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The Church

by Celia Aaron
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Taboo

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The explosive finale of The Cloister Series.

Trapped.
Beaten.
Broken.

Adam destroyed himself to save me. At first, I doubt if I have the strength to go on. But with every second that passes, I seethe and curse the Prophet. My time as a Maiden is over. I refuse to be a toy in his game any longer. But there’s always more ways for the Prophet to get to me, to use me, and to keep me under his influence. Will I be strong enough to break free?

 

The Church (The Cloister, #3)The Church by Celia Aaron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series. *sigh* This series.

Do you want a series so riveting you’ll lock yourself in your room just to get a few minutes of peaceful reading time? A series so edge-of-your-seat that if it weren’t for Alexa’s ability to order pizza, your family would go hungry until you finished? Well, this is the series.

And, yes, I really did those things.

Each book in this series was more suspenseful than the last. The Prophet left me on tenterhooks; I was both desperate to know how it would end and sad that this would be the last book in the series. If most books are roller coasters, The Church is a bullet ride. By about 70-80% It. Was. All. Happening. And I needed a breath before I had a heart attack.

From beginning to end, dynamic characters are on full display in this book, especially with Noah and Adam. The changes in them affect the tone of their POV, giving this book a different feel than the previous installments and making it a counterpoint to the heavy, dark nature of the book.

I hope you paid close attention in the previous installments because seeds planted there come full circle. The resolution to the plot is like lightning, electric but quick. Everything happens at once. The answers to questions I had from the previous installments are ones I never saw coming. Which made me giddy. Unpredictability is everything. How it all ends, unfortunately, required a level of suspension of disbelief that was too high for me. Really, it’s one of my only drawbacks with this book. A minor one.

Series’ like this don’t come along every day. Maybe Celia Aaron will decide to do a series about Zion or Noah so we can go on a ride like this again. I know my family would love another unannounced pizza night.

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The Prophet

by Celia Aaron
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Taboo

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I can’t save myself from the Cloister, and maybe I never could. The Prophet grows more dangerous by the day. His delusions are steeped in blood, and if I’m not careful, that blood will be my own. Despite the growing risk, I still continue the search for the truth, no matter if the thorny path eventually twists back to Adam, guilt in his dark eyes. I’ve seen glimpses of his soul, and I know there is more to him than the monster, but it’s so hard to reach him. I knew when I came here that I’d have to fight, I just didn’t realize the war would be waged on so many fronts.

Author’s Note: If you have a trigger, this book will pull it.

The Maiden

by Celia Aaron
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Taboo

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I joined the Cloister to find the truth. But I’ve discovered so much more, and the darkness here is seducing me, pulling me down until all I can think of is him. Adam Monroe, the Prophet’s son, a dark prince to an empire that grows by the day. He is tasked with keeping me safe from the wolves of the outside world. But the longer I stay at the Cloister, the more I realize the wolves are already inside and under the Prophet’s control. If Adam discovers the real reason I’m here, he’ll bay for my blood with the rest of them. Until then, I will be Delilah, an obedient servant of the Prophet during the day and Adam’s Maiden at night.

Celia Aaron is a USA Today bestselling author and recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy–if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.

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