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Title: Lust Is the Thorn
Author: Jen McLaughlin 
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 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.

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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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This book was a surprise to me.  At first I wasn't sure If I was going to like it as I'm not usually into books that have a religious theme.

Thorn is the older brothers best friend of Rose.  Rose is the younger sister of Thorn's deceased best friend.  They both are fighting demons of the past and are doing them in complete opposite ways.  Thorn is in school to become a priest in the catholic church.  Rose is dancing at the local strip club. 

They both came from the slums of Chicago and had similar lives as kids.  But after the past happened, Thorn stops being a man whore and wants forgiveness for he what thinks he has done, so he goes into the seminary.  Rose goes from one bad relationship to another not allowing herself to believe she deserves better.  

After an accident, the two spend time together and even though they are fighting the love they have for one another, they know they can't move forward with each other.  

With the help of Father John, Thorn helps Rose better her life, which makes Rose unhappy.,  She believes she doesn't need anyone's help.  

After some time they part ways and try to go on with their lives. But after an accident, they realize they are fighting a losing battle.  Thorn makes a difficult decision and so does Rose.  

The story was a bit repetitive when coming from each of the characters thoughts.  At one point, I was yelling at my phone telling them to "just spit it out".  The story flowed and had just enough background on each character for me to be comfortable understanding them.  

I gave this book 4 stars for its originality and story flow.

REVIEWED BY : Jennifer A.