Sierra Simone: A Lesson in Thorns

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D just knowing that authors could so easily give me a breadcrumb of representation without having to do any work what so ever yet here I am crying over a romance book that refuses to acknowledge my eer existence once again I m just tired friends and I m fed Papillon up and I can t believe that I ve still only read the word pansexual on page in about ten books for my entire life when I read and review 100 books a year I m sick of being erased I m sick of being not enough and I can t wait for the day when pan kids don t have to figure out what pansexual and panromantic mean in their 20 s because the book world proves over and over that we aren t worth the representation and that bisexual and biromantic should always be the default for multiple gender attraction characters Thornchapel knows my name and the crooked corners of my heart and it wants me to make promises that I m going to keep Okay I m just going to be real with you all if you love The Secret History If We Were Villains andor Strange Grace but wish they were all sexually explicit Then this is the book for you This book is a love letter to polyamory without eversing the word This is ff mm mf and a whole lot of sexual group scenes The atmosphere of all three of those books are the same and a work of magic that most writers cannot craft but Sierra Simone delivers and gave me a story that I ve been waiting for what feels like my whole life for This is ownvoices for the Descent into Chaos ueer representation and the narcolepsy representation I only recall the word bisexualsed once by one character Beckett but besides that bisexual or pansexual is never Edmund Wilson used on page even though if pansexual issed on page in book two you will hear me screaming all the way from Vegas this I swear but all six characters express sexual attraction to multiple genders and the author is bisexual I have seen reviews that state all six characters are bi but I just believe in my heart that there is no way that all six MGA multiple gender attraction characters are bisexual I m sorry And if so that s not too inclusive and my pan self wouldn t want to read it to be real honest with you all A Lesson in Thorns is a story that follows six characters who stayed at a remote manor that is falling down but is filled with secrets called Thornchapel when they were young The prologue of this book which I really recommend you read on shows them in the run down chapel on the estate where they are performing a fake marriage And Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, unexpectedly the bride endsp marrying two grooms Yet the actual story starts out many years later where all six of them are adults but they all have returned to Thornchapel for one reason or another I want him to be mine Or I want to deny him the right to ever call me his I want to heal him and I want to hurt him All because of one broken kiss Auden The heir Pan or bi and owner of Thornchapel ProsperpinaPoe The dreamer Pan or bi narcoleptic total submissive and just took a job at Thornchapel in the library but she is secretly trying to figure out what happened to her mother after a mysterious note is sent to her Becket The priest Bisexual and living his life for God Rebecca The genius Pan or bi Black and the Dom of my dreams Delphine The socialite Pan or bi plus sized Instagram famous and engaged to Auden St Sebastian The saint Pan or bi biracial white and Mexican and feels like he ruins all the lives that he touches he wanted to shelter them from the rain and force them to kneel in the mud too and he didn t know what it meant or why it was happening And when these six characters get together and get to re know each other secrets Just Once (The Runaways, unfold and lives change Even though Poe is the main character each of these individuals feels completely fleshed out and each are on their own personal journeys toward happiness even if the road is very bumpy to get there But this isltimately a book about finding yourself and your acceptance and happiness even if it feels like your life has already been decided for you regardless of your wishes and wants It also showcases the importance of friendships and romantic relationships and how sometimes those lines can blur and sometimes they don t but sometimes they become something Also I am just really into polyamorous stories right now and I think that this one is really beautifully done especially with the chilling atmosphere that leaves so much mystery in the air This story is truly has so many compelling elements it was just impossible to put down I also want to briefly mention that I really love and value the discussion this book has about the concept of virginity and what a stupid pedestal so many people place it on Also how virginity and losing it can mean so much than a penis going inside a vagina I really loved how this book handled that and I love how it completely shattered the stereotype of what it means to lose your virginity Be still my Contemporary Plays by African