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- Book 1 of 3 in Acquisition Series
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About the Author
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 209 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B015Y70F94
- Publication Date : September 28, 2015
- Publisher : Celia Aaron (September 28, 2015)
- File Size : 2429 KB
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- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
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- Best Sellers Rank: #94,138 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Stella's father is going to jail and Sinclair represents the opposing party. He meets with her on the DL and presents her with some papers and then says, "Hey, baby - be my slave for a year and I'll nix all the charges against your pops. But if you refuse, I'll make sure that he gets raped and probably dies in prison LOL. But seriously, sign or bad things will happen to your dad."
Faced with that kind of ultimatum, Stella signs the contract "willingly" while he is literally panting at her ear like a horny pervert insisting that she do so (alarm bells, anyone? no?) and promptly becomes a slave. As it turns out, Sinclair is part of this creepy group of people who have resurrected the slave trade in the South. I'm sure they have a name, but let's just call them the Slave Appreciation Society. Sinclair is in the running to become Sovereign, which is basically President of the Slave Appreciation Society, which means that he gets tithes from their income and also power and prestige. Oh, and that he breaks freaking slaves that he kidnaps. Let's not forget that part.
You become Sovereign by having weird, Hunger Games-like human versions of "dog shows" only instead of fighting for their lives, the audience has an orgy while watching the "contestants" (read: slaves) get forcibly tattooed with branding marks, paraded around naked on a runway while people catcall and grope, and then whipped 25 times (one time for each decade that the Slave Appreciation Society has been in existence). It's a truly bizarre and disturbing scene and I found myself both fascinated and horrified.
I know the slavery thing is going to be a deal-breaker for some, and I feel like even the author kind of had a "oh no!" moment when she realized that writing an erotica novel about romanticized slavery in the modern-day South might be triggering for some because at one point, Sinclair casually says, for no apparent reason, that this new slave trade isn't about color. To be fair, it isn't. All of the slaves at the competition are white (if I remember correctly). That doesn't make what you're doing any better, bro.
I don't mind reading "captive" romances as long as they're done well, but I feel like this one was executed pretty badly. Don't get me wrong - it was breakneck AF, and I sped through it while hating myself for each page read, unable to help myself - but there were some pretty huge problems that made suspension of disbelief fall utterly flat on its face. There are some pretty awful psychological elements that come into play for Stockholm Syndrome, and if you're going to write that book but wuss out at the idea of making the heroine hate the hero, then you really shouldn't write captive romances because as uncomfortable as it is to write a romance where the hero and heroine hate each other (for good reason), I think it's more uncomfortable when this is just glossed over as normal.
Seriously, why are people doing this? Sinclair keeps saying that he has to do it for duty, family, etc. Why? You have dirt on high-powered political people and if you really wanted to get out of it, all it would take was a whisper in the right ear, and all of this would come crashing down like the f'd up Jenga tower that it is. Whining about how you're powerless to stop what you're clearly capable of stopping just makes you a spineless weenie. Also, where are they getting these people, these slaves, from? Stella was blackmailed and one of the women was a prostitute - what about the others?
Also, I thought it was really creepy how quickly Stella started fantasizing about Sinclair. Right after she's kidnapped, she starts touching herself while imagining them doing it in the shower (uh?) and then right after he whips her so badly that they have to medically induce unconsciousness, she and him do it. The beginning was great, because she hated that jerk and with good reason, and I thought, "Oh, cool, a heroine who isn't going to take this BS, and will give the hero something to think about." #Nope. All of that flies out of the window as soon as she scopes out his hot bod and killer jawline.
The book ends on a cliffhanger, encouraging you to buy the next one, but I think I'm going to call it quits with the Slave Appreciation Society for now. Go figure, hey?
1.5 out of 5 stars
Sinclair Vinemont🐺 is the parish district attorney, a parish deeply mired in deep corruption and terrible despicable criminal behavior, all perpetrated by the upper crust, the ruling class.
At the heart of it all is a criminal heinous sadistic ritual known as the Acquisition, which involves the supposedly most upstanding citizens in the parish. Sinclair👹 is one of these corrupt citizens.........
This book is deeply disturbing on several levels. The fact that the people who are the Acquisitions never turn to the FBI or state police to stop the madness is unknown but the author's plot never goes there. The fact that the local regular citizens know nothing about the ritual criminal goings on is mind boggling.
This book is definitely not for the faint of heart as it involves torture, a sadistic ritual whipping which cuts the skin, and a free-for-all public orgy, among other disgusting scenes.
