4.5 stars Action/Adventure adult - 18+ Alternate World Angst Level Audiobook Author Provided Book Bullying class difference Fade to black/No Steam Gay Gay Heat Index High but not hopeless Hurt/Abuse Hurt/comfort m/m Magic Mary D Mystery Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract Paranormal Part of a Series Stalker/Abusive Ex Virgin

Audiobook: Jack of Thorns by Amelia Faulkner Narrated by Joel Leslie


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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?

This is a book I have been meaning to read for a long time so I jumped at the chance to review the audiobook (especially since it was narrated by Joel Leslie). The story centres around gods and powers from folklore and pagan beliefs. Both main characters Lawrence and Quentin have had troubled lives. Lawrence is a recovering drug addict and Quentin has distanced himself from everyone. I found Quentin a puzzle. He seemed to be behaving like a caricature of English nobility. It wasn’t until later in the book that I realised this was his armour against his ability in the same way Lawrence was using drugs. Their relationship is very slow burn. Don’t read this expecting hot scenes, that may come later in the series but this book is all about setting the very important foundation for the series. They have to learn to trust each other and work together in order to defeat Jack.

I once read that Joel Leslie has said something about narrating an audiobook was like creating a film with just once person creating all the voices. Well he certainly fired up my imagination and created a movie just for me. Amelia’s superb imagery was brought into Technicolor by Joel’s performance. I suppose that’s the difference between hearing the emotions, Lawrence’s desperation, Quentin’s aloofness and the bile spouted by Jack were so vivid.

I’m so intrigued by what happens next book two is calling to me in Joel’s voice!

4 of stars out of 5 for the story
5 of stars out of 5 for the narration
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars


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