“Seven rules to see you through. Seven rules to live by. Seven rules to make it hurt. Seven rules to kill by.”
“Magnate” is the second installment in Celia Aaron’s newest series entitled “Acquisition” and picks up two weeks after the first installment “Counsellor” ends.
Even if Stella has now a new captor, Lucius, Sinclair’s youngest brother, she still dreams about her old captor.
“You made me weak. From the first moment I saw you, you were a fucking poison.”
She still craves his touch, but she’s determined to keep her emotions at bay. She feels Sinclair feels more for her that he admits, but she can’t do anything about it, since he continues to torment her in every way. She believes Lucius can save her, but as the story unfolds she realizes that he’s worse that his big brother. She knows one thing – she has to survive the upcoming trial. She would do anything to be safe, even use Lucius against Sinclair.
Sinclair is pissed that Stella chose his brother. He wants to hate her, to see her only as an acquisition, but he eventually admits to himself how much she means to him.
“Even when she wasn’t in my presence, I saw her. More than that, I felt her. She’d taken up residence inside me.”
However, he’s determined to win this sick game. They have too, because everything will be lost and everyone will lose something if someone else wins. He wants to keep Stella away from him and the only way to accomplish that is to be cruel with her.
Well, this one was better than the first installment for me. The plot was more developed, the story was more intriguing and maybe a little darker too. I liked the new revelations and how the mystery was built. Once again the story was told from both MC point-of-view. Both Stella and Sinclair were well developed in this installment. And not only them, a couple of supporting characters too.
Stella was strong here as in the previous installment. She’s determined not to give up, to fight for her life and not only. Sinclair is still feeling conflicted. He tries to fights his feelings as best as he can. He is definitely more likeable in this installment, more human. At some point he actually helps Stella when she needs it and at times he is sweet, caring and protective with her. Needless to say I liked him more here. In this installment like in the previous, the dynamic between these two is done well and the attraction is stronger than ever.
The supporting characters were intriguing, engaging, especially some female character. The story ends with an interesting cliffhanger, so I’m anxiously waiting for the third and final installment.
Overall, a great, entertaining read!