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A Lesson in Thorns

(Thornchapel #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,975 ratings  ·  866 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 374 pages
Published March 20th 2019 by Sierra Simone
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Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰
“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—using my body to sate themselves with. My mouth and my tight cunt and everything, until 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 up story. This was so enrapturing
[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 ...more
Chaima ✨ شيماء
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 up for this. I mean. Technically, I did sign up for this. I just...didn't read the fine print. [incoherent mumbles] Fine. I did read the fine print. And I still signed it.....[inhales] Why did I sign it.

This is a glaringly obvious case of "it's not you, it's me." It is me. I'm really just too asexual for this.

That said, the book is
chan ☆
not as wild as people say

- real kink shit
- lots of bi rep

- 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
Chelsea Humphrey
"In the faint moonlight, the grass is singing
Over the tumbled graves, about the chapel
There is the empty chapel, only the wind's home.
It has no windows, and the door swings,
Dry bones can harm no one."

-T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Ok, wow, so hold up 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 up. If you follow me for my mystery/thriller/suspense musings, here is your PSA that this book is an erotic
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
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 happening.
Thornchapel knows my name and the crooked corners of my heart, and it wants me to make promises that I’m going to keep.”

Spell binding.
All enrapturing.
Those 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
Whitney Atkinson
4.5 stars

I'm 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 more 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 that .5 stars came off of the rating because it was a little confusing, but it was an
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
Shelves: queer
This took a while to actually get going, but once it did? God tier smut. Have MERCY.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know when you're reading a book and it's not really grabbing you by the hair from behind but you still want to finish it so you start a second book to accompany it and then the second book doesn't smack you on the ass while pulling your hair from behind?

This is that second book.

Honestly I only finished this book so that it would count towards my 2019 Reading Challenge to read 5000 books this year. For those of you keeping count I am a mere 1590 books behind schedule so no worries.
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 it up: convenient. The entire plot is convenient. They even added some bad weather (without
KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
YUS ONE CLICKED!! BUUUTTTTT *rocks in the corner looking at arcs on my kindle*

Today is a F#ck it day!! I just can't handle it anymore. I'm going to sneak this in whilst still rocking in the corner!!
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was everything I didn't know i wanted
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4th read 14th July 2019:

petition for rebecca, delphine, and poe to have a threesome in book two, while beckett and saint have sex. auden can... idk come in his pants elsewhere


・ 。゚: *. .* :゚.

3rd read 20th June 2019:

“Do I just want to have sex with everybody? Is that it? Auden and Saint? Hell, maybe even Delphine and Rebecca and Becket?”


There has been some questioning about whether all the characters are actually bisexual, and the author has confirmed it multiple times, but there is
Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
I'm going to be upfront and say I chose to read this book based mostly on the cover. LOL Call me shallow if you want, but it's the truth. It just looks so gothic and beautiful that I had to have it! I also heard it was weird, involved group sex, and was a good book by the majority of the people I know that read it. I mean, who wouldn't be intrigued, right?

A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone is enchanting, kinky, mysterious, and steamy.
It's everything I was expecting and more. So many things
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 “Convivificat” Stars

WOW....... what an incredible read. I’m not sure what to feel except that this book was sensual, erotic, intriguing, mesmerizing, addictive, and captivating. I felt like I was on a heightened journey with all six characters. It was also very hypnotizing to be held captive by six different and charismatic characters. Every time I thought that I could stop reading and be productive, the book waved it’s magic torc and lured me back to reading.

I’m not sure what to say about
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
So good!!

This book consumed me. Its so unique. It has a mystical almost magical quality to it. Its hard to write a review without giving spoilers and trust me this is a book you want to go in blind.

There’s 6 people involved, 6 people that are connected to a place called Thornchapel. They feel its calling and they venture in a sensual, mysterious, erotic path.

I don’t want to give anything away but just know this is an incredibly well written book that will capture you from page 1. I can’t wait
Bre *B.B. Lynn Reads*
“Thornchapel waits at the end of my journey, and everything is possible.”

Wow. There is no way to explain what I just read and do it justice. The writing style and overall atmosphere reminded me of The Raven Cycle (which I love). It was poetic and flowed so easily. It’s beautiful.