American Women ueer heart Overall I just love Sierra Simone and I have enjoyed everything I ve read from her but A Lesson in Thorns is for sure my favorite This is such an inclusive novel from race sexuality and social and economic standings This book also talks about reclaiming your body after someone takes a piece of it while also discussing that there are so many ways to heal from loss and hurt And I just think it is so wonderfully done on top of being one of the sexiest things I ve read all year Like I will never be the same after that spin the bottle scene holy shit But I absolutely cannot wait to read Feast of Sparks this summer Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch Content and trigger warnings talk of rape and assault in the past abandonment and loss of a loved one I read this for smutathon which is being hosted by Lainey and Riley Buddy read with Riley Jane Paloma In the faint moonlight the grass is singingOver the tumbled graves about the chapelThere is the empty chapel only the wind s homeIt has no windows and the door swingsDry bones can harm no one TS Eliot The Waste LandOk wow so holdp one minute I feel the need to preface this review for my regular readers because this is a very different type of book than I typically pick p If you follow me for my mysterythrillersuspense musings here is your PSA that this book is an erotic romance featuring graphic sexual content If that s not your jam no hard feelings feel free to bow out ntil the next regularly scheduled programming continues but if you re here looking for something new like I was then follow along as we fangirl over one of the best books I ve read in 2019 Everything is possibleTo be honest I wasn t really sure what to expect going into A Lesson In Thorns but I ve been really slumping inside my comfort zone and have been looking to expand my reading horizons in hopes of getting my mojo back I ve never thought of myself as a lover of literary fiction but I ve fallen in love with the genre over the past few months so why not give erotic romance a try I m no prude but I ve stayed away from the genre previously for the sole reason that I like my steamy sex to be mixed p with a bit of plot otherwise I lose interest This book was the perfect balance of sexy oh lawd help me and compulsive fantasy like mystery Plot wise we have a group of six friends who have gone their separate ways after experiencing a rather intimate childhood Proserpina or Poe as she not goes by is returning to her old friend Auden s sprawling country estate to help digitalize the manor s library swoon and also find out what happened to her missing mom All of the friends are somehow drawn back to Thornchapel and what follows is a sensual somewhat mystical romp of ritualistic sexual awakening If you want diversity that feels natural here it is Our cast features a wide spectrum of race culture socioeconomic status but also of sexuality We have an extremely positive portrayal of polyamorous relationships BDSM and consent Bonus a really cool and honest portrayal of a character with narcolepsy without cataplexy The ending wraps things p nicely without leaving a huge cliffhanger but also leaves s ready and waiting for in the next installment Highly recommended to readers looking for a super sexy read that also features a compulsive mystery and delightful gothic atmosphere Thornchapel knows my name and the crooked corners of my heart and it wants me to make promises that I m going to keep This took a while to actually get going but once it did God tier smut Have MERCY The realization that everyone right now is probably throbbing with the need to come shivers over me and I have a brief fantasy of all of them every last one of them sing my body to sate themselves with My mouth and my tight cunt and everything ntil every last person is spent and loose Ms Simone you filthy dirty brilliant woman After several cold showers I don t really know where to even begin with this beautifully screwed p story This was so enrapturing and stunningly sexy to the point where I can t even begin to tell you what it s about sigh I didn t know the premise of the story when I started and I enjoyed it even because of it Just trust that you should go into this blind and open your mind to all the foul and dirty creations that Sierra Simone very magically devises There are certain trigger warnings that the author posted during the cover reveal that is perhaps all you need to know CONTENT WARNING pretty boys pouting and staring at the rain old library filled to the brim with moldering manuscripts full of secrets aggressively bisexual ritual deflowering of virgins kink angst blood jealousy archival minutiae Latin words tragic backstories murder Prosecco and a dogBut if you re like me those would have only intrigued you even further As soon as I started reading this the atmosphere was enchanting It almost felt like there was a sense of ma. Uld be the last place her mother was seen alive But Thornchapel has other plans for her As Poe begins ncovering 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.

