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Blackwood by Celia Aaron

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Celia Aaron
Fiction, Dark Romance
January 8th 2017

I dig. It’s what I do. I’ll literally use a shovel to answer a question. Some answers, though, have been buried too deep for too long. But I’ll find those, too. And I know where to dig—the Blackwood Estate on the edge of the Mississippi Delta. Garrett Blackwood is the only thing standing between me and the truth. A broken man—one with desires that dance in the darkest part of my soul—he’s either my savior or my enemy. I’ll dig until I find all his secrets. Then I’ll run so he never finds mine. The only problem? He likes it when I run.

ARIANNA’s review

If you enjoy erotic thriller/mysteries then you don’t want to miss this one. ‘Blackwood’ was alluring, intriguing, sexy as f@ck and it kept me at the edge of my seat for one reason or another the entire time. While I’ve read and enjoyed many books by this author, I have to say this gripping, dark-ish tale was my favorite to date. It was fantastically written, sucked me in from the very beginning with its premise and held my interest the entire time with an engaging storyline and layered, enthralling characters.

“Mysteries were meant to be solved, truths brought to light.”

Elise Vale is working on her Ph.D in archaeology, focusing on Choctaw culture. She has the perfect site in mind for her next dig, Blackwood Estate. She hopes to find not only some Native American artifacts, but also to uncover a mystery. She has a hidden agenda and she’s willing to do anything to solve ‘the puzzle’. Now, the only think she has to do is to make sure the owner of the Estate allows her to survey the land.

“Some things are better left in the dark, Red.”

Garrett Blackwood is the thirty-two years old reclusive owner of Blackwood Estate. A former history professor, Garrett has a nasty reputation. He doesn’t want anyone digging on his property and makes sure Elise knows that. But Elise doesn’t let Garrett deter her and she’s ready to do anything to find out THE TRUTH, even forging the documents she needs to get the funding.

As time passes, Elise realizes that digging for answers can be dangerous, but also that Garrett might be the biggest mystery on Blackwood Estate.

“I’m the fucking wolf, and I’ll eat you alive.”

Mysterious, sexy and fascinating, ‘Blackwood’ was fantastically written in such an intriguing way. I couldn’t put it down for one minute, the mystery/suspense and also the multitude of twists and turns sucking me in from the start. The storytelling was really engaging, the story becoming more and more captivating with every single chapter. Celia did a wonderful job blending the thriller/mystery aspect with the erotic one. The story was hot and passionate with plenty of sexy times that I’m sure will leave you hot and bothered.

The two main characters were well portrayed, fascinating and I enjoyed reading about them. The dynamic between them was entertaining…to say the least from the beginning. I enjoyed how their relationship unfolded – gradually – their entertaining interactions and how sexy they were at times. The sex scenes between them were extremely hot, their connection being so palpable at times as the story unfolded.

“This.” He glanced at my throat. “Is just a sample, Red. My appetites would disgust you. Fuck” He ran a hand through his hair. “Sometimes they disgust me, but I can’t escape them.”  

Elise was a great heroine. Smart, loyal and courageous, she was a likeable character and I have to say that I loved her determination. Garrett was a very intriguing hero. While at first, he’s rude and grumpy, as the story unfolded and his relationship with Elise started to change, he became a total different man – kind, sweet, caring, but still gruff and so very manly. I liked these two together and how perfectly they completed each other. The romantic aspect was well done and I also enjoyed their banter.

All in all, ‘Blackwood’ was a fantastic mystery/thriller I recommend if you are looking for a gripping read filled with steam, action and suspense.

 

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