I truly don't even know where to begin so I'm just going to sputter out some thoughts and then get into more detail below!
Some fairytales only get better when they are told in an adult version ... this time when the Big Bad Wolf sinks his teeth into his Red Riding Hood things get dark, nasty, and dominant!
Calling it now: Blackwood is one of the best reads of 2017, and yes, we are only a few days into the new year!
Think Christian Grey can't blush? That's cause he's never seen Garrett Blackwood at work ...
Celia Aaron's new read, Blackwood, is filled with such pure raw darkness & dominance it will leave strings of passion when you pull down your panties.
Mystery! Suspense! Passion! Deception! Raw animal-like sex! Darkness! Dominance! This book HAS IT ALL!
My blurb ..
We meet Elise, an archaeology major looking to finish her Ph.D by searching the dark woods of Blackwood. After a less than successful visit to Garrett Blackwood to get him to sign off on Elise surveying his land, she decides to forge his signature so she can start her dig. After a meeting with her skeevy professor she sets off on her journey. While reading, you get a sense that there's more to this than finishing a Ph.D, which we find out is Elise's need to find out what happened to her father that disappeared two years ago.
Before going on her first attempted dig, Elise stops by the local diner where she's greeted by Shierff Crow and even the mayor. Shierff Crow more than warns her of the dangers of the woods but nothing shakes Elise, she's on a mission and nothing or no one will stop her.
After digging for awhile and finding a piece of a clay pot, Elise dives further into the woods only to see her father's car left to rot by a tree. This is when the woods seem to come alive with the ghostly screams and howls that locals warned Elisa about. After being attacked in the woods by wild boars, the last person she wanted to save her is that one that does, Garrett Blackwood.
Garrett and Elise are thrust into each others lives, something neither of them want. Little does Elise know, Garrett's world will open up to more darkness and the best worst dominance of her life ...
My review ...
Every single detail of this book is exquisitely written! The characters have depth and background that make them feel so real! I almost want to call this book a bit of a slow burn but not cause of being annoyed, its cause working up to that animal sex, it takes a few chapters. LOL! I only, about right before I got to that animal sex was like, wait ... we need some Celia sex scenes NOW and then the first one happens and you smoke a cigarette and continue reading! That being said, the story could 100% stand on it's own if this was a super contemporary mystery romance read that was very vanilla and not rocky road with extra chocolate syrup, sprinkles, and whipped cream! You need to know all the background Celia provides so the story is told in its full wonderful darkness. I'm not a fan of stories that are too over-detailed that almost make you lose your sense of direction in a book ... Blackwood is not like that at all ... Celia knows how to fill you to the brim with detail and background but keep a nice steady pace to her books. Elise is one of the best female characters I've read in a long time! She's so full of passion and determination mixed with just the right amount of stubbornness! When she's running through the woods - you're there panting right along with her! Garrett ... Ohhhh, Garret ... consume me big bad wolf, consume me! Garrett is a dominant alpha that would make Christian Grey blush. He's the bad guy, the guy you should run from but he's the one you run to instead and know it might cost you everything.
Okay ... I'm not saying more ... I think I left you drooling enough, so wipe off your lip, grab another pair of panties, get your Kindle, and add Blackwood to your Goodreads TBR so you can start reading on January 8th!
Below you will find the offical blurb and Goodreads link by click on the cover!