Review: A Lesson In Thorns by Sierra Simone


☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆


What It’s About:
Once upon a time, six children stumbled upon a wild place hidden deep in the moors, shrouded by secrets and fog. There we played a game among the roses
and the thorns that would change us forever, that would follow us the rest of our lives. A game that ended with a hard kiss in the rain and tattered flower petals fluttering from above…

And twelve years later, we’re back.

The heir.
The dreamer.
The priest.
The genius.
The socialite.
The saint.

I’m not going to dream of a forgotten place covered in thorns every night.
I won’t be enchanted by Thornchapel and its glossy, glamorous people. I’m not going to fall in love or have my heart torn in two.

I’m not telling the truth.

Because as this place slowly tightens its coil of secrets and thorns around us, as we uncover the knotted mysteries that grow here, the six of us begin to unravel into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Fulfilling the promise we once made as children in those whispering ruins, and awakening a fate that will either anoint us or leave us in ashes…

Cover Designer: Hang Le      Image: Trevillion Images


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Guest Reviewer Jeannie’s Thoughts:

From the Latin indulgentia: a yielding; to give oneself up.

Readers are in for a once in a lifetime experience with Sierra Simone’s new series, Thornchapel. It’s beguiling and unputdownable. This book haunts me. All because Ms. Simone indulges her love – for the sacred and profane; for myths and magic long forgotten; for literature and language; for pretty submissives and tortured Dominants. There’s so much bubbling emotion and seething, squirmy longing wrapped up in this beautiful Gothic package with its undertow of dread and compulsion. It’s a woozy, absinthe fueled, waking dream and quite simply, one of the best stories I have read – bar none. With her first installment in the Thornchapel series, Simone has proven herself to be the DuMaurier of kink. I love everything about it – the friends who teeter on the razor’s edge of love and hate, the unrelenting pull of sexual attraction that burns slow and white hot, and the sense that an unavoidable fate awaits them all. A fate that they ultimately yield to.

Indulge yourself. You’ll regret it if you don’t.

“Last night I dreamt I was at Thornchapel again.”



About the Author:  Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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