Sierra Simone is a go to banana pants wild ride of an author for me. A Lesson in Thorns does not disappoint, but it doesn’t quite stand up as strong as her standalones for me.
The plot revolves around a group of six friends who were pulled apart as kids. The reunite as the house Thorncombe is undergoing renovations. I don’t want get to detailed on the whole plot because honestly it’s a ride.
It’s easier to talk about what I liked in this book which was the writing, the way it all unravelled. Sierra Simone is a poetic writer and her books kind of unfurl like a flower as you read them. You pick up new words. The sex scenes are incredible and tantalizing.
The things I didn’t love are more numerous. It was a winding plot. Oftentimes you were left feeling confused on the story and wondering what was going to happen. It all fell together a little to nicely at the end. The characters get some growth, but not enough with each one to explain some of the end. The attempts to be mysterious was meh. This book is so different from anything else by Sierra Simone as a series it really does end on a cliffhanger a big pet peeve for me.
I’m still interested in reading the next one, but I figure it will take me awhile to get through it. I come to Sierra Simone for a wild ride and this just felt like a long prologue to what is coming in the next few books.
Rating: 3 Stars
HEA/HFN: No, this is a series with a cliffhanger
Content Warnings/Trigger Warnings: Deceased Parents, Murder, BDSM, Blood