Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Release Blitz & Review: The Elder - Celia Aaron

The Elder
by Celia Aaron
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 6, 2018

A shocking murder.

A suspicious son.

A dedicated detective.

In Azalea, Mississippi, the only thing hotter than the summer days are the men of the King family. When the patriarch Randall King is found dead, Detective Arabella Matthews will race the clock to stop the killer from striking again. Benton, the eldest of the King siblings, has to decide if he wants to cooperate with the feisty detective or conduct his own investigation. The more he finds out about his father—and the closer he gets to Arabella—the more he wants to keep her safe. But the killer has different plans . . .

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4.5 Stars 
Benton carries the notorious last name of King, one half of the town's law firm, King and Wallace. His attitude matches the name, he's handsome, stuck up, and incredibly put out by anything that interferes with his life, at least that's what Arabella Matthews thinks. When his father is murdered he's stuck with the sheriff, his clown of a brother, and the towns B-team cops, Arabella and Jason. Arabella is excited for the change in pace, tired of the silly things she does each day, but a murder of one of the town's most important men isn't what she was thinking of. Thinking he can do a better job, Benton takes on an acting role as deputy alongside Arabella, but finds himself in deep trouble when his father's murder unravels a years long lie and reveals some emotions he didn't even know he could feel. 

"Was she playing good cop, or did she genuinely like me? I shouldn't have cared, but I did."

Told in dual POV, The Elder is an action-packed suspense novel driven by its plot and a great set of main and secondary characters. It's intriguing, with a hint of mystery, romance, and humor to keep you entertained. I actually really liked Arabella and Benton, both are much more than meets the eye and I really enjoyed how their characters were revealed more through their actions and dialogue.  Porter and Logan bring the humor to the novel, while other secondary characters represent the the life both Benton and Arabella have outside of the murder case. The Elder has a lot of talk to it, but it makes it all the more interesting. It really lends itself to the mystery aspect of the novel, unveiling things to the characters at the same time it is unveiled to the reader. Plus, the romance that blossoms in the patrol car is light and though the time spent together is out of necessity, it really allows both Arabella and Benton to get to know one another.

“In neat blue cursive, the note said, “You’re next.”

I have to admit, The Elder ended up getting 4.5 stars due to how much I enjoyed it. I love a good suspense novel and this one had just the right amount of mystery and romance to it. Plus, it's a quick read, the sort of book you get an afternoon enjoyment out of and don't have to slog through for multiple days. It lacks some of the more interesting details about how everything got so tangled up and how everyone got involved in the whole affair, but, for me it made up for that with the entertaining action and the pile of bodies adding up.  It's the perfect contemporary read for fans of murder mysteries and romance.
Author Bio
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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