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Sovereign

Acquisition Series
Narrated by: Stephen Dexter, Robyn Verne
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (251 ratings)
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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

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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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LOVE LOVE LOVE

I absolutely loved this series. The story line was interesting and kept you on edge. The characters were intricate and you felt like you were in their head.

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Mind blowing!

I was hooked from start to finish in this maze of twists and turns. I had no idea what was going to happen but I wanted justice for my hero Stella and I waded into the murky water waiting for the bottom to drop away. This was, hands down, the most compelling book I have read in years. Sin was not only a beautiful bastard, he was also an avenging angel. This story was dark and beyond twisted, but...it was also exquisitely crafted. I can't recommend this book enough and I won't forget to mention that the narration was AMAZING! Wow, just wow!

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  • KR
  • Austin, TX USA
  • 03-16-19

I'm conflicted

This is a review of the trilogy, rather than of this installment alone. First, I found it frustrating that the second book was not part of the romance package; I was hooked enough to purchase it, but it's not something I would ordinarily spend a credit on. Prior to this trilogy, I had listened to Blackwood, which I surprisingly enjoyed (surprising because this dark, BDSM-rich subgenre isn't really a preference of mine), but this was about a hundred shades darker than Blackwood.

I don't have a particular aversion to violence, but the violence in this series is excessive. My primary complaint is that the characters were very hard to like, let alone love. While the heroine is a sympathetic character, to an extent, the perpetually-abused victim theme becomes tiresome. And, call me crazy, but I have a hard time reckoning how she can be attracted to, and aroused by, a person who is blatantly abusing her (and I'm not using hyperbole here as I refer to a dom/sub dynamic).

As I read about this hero, I kept wanting to fall in love with him, but I found I couldn't, and I wondered how the hell the heroine managed to fall for him. If he had any redeeming qualities, I must have missed them. Don't get me wrong, the author did manage to humanize Sinclair and Lucius enough to make them the faintest bit sympathetic, but not enough to make me root for either of them as winner of the heroine's affection. Instead, I just kept thinking she should get as far away from these demented people as quickly as possible, and then spend the rest of her life in therapy, so that maybe, just maybe she might escape the eventuality of becoming a heroin addict to combat the PTSD that will undoubtedly have resulted from her experiences in this story.

Of course the hero has extenuating circumstances; don't they all! But somehow they weren't quite good enough to justify all the heinous stuff. I kept calling to mind a quintessential romance hero...namely, the one from Outlander. Every time Sinclair did something unforgivable (but somehow, within the context of all this horror, understandable...sorta) I thought to myself: would Jamie ever, under any circumstances, do this to Claire? No matter the extenuating circumstances, Jamie would never make the same choices as Sinclair.

So, I'm conflicted. I can't say I hated it, but I am ultimately left feeling somewhat disappointed by it.

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Third Book, Crown Jewel!

First of all, I want to say, I think this is the first series I've ever listen to by Celia Aaron and I'm definitely on the lookout for more! This is the last and third book in the gut-wrenching race to the final darkly twisted "triathlon"; reeks havoc on the emotional soul as you search for a hero at the mercy of the little people while a privileged Southern aristocracy is crowned Sovereign.

Phenomenally narrated by Stephen Dexter and Robyn Verne executing various male and female characters, on top of accents, allows every listener to identify and feel the pain, passion, and venom in each character they articulate. Wow!

Stella trains and attempt so prepare herself for the next two heart wrenching trials she knows is coming, but doesn't know what inhumane and uncivilized plans are in store for her. For every small victory, there is always a heart breaking cost that feels 20 times the price that is paid. Blood, sweat, and tears, are not a matter of consequence but a requirement, and it is given; no matter the cost, no matter if you want to give it. The suspense is intoxicating for both the reader/listener and the characters in this book. It keeps you on the edge constantly making you feel like you'd gladly free fall without a parachute and willing to make the same decision to jump again.

For Stella and Sin I wanted them to be together, and other times I wanted to slap Stella upside the head to gain her senses, then reach out and hug her hoping for the best. Passion, and lust is dealt out after the relentless barbaric beatings both delivered and accepted in order to save the innocent, with strong personal determination to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The ironic thing is, you learn that it's not always a member of the family that is the glue that keeps you together. Since this book is a dark romance, I wasn't sure even in this last book if I'd get a HEA but I was definitely over the top thrilled with the epilogue.

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Like a car crash that holds your attention!

Wow, what to say about this trilogy; it royally fu**** up. It focuses on the worst sides of human beings. Horrible things start happening, to the Heroine, right from the start. More and more crap just keeps getting piled on her and the only people she loves, betray her.

I really tried to think about what message the author is try to convey and my best guess is that she is trying to stress that, “ love can get you through any nightmare and heal the wounds that were inflicted.” I also suspect she also wanted to stress that, “ what comes around goes around, make sure you do onto others like you want them to do onto you, and that sometimes love requires sacrifice.” At least I hope that the author had some underlining message to explain the horrific situations, in this book.

With that being said, this book reminded me of a car wreck that you just can’t help but look at. However , in this case, there are so many disturbing things that keep happening, in this book, that you are compelled to continue to listen, in hope that something good will happen, in the story, and that there will be some sort of miraculous event that straightens everything out and leads to a HEA.

Fair warning, there is rape, torture and murder in this book so this book is not for an overly sensitive person or someone with triggers.

The writing is excellent, but I found myself stopping and wondering what kind of disturbed imagination an author would have to have to come up with a storyline like this.

I am glad I stuck with the book and made it to the resolution, but I can assure you that it’s not a series that I would ever listen to again.
-V from Kansas

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absolutely loved this series

loved this book and this series. the narration was amazing. you couldn't have pulled better people to read it. 😊😊👍👍