Title: 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.
WOW! Thorn is the kind of bad boy that all us ladies want. Thorn goes from bad boy to almost priest, to becoming a beautiful, good man, and it doesn't hurt that he's sexy. I have always loved the bother's best friend falling in love with the little sister romance and Jen Mclaughlin has just written a heart-rending one that’s going to touch you deeply.
Thorn, Mikey and Mikey's little sister, Rose, all grew up together. All three had grown up on the rough streets of Chicago. Mikey and Thorn were living the hard, fast life, drinking and womanizing. Rose has had a crush on Thorn forever, even though she knew he was a man-slut. But that all changes for Thorn one tragic night. A night that he couldn't take back, a decision he couldn't change, and now Rose's life will never be the same because of that decision. So the only way for Thorn to redeem him himself is to make a promise to change his bad boy lifestyle and to watch over and protect Rose.
Thorn and Rose have both been hiding a secret form each other. They both have feelings for each other, but have never acted on those feelings. For Thorn, he could never be worthy of Rose's love, not after his part in that tragic night, and Rose couldn't take Thorn's dream of becoming a priest away from him—a dream of helping others. Oh, but little do Thorn and Rose know that they’re both missing the bigger picture and their love is the answer.
Thorn and Rose’s life changed in two very different ways because of that one night, but out of that horribleness, they will find the good that comes from the bad. Rose's love will give Thorn the redeeming forgiveness he longs for, and for Rose, the love she thought she’d never have. I recommend Lust is the Thorn as a beautiful love story of redemption.
5 Hearts of Love for Thorn & Rose
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.