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The Elder by Celia Aaron
Series: Mississippi Kings #1
on February 4, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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 . . .
I couldn’t get enough of The Elder! From the interesting complex murders to slow budding relationship I never wanted it to end!
Benton King was such an interesting hero and nothing like I expected, he reminded me a bit of Sheldon Cooper, but in a more attractive lawyer way, if that even makes sense. He just didn’t see that smart socially. He was also hard to trust in the beginning because you could tell he was hiding something but we just weren’t sure what it was. Arabella is one dynamite woman! She is fierce and is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. She is a single mom and did an amazing job of taking care of her daughter while also sheltering her from the horrors of her job.
We as a reader have one huge clue as to who the killer is from the get go, but Benton and Arabella don’t know what we do. I loved watching everything unfold and I shocked by the twists and turns through out this entire story! I gasped in horrrow, wept in releif and was sick to my stomach right along with these characters. I can’t even imagine what Benton and his siblings went through discovering all of these secrets about their father.
The Elder was a complex story that had us following leads and creating a web of lies to try find our way out, all the while we were falling in love with Benton King, even if he was a bit odd and quirky. The romance was slow burn and pure sexual tension.
I loved the way that Celia Aaron told the story of The Elder and I can’t wait to get to know the rest of the Mississippi Kings!