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The Acquisition has ruled my life, ruled my every waking moment since Sinclair Vinemont first showed up at my house offering an infernal bargain to save my father's life. Now I know the stakes. The charade is at an end, and Sinclair has far more to lose than I ever did. But this knowledge hasn't strengthened me.

Instead, each revelation breaks me down until nothing is left but my fight and my rage. As I struggle to survive, only one question remains. How far will I go to save those I love and burn the Acquisition to the ground?

Full disclosure: This book is a DARK romance with elements of BDSM, slavery, violence, and super-hot sex. It is the last of the Acquisition trilogy, no cliffhanger. If you're good with these caveats, enjoy!

©2016 Celia Aaron (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 01-14-18

Great But Very Violent

Wow. I just couldn't put this one down. This whole series has been this way. So well written I couldn't stop listening except to sleep. And even that was hard.

These characters are so well developed, complicated enough to hate them and love them at the same time. This messed up family actually sees the light somehow. And it's Stella that can save them but at the risk of her own life. How much does she have to lose for it?

Every time you think you know what's going to happen it doesn't and something beyond your comprehension happens. The Acquisition Trials are hideous and scary but to Stella they are her testaments to her strength. But seriously, how much can she handle?

I love Stella and how her story played out. There were times I wanted to take her myself and run away with her. I wanted to cry for her and cheer her on. If I could have kicked Dylan in the nuts I would have myself. What she endured for the lives of others was amazing.

Sinclair was a complicated man. Many sides to his character and it wasn't until the end that I finally liked him. I think. The roller coaster Stella rode for him but it was all for her and his family.

I was glad to learn about Rebecca and see a good natured side to her. That was important to me in the story. Her voice rounded out the need for the brothers actions.

Stephen Dexter and Robyn Verne were exceptional with the delivery of the story

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 01-06-18

DARK AND TWISTED PERFECTION

This phenomenal author’s gut-wrenching last book in this dark trilogy has Stella training, preparing for and then competing in the final two chilling and nerve-wracking ‘trials’ which shocked and shook me as the barbaric twisted bloody games continued to see who would be crowned Sovereign.. and who would die. And, as Stella and Sin’s rollercoaster relationship continued to reach epic highs and heartaching lows, the twists just kept coming and coming and didn’t stop.

The pulse-pounding action, the edge of your seat tension and the nail-biting suspense bled through every well-paced riveting chapter. I held my breath at times, lost it at other points and sighed in relief when things went well for Stella and Sin. But there was still drama and angst over the months in between the bouts of bloody horrors inflicted by the twisted cruel monsters of the Sovereign ruled privileged Southern aristocracy. The crashes and lulls between Stella and Sin were driven by a fierce lust, a fiery passion, a single-minded determination and a forgiving love as they were both swept up by the relentless pressure and turmoil of the game.

It took a year to complete Stella’s contract with Sin and through these three books she didn’t break and didn’t give in to her fate.. she forged herself into a honed tool.. but she was also the glue that held a family together. The younger and middle brothers had a large part to play in this awesome awesome beast of a trilogy.. they were at the forefront, at the centre and Sin was at its head.. along with Stella. There were a variety of secondary characters, a mixed bag of good and evil, who weaved in and out of the turbulent waters to briefly calm or create waves in a sea of uncertainty. Finally, after hours of this delicious twisted torture, I could finally breathe a huge sigh of relief and bask in the light again with a HEA Epilogue that finished off a perfect listen.

Worth a credit? Well, you’ve got to like dark, you’ve got be fully prepared to be shocked with never ending twists and you’ve got to like an alpha hero with a terrible legacy on his shoulders.. and hands that would never hurt a woman.. unless, of course, she enjoyed it!! It’s erotic, it’s sinful, it’s so well narrated as Stella's (and sometimes Sin’s) PoV’s played out and YES, for me, this trilogy is VERY creditworthy.

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GET IT NOW !!!!

This was awesome. Some parts were very scary but this series is great . Great story Great Narration just ALL AROUND GREAT. Worth five credits!!!!

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  • Misty
  • Washington
  • 01-23-18

Disturbing perfection

What in the heck did I just read and why did I love it so much????

Celia Aaron has a twisted mind, and I know some pretty twisty people so this is saying a lot. Celia wove this tale like a blanket. Later after layer, tightening the story and creating something... beautiful? Maybe. Disturbing? Definitely. Enthralling? Most assuredly.

My black heart is full and overflowing with so many emotions. I absolutely adored the Vinemont brothers. Even though Lucius has few redeemable traits, it's also what makes him endearing. Teddy is the little brother that is treated as such but has more strength than anyone could realize. And then there's Sin. Oh my, Sin. From his incredible determination and steadfastness to his ridiculously cocky attitude, he is my favorite Vinemont.

Then there's Stella. A woman created from steel and the sharp whit to back up her smart mouth. I loved how she was on her toes through every twist and turn. She is a fierce protector and no matter the extensive damage that has been done to her heart, she recovers. She is the epitome of a heroine.

So was this book disturbing? One of the most disturbing I have ever read. But it also spoke volumes of humanity and the capabilities of love. This series won't be for everyone, but it certainly was for me and if we should see a story about Lucius in the future? I won't be mad about it.

Stephen Dexter brought to life these deplorable and completely loathing characters as well as pulled off the female characters well enough to not distract from the story.

Robyn Verne is a superstar and although I have read these books before, she brought the story to life in a whole new way that was completely exciting and enticing and just, perfect.

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So Dark and Erotic....

This was one of the best series that I have listened to in a long time. The story line is different in a sense from the other stories I have come across. This story is a must have! Power, pain, pleasure, and love was definitely addressed in this story...

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Dark and Beautiful

STORY - last book in the trilogy and it’s my favorite. The acquisition is coming to a conclusion and I just cant stop listening. It’s so full of twist and turns that keeps you at the edge of your seat. I love the ending, it was exactly what everyone needed.... for retribution? Maybe. But for them to move on their lives? Definitely. It was hauntingly beautiful.

NARRATION - this is my first listen from both narrators and they are very good! The emotions and timing are there! The only tiny thing I dont care for was Stephen Dexter’s voice for the supporting characters.

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thank goodness for an HEA ending

I was kind of shocked how great or good it did end, HEA ending, is that what you might say?? I would say u definitely need to read all 3 to get the full understanding, don't just stop with book 1 but for a person who does enjoy the character of Lucius ... but what about Lucius Vinemont? that is it??! need some tissues please. that was???!

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Great Series

Once I started listening to the book I could not put it down. I enjoyed the story line and all the characters. I will be checking out more of your books.

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WOW!

Excellent dark book... love a book that is fast paced, keeps you on the edge of your seat, unpredictable, strong heroine, dark and thrilling to the Bone... This book has it all! WOW!!!

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OMG, this series!

5 Crazy Ass Must Listen Stars!!!!!

This series! OMG, this series! I've only read one other series that was similar to this one. It was Pepper Winters' Debt Inheritance series. While it was similar, this book was also so different and had a uniqueness about it.
I'm happy with the way things played out. For a bit there, I wasn't sure how things would go. You can bet I ignore the outside world pretty much until the end. I totally was sporting my shirt and using my coffee mug that read "I love the sound you make when you shut up and let me listen to my book". Anytime someone tried to interrupt my listening, I just pointed to my shirt. There was nothing going to get between me and getting the rest of Sin and Stella's story.
Another great narration!