Rose Lerner is so talented. I loved her second novel A Lily Among Thorns every bit as much as her first (In for a Penny). In an attempt to find some stolen jewelry, Solomon Hathaway seeks the help of Lady Serena, also known as the Black Thorn, who he has been told knows every rogue in the city by name. Serena turns out to be a former prostitute he helped years before. She agrees to help him, feeling she owes him a debt. The story quickly becomes very complicated and has a fast-moving, engrossing plot. The characters are interesting, loveable and not at all run-of-the-mill. Serena is tough and really abrasive but secretly a softy. Solomon is gentle, sweet, easy-going, has a ‘womanish’ set of accomplishments yet is all man and is full of integrity and strength. Serena and Solomon are wonderfully complementary and their romance is very satisfying. If you haven’t read Ms. Lerner’s work yet you’re really missing out – add A Lily Among Thorns to your to-be-read pile at once!
Rose Lerner’s debut novel In for a Penny must not be judged by its dreary little cover. The novel tells a classic romance tale with grace and style. I was hooked immediately, read it straight through, and didn’t want the book to end. Penelope Brown is an heiress and ‘cit’ who marries a penniless aristocrat. The marriage of convenience turns into a bona fide love match. While the story is nothing new in terms of plot, Ms. Lerner’s voice is fresh and charming, she has clearly done her research and the novel is engrossing. I will definitely be reading her second novel A Lily Among Thorns when it comes out in September.