Me making the conscious decision to read erotica knowing damn well this is firmly outside my circle of interests and immediately regretting it I didn t sign p for this I mean Technically I did sign The Ascent of Man up for this I justdidn t read the fine print i He dreamed and he burnedThornchapel waited And in a clearing in the woods in a church ruined by thorns and time something stirredSomething called all six of them by name Ahh hell This was so dark sexy delicious mysterious and alluring I have no idea how Sierra Simone did it but boy was this good I ve read plenty of smut in my life I m no stranger to breaking taboos and the idea of BDSM certainly doesn t cause me to leg it so nothing that was written on the blurb of this book made me feelncomfortable The Grand Sophy uite the contrary if anything it made me even curious I mean it s really rare to read about 6 characters that are all bi and enjoy the idea of ritualistic sex and BDSM Even rarer that one of them is actually a priest lol So was this as wild as I thought it would be Well nope Either I ve read way too much smut which is than just likely P or A Lesson in Thorns wasn t as shocking as I thought it would be I think for some of the sensitive readers out there this will break a lot of taboos for me it was nothing new though XD Anywayyy let s just say I m thoroughly tainted and get on with it Haha A kiss that was almost a bruise almost a bite and how he wanted both he wanted kissing and bruising and holding and biting and he wanted to shelter them from the rain and force them to kneel in the mud too and he didn t know what it meant or why it was happening or even why they were letting him yank them close There were many things I loved about this and other things I considered to be kind ofnrealistic but I suppose that s just one of those It s me not the book cases For instance I found it pretty Winners Dream unrealistic that four of those 6 characters were actually still virgins I mean seriously They are lusting after each other and constantly horny but four of them never had sex Not to mention that they are all about 22 or 23 years old Admittedly two of them had a very good reason to be virgins but Poe I find it hard to believe that a person is so into BDSM but never even slept with someone Usually you explore your sexuality first and then go into your own special brand of kink Just saying lol If this would have been a smut book I d have booked it as particular appeal but since this was so much than that I just couldn t wrap my head around it Which brings me right to our six bi characters I couldn t help but loveAuden The Lord He wants both of them so much he thinks he might be entirely madep of want he thinks all his thorns are finally puncturing through his skin and out into the real world and everyone will see and they ll know His darkness and his light and all the twines and ravels of his depraved thorny heart Poe The librarian Why am I so messy So eager I feel like an overgrown garden lush and crowded rioted and jumbled except instead of leaves and roots and petals I m jealousy and hunger and pain and thrillAll the bitter and all the sweet all mixed together Delphine The Star For a long time I was the only fat girl in my circle she says pensively Or even in the circle outside of that one I started the Instagram account because I needed to feel like all the parts of myself were real and that they were real at the same time that I was well dressed and interesting and cultured and fat St Sebastian The Saint You don t know what it s like to see someone you care about someone you d tear out a lung just to talk to and you can t You can t talk to them because what you ve done to each other in the past is an iron door without a lock between you Becket The Priest What are rules when God Himself has filled him with holy fireBecause the other thing he knows is that tonight is holy And he is a holy man Rebecca The Domina Normally Rebecca is all cool euanimity and analytical composure and she takes everything in stride with the possible exception of Delphine Nothing ever seems to disrupt her confidence apart from this snarl of hedge and gravel It was so amazing to read about people that are bi and comfortable with it They were all secure in their sexuality and I loved this so much You rarely see that in books and O viziune a sentimentelor usually bi characters are always conflicted because they just discover their sexuality Not in this book though They all knew what they liked even Becket and they stood by it and weren t ashamed of their desires It was such a refreshing take on things I couldn t help but love it 3 Give me characters that are okay with being bi For once it was no big deal and I was super happy with it If there is one thing that is to be criticized then it s the simple fact that at least one of them could have been pan too But that s me counting beans P Like you come to a place and instead of planting a flag and