Book Title: Lust Is the Thorn
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Start Read Date: 4/4/2016
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review Submitted By:
Korena for A Biblioromance Book Blog
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.
(ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for honest review.)
Thorn McKinney swore the night his best friend died that he would take care of his little sister,Rose Gallagher, and that he would straighten his life. Thorn couldn’t handle the death of his friend and found himself in a church where the priest found him. Thorn has been going to seminary classes to become a priest.
Rose Gallagher lost her brother that fateful night due to drunk driving so she believes. Rose has always loved Thorn but she wants what is best for Thorn and that is to become a priest and live out his dreams.
Reading the story between Thorn and Rose , I kept rooting for them to get together. You could feel the struggle the characters were having from trying to be faithful to God and human feelings.
The story was steady pace and the emotions were intense. I would love to read more from Jen McLaughlin.
Thorn is one HOT priest wannabe.
Questions for the Reviewer:
(these are multiple choice answers)
How is the author’s writing? Great
Is there violence? Some Violence
Is there sexual content? Some sexual content
How is the story narrated? Alternating persons
How would you describe the plot of this book? Some twists
What best describes the mood? Hopeful
How would you describe the pace? Steady
How would you describe the characters? Developed
Jen McLaughlin is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy books with Penguin Random House. Under her pen name, Diane Alberts, she is also a USA TODAY bestselling author of Contemporary Romance with Entangled Publishing. Her first release as Jen McLaughlin, Out of Line, hit the New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal lists. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.
Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal-clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and three cats. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.