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Summary

Florist. Psychic. Addict.

Laurence Riley coasts by on good looks and natural charm, but underneath lies a dark chasm that neither heroin nor lovers can fill. Sobriety is a pipe dream which his stalker ex-boyfriend is pushing him away from. Luckily, Laurence has powers most can only dream of. If only he could control them.

Aristocrat. Psychic. Survivor.

Quentin d'Arcy is the product of centuries of wealth, privilege, and breeding, and is on the run from all three. A chance encounter with an arresting young florist with a winning smile could make him stop. Laurence is kind, warm, and oddly intriguing, but Quentin's wild telekinesis and his fear of sex make dating a dangerous game.

When opposites attract, they collide.

Desperate to fix his rotting life, Laurence prays for aid and accidentally summons a fertility god who prefers to be called Jack. Jack is willing to help out for a price, and it's one Laurence just can't pay: he must keep Jack fed with regular offerings of sex, and the florist has fallen for the one man in San Diego who doesn't want any.

If they're to survive Jack's wrath, Laurence and Quentin must master their blossoming feelings and gifts, but even then, the cost of Laurence's mistake could well overwhelm them both. How exactly are mere mortals supposed to defeat a god?

Jack of Thorns is the first book in the Inheritance series and contains mature themes and events which may be distressing to some listeners. It has a low heat rating and an HFN ending.

©2016 Amelia Faulkner (P)2017 Amelia Faulkner

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12 Hours of waiting for something to happen

Would you try another book written by Amelia Faulkner or narrated by Joel Leslie?

I love Joel Leslie. I wanted to give up on this book several times but he kept me listening.

As for Amelia Faulkner, I'm on the fence. I loved the characters! I'm dying to know what happens with them. I know there's a long history with Banbury that we didn't seem to touch in this book and that was furiously frustrating. But the book just dragged and dragged and nothing seemed to happen which leaves me undecided about following up with the series. Perhaps I will read a summary of the next books instead.

Would you ever listen to anything by Amelia Faulkner again?

I don't think so.

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amazing

What did you like most about Jack of Thorns?

All of it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Quentin. What a character.

Have you listened to any of Joel Leslie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. Excellent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, And previously I had read the book all in one sitting too. A holiday treat.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend the series. I love the characters, the writing and the humour.

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  • Aislinn Wolfsong
  • 10-01-18

Amazing!

I absolutely loved this book when I first read it. Amelia Faulkner doesn't shy away from dealing with hard topics such as addiction and alcoholism and it really adds a lot of death and realism to the characters and story.

Adding Joel Leslie's narrating talent to the mix is just a recipe for success. He adds so much life to an already great book and I am already dieing to get my hands on the next book!

If you don't have this in your library you are soooooo missing out.
Buy it. Buy it now! 😁

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  • LOLA
  • 05-02-18

A sweet treat.

What a wonderful treat to listen to. Joel Leslie is a multiple personality storyteller.
In the beginning "Bambi" (Yes. It really is his name) being a recovering addict, tries daily to make it to the next. Helping his mom in a flower shop. Smoking a joint to keep calm.
Dealing with an old bullying boyfriend who is insistent on "just one more time*.
A slow building paranormal tale, wondering who is going to be the bad ass. Who knows what will happen when you accidentally summon a god? The "paranormal" action is injected slowly, you don't even know it's there. From then on the paranormal dial is cranked up till everyone but poor Dan has got some. But don't worry even Dan will not be left hanging.(again).
Quentin and Laurence struggle to work together. Quentin is always referring to himself as"one". Laurence brings some great sarcasm to the table. Declaring being unique
"like everyone who listened to Daft Punk felt unique."
Then there is Jack. Who is rather scary. Also who happens to be green. Every time Jack is around chaos happens to our poor Bambi. I was feeling pretty bad for him. Everyone is picking on Laurence. You start to wonder how the guy even gets out of bed in the morning. Laurence gets enough motivation knowing he will be protecting Quentin. Maybe steal a kiss or two.
One of the fun parts of the tale is poor Laurence trying to explain how to use a new cell phone to Quentin. Seeing as Quentin has never had a cell phone. The old fashioned earl is not tech savy to say the least. Does not know what Uber is. Only uses a taxi.
I had to listen to this audiobook twice. Waited a day, and listened again. The narrating that Joel does is that superb. He plays a surfer ex-boyfriend. A stiff upper lip "Lord". Both are fantastic. Joel even does an older lady well. Sorry, That was the only one I did not care for.
Overall this audiobook felt like Joel telling us a ghost story. Sitting around the campfire with marshmallows, hanging on every word. Waiting till the very end to see how the good boys defeat the bad guy. Smores all around. A sweet romance. This should be at the top of your audiobook list. Fantastic Job Joel Leslie.
Given a copy for a review.

