Wednesday, January 8, 2014

My Thoughts On The Girl With The Thistle Tattoo

Patricia Green's The Girl With The Thistle Tattoo tells the story of thirtysomething former lawyer Cal, and twenty three year old Astraea who is a barrsta/model.

This is a story that I think will stay with me for a long time.

Astraea is a unique heroine. Far from innocent, she has been on her own for five years, though in many ways she has been emotionally on her own much longer.

Cover: The Girl with the Thistle TattooShe's a rebel in that "I'll show you that I don't care that you hurt me" sort of way that breaks your heart because her pain and struggle are as evident as the blue streak in her hair, though she thinks she's fooling everyone.

Astraea is a young woman who has used and been used. She puts on a brave face of sexual bravado to mask the icky feelings of her promiscuity.

She meets Cal at the coffee shop where she works and invites him on a "f*ck date" within minutes of their first hello. In addition to her beauty, Cal sees the hurt girl beneath the piercings and potty mouth.

I think all of us know or have known an Astraea: a person determined not to need anyone, impulsive, defiant and usually their own worst enemy.

Through discipline and love, Cal shows Astraea that she is not the unloveable screw up that she has come to consider herself.

Cal's discipline, reliability and affection have a positive affect on Astraea. At the same time, her free spirited nature and vulnerability touch a place in Cal that needed to be touched. (No, not that place, though the sex is H O T).

This isn't your typical twenty three year old spoiled brat heroine and this story covers some gritty territory. Give it a try. You won't be sorry.

Get reading! We are going to be discussing this book at Spanking Stories Book Club on Friday, January 24. 

13 comments:

  1. Great interview, Celeste. I haven't read Girl With the Thistle Tattoo, yet. But I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

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    1. I'm always happy to give an opinion. :)

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  2. It sounds like Astraea has had a few tragedies in her life. Something or someone who has left her with a bitter disposition about life. I am curious what interest Cal has in her and how he helps change her 'I don't need anyone' attitude.

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    1. She's a damaged heroine, that's for sure. If you read the book I hope you'll come back and let me know what you thought.

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  3. Sounds like an interesting story. You explain that lashing out mentality when someone buries their hurt with nastiness!

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    1. That's exactly what it is, burying her hurt. I thought it was an interesting read.

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  4. Excellent review! I've read this book and love that it's not the usual spanking love story. Astraea is a very damaged heroine, whose hero must make her believe in herself in order to become the woman he needs. Patricia Green's writing just gets better and better.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll come back on January 24 when we discuss this book for Spanking Stories Book Club.

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  5. Sounds like a thought-provoking story. I'll have to add this one to my list.

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    1. I will be curious to see what you think.

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  6. This does sound good. This book is going on Mt TBR & I am going to learn more about Patricia Green & her books!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Heather! My favorite Patricia Green books are The Girl With The Thistle Tattoo and The Princess and the Huntsman. Very different books but I enjoyed both of them very much. Hope you'll come back and let me know what you think if you read them.

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