by Celia Aaron
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance, Taboo
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.
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A dark erotic suspense that leaves you wanting more. Pulling inspiration from real-life events, The Maiden weaves a dark, heart racing who-done-it story that will have your mind reeling with theories.
When Delilah’s half-sister, Georgia, is found murdered, she resigns herself to do anything to get at the truth of her death. That includes joining The Cloister of Heavenly Ministries and becoming a Maiden to the Prophet. Under no illusions as to the danger she is putting herself in, she tries to blend in and play the part as she begins her year of training in “perfect obedience” with her “Protector,” Adam Monroe.
“God smiles on women who please their masters. You must be precious in His sight.”
The eldest son of the Prophet, Adam is his father’s right hand in ministry operations. He revels in the monster this ministry, and his father, has turned him into, yet he holds only contempt for his father and his teachings. When he notices Delilah’s spark of defiance towards his father, both the monster and man are intrigued.
Some of the events in this book are brutal, and the author doesn’t shy away from them. While this book may have triggers for some, it is necessary to see what is happening, so you are emotionally involved in Delilah and Adam’s journey. And how those events shape how Delilah and Adam feel about each other.
The secondary characters, like brother Noah, Head Spinner Grace and Spinner Chastity, all add layers and dimension to the mystery plot and bring this dysfunctional commune to life. All were helping to add the little details of this ministry that hold you in thrall. And while the ministry may seem on the surface to be extreme, so much of it has happened in the real world (see FLDS, Westboro Baptist, Charles Manson, and even a little Scientology). Clearly, this author did her homework, and by bringing in those real-world elements, it helped me believe.
Brava! I can’t wait to read what happens in book two, The Prophet.
About Celia Aaron
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.