A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone

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Published: March 19, 2019

Format: Audio/Scribd

Stars: 5

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…
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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…

Review –

First off, if dirty filthy talk and sex scenes offend you DO NOT read this book.

There’s a little bit of love for everyone in this diverse M/F, M/M, F/F, M/M/F orgy, and holy HOT tamale, was it a sinfully sexy scorcher!

Thornchapel is a mystery and it has an unexplainable pull that sucks you in like gravity. Six children went on an adventure and found themselves in the mystical ruins of the chapel… and years later, now as adults, they find the same pull leading them to the same place they met at as kids.

There is a higher power at play and ancient pagan rituals that have the heir, the dreamer, the priest, the genius, the socialite and the saint binded and bloodied by thorns keeping them anchored to this magical place and captivated by each other. I couldn’t even tell you why because Thornchapel hasn’t revealed all of its secrets yet but I am completely fascinated by this story. The story ends on a giant cliffhanger, so be forewarned. I’m now listening to a book in a different genre so I can decompress before listening to the next installment .

The way the author, Sierra Simone, weaves her words is hypnotic all on its own. This lady could make her grocery list sound poetic and mesmerizing. This is my first book of  hers I’ve tried and it was the cover that first drew me in. Some cover, huh ?

Whisper by Michael Bray

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Book Description

Publication Date:July 30, 2013
It was supposed to be a fresh start. A place for Steve & Melody Samson to begin their new life together away from the noise and crime of the city. However, their new home – an idyllic cottage nestled deep within the dense solitude of Oakwell forest-has a disturbing history, hidden for generations by the locals. There is evil in Hope House, and the cursed forest that surrounds it. Evil that has awakened after lying dormant for decades, and has terrifying plans for the young couple.
Once you hear the whispers, it may already be too late.
Review –
A creepy story that should NEVER be read on a windy night.  Loved it.

A Holly, Jolly Murder (Claire Malloy Mystery # 12) by Joan E. Hess

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THE GIFT THAT GIVES ON GIVING. . .
With Farberville’s college on holiday break, Claire Malloy’s bookstore is quiet . . . deadly quiet. Breaking the silence is a little old lady looking for volumes on pagan rituals, applied magick, and Celtic mysticism.  Claire is intrigued and—miffed that her lover, Farberville police Lieutenant Peter Rosen, says she’s in a rut—happily accepts an invitation to welcome the winter solstice at dawn.
 
HOMICIDE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Showing up at the Sacred Grove, Claire expects wild chanting or even nude dancing.   Instead she ends up sitting on a stump watching the Arch Druid clean her bifocals. Then winter arrives and so does a dead man.  Someone has shot the wealthy benefactor of Farberville’s neo-pagans. Now Claire is mixing some snooping with her Christmas shopping.  But instead of wrapping up the case, she finds out ‘tis the season for ho- ho- homicide . . .  and she may be the next victim.

Review –

Because I had some other things to do, other than read,(darn) I read this book in a day and a half and probably could have finished it earlier but the characters were so convoluted with each other that at times I had a hard time keeping up with who was who and what their part in the plot was. I still enjoyed the prev book the best but I have just started #13 so we’ll see what I think when I’m done.

If you haven’t read one of this series you really should start, you won’t be sorry.