Publication date: September 28th 2015
Genres: Erotica, Romance
What it’s about:
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.
••☆••*´¨`*•.☆••3.5 stars ☆••*´¨`*•.☆
This book is billed as a “dark romance”, however, I would not use the word romance to describe this first book. Perhaps the romance aspect comes later in the trilogy. I did, however, find The Counsellor to be incredibly dark. It is sinister, sadistic and suspenseful. Ms. Aaron’s writing is top notch! She has developed evil antagonists, empathetic protagonists, and some other players whose role as good or evil is left vague. The Counsellor filled me with foreboding from the first page to the last.
Stella Rousseau is beautiful and tragic. She is loyal to a fault, and she would do anything for the father who has been her protector and supporter through all of her life’s tragedies. When a secret from her past is revealed to the readers, I feared how she would deal with the obvious, sinister events her future held.
“She was worn down, or at least she thought she was. This was nothing compared to the coming months.” –Sinclair
Sinclair Vinemont is not only a stunningly handsome District Attorney, he is also the eldest son of one of prominent, old money families in Louisiana. He is ruthless, condescending and manipulative. He is a predator.
“Public offices like mine are just a remnant of the noblesse oblige. It means nothing to me or my family. We couldn’t care less if people like you rape and murder each other…” –Sinclair
I loved that the characters are so starkly portrayed, and that Ms. Aarons has left a little mystery surrounding the characters. I’m sure that Sinclair and the rest of the Vinemont clan will be more richly developed in subsequent books. I definitely felt that for all Sinclair’s claims of being completely evil, there was some dark force outside his control that forced his hand in “The Acquisition”. I remain hopeful for a redemptive finish.
The author’s synopisis does come with a warning, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. I found several scenes very difficult to read even though they were not graphically described. However, I am still very much hooked by this macabre story, and I do plan on reading the rest of the series.