FEAST OF SPARKS (Thornchapel #2) by Sierra Simone

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I’m an outcast and a loner, named for death itself. Fate wasn’t supposed to have plans for me.

But then she came back—the girl I once kissed in a thorn-covered chapel in the woods. She came back, and I could no more resist her than I could pry out my own heart. And by some trick of fate, she wants me as much as I want her. The only problem? She also wants the man who owns Thornchapel, Auden Guest.

And so do I.

Eight years ago, I did something to Auden, something terrible. He hurt me back the only way he knew how, and so here we are: our hatred seasoned with pain and my loneliness seasoned with longing. The only thing we can agree on is Proserpina Markham, and she wants us to find a way to be together—all three of us.

If Auden wants to earn her as his submissive, then he has to earn me as well.

But with the discovery of bones behind the altar and the carnal revel of Beltane fast approaching, it’s becoming clear that Thornchapel’s secrets are much deeper and older than any of us could have ever guessed. And no matter how bright and merry a feast of sparks may be, it’s always followed by ashes.

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My Review

There’s something so decadently seductive in the way Sierra Simone crafts her romances – it’s not just the amount of steam and kink found in her scenes, but it’s the sensuality that resonates in her word choice and in how she structures her sentences to amp up the sexiness of the situation as well as illustrate the frenzy of touches, the essentialness of characters’ connections. But the appeal further expands when Simone integrates historical, contemporary, sexual, and religious ideas/ideals, not necessarily arguing one side more than the other but providing readers with a comprehensive outlook in all areas, proving that these areas are not simply black and white, and it’s the gray area of all of them that lends to captivating storytelling, even when frustration sets in because not all questions have answers and not all answers are what readers expect or perhaps even want.

The complexity of the Thornchapel series as well as the Feast of Sparks story line is twofold:

Multiple Main Characters – In A Lesson in Thorns, Poe and Auden are the main focus, but Saint, Rebecca, Delphine, and Becket all play pivotal roles in both the group’s past as well as their present. In Feast of Sparks, the main insight is gained about Saint, learning more of his past as well as the highs and lows of his relationships with the other members of the group, especially Auden. In the present, it’s clear that there is so much at stake for these characters and as readers learn about each person’s connection to the chapel, we also understand that there is still a great deal unknown about the group and the role each character plays in both the present and the past.

An Array of Overarching Story Components – There’s mystery and secrets, sensual and hardcore sexual experimentation, BDSM and multiple partners, religious and ideological concepts.

And all of them play into the other ones, offering necessary insight and hard truths that many do not take the time to understand and rarely ever accept.

It’s the details and history that Sierra Simone provides in her stories that keep readers invested in her words and her characters. Simone uses her romances as a teaching tool, delving into the history of religion, of man’s evolution, of the taboo ideas that people feel when it comes to crossing sexual boundaries. And because her words are provocative and her story lines seamlessly blend steam and sultriness with intellectual and philosophically perspectives, each of her books is so much more than smutty romance, which I so appreciate.

4.5 Poison Apples 



Shame, hot and prickling, needles everywhere at my face and chest and belly as I begin to bend down to the floor. The cool air that caresses my pussy is now everywhere as the position begins to expose my most secret flesh, and there’s no pretending away the reality of what I’m doing. I’m doing something I’ve never done before, I’m offering up the filthiest part of me for inspection, and despite everything the three of us have shared in the past twenty-four hours, I’m flooded with shame. It’s real shame now, not play-shame, and my safe word floats to the top of my mind, a buoy in the clear waters.


I don’t want to safe out right now, I’m nowhere near the edge, but it’s nice to have it there all the same. Reassuring. There’s nothing they can do that I can’t stop.

And anyway, this is who I am—who I’ve been growing into ever since I found the words to define it.

About the Author:

Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.)

She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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