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Jack of Thorns

(Inheritance #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  797 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Can you change destiny?

Laurence Riley has seen the future, and all his visions are coming true. Just as he can’t control the addiction that dominates his life, or the mindgames of his stalker ex-boyfriend, he also struggles with his untamed supernatural gifts.

Jack can help. His price is that Laurence keeps him fed with regular offerings of sex, but Laurence ha
ebook, 402 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Lunar Beagle Limited (first published May 13th 2016)
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I almost DNF this one. If I wasn't so focused on finishing all the books I read, no matter how boring, well I would have definitely given up on this one.
It was a freebie on Amazon when I got it and I told myself why not, let's try new books from unknown to me authors.
This story was a miss for me and I can't really say what bugged me the most. The beginning was interesting enough. I really thought it will keep me interested but then it all went downhill. I didn't like the MCs, I didn't lik
Melanie (mells_view)
Unfortunately this story was just not for me. I think there was a good concept and an interesting way of colliding addictions and troubles with a paranormal/mythical aspect. Sadly though, I didn’t connect with any of the characters. Although they do each have interesting stories, I found it a bit hard to get through the book itself to learn more, and then the end being a cliffhanger ending it kind of left me wanting, but not wanting enough to continue on with the series.

I think that
I'm done with this one. I've read about one third of the book but there is no need to push myself to go any further.

Let's be honest, this book is just boring. It's drags on and on until you no longer care about anything. The characters are generally quite nice. But it's hard to attach to them. Quentin is sometimes a caricature of himself, and his manner of speaking is awfully artificial. He may have some very difficult and dark past, but somewhere in the meantime I've lost any desire to get to
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 stars. Loved it! One of those books where I was glued to the pages from just a few paragraphs in. I was so impressed with the way it starts out as a contemporary romance and bit by bit the little holes in the story are filled with magic. Both the characters are appealing and complex. The slow-burn romance is torture! (the good kind) There's mystery and some sadness in their backstories and all the questions are only partly resolved at the end. Great writing and great story. I've already star ...more
May 22, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. (And HYPED)
Words actually fail me. So I'm going with some quotes…
Quentin referring to a mobile phone: "One does not have such a device." Quentin, instead of saying yes: "Quite so." or "Ostensibly." Quentin generally: "Oh, not you, dear boy." etc. etc. etc.
Nobody talks like that! Nobody! Not even an earl. Not even the queen. He never says "I" once. He always refers to himself as "One." It's utterly ridiculous. It sounds like 12 year old pretending to be posh.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a frustrating book, in a lot of ways. It was very long, which is good, but the story felt sort of incomplete, even for a 'you have to keep reading' series. The amount of angst in the characters' backgrounds was *ridiculous* (content note: heroin addiction, alcoholism, past child abuse, past sexual abuse?, threatened sexual assault, dissociation and some mental illness). The Love Interest is sex-repulsed asexual currently because of trauma (but is attracted to the MC and doesn't realize ...more
Apr 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, promo-deals
This was awful, I really tried and pushed on but by 57% decided life was far too short for me to finish this.

One of the characters is English. I was extremely shocked to find the author is British. Assumed it was written by someone with only a cartoon view of what Britain is like, who'd possibly o'd on cheesy sixties/seventies tv series; though to be honest 'old boy' one fears even the poshest of those lordly specimens didn't talk anything like the quintessential Quentin. It's suppos
Kaje Harper
This was a fun read, especially once I got a bit further into it. The blend of paranormal and old gods is somewhat unique. Lawrence is a nicely complex character, a man with odd inherited talents, and a great mother who is nonetheless very reticent, failing to tell him things he really needs to know. His potential that is starting to unfold scares him, and his addiction history is both a source of shame and a siren call he fights every day.

Lawrence works in his mother's flower shop, where their
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
4.5 stars

A story set in San Diego written by someone who actually knows San Diego.

I was fully prepared to have to relive some really bad geography, ala Everything Changes by Melanie Hansen, but by the time chapter five or so rolled around, I knew I was in good hands. I even learned something about that ginormous tree in the middle of Balboa Park (because she's right; locals totally don't read those tourist s
Mar 10, 2017 marked it as own-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Free @ Amazon US today.
Tami Veldura

Go get this book. It releases on the 13th and you want it. If you've ever bought a book on my recommendation before, you NEED this book.

First, I can't believe I've never read anything by Amelia before. She's made my auto-buy list from the first chapter. This book is THAT good. I'll be grabbing her entire backlist the second I get paid. You should too.

Jack of Thorns has an amazing voice. The characters have secrets. Their secrets have secrets. And that's hard to pull off wh
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: to anyone
Lawrence Riley runs a florist shop with his mom in San Diego. He suffers from drug addiction, which has led to numerous rehab attempts. One night he prays to his pagan gods to help him get his act together. When one appears, Lawrence is ecstatic, however there is always a price. Lawrence doesn't know if he is willing to pay that price.

Lord Banbury aka Quentin, is a product of English wealth and status. On the run from his past, his arrival in San Diego is met with the paparazzi and
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, safe
“Woo me, Quen. I’m obviously worth it.”