saying mine the place plants something in you The place claims you it knows your name and the crooked corners of your heart and you ve pledged yourself to it before you ve even realized what s happening And last but not least I loved LOVED LOVED and absolutely ADORED the atmosphere in this book Thornchapel was such an intriguing place and I would have loved to be there and to discover its huge library and maze myself This place was described so vividly I found myself wanting to get lost in it There was somethingtterly charming and mysterious about it and I really wish a place like that would exist It felt like Cabeswater mystical and dangerous at once and I think when people refer to this being the adult version of The Raven Cycle they are talking about Thornchapel and the intensity and love between the six MCs The chemistry between all of them was off the charts and I constantly found myself craving for XD Maybe it s the dark pants clinging to his long thighs or the black shoes that give off a dull gleam from the fire Maybe it s in the way he presses his long fingers nder Saint s chin and lifts his face to his own Or maybe it s his expression intense and holy as he lowers his mouth and kisses St Sebastian Martinez on the lips I mean that kiss alone Give me Saint and Becket LOL It s probably bad that I want Becket to drop out of priesthood and to condemn his celibacy but seriously that man is not made to be alone That man needs to be loved just like Saint 3 I m sure most people will love Poe and Auden but if you ask me Saint and Becket were the most interesting characters of this book I admit I d love to see of Delphine and Rebecca though Those two could be great together but I need than the few interactions they had And yes I m kinda down for the PoeAudenSaint love triangle as well lol Talk about feeling conflicted XD And his blame shifted to hate and the hate spread from the altar to the chapel to the grounds and the entire house itself Until the house s thorns and his thorns became one and the same and he knew if he could defeat one then he could be free of the other All told A Lesson in Thorns was a captivating mixture of delicious desire intense relationships beautiful mysteries and a than just steamy atmosphere Figuratively and ite literally speaking XD Do I even have to say that I ll read the second book Feast of Sparks soon Ahh this was dark sexy mysterious and sort of deliciousI loved the atmosphere of Thornchapel and all those 6 hot af characters lolDefinitely not a book to think about too hard but a book to experience PFull RTC soon XDTo all my still innocent readers how did you even manage to stay innocent lolThis is going to be one of those rather dirty books so erm yeah better don t read the Como agua para chocolate updates if you want to stay innocent To all my already tainted and corrupted readers to whom I obviously belong This is probably going to be rightp your alley So enjoy the wild ride with me lol PTo everyone who doesn t belong to any of those two categoriesI was told this has 6 characters who are all bi 1 of them is a priest Orgies really orgies And apparently it s the adult dirty and dark version of The Raven Boys So mm this was enough to make ME want to read it Maybe it s also for youAnyway it s been ages I last read any smut so here I come lol P 5 STARS The place claims you it knows your name and the crooked corners of your heart and you ve pledged yourself to it before you ve even realized what s happeningThornchapel knows my name and the crooked corners of my heart and it wants me to make promises that I m going to keep HypnotizingCaptivatingSpell bindingAll enrapturingThose are just some of the words that were running through my overly sensitized brain as I was reading this book No Not reading EXPERIENCING Because this isn t just a story you read It s one that nravels before your eyes with every turn of the page It s an out of body experience nlike any I ve ever had with any other book And I don t even know how to begin to even TRY to review what I just read I want him to be mine Or I want to deny him the right to ever call me his I want to heal him and I want to hurt him All because of one broken kiss Truth be EDIT Yes I did drop my rating to four stars I emailed the author and she was very kind and very respectful but she did confirm that all six of these characters are for sure bi but not deeply tied to their labels for this entire series I m going to be probably a little too real with you but this has been a really rough Pride for me in the book world In my real life I am so lucky to be accepted and supported as a pansexual and panromantic woman but the book world constantly makes me feel like I m a lesser version of bi and I can t take it any longer The fact that I am forced to try so very hard to see myself in literature to force myself in cutouts that apparently weren t made for me an. 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 wo.

