Book Review: Magnate

Magnate (Acquisition #2)
by Celia Aaron

Lucius Vinemont has spirited me away to a world of sugar cane and sun. There is nothing he cannot give me on his lavish Cuban plantation. Each gift seduces me, each touch seals my fate. There is no more talk of depraved competitions or his older brother – the one who’d stolen me, claimed me, and made me feel things I never should have. Even as Lucius works to make me forget Sinclair, my thoughts stray back to him, to the dark blue eyes that haunt my sweetest dreams and bitterest nightmares. Just like every dream, this one must end. Christmas will soon be here, and with it, the second trial of the Acquisition.

Full disclosure: This book is a dark romance with elements of slavery, violence, BDSM, and super-hot sex. It is the second book of a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. If you're good with these caveats, enjoy.

Coming April 2016 -- Sovereign, Book 3 of the Acquisition Series

TeriLyn's thoughts: **Magnate generously provided by the author in an exchange for an honest review.**

First the essentials:
Yes, I freaking LOVE this book, this series.

Yes, the Acquisition series is dark Erotica.

Yes, it's told from the dual, first person points of view of the hero and heroine.

Yes, this is a series and you must read Counsellor first before starting Magnate. I'll tell you why you MUST read Counsellor here.

Yes, the ending makes you want more immediately. NO, this should ABSOLUTELY NOT deter one from reading the book.

If you want a wickedly depraved, thought-inducing, captivating plot and you enjoyed book one of this series don't stop there. Magnate once again captures the beauty of Celia Aaron's exquisitely dark, intelligent writing. I told my reading buddies that I'd love to be in the mind of this author for a day to see how it ticks and where this plot came from within the recesses of her psyche. I love a good romance especially those with unbelievably well-written prose and dark, twisty elements. So descriptive the writing painting a morbidly vivid picture always highlighting the depths of depravity encasing the story. The sordid, sick tale of Sinclair Vinemont and Stella Rousseau left me reeling page after page. A tortured, cold anti-hero paired with a fiery, bold, and brave heroine makes for a perfectly heart pumping read. Magnate checks all boxes from the writing, the plot, the characters, and the depth of emotion and passion.

Additionally, for me, it's a perfect showcase about the balance of control and what it means to give it up or have it taken from you. Dichotomies are rich in this book and all surround that balance of control. Interesting contradictions elevating the writing to a level of distinct brilliance. Explicit anguish heightening our awareness of rich vs. poor and good vs. evil. While equally both represent two halves of conflict being fought between Sinclair and Stella. Who has the control? And what does it mean to give it rather than having it stripped from you? What do the darker points of our sexual nature say about strength and control? And who gets to decide where the line is drawn? It's an intriguing and beautiful concept here between Master and slave. One in which we see both Sin and Stella suffer the consequences from time and again. The psychology of control and strength in this book is vast and beyond interesting to read. I'm joyful in the dark with how Celia Aaron presents this distinction of erotic writing with a story that shows both the beauty of relinquishing control and the ugly of having it taken away.

The love is in the pain - I kept thinking this line over and over while reading. I'm huge supporter of cliches such as nothing comes easy or you can't find light without experiencing the dark. I'm sure it's why I can get so deeply invested in dark romances. Celia Aaron illustrates romantic and dark with control looming about just perfectly.

From the beautifully, well-crafted plot, the secondary characters, the underlying themes, the psychology, the thought provoking prose, to the extreme shadows of Sinclair Vinemont's life that now shroud Stella's soul - Magnate will seduce and hypnotize you. I most assuredly cannot wait until the grand finale of the series. Bravo, Celia Aaron.

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