A Lily Among Thorns

A Lily Among Thorns Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London s most prosperous women but she s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her

  • Title: A Lily Among Thorns
  • Author: Rose Lerner
  • ISBN: 9781619219892
  • Page: 285
  • Format: ebook
  • Lady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London s most prosperous women, but she s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter.When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she reaLady Serena Ravenshaw is one of London s most prosperous women, but she s never forgotten the misery that set her on the path to success Nor has she forgotten the drunken young gentleman who gave her the means to start her long, tortuous climb out of the gutter.When he knocks on the door of the Ravenshaw Arms to ask her help in retrieving a stolen family heirloom, she readily agrees to help, and to let him stay rent free After all, Serena prefers debts to fall in her favor.Still grieving the death of his twin brother, Solomon Hathaway just wanted to be left alone in his dye making shop until his highborn uncle sends him to the infamous Lady Serena to scour London s underworld for the missing bauble.He s shocked to discover she s the same bedraggled waif to whom he once gave his entire quarterly allowance Yet as they delicately tread common ground, they must negotiate a treacherous world of crime, espionage and betrayal before they can learn to trust and love again.

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    1. Rose Lerner

      I discovered Georgette Heyer when I was thirteen, and wrote my first historical romance a few years later My writing has improved since then, but my fascination with all things Regency hasn t changed When not reading, writing, or researching, I enjoy cooking and marathoning old TV shows I live in Seattle with my best friend.Sign up to be notified when my next book comes out roselerner newslettermlFYI I use this space for recs of books I wholeheartedly love only My recs are honest, but I have social relationships with some of the romance authors whose books I rec.

    704 thoughts on “A Lily Among Thorns”

    1. Too many confusing subplots, not enough focus on the main story and characters, unfortunately. The main characters did not work for me: the hero is supposedly a genius at a) fashion design b) fabric dye chemistry c) cooking d) playing the organ, and he's just over 25 years old. Oh, and he's also a hunk. Could not suspend my disbelief that far. The heroine, meanwhile, is only about 25 and started off as a prostitute (although she's the daughter of an earl?) when she was 18. Now she's the queen of [...]


    2. Original review posted on Angieville: HERE.I've had A LILY AMONG THORNS on my list ever since I read Rose Lerner's debut novel--In for a Penny--more than a year ago. In fact, I actually reread it a couple of weeks ago to see if the character and writing were as lovely as I remembered. They were and it was. So I practically bounced in my seat when I saw the tweet pop up stating that A LILY AMONG THORNS was available on NetGalley. Click, click, click. And I sat down with it that night. Personally, [...]


    3. Loved this book! RL writes with a lot of emotional depth and I couldn't read this book fast enough. Solomon, our hero is just a regular guy who happens to be the nephew of a Duke, but has a job as a tailor and loves science. He has sandy blond hair, freckles across his nose and tends to blush easily. On his 20th birthday his friends decide it is time for him to lose his virginity. Oh did I mention he was a son a vicar? So at the house of ill repute he is taken by the hand and led upstairs, by on [...]


    4. Okay guys you all know this story. There's a man with pain in his past and a dangerous reputation. He's got walls round his emotions a mile thick and it's going to take a very special person to break through them. Enter our lady, stubborn and compassionate and exactly the kind of sweetheart who can slip in sideways through the cracks. Lots of push-pull, emotional progress hard won and then finally FINALLY a happy ending.Now let's take all that and enjoy some genderswap!A Lily Among Thorns is abo [...]


    5. A Lily Among Thorns ของโรส เลิร์นเนอร์เล่มนี้เป็นหนังสือไฮไลท์ของปีของเราไปแล้วค่ะ ส่วนหนึ่งเพราะเป็นงานของนักเขียนที่เราไม่เคยอ่านมาก่อน อีกส่วนหนึ่งก็เพราะเป็นเรื่องแนวย้อนยุคที่สา [...]


    6. 4.5 stars!A Lily Among Thorns proved to be another rare find. Rose Lerner, who has quickly climbed her way up my favorite authors list as of late, took the often stereotypical heartless rogue and beguiled innocent HR roles and completely reversed them. Here, it was the heroine wielding all the power while scoffing at love and the patient hero slowly peeling back the layers surrounding her guarded heart.The main plot involving unbelievable underworld connections, stolen jewels and spies in love ( [...]


