Nov 30, 2021

Lust is the Thorn

Lust is the Thorn By {author, ↠ Lust is the Thorn ✓ Jen McLaughlin ↠ Lust is the Thorn ✓ Jen McLaughlin - Lust is the Thorn, Lust is the Thorn From the bestselling author of Bad Romance 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

  • Title: Lust is the Thorn
  • Author: Jen McLaughlin
  • ISBN: 9780399177910
  • Page: 303
  • Format: ebook

↠ Lust is the Thorn ✓ Jen McLaughlin, Lust is the Thorn, Jen McLaughlin, Lust is the Thorn From the bestselling author of Bad Romance 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 vowFrom the be

Lust is the Thorn

↠ Lust is the Thorn ✓ Jen McLaughlin ↠ Lust is the Thorn ✓ Jen McLaughlin - Lust is the Thorn, Lust is the Thorn From the bestselling author of Bad Romance 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 Lust is the Thorn

  • ↠ Lust is the Thorn ✓ Jen McLaughlin
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Lust is the Thorn

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  1. 4,5 Forbidden stars Wow I wasn t expecting to like this books so much I had it for so long time in my e reader and i just wasn t deciding it and when i finally did, it blew my mind I don t know if this infatuation is a part of the forbidden thing, but i loved this story It was a story full of lust, passion, friendship, love, kindness and forgivenessAnd I m so happy that i had the opportunity to read it Thorn McKinney was a man that was carrying too much guilt Something bad happened in the past a [...]


  2. OUT NOWARC received by Netgalley4 STARSGenre RomanceCover 7 10 Writing 8 10Heroine 8 10Hero 8 10Humour 0 10Hotness 4 10Romance 9 10Extra book Details Heroine Hero POV 1st person Stand alone with this H h as far as I know.Lust is the Thorn is a Forbidden Romance with a bunch of angst, very few but hot sex scenes a whole load of love Our hero, Thorn, is tormented soul He s still swimming with guilt 8 years after the death of his best friend, Mikey I d started down this path due to some crimes I d [...]


  3. This is one Thorn I wouldn t mind being poked with 5 Friggin stars I am so giddy right now How refreshing amazing storyline Thorn and Rose yes D are fantastic characters image error goo mKP2XN couldn t help myself Rose is a very tough independent heroine who struggles daily bouncing from here to there She holds nothing back AT ALL I was really starting to get upset about how she viewed herself stemming from her childhood She accepted who she was, what she came from, and what she would never achi [...]


  4. It often happens that I have a song on my mind AFTER I finished a book but it rarely happens that I have on in my mind after only the first pages Here that song was with me from the beginning on and I actually listened to it often during reading.The song was Every Rose has it s Thorn by POISON.And I am starting to write this review while I only finished 54% of this book which is a first for me because I do not want to loose my thoughts and I am afraid that maybe If I do not like the end it might [...]


  5. I am human I was weak I was a sinner I have always been drawn to forbidden love tales, and when I heard that LUST IS THE THORN Love is the Rose by New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin was a modern take on The Thorn Birds My fave TV Miniseries of ALL TIME , I felt my heart palpitate I knew that I HAD to 1 click this book But I didn t just read itI freaking DEVOURED it And it far surpassed even my most wickedly lofty expectations This is the story of Thorn McKinney, a reformed bad boy [...]


  6. Growing up Thorn McKinney didn t have the greatest of lives as his mom was constantly in and out of jail cells and his family became his best friends Mikey and his little sister Rose Gallagher Drugs and Alcohol were a common thing in both of their lives until one night, there was a car accident, and they were both wasted Mikey died that night, and Thorn lived From that night, Thorn vowed to change his ways and decided to dedicate his life to the Catholic church and become a priest That way he co [...]


  7. I love a good forbidden romance That s why I generally jump on the tempted priest stories whenever I see them After all, you don t get a lot forbidden than that Here s the thing with this book, though it s a bit different from your average priest romance, because the hero is about as far from your average priest as they come He s hot He s ripped He has a dirty, dirty past filled with sex, drugs, and debauchery And he really doesn t even want to take his vows, so much as he feels like he has to [...]


  8. ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.3.5 Forbidden StarsThorn has always been the only man Rose wanted But as her older brother s best friend, he was also the only man she shouldn t want and couldn t have he was there In my mind Haunting me Never leaving me alone It was killing me So I love forbidden romances but this one was hard for me to get into It had all the components to be a great story but something about it was off for me There was a lot of repetition from [...]


  9. My thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group, for providing me with a free copy for an honest review This was a very engaging read for me and i completely devoured it one i had finally started Its a best friends story where there is forgiveness, love, pain, angst, near death and romance with a side of sexy scenes between the pair Yes we do get a lot of soul searching too and sometimes it felt a little profound and had me thinking too.Thorn had turned his back on what he really wanted [...]


  10. Storyline 5Angst 4Tissue 0Value 5Panty Scorching 4Over All Rating 4 StarsKindle eArc provided by NetgalleyReviewed by RobinWhen Rose s brother died in a car crash, his best friend Thorn vowed to take care of her To atone for all of the trouble he use to get into, Thorn is studying to be a priest and all is left is to take his vows Being called to Rose s side at a hospital, Thorn realizes that perhaps he hasn t been looking after Rose as great as he thought he was Will he be able to help her out [...]


  11. My Rating 3.5Favorite Quotes That s never going to happen, and you know it Stop blowing rainbows and perfume where there s only shit and gunpowder Being alone became almost comforting after a while Like, you almost forgot what it was like not to be lonely The funny thing about plans Sometimes they re simply detours to get us where we need to be.I ll be here to help you when you need me to, and to stand aside quietly when you don t I ll shut up when you need me to be quiet, and give my best advic [...]