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Gical element a paranormal asset to the setting Thornchapel is a place but also a feeling and you can really nderstand it through the writing Which brings in how vivid and alluring the writing itself was I loved the prose and the imagery that was given on every single page with every single line I bloom like a rose when I m handled like a weed This is going to sound so fucking weird but if you read YA this almost gave me Raven Cycle vibes Like a disturbed erotic adult version of the Raven Cycle We had the whole crew and the mystery and history repeating itself and slightly magical air You don t pick Multiple Mayhem (Gabby Duran up on the vibe here Like this whole place is cloistered in a strange timeless little bubble Like a Sarah Waters novel but with pizza delivery There were so many plot twists that I never saw coming and I began to realize that expect thenexpected works so perfectly with this book I loved every single character and all the dynamics between them the interwoven relationships the sexual tension EVERYTHING It was so hauntingly memorable and I m itching to get my hands on book 2 I need of Thornchapel and Rebecca and Delphine I need angst between Saint Poe and Auden And damn if I don t need me some Becket and Sir James My cute lil gang of horny kinky adults and their dog Thornchapel waited And in a clearing in the woods in a church ruined by thorns and time something stirred Something called all six of them by name The Dirty Laundry I ve devised a naughty scale for this book1 blushing in public2 closing the kindle and waiting to get home because there is no way people won t know what your dirty little mind is The Eagles Nest (The New Avengers, up to 3 panty dropper4 no need to even wear garments any take the day off work and just read If you read this book and enjoy all senses of depravity you will be somewhere along this scale Hopefully I can t tell And I can t tell who can see what but I do know that it s a forcefully erotic idea That if they wanted my friends could see my cunt Maybe they could pet it maybe they could lean down and kiss it to make it feel better I could almost cry with how much I want that In all honesty I feel like erotic is annderstatement But yes this book was all sorts of erotic but it was erotica with a fucking interesting storyline I find it really hard to enjoy 100% erotica because there is often no plot or character development This had all the wet dreams you could ask for but also had me rooting for the characters turning pages to find out about the certain mysteries of thornchapel wanting to slip into a coma till the seuel comes out in summer yes not as wild as people saypros real kink shit lots of bi repcons poe was annoying saint was whiny auden was a pretentious lil cuck every sex scene or reason to justify the ritual sex felt like watching a bad porn 45 starsI m When the Sea Turned to Silver upsetti spaghetti that this book ended as soon as it did I went into this thinking it would be just vapid smut so boy was I surprised The writing in this is actually one of the most gorgeous styles I ve read all year and I m 100% gonna read from this author This had a great segmenting of smut versus actual plot and the actual plot was wait for it interesting I will admit that5 stars came off of the rating because it was a little confusing but it was an enchanting concept nonetheless I just wish there was direction on why the characters were doing what they were doing because it felt a bit aimless and by the end of the book I forgot why the characters were so invested in doing this ritual Still I think this book is really modern in how it examines virginity and polyamory In between the sexy scenes there s so much angst and pining and it s my exact cup of tea I ve heard lots of negative things about book two but I m interested nonetheless to see where this goes I ll start with the positive things I liked the cover writing I learned a lot of new and difficult words I adored St Sebastian who is the reason for the second star otherwise I wouldn t have made it to the end because of all the ridiculous stuff I have to wrestle myself through and I liked the idea of the setting the house the maze the chapel That being said this book sighs To sum itp convenient The entire plot is convenient They even added some bad weather without really saying anything else about it aside from it being cold and the roads being bad as a reason for all of them to spend the night together Like I said convenient So here comes the bad stuff and the spoilers view spoilerFirst of all If the main character is called Proserpina and she needs a shorter nickname because who the fuck wants to read a difficult name like that 86 times Why would Poe be the the chosen name Why not Prose or Rose both would have be so much fitting or Ina for all I care It makes no senseSecond of all this book should have been called A Lesson in Convenient And Weird Plot Devices That Make Absolutely No Sense At All Or What s