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  • Violet Marshall
  • 07-02-18

Worth A Listening!

This is the first book in The Inheritance Series. An intriguing book the writing was good. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters interesting. The characters were well developed and thought out. Laurence Riley and Quentin d'Arcy are the MC’s of this book. Romance is not the focus of this book, it is there but more as a side plot. There was addict, a tree, a piano, tarot cards, a flower shop, an Earl, Green Man, Pagans, odd weather, new friends, mothers, fighting and so much more in this book. I was a little concerned about listening to this book because it doesn’t have an HEA at the end but a HFN. And not having read anything by this author previously I wasn’t sure what that would mean with her writing. But I am glad that I did listen it is worth the 12+ hours of listening.

Here is a quote from the book, “I gotta go clean up the mess,” he muttered, “or Mom’s gonna kill me.” “Uh-huh.” Jack smirked, then popped out of existence, imploding into that wisp of green before he disappeared completely. Laurence grabbed his keys and hurried out to go do heavy lifting at two in the morning. Great. Just great.”. There is more but you will need to listen to the book which I can recommend.

Joel Leslie is the narrator of this book and he does a great job. I think that the sound of his natural voice is good for these characters. He is really good about making each character sound different so that you know who is talking or thinking. He has movement to his voice, so he is not monotone (very important). He shows emotions through his reading and is constant about how he speaks throughout the book. For me I think that he made this book more enjoyable than if I had read it myself. Well done, both the story and the narration left me wanting more. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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  • Kelly
  • 15-01-18

Fabulous

I've read the book several times, so I was predisposed to liking this, but I can't get over how UTTERLY PERFECT Joel Leslie's narration is.

This is, I can already tell, going to be one of my very favorite audiobooks that I will listen to again and again. I really hope the rest of the series gets recorded as well.

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  • Jovan
  • 22-06-18

Amazing and Magical Series Opener

4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed this blend of contemporary romance and paranormal fantasy. I’ve read a lot of paranormal/supernatural fiction and haven't come across one recently that allows the everyday aspects of life—friendship, pain, doubt and all the other highs and lows of living—to take precedence over the paranormal elements in the story, part of the reason I enjoyed it so much. The main focus is on the struggles and personal demons each man faces rather than relying on all the “fantastical” elements that can be introduced with the use of magical/god-like gifts.

Laurence is an addict who struggles daily with feelings of inadequacy, self-disgust and despair over his inability to focus his gifts. Quentin is a complicated lost soul who is unaware of his own gift, a gift that seems intertwined with past trauma that he uses unintentionally and without remembering whenever he feels threatened. Through their relationship, each man, for different reasons, gets to experience their first real taste of friendship, affection and closeness, from someone other than their mothers, and draws strength and a better sense of self worth from their bond.

For me the writing is especially noteworthy because very few books have allowed me to “hear” a character and feel like I know them from their first introduction, but I was immediately drawn into Laurence’s feelings and world with how well and poetically the description of his visions/overdose experience was, something I experienced again when Quentin was introduced.

Fair warning, there is A LOT about Quentin that is not explained in this book. He clearly has suffered some form of trauma/child abuse that may hint at something sexual because he is triggered into using his power when he feels threatened, which occurs when someone even mentions anything of a sexual nature. The way he completely disconnects from reality could have been a coping mechanism to protect him from whatever happened to him as child long before he manifested his powers; however, this is pure speculation. Moreover, this is a book about learning to connect with someone on an emotional level while still learning about who you are so there is no carnal activity and only the beginnings of moving the relationship into more than friends and a HFN as a couple.

That being said, I loved that the magic of this book is less about powers and gods, and more about how friendship and love can be their own magic, without beating you over the head with the message.