That's right, book buddies, I've read a story that deals with loving the wrong person... who is just right for you.
Lust Is the Thorn
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
Forbidden love is a magnet to read about. Imagine a man who's on the verge of taking his vows to become a priest and the woman he's not supposed to love. Though there is much more than the obvious in this novel. It's a story of regret, of long-buried pain bursting to engulf both of them. This tragedy between them was so heartbreaking.
The characters are entangled in deep emotions and guilt. They hide their love from each other for different reasons. They even try to deny it to themselves sometimes. I really enjoyed the double POV that shows how strongly they feel and how much they regret not being able to have that happy life that's been denied to them.
Rose is tough as nails. Tattoos, piercings, and a sad sense of no fairy-tale endings for her. Thorn is a bad boy turned to the cleansing peace of the Church after too many mistakes changed him. It was remarkably exciting to watch them spend time together after some dramatic incident. That put their feelings to the test with so many memories and desires warming their distance. It felt like the isolated atmosphere of a play with nothing more than heartfelt dialogues and longing and heated lust.
There's no keener desire than the one that goes unfulfilled. I really felt connected to the characters' frustration over their bond that could never be realized because of vows, atonement and promises. There was beauty in their passion as much as in their tears.
The ending was full of redemption and drama, and it finally leaves the reader with some relief and a smile of contentment. A very passionate forbidden romance. I enjoyed it.
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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