the fastest way to get 6 almost strangers to get it on in a sex ritual just for fun straight ahead apparently The 6 main characters have spent one summer together as kids They were around 10 years old if I m not mistaken at Thornchapel and now while the group didn t really keep in touch at least not all of them they are all back at Thornchapel all for completely bogus reasons Even that felt forced and completely The Dont Worry Book unnatural Other things that felt forced andnnatural Everybody and I do mean everybody aside from maybe the maid and the dog I don t know is bisexual The entire group of 6 people even their parents one of them even had a lovely chat about how her dad was once in love with another guy and that he also loved kinky stuff I never cringed harder in my life because who the fuck talks casually about sex with men and women like that with their dad and all those people are also really into BDSM and kink apparently it s a genetic thing then I had no idea And to top it off out of the 6 20 something people 3 of them were virgins and 1 of them didn t really have sex yet because she was raped One of them is a sub and one of them is a domme the rest don t know what they are yet but trust me it doesn t take long for them to realize what they like The most ridiculous thing I read was when I found out that Poe had been into BDSM for as long as she could remember but she d never had sex She needs an orgasm a day to function But she s never had sex She thinks about sex constantly and is on the verge of humping the nearest leg at all times but she s never had sex REALLY Probably because most rituals reuire a virgin How convenientTo get things going we never really have bonding moments no we just go straight to a game of spin the bottle where very Moles Hill uickly Poe is on a dude s lap with her ass in the air panties down and she is getting 35 hard slaps to earn a kiss from the person who had the bottle I don t know about you but hey whenever I m around friends and people I don t really know I just love that fun part of the evening where you start spanking the living daylights out of somebody s ass while playing spin the bottle NOT weird at all No that scene was an eye opener to all of them for some reason where everybody just went from a fun spank evening to LET S DO SOME RITUAL SEX Y ALL No my friends and me we play board games and drink wine which apparently makess a very boring lot One side remark one of them is Instagram famous with 2 million followers if I m not mistaken And during the spin the bottle scene Poe who is getting spanked with her panties down is across the lap of the fiancee of the influencer and she is in a room where she barely knows anybody and isn t worried about somebody taking a secret picture or video and posting it online If she has that many followers I think she s getting towards the bigger bucks Her entire online image could be destroyed by just one picture and the thought didn t even cross her mind What also bugged me about this book is that THAT girl was only there because she was engaged to Auden and right before the ritual they have conveniently again that word broken it off so that they could have sex with other people without cheating on each other Also just in time because Auden Poe and Saint are in love with each otherJust let me know at what point this book is starting to make sense to you because honest to god I don t see it The connection between the characters is supposed to be deep and meaningful but I m sorry one summer as 10 year old kids is in no way enough to fuck each other as a group 12 years later And another thing if why not is the answer to the Notorious (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, uestion of why 6 people would do a ritual involving sex then I don t think that explanation is good enough to see it through I like a little realism in my books in any genre I want the decisions and actions to make at least somewhat of sense even if I don t agree with what the characters say do or think This was just some random things thrown together to make sure the story evolved into people getting naked This book could have made some sense if it was at least 700 pages longer But trust me there is no reason for them to do the ritual in this book No reason at allEven the thing going on between Poe Saint and Auden didn t feel like it was built on any real foundation the 3 of them got fake married in the chapel as kids but that s where it ends so when people started claiming they were falling in love with the other it felt really rushed andnderdevelopedThis book read like how people claim to read Playboy magazines oh but the articles are so interesting No this was just an excuse to get 6 people naked together like it was the most natural thing in the world I don t care if you like men women or both you do you and make sure you are happy but everything was so goddamn convenient and ridiculous and it made absolutely no sense hide spoile. 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.