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The Maiden

(The Cloister Trilogy #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,273 ratings  ·  290 reviews
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 t ...more
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Published April 3rd 2018
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐⭐⭐⭐! The Maiden, book 1 of 3. Delilah enters the Cloister on a mission of sorts, but is derailed by her intense & confusing connection to the Prophet’s heir, Adam!

“His kiss isn’t soft. It isn’t a request. Or even a demand. It’s a total and complete annihilation of me, and the creation of us.”

Books in The Cloister Trilogy should be read in order:
Book 1: The Maiden
Book 2: The Prophet
Book 3: The Church

“I’m going to hurt you, little lamb.” He licks me again, from opening to clit. “I’m
"Hurting Delilah is my calling."

The Maiden is the first book in The Cloister Series. A dark contemporary romance with a complex plot, passion, and pain, this twisted tale will leave you desperate for more!

"There's a plateau in pain where the most profound pleasure lives. Here, when your subject is pliant..."
Delilah is seeking the truth. In order to find answers, she is willing to enter the dark and twisted world of a religious cult called The Cloister. After willingly entering into He
Sophia Triad
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This was a book highly anticipated and I was not disappointed.
If you have read the series (Counsellor) ACQUISITION, you will most probably understand how much wicked Celia Aaron's mind is.
You will also probably notice many similarities between "The Cloister" and the "Acquisition"series. This time religion and blind beliefs have the central role in the people's manipulation, BUT still the twisted sexual needs and the fear are the under
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THE MAIDEN: Is the first book within the ‘Cloister Trilogy’ series by ‘Celia Aarons’ Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ Heroine ‘Delilah’ and Hero ‘Adam.’

"Only those who bow down before the Lord and his Prophet will have a place in the heavenly realm beyond this one,

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Twenty-one year old Delilah has entered 'Heavenly Ministries' as a willing Maiden for a year long religious sect to seek answers to the death of her sister
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Cult lovers
Genre: Dark Romance
Type: Book 1 of 3 from The Cloister Trilogy
POV: First Person - Dual

Delilah had one mission she needed to complete - to find the truth she had been searching for. In order to do that, she willingly threw herself among the wolves not realizing the depth she had to go before it's too late.

Adam Monroe knew all about power and control. His task was to make sure his charge would live up to the specified standard. But his latest one proved to be a challenge that could possibl
Natalie The Biblioholic
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc, cultish, dark, dual-pov
The Maiden was a brilliant introduction to the dark and twisted tale of The Cloister. It was at once scary, thrilling and exciting. I loved it!! The Prophet is just a man, hungry for power; the Spinners are his faithful female worshippers, happily doing his bidding when it comes to the Maidens, and willing to do harm to spread his word; the Protectors were far from being protective, as they were men given the charge of furthering the Prophet’s agenda with the Maidens, and they didn’t do this wit ...more
I went into this one somewhat blind!!! Holy hell, did I get a surprise of my life. I couldn't remember if this was considered dark or not?!!! Let me tell's dark...and kind of horrific. Ironcially, I started watching this tv show, "Escaping Polygamy" and this book reminds me a little bit like that. Just a similar theme is all, please don't think it is exactly like that...but you have the whole religion/cult vibe going on... and a brainwashing Prophet, whom everyone is supposed to worshi ...more

At 21 years old, Delilah joins the Cloister to fill a void and get answers. While believing she was prepared for the truth, she soon discovers a web of deceit and a hierarchy of complex lies, corruption and abuse. Despite what she learns, Delilah forges ahead under the guise of being a proper Maiden all the while being tempted by a ravening wolf in sheep’s clothing.

“His kiss isn’t soft. It isn’t a request. Or even a demand. It’s a total and complete annihilation of me, and the creation of us.”
Carlene Inspired
5 and then some Stars
Also, I apologize in advance for this review being as long as a book.