  12. I have to say first that I see the name Jen McLaughlin and I don t care what it is, I ll read that book I ve never been one for forbidden priest romances, although I remember the Thornbirds from when I was little.That said, this book blew me away, just like all her others The subject matter was handled beautifully, and I loved that this good guy was really a reformed bad guy, so he was both Neither squeaky clean, or too dark to be redeemed I felt Rose s torture as she struggled to do what she be [...]


  13. ARC provided by Radom House Publishing Group Loveswept via NetGalleyI love forbidden romance stories Thorn is Rose s brothers best friend and accentually of limits A terrible tragedy happens and changes Thorn s life completely With guilt eating at him he decides to get his life together and become a priest But when Rose is in trouble he drops everything and comes to the rescue After spending time together it becomes harder and harder to fight any feelings they may have towards each other Neither [...]


  14. ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review You re not just my dead best friend s little sister After all these years, you should know that You re He paused, rubbing the back of his neck We re Forbidden Love has always been one of my favorite romance trope and so when I read the blurb of Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin, I knew I had to read this book ASAP While I love reading this trope, I have always been hesitant in reading stories that deals with priesthood but I decided [...]



  15. A priest in training because he was doing penance probably not the best reason but don t always know reasons behind things Rose was from the same neighborhood and childhood as Thorn had to come to terms with his guilt and her very strong determination to be able to do everything on her own.


  16. Love rips your heart out when you can t be with someone Love can complete you, or tear you down Love waits hundreds of years to be fulfilled, and never dies Love is something you ll wait your whole life for, and love is something you ll give up everything for, in a heartbeat.I love the rollercoaster romance of the reformed bad boy who is training to become a priest and the bad girl who unknowingly tempts him at every turn.Thron McKinney is changing his life He didn t want to become like his moth [...]


  17. I received an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review and here it is 5 stars Thorn and Mikey were bad boys and street kids, and Rose was Mikey s little sister None of these three had it easy they came from the same rough neighborhood and from equally troubled and dysfunctional families Although Mikey was no longer a minor, he stuck around to try to protect Rose, and Thorn felt equally protective of her too One night, while driving drunk and stoned, Thorn and Mikey were in a car accide [...]


  18. Don t tell anyone but I am old enough to remember when the Thornbirds was on TV, that story kind of broke me, torn between love and duty, sacrificing their own happiness to serve a higher purpose You get the gist yes, so Lust is the Thorn drew me in from the very beginning, as did the cover I mean come on DROOL The dual narrative was essential in understanding the drive behind the characters actions and emotions as they are often than not conflicting Thorn is the reformed bad boy, who following [...]


  19. Lust is the Thorn, written by Jen McLaughlin, is the first book that I have read by this author, but it definitely won t be the last.The story is about Thorn McKinney and Rose Gallagher Thorn had a tough life living in the streets of Chicago After the death of his best friend, Mikey, he decided to change his ways and join the seminary There is only one problem, and that is Mikey s sister, Rose He has secretly loved Rose for as long as he can remember, and when she needs his help, he is there for [...]


  20. Posted on What I m ReadingMan, 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 bet [...]


  21. Review can be read at It s About The BookThis book had a lot of heat and an impressive amount of backstory delivered through small flashbacks and conversations between the characters What it also had was an incredibly looooong shower scene that was as intense as it was angsty Yikes I never thought they d get together, but it was too good not to keep reading Thank goodness the rest of the book moved well and the characters solved their dilemma before my aneurysm exploded.Don t buy into the stereo [...]


  22. Both Rose and Thorn grew up in an unfortunate environment which consist of abuse and poverty Thorn luckily got out and now a seminarian ready to be sworn in to priesthood Meanwhile, Rose is a stripper struggling to make ends meet As we have it, Rose is in trouble and Thorn comes to the rescue Thorn had sworn to his best friend, Rose s brother to protect her Now that Rose is in the slumps, he s determined to help This obviously will give them a chance to pretty much connect in ways than one.I pi [...]


  23. Lust is the Thorn4 starsThorn McKinney blames himself for his best friend s death eight years ago Having both been drinking heavily as well as doing drugs, neither should have been driving but they did and it was that one tragic night that changed his life forever Now he has put drinking and partying behind him and his life has taken on a completely different meaning He s become a man of the cloth and is quite literally days away from becoming a priest All that he has to do is commit but somethi [...]


  24. A heartbreaking read about two individuals who grew up together and survived horrible childhoods where no one wanted them Thorn has been studying to be a priest for the last 8 years but hasn t taken his vows yet because he isn t committed to the church completely yet Rose was his best friend s little sister who has he sworn to look after.Thorn entered the seminary for all the wrong reasons he wanted to turn his life around following his best friend s death He chose priesthood because it offered [...]


  25. ARC PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR FOR AN HONEST REVIEW 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 [...]


  26. 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 [...]


  27. 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 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 [...]


  28. received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Final Score 5 Stars There s something about forbidden love that just makes my heart pound, my hands sweat, my head ache knowing the obstacles that are in the way Preventing a HEA for two people who have suffered not only from the knocks of life, but from what they perceive to be right and wrong.Thorn was involved in an accident that took someone s life Someone very close to him and as penance, decides to be come a priest devoting [...]


  29. Both Rose and Thorn grew up in an unfortunate environment which consist of abuse and poverty Thorn luckily got out and now a seminarian ready to be sworn in to priesthood Meanwhile, Rose is a stripper struggling to make ends meet As we have it, Rose is in trouble and Thorn comes to the rescue Thorn had sworn to his best friend, Rose s brother to protect her Now that Rose is in the slumps, he s determined to help This obviously will give them a chance to pretty much connect in ways than one.I pi [...]


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