    7. Review originally posted on The Book SmugglersWarning: this review contains a few spoilersI loved In For a Penny, Rose Lerner’s first book and had been waiting anxiously for A Lily Among Thorns although part of me feared it wouldn’t be as good as that other book. But thankfully, A Lily Among Thorns turned out to be an excellent read. Showing a penchant for beta heroes, strong heroines and an incredible awareness of important issues (gender, race, sexual orientation identity), this author is [...]


    8. Romance. A Regency romance where no one's a duke! Not a whiff of Seasons or Town Houses, either. And I'm pretty sure no one was ever within ten feet of a curricle. Instead, Solomon is a Cambridge-educated tailor who loves chemistry, and Serena is an ex-whore who owns her own inn. They are adorable together.I loved this. It has sexual tension and banter and flirting. It doesn't go from first kiss to sex on the same page. The romance is slow and fun and between equals. I had an excellent idea of w [...]


    9. The best historical romance I've read since Lord of Scoundrels. Just lovely. Also praise be to Lerner for writing about someone other than Lords and Ladies! Happy sighs all around.


    10. I was so excited to read this book. I adored, In For a Penny, Rose Lerner’s debut book last year. She has such a unique, if somewhat complex voice and I find her books very refreshing.It is hard to set up the plot in this book because there are some big twists about halfway through that change the direction. But I can definitely talk about the first half.My favorite thing about this book is that the hero, Solomon, is a chemist who makes dyes for his uncle’s “Fine Tailoring” shop. He flou [...]


    11. 4 stars for characters, 2 stars for plot. As in her first book, IN FOR A PENNY, Lerner crafts nuanced, intriguing, and immensely appealing characters (primary and secondary). I love having a heroine who is often mean and angry but still worthy of love, and a male lead who isn't constrained by the straightjacket conventions of the alpha hero of historical romance is hugely appealing as well.The plot of this follow-up, though, is overly ambitious, with several plot lines that don't seem vital to t [...]


    12. A Lily Among Thorns is an unconventional historical romance if there ever was one, but it's so, so good. Lady Serena, a prosperous woman in possession of her own inn, can never forget the life of prostitution she left behind to reach her current status. Nor can she forget Solomon, the drunken young gentleman who, instead of paying her for her services, simply gave her the means to start a new life. When Solomon knocks on Serena's door, seeking her help in retrieving a stolen heirloom, she doesn' [...]


    13. This was very enjoyable. It took me a little while to get into it, but it soon picked up a good head of steam and turned into an exciting story of espionage and treason. I always enjoy historical romances that aren't all about the aristocracy--this one is about a tailor-chemist and an innkeeper. The main characters are both fascinatingly complex people, and theirs is not an easy romance. I liked the consideration given to gender roles, class, sexual orientation, and race. Kudos to the author for [...]


    14. Why didn't I read this sooner? It's definitely a keeper--rich chartacterization, a plot that kept me turning the pages, emotional punch, and subtle humor. And Solomon! He alone would earn the five-star rating.


    15. This books reads like a contemporary masquerading as a historical romance BUT, I was easily able suspend my disbelief and adjust to the modern dialogue, because the characters and the romance were absolutely brilliant. You won't see run-of-the-mill dukes and virgins here. The heroine is a former prostitute and current owner of a high-class inn. The hero is a chemist who makes dyes for his uncle's shop. They first meet when the young hero visits the brothel heroine works at to lose his virginity. [...]


    16. “A Lily among Thorns” is one of those books where it’s hard for me to properly put down my thoughts. There’s a lot that I love about it, from the perfect design of the cover (if I was the nitpicking kind I’d point out that the chosen models do not match the descriptions given in the book, but really, who cares? In all its stylish rigidity and staged appearance the couples pose strikes me as perfectly capturing the spirit of the time, and still romantic and believable), the fine, heavy, [...]


    17. What a fantastic book! If I could give it six stars I would.In many ways, this novel inverts the standard tropes of romance novels. Serena, our heroine, is the character with the dark past and rakish reputation, the character with enough underworld connections to ensure that our hero is kept safe when someone threatens him. Our hero, Solomon, is the emotionally open character who works to draw out Serena from behind her walls - and also, the one who cooks and is fashion-focused. The inversion, o [...]