Oh my lanta, Celia Aaron, I thought I loved The Acquisition series (and Lucius is still my number one man), but The Cloister series is my new FAVE. Okay, yes, I've only read The Maiden so far, but it has already made my thoughts on this series firm. Things I love: Cults, hot yet bad heroes, brave heroines, secrets, and books that verge on being almost too dark for the general public. The Maiden? Checks all
Celia Aaron
Jan 19, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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"An intensely dark mind fuck reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, I shuddered with every delicious word.” – USA Today Bestselling Author Natasha Knight
"The Maiden is a dark, twisted, fast-paced romantic thriller that will have you questioning your morals. Celia Aaron will make you root for a happily ever after with the villain!" – USA Today Bestselling Author K Webster
This book is dark, suspenseful, and twisted all in one masterpiece. Celia Aaron's best work, a
Melanie (mells_view)
“You don’t tell the wolf what to do, little lamb.”

This one starts off slowly and gets intense.
Basically a religious cult. A heroine you’re rooting for, and an anti-hero you just want to yell at, but you also sort of root for him to go hero too. This story is dark and not pretty at all. There are certain characters that I honestly HATE so much, and this is just a book. Like I was in a bad mood at points when reading, because I dislike them so much. This book is FULL of abuse triggers, so if that’
Mamacita wants a Bedtime Story
5 "Little Lamb Chop"Stars

Damn You Celia Aaron!!! I finished my 2nd reading of this book & have the worst book hangover of the year!! I want book #2 & don't wanna read anything else! What have You Done to Me?

Now onto my review...
I have to start off by specifying that I am a HUGE Celia Aaron fan! If you couldn't tell by the rant above to the author this was a damn good book. So good that I immediately read it again. Yes you heard that right, I immediately read it again. Was there anythi
Mar 08, 2018 marked it as to-read

of course...

I'm intrigued...
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book is messed up and dark but I couldn’t stop reading it!

This story is pretty intense. Many things made me uncomfortable but it was so good!

The “Prophet” is such a sick, evil bastard. He is the leader of a cult that disguises itself as a religion. So many horrible things happen inside The Cloister but people still follow him like lambs.

Adam is the “Prophets” son. He’s possessive, alpha and in a sense a rebel. I really liked him and I hope we get to learn more about him in the next book.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow... on to book two!! ❤ ...more
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I don’t know why I’m continually surprised by Aaron’s talent, but I am! The Maiden is the first installment of a religious cult trilogy. I am fascinated with this sort of thing as I find it very hard to believe the level of brainwashing that occurs in this environment.

Although The Maiden is fiction, it’s very clear some of the practices outlined in this story are steeped in fact. Adam and Noah’s father is the Prophet. I saw very little paternal affection towards the boys. They seemed to be regar
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

The Maiden is fucked up. It's depraved and also amazing. There's so much more to it than that but I won't get into that because I don't want to spoil it for others.

However I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. I'm really excited to see what The Prophet will bring.

I recommend this book to all lovers of dark romance.

ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Something flaps in my chest, its wings dry and brittle, the feathers rotted and the bones showing."

My first books by Celia Aaron was the Acquisition series. Which was at the same time my first encounter with dark romance and I was quite surprised how much I liked it. Hence I was happy to learn there's going to be a similar series by her. I got lucky enough winning an ARC, but hell if this is not a curse at the same time as I have to wait now, sitting on hot coals, waiting for the other two book
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

Delilah entered The Cloister with one mission to accomplish--to know the truth. As a Maiden, she must undergo some training under the hands of Spinners. Will she be able to endure everything and not give up?

