't warrant a second go round; especially due to some of the harsh themes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Counsellor?

Counsellor was very descriptive one of the most memorable moments was Sin looking for Stella in the middle of a rain and hail storm. The characters feelings and landscape where described perfectly.

Which scene was your favorite?

The big reveal in the end. I knew it!! After a few hints I knew that not everyone was as innocent as we were made to believe.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Blood is thicker than water

Any additional comments?

The overall story was great. I am not adverse to BDSM but the beating was too much for me to forgive.