    18. Hmmm. I struggled with this one right from the off. The prologue - whilst I appreciated the significance of Solomon's 'gift' - didn't establish (for me) more than appreciation as a motive for Serena. So the first 'adult' meeting of Serena and Solomon, which results in him being given no alternative but to move in on the pretext of helping locate a pair of missing earrings because she had FEELINGS for him just felt all a bit 'eh?'. Well, to this reader anyway. I got the impression of a story that [...]


    19. The writing is uncommonly good, because it's Rose Lerner, and she's ace. I loved the characters, Lerner can characterise like no one else. That's on fine display here. There's a charming, unique hero who pursues the heroine, in spite of her failings. 'Failings' meaning she's a three-dimensional person with stuff going on. I loffed her. Oh, and there's an m/m secondary romance which was charming and hawt. I'm suddenly into m/m. See my KJ Charles review which I'll post at some point. SOOOO, why is [...]


    20. DNF Chapter 8.I tried and tried, I failed to engaged with the hero and heroine. I was unable to develop any bond, any connection or even like or dislike towards the characters. They remained very 'meh' to me.The blurb seem interesting, I was expecting mystery and intrigue about the lost earring, but the heroine's own personal complication quickly took over and I lost sight of the earring mystery.Personally, I prefer a more focused approached in books. There are entirely too many things going on [...]


    21. Closer to 3.5 stars.As charming as Lerner's other work and with a wonderfully lovable central pair. It's just a tad weighed down by too many subplots. There's so much going on that it's easy to get tangled up in it all.


    22. I REALLY would have liked this, but the plot was cumbersome and lacked focus—too much going on. The romance itself was almost always drowned out by other shenanigans.



    23. THE HERO'S BIG REVELATION IS THAT HE HAS MALE PRIVILEGE AND THERE ARE POSITIVE REPRESENTATIONS OF LADIES AND POC AND QUEER PEOPLE I DON'T EVEN KNOW ANYMORE.


    24. Well that took me over a month to read and it’s real strange for a Rose Lerner book. The beginning was very slow and only at about 75% did things get moving. Then it turned into my good old Rose Lerner style and I was crying and laughing (hence getting a 3). There was a little too much going on in this book — spies, mobsters, Prinny etc. it was overwhelming and while the story stayed pretty focused on our lovers I felt disconnected from them. I love Rose Lerner, but if this was the first boo [...]


    25. I loved every page of this book. A prickly female protagonist With A Past! A heart-on-his-well-tailored-sleeve love interest who is grieving his twin brother and knows everything there is to know about dyeing fabrics! Queer & POC secondary characters! Dynamite chemistry & Napoleonic wars intrigue! An emotional journey! Romance, romance, romance! This is a stand-alone title that whets the appetite for Rose Lerner's other books.


    26. A Lily Among Thorns is a quirky and charming historical romance. With fantastic characters and intriguing drama, this is a historical romance you don’t want to miss.Years ago, Solomon entered a brothel with friends only to be shocked and frightened by the cold intimacy the establishment represented. He threw his meager funds at the woman’s feet and ran for his life, never forgetting the beautiful creature he ran away from. What he did not know was that the woman was able to buy herself a new [...]


    27. a lovely, vivid book, equal parts shenanigans and earnestness (imagine heyer at her masqueraders-iddy but at the same time class-conscious and concerned with long-terms consequences of abuse and themes of grief and consent, if you can). she's an ex-courtesan turned innkeeper with connections in the london's underworld, he's a not-gentleman tailor grieving for his twin brother, together they (mostly accidentally) fall napoleonic spies, but mostly learn each other through each other and slowly and [...]


    28. I was really eager for this book because I adored In For a Penny, and while A Lily Among Thorns wasn't quite as good as that book, I was not disappointed in it. Basically the only reason I've given it a four-star rating is that it starts off pretty rough. A lot of information about the characters and different plot threads are thrown at you in a very short amount of time, the scene transitions are quite choppy, and overall it was just disorienting to try to keep track of everything before I'd go [...]


    29. Too historically accurate for me: within the first few chapters, the heroine (view spoiler)[has her father show up and threaten to have her confined to an asylum for promiscuity (she's a former prostitute) and her former business partner show up with a forged wedding record and tell her that if she doesn't sell the business back to him he'll simply take it from her as her "husband" (since he would then own all her property). (hide spoiler)] Historically accurate? Yep. Anything I want to read? No [...]


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