Sovereign (Acquisition #3)
by Celia Aaron (Goodreads Author)
TeriLyn's thoughts: **Sovereign generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**
I feel so privileged to have had the amazing opportunity to read this series and meet these complex characters. So much love for these books has settled in my reading soul. One of my favorite dark erotic love story series ever. If there were ever heroine to completely fall in love with and stay in love with throughout an entire wickedly dark series, Stella Rousseau embodies that heroine. Paired with the devious and tortured Sinclair Vinemont and the girl is literally explosive.
Sovereign eloquently juxtaposes the fierce determination and liquid vulnerabilities of both Stella and Sin. As the conclusion of a dark, sinful experience in reading quite an emotional battle happened during Sovereign as a strange combination of disturbed and elated feelings kept me barreling through the story.
Reading books 1 & 2 are necessary before reading Sovereign. This book is told from the dual points of view of both heroine and hero, Stella and Sinclair. It continues where book two leaves off with the newest information Stella has learned about the trials fueling her desire to be stronger than ever before. With two trials down in the Acquisition and two more to go it's survival of the fittest and in the Vinemont household love is as prevalent as depravity as everyone prepares for the end of this twisted competition.
I'm once again in awe of Celia Aaron's ability to cultivate such conflicting emotions in my reading mind. During the course of this series and this specific book three I've felt physically ill, at times, with the hate I had for some of the villains in this story and the decisions of my beloved characters who are just trying to survive.
I've felt beyond sad the tortured Sin. I've felt regret for what's come of Stella's life. I've felt sick with worry about the state of the Acquisition. Beyond those feelings of despair I've felt hope for both Stella and Sin. I've felt joy in learning what they plan to accomplish together. I felt ecstatic in the knowledge of the trust they finally give to each other. And I felt pride in Stella and Sin's strength, compassion, and steadfast ability to accomplish what they set out to do. All of these feelings in the name of Aaron's incredible talent for storytelling.
Deliciously dark. Daringly depraved. Deviously detailed. Expressively erotic. All of this explains the levels of passion, the depth of emotion, and the well-structured plot of Sovereign and the series as a whole. Celia Aaron's mind is a fascinating place to spend time. Her characters are dark reflections of desire, power, and need. The urgency with which she writes this haunting love story/series pulls you under her twisted spell for the entirety of each story.
I cannot begin to express how much I support and urge readers who love the dark side of romance to read this entire passionate series. This author perfectly structured her books and the arcs of the plot to end fantastically, always keeping readers on the edge of their seats furiously gripping their Kindles all the way through to the end plus provided the most wonderful epilogue. I'm going to miss the Acquisition trials. I'm going to miss Sin and Stella more. And I'll especially miss the darkness Celia Aaron's words coat us with trhough her brilliant storytelling. I can't wait to see where this author takes us next. I'm hoping it's on a ride with Lucius Vinemont....