ARC Review: Jack of Thorns (Inheritance #1)

Title: Jack of Thorns (Inheritance #1)

Author: Amelia Faulkner

Publisher: LoveLightPress

Publish Date: September 20, 2017

Length: 442 pages

Laurence Riley is an easy going florist with the power to make things grow. He can also see the future, which manifests one terrifying night when he ODs and is left for dead. Now, he’s trying to keep his life together, which is hard with a stalker ex-boyfriend dogging his heels.

Quentin has been brought up in a life of extreme privilege as an English lord. Now traveling the world and trying to forget his past, a chance encounter with Laurence leads to something more. However, Quentin has secret powers of his own, powers that he’s not even aware of, but protect him violently.

Attracted to Quentin, desperate to improve his life and gain control of his powers, Laurence accidentally summons a fertility god who calls himself Jack. But Jack is darker and more dangerous than Laurence can handle and quickly turns on Laurence. He’s hatched an evil plan that threatens the world. Laurence and Quentin both have to master their powers to face something greater than themselves.

So, I only realized right now that this book has already been published and in its second edition, which is good, because maybe that means the second book will be coming out soon (or is already out). I really enjoyed this book. I felt so hard for Laurence and his struggle with drugs and sobriety and addiction. I wanted to slap his ex-boyfriend who wouldn’t leave him alone. And I loved his dedication to being better than he was before and how he really tried so hard.

I also liked Quentin a lot, but it was a little harder. In the beginning, when he’s formal and unsure, he refers to himself as “one” all the time and it really grated. It was just so annoying because I couldn’t keep track of what he was saying. But as he relaxed and got to know Laurence better, his speech patterns changed and he was easier to deal with. I also liked his insecurities and fears that manifested in phenomenal power that he couldn’t even acknowledge. And I like how uncomfortable he is with even the idea of intimacy and sex; you don’t often come across that in books and it’s almost never a man who has these hang-ups. It made me really like him a lot.

I genuinely couldn’t put this book down at the end. I was so engaged and excited to see what was going to happen next. The villain was scary, the plot compelling, and the characters were great.

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