“Thornchapel knows my name and the crooked corners of my heart, and it wants me to make promises that I’m going to keep.”
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A Lesson in Thorns
by Sierra Simone

About the book

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 would be the last place her mother was seen alive. But Thornchapel has other plans for her…

As Poe begins uncovering 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 unravelling into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Together, they awaken a fate that will either anoint them or leave them in ashes…

"Raise your freak flag high and be ready to fall in love and lust with every one of these characters." ~LuvBooks Club

The LuvBooks Review

Meredith’s Review:

If you haven’t become major Sierra Simone fan in the past couple years, that’s about to change, friends. When the ladies and I were picking our debut Book of the Month, the choice was pretty easy. We just had to decide…which Sierra Simone book would it be? With all the buzz around her new Thornchapel series, we dove head first into the series starter, A Lesson in Thorns, which follows a dark and sexually supercharged journey of discovery when six childhood friends are brought together under mysterious circumstances.

This story is not just your average hero and heroine romance. No, no. Raise your freak flag high and be ready to fall in love and lust with every one of these characters. And fair warning, you may never think about spin-the-bottle the same again.

“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.”

Autumn’s Review:

The intense research that went into creating this richly descriptive book results in a stunning storyline. Simone is a gifted artist, capable of weaving a magical tale and words are her muse.
“The place claims you, it knows your name and the crooked corners of your heart.”

Jennifer’s Review:

A Lesson in Thorns is a dark and beautiful story that will take you places you didn’t even know you wanted to go.  It is romantic, lush and sexy, filled with symbolism and meaning.  It has a little something for everyone and I can’t wait to continue this journey with Sierra Simone.

“I’m so susceptible to this kind of touch.  I bloom like a rose when I’m handled like a weed.”


Mindy’s Review: 

I am OBSESSED with this book. The characters, setting, and Simone’s ability to make you feel every bit of what she’s describing is awe inspiring. I loved the “magic” of this book. The author has such an effortless way of intertwining reality, mythology, history, mystery, lust, and religion. This book kept me on my toes, and I can’t wait to read the Feast of Sparks!
“Any of us can be anything. All of us can be all things.” 

About the Author

Sierra is a voracious reader of all things including the smuttiest smut, young adult, piles of non-fiction for research, and everything Bill Bryson (especially on audio).

She loves writing the dirtiest things that she can think of, King Arthur, sparkling water, Tarot, coffee, leggings, and learning new words daily.

Her previous jobs have included firing ceramics, teaching living history lessons in one-room school house in full, 1908-approved school marm attire, and working as a librarian for several years—not in that order

She lives in the Kansas City area with her hot cop husband, two children, and two giant dogs. (And two cats, but they’re so naughty we don’t talk about them.)

The social media she cares about the most are Spotify and Instagram. Following her in those places is a true love language, indeed.