Stella💋💔 becomes the Acquisition of Sinclair Vinemont👹🍌🌋🔥 in his bid to become the Sovereign👑 for the next ten years. She is coerced into this by the corrupt court system and Sinclair's manipulations. Stella💋💔 will keep her father out of a long unjustified prison term if she signs herself over to being Sinclair's Acquisition, for a whole year!
This book ends in a cliffhanger..........
I dislike the theme of this book, it's like watching a train wreck🚂🚃🚃🚃🚃 in slo-mo, but now I am hooked and have to read until the end. The Xxx scenes are graphic🍌🌋✋ and emotional💔.
YEHAW! Ride em Bareback🍌, Cowgirl!🐎🐎🐎🐎🐎
I liked the story while questioning the absurd situation Stella has agreed to. Wait on…I was gobsmacked it was on the table in the first place. Should you decide to read this book, I dare say you’ll be committing to the series. The story is based around what appears to be an archaic elitist game for the deranged. Bizarre and hedonistic are other terms that come to mind. Thankfully they only gather once in this story to hold their macabre event. The meaning behind the event was lost on me—apart from breaking someone’s spirit and somehow keeping a tally of the points the spectators awarded the participants or whether it was for some other weird concept of entertainment I have no idea.
Readers are left in the dark as to why it is necessary to go through the craziness of an Acquisition in the first place. While hints are given, there is no actual explanation and I assume there’s a lot more still to be revealed for the plot and the relevance of the characters. None of the characters are an open book apart from Stella. Her vulnerability is transparent as are her feelings and observations which she openly shares including the confusion she feels towards those around her.
Sinclair is a broken antihero who is determined to see to his duty of getting Stella through the next year. I can’t say I liked him or hated him. He is far from a sweet person but it will need to be a darn good reason he is involved for me to have any appreciation for him at all. I have a feeling there is and for that reason I am reserving my judgment on him. His brother though, is another story altogether. Enough said where he is concerned, if you’ve read the book, you’ll know which brother I am referring to.
The key to enjoying this story is to go in blind. Keep in mind it is a dark and twisted tale with a cliffy at the end. Good news is the series is now complete, so there’ll be no wait if you have to know what happens next.
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I was definitely pleasantly surprised. This book was dark and twisty in all the best possible ways. There’s something about an arrogant alpha, who is definitely in need of saving from himself. What I loved about this book is that the main female character, Stella, is stronger than the males put together.
She is set upon from all sides, abused physically and mentally, yet comes out stronger each time. She recognises her own flaws and instead of lamenting them she acknowledges and tries to rectify them.
She struggles with her situation and with her attraction to Sin Vinemont. Sin’s personality is so disparate that Stella actually calls him two different names. Sin when we see the man he once was and Vinemont when the alpha a-hole comes out to play. But what a hot, dominating a-hole he is.
I love a good, dark read and Celia Aaron doesn’t disappoint. We fall in love with all her characters for lots of different reasons. The sexy moments are off the scale hot and we are taken through a whole gambit of emotions through this read. I only have two complaints…I want more more more and that cliff-hanger nearly killed me!
You will not regret this read.
I was SO engrossed, the book ended - I couldn't believe it.. A cliff hanger. Then there was a note saying bk 2 Magnate can be purchased, but not through my Kindle, so at midnight, I had to go and boot up my computer to download bks 2 & 3... I didn't realise bk 1 wasn't a stand alone... so beware.
In this first book we are introduced to Sinclair Vinemont and Stella Rousseau and into the world of the Acquisition. Set in the American South, steeped in family histories and traditions, the Acquisition is a set of trials in which Stella must compete. She is bound to Sinclair for a year and must comply with his wishes no matter what they might be.
I loved the interaction between the two main characters. I wasn't sure if I loved or hated Sin. I knew I loved Stella's fighting spirit and inner strength right from the start and I hoped that this spirit remained through all of the series.
I started reading book 2 as soon as I'd finished book 1 as I needed more.
These books do contain sex, violence and an overwhelming urge to punch someone occasionally, though that person is interchangeable throughout the course of the book.
The characters are engaging and you form attachments to them. The story line is compelling and unpredictable and the story telling itself is done flawlessly as chapters go between Sin's point of view and Stella's.
I loved Stella. She is a strong woman who knows her weaknesses and works to correct them. Not like your usual subservient heroine.
I am not usually attracted to characters like Sinclair Vinemont but I was drawn to him. I found his darkness charismatic and addictive.
Parts of the story are very dark and made me feel very uncomfortable but they enhanced the story and it would not have worked as well without them.
The story's development is far from predictable and ended on a crucial part of the story.
An amazing read. Can't wait to read the next one.
A book I can only highly recommend as a well deserved 5 star ⭐️ read.