It’s been a while since I read a book so fast, as soon as I picked “Jack of Thorns” I couldn’t stop reading it. Quentin of course was my favorite character, before he met Laurence he lived a very lonely life but his aristocratic upbringing has trained him to appear confident at all times. His closed off personality might have made it difficult for Laurence to come close to him, but nonetheless it was really funny to see him being out of place in the modern
★★,5☆☆ | Original take on Urban Fantasy but tinted with Livejournal type depth…

“He had a god in his fucking shop.”


> M/M Romance
> Drug & Alcohol Addiction
> Slow Burn
> Poor Boy/ Rich Boy
> Plants
> Paganism

Lawrence saw the future and it’s not looking good. The deal he made with Jack, a pagan god, to get his life under control for the small price of keeping him fed is turning on him quite rapidly and developing a crush on a man he can only dream/>>/>
What a great start to the series!
It wasn’t at all like I expected and in this case it’s definitely a good thing.
A good thing apart from the detailed description of (view spoiler), which gave me pause during the prologue because I wasn’t expecting it. There’s a warning at the end of the blurb about “mature themes and events which may be distressing to some readers”, but nothing specific so be aware that the most recurring “distressing” them
Barb ~rede-2-read~
This was an interesting, fast-paced fantasy about Laurence Riley, a young man who operates a florist shop with his psychically gifted mom and pretty much coasts along through life knowing he needs to get his act together but struggling to figure out how. He is also psychically gifted—with visions of future events that tend to come to reality.

Desperate for a positive change, Laurence invokes his magic abilities and calls for help from a fertility god. What he gets is Jack—green-eyed, self-posses
Anna Goerlitz
*A free copy of this book was given to me by the author, in exchange for an honest review.*

Laurence is a wreck. A heroine addict living day to day, getting by in life stoned most of the time, relying on his charms, his good looks and willingness to sleep with anything that moves. He has psychic powers, but no control over them or his life in general.

Quentin / Banbury is a wreck too. Another addict, an alcoholic. Quentin flees his past and future quite literally by moving to a new lo
Lori S.
Jan 28, 2018 marked it as stopped-halfway  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, m-romance
One has had enough of this story. Definitely not one's cuppa.
Jenni Lea

Well, that was just fabulous. Though Quentin's use of the word "one" drove me bonkers and I wanted to call Child Protective Services on Laurence's mother, I found the characters endearing and just a smidge pocket-worthy.

Joel Leslie's narration was, once again, flawless.

On to book two...
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I thoroughly enjoyed this blend of contemporary romance and paranormal fantasy. I’ve read a lot of paranormal/supernatural fiction and haven't come across one recently that allows the everyday aspects of life—friendship, pain, doubt and all the other highs and lows of living—to take precedence over the paranormal elements in the story, part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. The main focus is on the struggles and personal demons each man faces rather than relying on all the “fant
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I have to admit-I usually prefer a LOT of romance in my books, regardless of any other genre that a story might be a part of, and I don't necessarily mean in terms of the physical. Most of the romantic parts of this story are confined to the unrequited...with a teensy, tiny bit of hope...and yet the paranormal aspects of this book were plenty to keep my interest most of the way through.

Now, yes-I did say "most of the way". There were some times, mostly in the first half of the story, wher
Brian Turner
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
One look at the cover and I'm thinking "teen urban fantasy" and "gay romance" - neither being genres I'd normally give a second glance.

However, the first line of the description caught my attention:

"Florist. Psychic. Addict."

And the opening sample hooked me with its smooth and fluid writing and immediate sense of tension.

This was not the book I was expecting. It was far, far better.

Firstly, it's intelligent. Laurence isn't a recovering
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC for a honest review. I really excited to read this book. Very rarely do I read a m/m paranormal romance book that is not focus on shifters (mostly werewolves) or vampires. So, I liked this book. I didn't love it but I think there is potential for the series.

The Good
- The MCs were not werewolves, vampires, and/or a ghost lover. I know I said this in the first paragraph but this is important.
- Laurence and his mom. They were awesome. I kinda wish this wasn't
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: free-read, glbt, 2016, arc
Here is an interesting fantasy paranormal story. We have two individuals Quentin (English lord) and Lawrence (doped-out florist) from very different cultures drawn together, only to find out they have something very much in common. They both have super powers, yet undeveloped. When Lawrence accidentaly calls forth the god Jack/The Green Man, chaos ensues. Survival now depends on their learning to develop their powers to defeat Jack.

All the characters were great. You can't help but ha
I had trouble getting into the story. I’m not sure if it was because of the narrative or just the plot that didn’t seem to interest me. The MC’s didn’t help the cause. Laurence was just not my type and Quentin annoyed me a little, what with the ridiculous way he talked. It really got on my nerves. I didn’t feel the connection between the main characters, and I didn’t feel threatened by the supposed villain or bad guy.

Half way I was pretty disenchanted, after reading so many good reviews, and I
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
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May 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt
listen,,,, this might have even been a 4 stars if the one mc wouldnt have talked like a human version of a freakin package of lipton earl grey tea or something because no human should talk about himself in the 3rd person 24/7 its just weird Who Does That

but i mean, it was p cute nonetheless
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, netgalley
I tried to give this book a chance. I really did. The plot seemed very intriguing. I read nearly 70% of it...and expected something different i guess.
I'm sad that I wasn't feeling it...
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
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