Review: A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone...and Why I Sang Pistol Annies I Feel A Sin Comin' On While Reading

Review: A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone...and Why I Sang Pistol Annies I Feel A Sin Comin' On While Reading

Pistol Annies

Pistol Annies

5 Star Read

A Lesson In Thorns is a book about Secrets, Discovery, Heartbreak, Uncertainty, Earthy Pleasures and Pain. It’s got enough Celtic mystery and legend mixed in, that I have to wonder if things are going to be literal or figurative. I hope later books straighten that question out for me. Either way, I like it.

(By some small chance if my family is reading this post…this is the point where you should stop….seriously stop…I’m going to talk about things you just don’t need to think about me talking about…or even know that I know about! What an awkward family get together that would be. YIKES!)

Let’s get this out of the way I was a Sierra Simone Virgin until A Lesson In Thorns. I can say I happily popped my cherry to a fantastic book that has left me dying to read the rest of her taboo treats! I’ve heard only praise for Priest and American Queen for quite a while.


Looking at the author’s picture she seems like an adorable, bubbly elementary teacher. I would not expect some of the filthiest, sexy things I’ve ever read to come from her!lol First time reader here! As the saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Same goes for authors.

If you have NEVER read Sierra Simone be warned if you don’t like dark romance, BDSM, menages, group scenes, murder, or pagan traditions that take place on dark stormy nights in the woods with blood sacrifices, or having your morals and comfort zone pushed- stay away from this book. Stay far, far away!

Everyone’s got their own reading kink preferences. Personally, if I’m reading a book and the word “daddy” is used, I’m done. Deal breaker!

I always feel like I need to justify or explain how I can read ”dirty” books. Yes, Super Conservative woman here. Wife. Mama. Teacher. Even Sunday School Teacher, on occasion. I know, I know. Small town life. Put the stones down. Go listen to Pistol Annie’s song Hush, Hush, and it might be an insight

Remember Y’all, Books as much as we might love them and weave those stories into our hearts, they are still just words on paper. I have several book boyfriends that I might get into a fight over, but they are fake! Don’t get the pitchforks, please!! Things you might never ever do in real life or agree with in real life become a different fantasy world of fiction. That’s my opinion on books and especially Romance. I don’t read a menage or a blood sacrifice scene and think, Oh I want to do that.

Then again what you do in your personal life is your business. I live in my constructs and you live in yours.

I’m in my thirties. I’ve been told around forty you care a lot less of what other people think of you, and by fifty you basically think all others can go jump in a lake. We’ll see if that’s true.

Now that some of us have checked our morals and pretend judgy looks at the door let us continue with the fun!

Heaven help me when I talk about Reverse Harems and Menage focused books. I never imagined I’d be cheering on Triads. *Definitely blushing* As always, I digress!

Pictured above are collages made by members of The Sierra Simone’s Lambs Facebook Group! I think they both do a great job giving the reader a visual to the characters. Also, someone used Alexander Skarsgård who will always be Vampire Eric in my heart as The Priest. That person automatically wins in my not so humble opinion, but then they chose a boy as The Heir, just no.

First, before I dive in with my thoughts a quick reminder as to what the book is about.

Once upon a time, six children stumbled upon a wild place hidden deep in the moors, shrouded by secrets and fog. There we played a game among the roses and the thorns that would change us forever, that would follow us the rest of our lives. A game that ended with a hard kiss in the rain and tattered flower petals fluttering from above… 
And twelve years later, we’re back.   
The heir. 
The dreamer. 
The priest. 
The genius. 
The socialite. 
The saint. 
I’m not going to dream of a forgotten place covered in thorns every night. 
I won’t be enchanted by Thornchapel and its glossy, glamorous people. I’m not going to fall in love or have my heart torn in two. 
I’m not telling the truth.  
Because as this place slowly tightens its coil of secrets and thorns around us, as we uncover the knotted mysteries that grow here, the six of us begin to unravel into filthy, holy pleasure and pain.  Fulfilling the promise we once made as children in those whispering ruins, and awakening a fate that will either anoint us or leave us in ashes…


For those of you unfamiliar with Pistol Annies I highly recommend you check them out! These three ladies know not only how to sing, but write songs that speak to the soul. Side-note if you are needing some break-up songs just listen to what I think is possibly Miranda Lambert’s screw you Blake songs, Got My Name Changed Back and When I Was His Wife on their new album Interstate Gospel. Most of their songs are upbeat girl power songs that are dedicated to the women of the south and the crazy lives we live! If you don’t know already know it, it is a whole different world down here!

Despite the playlist the author shares this particular song, I Feel A Sin Comin’ On is what played over and over in my head as I read this book. They say some songs call to your inner-stripper and others make you want to shake your ass, but this song, this song speaks to an inner sex goddess. The sway and lyrics make the goddess ready to get down and dirty no matter what the brain might be screaming. It’s all pure lusty animal instinct that has taken over at this point.

That sexual sentiment is what our six protagonists share. They all have an unnatural pull to each-other and Thornchapel. They all bubble with want and sexual desires! Who they want isn't exclusive to one person, and most are still trying to figure who and what they want out. #TeamTriad You will know who I'm talking about in the Prologue! No spoiler!

I am desperate to know all of Thornchapel’s secrets! Ahhhh it’s driving me wild! I want to know all the magic that could be. All of the characters are deep, richly developed, and psychologically fascinating. They are also beautiful and brilliant. I loved how the author allows the reader into the psyche to offer possible reasons why they are who they are. Then again when you read the prologue about these children at ten years old you know they are going to be broken adults.

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying going into books blindly, and this is one of those! The less you know, the better. The story unfolds and shares itself with you. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and yes the ending left me yelling at the book. It’s the first in a series so even though there is some closure on some of the pressing mystery there is so much to be discovered and revealed.

I am looking forward to each book in the Thornchappel series, and I cannot wait to see where Sierra Simone takes us! As a reminder, I am a Happily Ever After type of escapist reader, so my fingers are crossed that the last chapter in the final book will give me that. I don’t care if she tortures me along the way, and I have a suspicion she is going to, but I have a feeling it will ALL be worth it!

Share your thoughts!! Do you talk about your Romance Read? Or are you a closeted Kindle Reader like me? Do you love Sierra Simone or other similar authors? How about the Pistol Annies? Drop in the comments and let me know what you want to me to write!

Until next time,


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