ARC Review: Lust Is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin

Posted April 22, 2016 by Angela in Reviews / 2 Comments

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ARC Review: Lust Is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin
Lust is the Thorn
by Jen McLaughlin

2.5 Stars


Released: April 19th 2016
Published by Loveswept
Pages: 246
Format: eARC

“I just couldn’t get over the stripper and the priest trope. ”
~ Under the Covers

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 more ways than one.

I picked up this book after reading Dare to Run which is also written by this author. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this one as much the other. I just couldn’t get over the stripper and the priest trope. Such an unlikely pair. I also found it funny that the movie Thornbirds kept coming to mind as I read this book because the hero’s name is Thorn and because of the similarities of the storyline. Just Like the movie, the heroine falls for the priest(to be) and both are plagued with guilt over their feelings. The forbidden love didn’t bother me so much as the hero and heroine’s struggle with their guilt and morality. I just wanted to say get over it already.

In the lighter side of things, McLaughlin writes well and the book flowed from one chapter to the next. And as many forbidden love stories go, it was pretty hot. I do recommend Dare to Run which is a start of a new series, a much more enjoyable read.




About Jen McLaughlin

Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts.Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. 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, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.


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Thanks for the review


Thanks Angela