5 LUST IS THE THORN STARS (★★★★★)
*** Disclaimer: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. However, this doesn’t affect my opinion of this book and the words in this review. ***
I can’t believe I hadn’t read a book of Jen McLaughlin before Lust is the Thorn, even when I’ve heard so much about this writer. But it’s the truth. Now, I am just really glad I finally tried it and I loved it. You should really try your hand at this amazing story about love, temptation and forgiveness.
Rose and Thorn both had terrible pasts and no good support system in the form of loving and caring families. The day Rose’s brother, Thorn’s best friend, died changed their lives forever. It was a terrible accident, but mistakes have been made. Guilt is an ugly feeling that can destroy you. Ever since Thorn has turned his life around, no more drugs, drinking, parties and girls, and is now seeking absolution with his new path in life. There is just one problem, this kind, generous and loving man has one weakness, a temptation. In the form of the independent, strong and stubborn Rose.
Will Thorn be able to stay in control and withstand temptation to keep on this self-forged path or will he finally be able to forgive himself to realize he deserves to be with Rose?
Before really starting Lust is the Thorn I was a little bit apprehensive about the topic. It had to do with the role religion played in the book. I do believe there’s more to the world than the life we’re living, but I don’t necessary believe in there being a God. As I said, the church and belief played a big part in Thorn and Rose’s story. So I didn’t know if that would irritate me or not. But gladly, Jen Mclaughlin found a way to incorporate belief without shoving it down your throat.
Another ability Jen has is creating very real and lovable characters and writing an incredible love story. This was the first time I read one of Jen’s books and I absolutely loved it. This was such a powerful story, I couldn’t help but be touched by the background stories of Thorn and Rose and the story they created together. Both fighting against their desire to the best of their abilities. I loved both characters, but Rose was seriously my favorite. She was so strong, willing to give up the love of her life, because she knew he was meant for important things. I don’t think I could ever be that strong. Oh and I loved how their names fitted together so perfectly: like the thorn of a rose. I may have let some tears slip while reading Lust is the Torn, but I also had some good laughs, especially nearing the end. Girl, how I enjoyed this romance novel.
Lust is the Thorn is a story about temptation and how to resist it by being in control. It’s about important life decisions that are being made based on grief and belief, in the hope for forgiveness. It’s about forbidden desire. Secrets. Trust and telling the truth. Making sacrifices and promises. But in the end it’s about following your heart. Lust is the Thorn is heartbreaking, yet heartwarming at the same time. It’s an absolute must-read, even when you don’t believe in God.
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