Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: A Lesson in Thorns
Author: Sierra Simone
Series: Thornchapel #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
When librarian Poe Markham takes the job at Thornchapel, she only wants two things: to stay away from Thornchapel’s tortured owner, Auden Guest, and to find out what happened to her mother twelve years ago. It should be easy enough—keep her head down while she works in the house’s crumbling private library and while she hunts down any information as to why this remote manor tucked into the fog-shrouded moors would be the last place her mother was seen alive. But Thornchapel has other plans for her…
As Poe begins uncovering the house’s secrets, both new and old, she’s also pulled into the seductive, elegant world of Auden and his friends—and drawn to Auden’s worst enemy, the beautiful and brooding St. Sebastian. And as Thornchapel slowly tightens its coil of truths and lies around them, Poe, Auden and St. Sebastian start unravelling into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Together, they awaken a fate that will either anoint them or leave them in ashes…
From the author of the USA Today bestselling New Camelot series comes an original fairy tale full of ancient mysteries, lantern-lit rituals, jealousy, money, murder, sacred torment, and obsessions that last for lifetimes…
***A Lesson in Thorns is the first of four books in the Thornchapel series.***
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard about this book, and to be honest, it didn’t even matter.
I didn’t read the synopsis, all I knew was that the cover was stunning and Sierra Simone wrote it – and that’s all I needed to know.
Sierra hasn’t always hit it out of the park for me, but when she has, she’s done so in an epic way. She’s an autobuy author with whom I never quite know what to expect.
And I couldn’t have predicted this.
I felt a little lost in the beginning of this novel. Not reading the synopsis really made this a very interesting reading experience for me. I couldn’t figure out where this novel was going, but once I did I immediately as like, “Oh… oh…”
I was 100% here for it.
As always, Sierra created a ton of chemistry and steam between very interesting characters within a very unique setting. On thing that set this novel apart from the others that I’ve read was the atmosphere. There was definitely something a little eerie and magical about Thornchapel.
As always, anyone who has never read anything by Sierra Simone, you deserve a bit of a warning. Sierra is an incredibly talented, gorgeous writer, who writes super steamy books about taboo subject.
This book was no different.
Audiobook Performance: 4 stars
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Yes
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
I’m obsessed with this cover!
Book Boyfriend Rating: # stars