“Delphine and Rebecca fought, and Becket was an insufferable know-it-all, and St. Sebastian wandered in and out, and Proserpina dreamed. And Auden was still everything inside of himself…”

These six characters are so
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
<3 5 STARS <3

This was a unique,brilliant and addictive story.I was mesmerized from the prologue, all the characters, were interesting and original.I was hooked and I couldn't put it down.


This is a story about six children whose lives were unknowingly entwined and changed twelve years ago.I love the mystery around the story I was intrigued.I loved every minute of A Lesson in Thorns, there are twists and turns, there is romance, lies ,betroyals.So many things to keep you on the edge and
Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
Aug 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned

After seeing this book absolutely everywhere on my Goodreads feed and on even Booktube, I decided to give in and get it to see what this was all about. As I mentioned previously, this seemed extremely out of my comfort zone but I was intrigued nonetheless.

"Soon enough, he was sent off to school, where he burned with all the things he didn't understand about himself."

Even though this book really wasn't my thing, this is hands down one of the best quote I've read in it.

Let's just say this
What did I just read?

Read the whole review at Readin' Under Street-Lamps

I don’t even know where to start with this review to be honest, but we gotta start from somewhere I guess- so let’s start with 3 ruined panties, 4 cold-showers, and about 8-9 victims of involuntary public moaning, and one friend who is convinced I’m a sex fiend.

I guess you get where I’m going with this one, eh?

This book was a study in contrast- when you think of erotica, you’re usually thinking a lot of dirty talk, filthy
mina reads™️
I love one (1) group of bisexual, horny, idiotic twenty-somethings and their weird magical house/church
Jennifer Kyle
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plenty of Secrets & Sex.
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-physical, 2019
EDIT 6/20: I’ve lowered my rating to four stars after finding out that, in a cast of six main characters who all experience attraction to multiple genders, none of them ID as anything except bisexual? As someone who IDs as bi... I don’t get it. What a disservice to pan and queer people.

this book well and truly f*cked me up (in all the best ways)
This was perfect! An instant fave ! I like that I went in basically blind (I didn't read any reviews ahead of time). So I didn't know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised . I genuinely don't have any criticisms of this book right now. I haven't written a full review in a long time lol. So I'm a little rusty.

The six characters the story focuses on were childhood friends brought together for one summer by their parent's visit to Thornchapel. All the kids knew was that the parents were
4 Entangled Stars

Six children brought together over a summer vacation in the village of Thorncombe.
A child’s whimsical wedding to two boys amidst the ruins of Thornchapel.
* Auden
* St.Sebastian
* Proserpina (Poe)

A destiny that entwines them comes to fruition 12 years later.
The unexplained disappearance of Poe’s mother 11 years prior and a mysterious letter in her mother’s handwriting gives Poe the final excuse to return to Thornchapel where she has longed to be.

A Lesson in Thorns is a poetic
Laurelin Paige
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exquisite and breathtaking. Erotica at its finest.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was weird af

also there’s a million things wrong with it. namely: every scene in which they were discussing the ritual/trying to justify doing it was hecka cringe.

but like...I liked it?

idk man. idk.
Sophia Triad
I am so excited about this book that I honestly cannot find suitable words to express my enthusiasm!
Obviously this book is another proof that Sierra Sinone is truly THE QUEEN of sensual erotica.

I tried so hard not to read this book until the next in the series was out, because I knew there would be a cliffhanger, but what can I say, I am weak...

Full review pending.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-romance
I tried to go into this one with not too high of expectations. We all saw this book take over booktube and bookstagram and everyone was just RAVING about it. I didn't want to overhype it for myself, but I was definitely excited to finally pick it up.

When this book began, I was sucked into the story. I absolutely loved the gothic setting in an old English mansion and a ruined chapel. There was a lot of mystery and magic and intrigue surrounding what happened there 12 years ago and now with the
If I don’t come at least once a day, I’m miserable. And yet, I still haven’t had sex.

I can't, I just can't. I never EVER give up on or DNF books but I disliked this book almost immediately.
I was this close to abandoning it after only 8% but after much consideration, and honestly because I was bored at work, I decided to give it another chance. So naturally, I skimmed.
And skimmed and skimmed.

Nonsense, nonsense, nonsense, skipping all the unbearable pretentiousness (the female lead's name is
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