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The Maiden

Series: The Cloister, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
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A dark romance unlike anything you've heard before.

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.

©2018 Celia Aaron (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 03-10-2018

FIFTY SHADES OF INTENSLY DARK & DELICIOUS

Firstly, if you don’t feel the lure and pull of a dark romance then stop right now because this book DEFINITELY won’t be for you.. as this listen is all kinds of twisted.. all kinds of dark.. all kinds of depraved.. and, all kinds of f’d up. But, if you too seek the heart-beating rush, the pulse-pounding tension and the emotional thrill-ride of not knowing what harrowing scenes will be next to shock and shake you.. then my fellow listeners read on. Because this has ALL those feels and so so much more as Delilah witnesses firsthand, along with the other naive virgins in her group, exactly what being a Maiden in the Cloisters cult is all about. At its head is a wickedly sinful Prophet with richeous self-serving false preachings along with the many levels of his mean and varied band of disciples. It’s Hell, it’s torture, it’s brainwashing, it’s a violent reprogramming, it’s a stripping of dignity and it’s mental and physical abuse at the highest level as their ‘Protectors’ listen and obey the word of the psychotic and very dangerous Prophet.

There’s abuse, starvation, brainwashing, sexual training, bdsm and sub-Dom attitudes, cruelty, rules and absolutely no remorse as these once innocent women are slowly being bent and broken into submission. However, in Delilah’s case, her dark Protector is Adam the Prophet’s handsome son who has already suffered and been damaged.. yet he won’t take what’s not offered.. instead he teases.. and tempts.. and dirty talks.. and alpha’s his possessive ways into Delilah’s psyche. The chemistry and pull is there.. but so are the cameras, guards, rules, expectations and enemies round every corner.

Worth a credit? This dual POV complex, harrowing and gripping story is brilliantly written as the heroine, who’s been renamed Delilah, starts her quest to seek the truth as to what led to her beloved sister’s death.. but she could never have imagined what horrors would follow.. or the heartbreaking story awaiting her discovery. And, I think far worse will be in her future.. dark days lie ahead for Delilah.. and more unholy acts will be demanded and performed in the name of a false religion. Thankfully, all three suspenseful and thrilling parts to this twisted dark trilogy are available now.. so try stopping me from purchasing the next slice of this brilliantly narrated rollercoaster ride into the world of a sick cult, it’s sick practices, its sick leaders and its sick followers.. bring it on I can’t wait.

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  • Crystalew
  • 31-10-2018

Great series start

Couldn't stop listening, good thing Celia has those pesky cliffhangers. I can't help but recommend this dark cult series especially if you have the Amazon Kindle Unlimited. you can just add the audiobook for $1.99. I would have to rate this book lower if I had to use a credit. This book stops abruptly and just when it starts getting somewhere.

Maiden Delilah will stop at nothing to get answers. Protector Adam is tired and numb to living the life as the son of the "prophet". They come together both holding their sercets and not knowing if they can trust their feelings. The book is very suspenseful and keeps you listening but once I started the writing the review I realized that I still know nothing. This book is basically the introduction to life at the compound. So with that said I'm off to the next one.

Also the writer has this disclaimer on the Kindle book page:
Author's Note: If you have a trigger, this book will pull it. The Maiden is the first book of The Cloister Series, which is now complete with The Prophet and The Church.

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  • Catsongea
  • 18-09-2019

ok, dnf

I only got about 3/4 thru the book. good narrators, story flows, lots of sex stuff but completely not sexy. There is actually more described violence than described sex.
This is supposed to be a religious cult training girls for the sex trade. Premise was ok, but the methods used to train the girls didn't make any sense to me. Without going into detail, I didn't feel that the training would have accomplished the goal. Also, I felt they should be pushing more religion on the girls and except for telling them to go to their rooms and pray, there was almost no religion at all. I just lost interest after a while.

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  • L Mars
  • 04-07-2019

Not into it

Not a fan of the female narrator. Her voice was just breathy and raspy for supposedly a younger woman (I know not all young women have high pitched voices, it wasn't the pitch but the breathiness and exaggerated ends of words that irritated me).

I'm into dark stories but this was just kind of perverse for me, it sounded like some messed up thing I'd read that a man wrote. The scenes between the two main characters were really hot and I enjoyed those but not the rest of the story. I only finished this because I wanted to see the villain get his in the end, but instead it ended in a cliffhanger and I have to listen to the next in the series to see what happens.

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  • 4The❤️OfBooks
  • 28-11-2018

Good Story!!!

I have mixed feelings about this story. I love a dark book but not sure how I feel about some of the things that happened in this book all in the name of the Prophet.

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  • Torie
  • 11-11-2018

Great narrators

A lot of violence toward the women but otherwise good read. Narrators are great but the book is drawn out

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  • KH~
  • 05-02-2019

Creepy and dark...

Hold on, it's a rough ride! Very, very, dark. Narration is great accept for Muffy Newton dragging out the ends of her words for dramatic effect. I hope she changes that because I really like her character portral!







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  • Michella L. Patane
  • 13-10-2018

A thrilling and amazing audiobook, extremely dark with a suspense twist.

Wow! What an amazing and thrilling listen.... Darkness with a suspense element will keep you hooked from page one until the end. You’ll race to get book two because that ending will leave you hanging, begging for more. Definitely will push you outside your comfort zone. I highly recommend this read if you enjoy dark and twisted. Amazing narration by Muffy Newtown and Teddy Hamilton, they bring this story/characters to life...

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  • Vicki montgomery
  • 21-06-2020

this book gave me nightmares

you may like it .it was to dark for me I couldn't sleep after I started reading this these poor poor women

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  • laura
  • 31-05-2020

Hmmmm

Theatrical diatribe on the evils of conservatives. Hogwash pervades this piece of work, insulting the intelligence of every single character in this book. Most believable was the over-used trope of the heroin addict mother who sold her child's safety to feed her addiction. Suspense of belief required if you want to read this. A real shame, since the overall plot could have been enjoyable. Don't bother wasting your time or your credit. Thankfully, I borrowed it on Audible Escape so I can simply delete it to the trash can where it belongs. Narration was fine, considering.

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  • Garden girl
  • 01-02-2020

WOW!!!

I absolutely loved reading this series and now, well, what to say! Teddy Hamilton and Muffy Newtown are just outstanding as Adam and Delilah. The richness and skill with which they narrate, be it male or female voices, brings this intense, sometimes downright scary, novel to full life. Excellent! Now on to the next installment 💖💖💖💖💖

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  • Gyrithe
  • 30-01-2019

When the narrators make it better


i read this book when it came out. I was drawn in from the first Paige. And i loved it. So disturbing and so wrong. But oh so good. It became one of my favorit dark reads. So ofcourse i had to have the audio book. It made it even better. If i could give it more then 5 stars i would.