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A Lily Among Thorns [Kindle Edition]

Rose Lerner
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Honesty can be the deadliest policy of all.

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 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.

Originally published Dorchester 2011.

Warning: Contains toasty warm pastries, scorching hot chemistry, and a web of treason that just might see England in flames.



Editorial Reviews

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"I loved it[...]most of all, for a heroine who is independent and prickly and yet wonderful all at the same time." –Courtney Milan, New York Times bestselling author

"Subtle wit, wry humor, and some downright hilarious exchanges lighten the darker, more realistic elements of this totally engrossing page-turner that features a pair of most unlikely protagonists, an abundance of nicely developed secondary characters, a well-handled secondary love story, and dashes of deception, mystery, and danger. Readers will be intrigued and happily engaged until the very end." –Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 808 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (September 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K8R50FU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serena plus Solomon equals success September 13, 2014
By Danker
Format:Kindle Edition
I usually hate stories about courtesans who are magically transformed into a Countess/Duchess etc with only a couple of lines devoted to the repercussions, which are then glossed over in a further paragraph as the tale smoothly saunters to a HEA.
Thankfully, I bought this book solely on the basis of Rose Lerner's name, so I was well into it, and thoroughly captivated, by the time I realised the theme of the story - which is a darned sight more complicated than just the story of a reformed prostitute and the man who loves her.
In fact, this story contains many factors I usually find to be "bleh" - creepy father, runaway daughter, evil aristos, wonderful middle class families, spies/spies/spies, that overdone Prince Regent - and yet it makes all of them seem relevant, or gripping, or humorous.
A further thread of Lerner's story is the coming out by one of the characters - an even more gruelling experience for those times, with homosexuality punishable by death. In my view, she handles this well, unflinching when mentioning the physical passion between two of the men, in particular, but also the price to be paid for their love affair - not just the usually mentioned verbal insults, alienation from family/friends and even physical attacks by authorities, but also the betrayal of country which is specific to them.
Lerner likes to delve into her characters. There is much introspection about truth, omissions and lies, about the weighing of friendship, stature, wealth against patriotism, about the meaning of faith and the cruelty of those fearful that their treachery will be uncovered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Angieville: A LILY AMONG THORNS September 13, 2011
Format:Paperback
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, I think this cover is nowhere near as nice as the cover of In for a Penny, which I thought both represented the tone of that novel as well as the "lighter" romance found within. These two look nothing like how I picture Serena and Solomon, particularly as he seems about to eat her nose and, honestly, Solomon would never do that. And even if he did give it a go, Serena would most certainly never let him get that close. Ah, the woes of cover art. On to the tale!

Serena Ravenshaw and Solomon Hathaway have A History. And they don't even know it. Ever since that one fateful night, years ago, when Solomon inadvertently provides Serena with the means to change her life, she's thought of him and wondered. Who was he? Why did he give her that money? Where is he now? And most importantly--does he have any idea what that inexplicable act meant to her? And while Serena has been carving out a new life for herself, Solomon has been quietly watching his fall apart. After the death of his twin brother in the Napoleonic Wars, Solomon can hardly summon the will to go on. A gifted chemist and tailor, he spends his days and nights working in his uncle's shop and fending off the aching loneliness and despair.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Rose Lerner had me at a title of this book. "Like a lily among the thorns, so is my darling among the maidens." No doubt you've heard this quote at least once in your life. It's from Song of Solomon 2:2 and sets a perfect plot for this love story. Make no mistake; this is one heart pounding, heart wrenching all out heartwarming love story.

Solomon Hathaway's friends from Cambridge thought it was time he lost his virginity, so they brought him to the best whore house in London. Young Solomon dreaded as much as he anticipated this encounter. Once left alone with a young woman who to his keen eye looked almost pathetic, he couldn't go through with it and as he's about to bolt out of the room, he throws to her his whole allowance and heads for the proverbial `hills'!

Seven years later, Solomon is in a need of help recovering stolen earrings that belong to his family, and he's pointed in a direction of Lady Serena, who is known to have been a bed partner of many, but now is an inn owner with a lot of ties to the underworld of London. Solomon needs only one look of her in the dark to realize that in front of him is a beautiful woman and not that pathetic girl from long ago.

Lady Serena made a mistake seven years ago by falling in love with a young footman in her father's house and by trying to run way with him she sealed her fate and took a hold of the rains of her future by becoming a prostitute. On that long ago, but never forgotten night, when a young man showed her compassion by giving her his purse filled with a lot of money, she makes the decision to become her own person, however flawed.

Seven years later, she remembers it all like it happened the day before and her feelings are confusing her. This woman is not a meek person.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful writing
The dialogue, the complex main characters, the secondary chapters were so good. Although I couldn't always understand the heroine's motives, she was someone I enjoyed reading... Read more
Published 14 hours ago by LauraL
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved every single thing about this book
I loved every single thing about this book. It punched me in all the feels and then kissed them all better again. Read more
Published 29 days ago by K. Lauer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real Regency for grown-ups
Flawed but interesting characters dealing with complicated personal and social issues in a well-fleshed-out historical time period: The end of the Napoleonic War as experienced in... Read more
Published 4 months ago by AZ Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars stupendously, amazing book
i do not know how to begin describing what i feel is one of my best reads EVER.
- the intriguing plot of possible treason, double-crossing, escape.. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rushie86
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Historical Romance
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. Read more
Published on June 24, 2012 by L. J. Engelke
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly edited
Read barely two chapters and am already confused. Heroine owns an inn which, in the Kindle version anyway, keeps changing names. Read more
Published on March 10, 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it ! some spoilersmaybe*
I like the role reversals Solomon was still manly but softer and Serena was strong and protective of Solomon. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by nothanks.Oo
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I received this book as an E-Galley from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation. This book was a surprise. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by Megan
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lily Among Thorns
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... Read more
Published on October 25, 2011 by A. Schreiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I agree with Kat Latham, I too did not believe "A Lily Among Thorns" could be as good as "In For A Penny".. was I wrong. I find it hard to believe Ms. Read more
Published on October 10, 2011 by V. Stevens
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Rose Lerner discovered Georgette Heyer when she was thirteen, and wrote her first historical romance a few years later. Her writing has improved since then, but her fascination with all things Regency hasn't changed. When not reading, writing, or researching, she enjoys cooking and marathoning old TV shows. She lives in Seattle with her best friend.

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