The Maiden (The Cloister #1) by Celia Aaron

Posted July 25, 2018 by Debbie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Genres: Cult Classic, Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense
Format: eBook

The Maiden (The Cloister #1)


Celia Aaron

3.5 Stars

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.

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


My Thoughts

I wasn’t sure I wanted to read this book. Through ads on Facebook I was taunted and haunted by the brief description of the story, of the cover of the second book. Though it took a while for my barriers to be broken down, they were and I purchased the book.

It wasn’t the darkness that made me unsure. I truly enjoy a dark story. It was the fact that I couldn’t tell if the story was dark, religious, sexy, I was lost on what genre this book would be. After reading book one I found out that it was a combination of all three.

The story is intriguing. A blend of brutality, sex, degradation, passion, pain and unsolved mysteries. The characters are vibrant, sinister and so damn fascinating.

The story while fiction provides insight into the making of cult followers, brainwashing, drugs, deception and deceit.

Half way through the book I told myself I’ll just finish this book and move onto another series. Three quarters of the way through the book I again told myself I wouldn’t continue the series. As I read the last page, my fingers one clicked book two.

The author has me in her hold. My desire to know what happens next. The fear I feel upon starting book two has me tied in knots. The desperation the characters feel has settled into my blood and I pray that the repercussions of their actions won’t prove to be fatal.

An interesting and different kind of dark. One that is new to me and has me reeling.

While so many books come with warnings, if you are faint of heart, can’t stand pain and brutal violent attacks on people be warned that this book may not be the one for you.

For me though … I need to know what happened, who did it and if the two main characters are able to withstand the torment and horrible acts they have endured in this story.


Celia Aaron

Celia Aaron is a 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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