When Adam Monroe, the son of the Prophet, first laid eyes on Delilah, he felt something that he hasn't felt in a long time. Undeniable attraction. As a Protector, he chooses her to be under his wing while in training. Is there a possible romance between this two in a place like The
Jun 02, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Delilah is a young girl who joins this religious group, Heavenly Ministries, and volunteers for their maiden program in what's known as the Cloister. On her first night in the Cloister, she's put under the charge of the oldest son of the Prophet, Adam Monroe. Adam is no stranger to new Cloister maiden's but something about Delilah's starting to get under his skin.
The monster is back to the fore, his violence no longer promising pleasure.
Delilah may play the part of the devout young woman but
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
This book is a perfect example of what I love about Goodreads, I've been seeing reviews and love for this series everytime I logged on for the past 2 weeks time. And seeing all the love it got I knew I was missing out on something. So what do I do, I buy it of course (with money I'm supposed to be saving oops) and I immediately knew it was worth the money.

I was only two chapters in before I knew this was gonna be an amazing ride, and boy was it. I had only just finished the first chapter by Ada

If your sister was killed would you risk everything to find out why? This gripping story of the cult will grip your mind and have you exploring the what ifs in the Heavenly Ministry underworld. Delliah joined the Cloister to find the truth about what and who killed her bestie Georgia.


A dark romance unlike anything you've read 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 hi
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

When Celia Aaron tells you her new series is dark and mind blowing, you take that statement as truth and be nervous as hell. That is exactly how I felt reading this novel. I was anxious, nervous, shocked and consumed!! I could not stop reading as I sat transfixed reading this story in one sitting. I was unable to look away as the story was compelling and so addicting. Adam and Delilah were amazing. This story was dark and twisted but you couldn't help but want to read more and more abo
Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥
4.5 Stars

A dark erotic suspense that leaves you wanting more. Pulling inspiration from real-life events, The Maiden weaves a dark, heart racing who-done-it story that will have your mind reeling with theories.

When Delilah's half-sister, Georgia, is found murdered, she resigns herself to do anything to get at the truth of her death. That includes joining The Cloister of Heavenly Ministries and becoming a Maiden to the Prophet. Under no illusions as to the danger she is putting herself in, she tri
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
The Maiden is unlike anything I’ve read before, Celia Aaron has definitely taken me out of my comfort zone with this very twisted and dark story. The Cloister series comes with a warning that sets the tone for this book. This story is grim, it is disturbing, it is powerful and will sink you into the world of a dangerous cult.

Delilah is one of the Maidens, a group of young women brainwashed into joining the Cloister. She is afraid but determined. She volunteered to join the Cloister to find answe
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Maiden by Author Celia Aaron is book one in the Cloister series. It is a dark romance novel.

“Protectors, lead your gentle lambs back to the Cloister where we will welcome them into the fold.”

When you open a book by a author Celia Aaron, you will literally step into the story setting and be enveloped by all that the senses can absorb. The Maiden catapulted me into a world that made my skin crawl, my stomach knot, and my crazy radar go off with ear-splitting alarms.

“Adam isn’t just any man. I
4.5 stars!

Delilah doesn’t have to pretend. No matter what words spill from her pale pink lips, she is my truth.

Such a dark, suspenseful, disturbing, steamy and FANTASTIC read!

This book was beautifully written and the cliffy, while intense, was superbly done. Make no mistake about it, though- this book is DARK. I'm not quite sure there's light ANYWHERE. At one point, I felt as brainwashed as the poor girls in this book, grasping on to anything that provided just a scoch of light.

I don't want to g
This book is dark, twisted, and perverted and I loved every part of it. If you're a fan of Pepper Winters' Indebted series then I think this is something that you'd enjoy as well. It's different enough and yet it has the same dark elements that made the Indebted series so good (at least for me!). The story has a rich cast of characters, is fast paced and ends with a cliffhanger that will leave you grabbing the next book right away.

Delilah (real name unknown), our heroine, only has one goal: infi
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m feeling a little conflicted here. I love Celia Aaron and her writing style, this is a big topic to take on and I applaud her bravery and finesse, but there was just something missing here. I don’t understand why Adam toyed with her for most of the book, only to run away at the last minute. The first few times were understandable, but as time went on, it became a bit repetitive. I just wasn’t “feeling them” as a couple on an emotional level, I felt for her and I felt for him, but sepa
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