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.
Full disclosure: This book is a dark romance with elements of slavery, violence, BDSM, and super-hot sex. It is the first of a series and ends on a cliffhanger. If you’re good with these caveats, enjoy.
This story was freaking fantastic!!! I don’t normally like or read dark romances but hot damn am I glad I read this one!! These characters and this epic tale had me intrigued from the get go!! Every single minute I was on the edge of seat wondering what was going on and what was going to happen. This story feeds you tiny crumbs of information that you can’t help but gobble up!
Stella Rousseau has bitten off more than she can possibly chew. To save her father from an impossible situation she makes a deal with the devil without any hope of her coming out of it unscathed. The devil? Sinclair Vinemont. The deal? Become Sinclair’s slave for one year. The terms? Not told to Stella until it’s too late and she cannot leave. There is dark and debauched society that she is about to step into and becoming his slave was just step one. Can she survive and navigate these backwards, archaic, and, barbaric, so called traditions? Or will she succumb to the trials and never see the light of day again?
Sinclair Vinemont is not a man to be messed with. He is the epitome of a southern gentleman but it’s all a mask. He is dark, despicable, and damn fine. He gets what he wants because he takes it whether he’s allowed to or not. In this year’s Acquisition he will do anything and everything in his power to win. But can he harden his emotions when it comes to Stella and her captivating mind? Or will her allure prove to be too much for him and cause him to lose much more than just the Acquisition?
This story is told in first person points of view of both Stella and Sinclair. This tale has so much mystery still stuck to it that I am just begging for the next installment!! There are still so many unanswered questions but I can’t wait to find out what the answers are! This was a dizzying roller coaster of a story that had me flitting from one emotion to another, all in the span of one page!!
Ultimately, what a sexy shadowy southern thriller!! This story had it all! The characters, the mystery, the strong and twisty plot, and add in the ridiculously hot sex, I was a goner!! All in all if you are in the mood to start a new trilogy that has a heroine that is not going down without a fight and a hero who is much more than just his cruel mask then come read the Counsellor, I swear you won’t regret it!!!!
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