Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Give Me Books Book Blast + Review: Lust Is The Thorn by Jen McLaughlin

Lust Is The Thorn 
Jen McLaughlin 
April 19, 2016


From the bestselling author of Bad Romance (“A sexy, emotional, steamy read.”—Addison Moore) comes an edgy novel about a reformed bad boy training to be a priest and the fallen angel who makes him think twice about giving up earthly pleasures.

Growing up hard and fast on the mean streets of Chicago, Thorn McKinney didn’t have a prayer—until tragedy inspired him to join the seminary. Now the time has come to take his vows, and yet he’s haunted by the woman he can’t leave behind: his best friend’s little sister. Despite Thorn’s promises that he’d keep her safe, she’s going through hell. And now he finds himself torn between duty and desire, entranced by the seductive pull of her trusting eyes, innocent heart, and sinfully sweet curves.

Trying to let Thorn pursue his calling, Rose Gallagher has been hiding some things: namely her abusive boyfriend and her job as a stripper. But when she hits rock bottom, Thorn is there for her—and now there’s no denying the raw temptation that draws them together in their darkest moments. Rose may have found salvation in his strong arms, but she knows that Thorn must choose his own path: in the church, or in the warm embrace of a woman’s love.

My Thoughts:

Man, Lust Is The Thorn is pretty darn good. I mean we have Thorn McKinney who is about to take his vow, but something keeps holding him back. Yet, he can't put his finger on it until he finds out Rose Gallagher ends up in the hospital. When her brother was dying he made a vow to keep her safe from everything, especially him. Now Rose has always loved Thorn, but she always knew she couldn't have him. In her own way, she tries to keep him at arms length. Passionates ignites between these two, how can either walk away from one another. 

I really liked this story, because Rose and Thorn's reminded me of Fiona and Steve's relationship from Shameless, except they get a happy ending. So, if you like Shameless you will probably like this story, because Rose is similar to Fiona in so many ways. For instance, Rose has something to prove that she can do it on her own. Sometimes that might annoy a reader, but being let down all the time you have to build a tough skin and rely on yourself. We have Thorn who feels like he needs to come in on a white horse to rescue Rose, but Rose refuse to let him be knight in shiny armor in due to guilt. We see these two trying to do what is best for one another, that it gets a muddle along the way. Rose wants Thorn to take his vow, be happy, and move on. However, he can't until he knows is going to be all right. Deep down he knows he could never really let go of Rose no matter what. Since there aren't too many other characters in this story other than Father John, I really liked him. He was Thorn's voice of reason. He helped Thorn when he really needed someone, and offered some excellent guidance for him. He was the father figure Thorn never had in his life. 

Overall, Lust Is The Thorn is a pretty good read. Thorn and Rose both have to make tough choices that impact both of them. Yes, there are steamy scenes, but there are also emotional scenes. So, if you are into reform bad boys who turn good, but secretly still bad, you might enjoy Lust Is The Thorn.

Copy provided by LoveSwept via NetGalley

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Author Bio

Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous books including the Out of Line Novels and Dare to Run, the debut novel in the Sons of Steel Row series. She has also written under the name Diane Alberts.

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1 comment:

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