A Lesson In Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone
Cover Reveal: March 13th
Release Date: March 21st
Cover Designer: Hang Le
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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.
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…
Sierra Simone has been one of my go-too author’s since I discovered her a few years ago, so when I saw the beginning of a new series I couldn’t wait to dive in. What I didn’t know was just how deep I would immerse myself into the story. Sierra has a way with words unlike most authors these days, and I was completely captivated from the first line. Not knowing much about this series other than it’s one of the most anticipated of the year, I found it completely fascinating going in blind. A Lesson in Thorns has not left my thoughts since it’s final page.
In A Lesson in Thorns we get the story of 6 friends from Thornchapel. We do get a bit of a flashback to when it all started at a young age between them all, and then flash forward to present day when Poe Markham takes a job back in Thornchapel. Much has changed since we moved away, and as each of her old friends begin to resurface, the mysteries of Thornchapel grow deeper and even more puzzling. The sexual tension between all of them is palpable from their first re-acquaintance, and as Poe spends more time in Thornchapel, she soon discovers everything is not as it seems. From Auden to St. Sebastian, and Rebecca to Delphine and Becket, all the characters we meet in this 1st book are all connected in ways they don’t even understand. And as their connection defiantly deepens in this book even further, I can’t wait to see what is next for this group.
This book is packed, and I truly mean PACKED, with everything I desire in a book. Brilliant character development, mystery mixed with desire and great world building are just a few of the things that pulled me in and devoured me. I struggle to find a way to describe the emotion this story built in me. Just know, if you are looking for something completely unexpected, this series is probably going to be what you didn’t even know you needed. I can’t wait for more of these entwined 6.
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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