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Sunday, April 17, 2016

ARC Review: Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin

LITT is my first book by this author. Who can pass up an erotic romance about an almost priest and his obsession with his best friend's little sister. Did I mention that little sis is a stripper? So yeah, I'm here for that.

Right off the bat I was surprised by how emotionally intense this book was. Thorn and Rose both came from pretty rough childhoods. Thorn, as Mikey's best friend (Rose's older brother) had actually been around to help Rose survive some of the horrors of her abusive Father. In an effort to deal with his own early life circumstances, Thorn lived a life of excess where he basically alternated between drinking and screwing. Thorn and Mikey get into a car accident that kills Mikey and Thorn blames himself. Thorn's reasons for becoming a priest are completely off. Just like Roses reasons for becoming a stripper are based on some faulty reasoning. The only thing that is clear is that Rose and Thorn were made for each other. Every Rose has its Thorn!

This book probably would have been a 4 star rating for me based on steam, character development and plot, save for one problem- Rose. From like the very first page of the book Rose was being that girl. She didn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of but she swore she didn't need anyone's help. Rose was annoying the ever loving crap out of me. I wanted to jump into the book and say MA'AM, how do you have things under control when you're getting booty naked for coins and choked up outside the club and by your crazy boyfriend at home? HOW? At first I thought Rose was so stubborn about accepting help from Thorn because she thought he was only doing it over misplaced guilty about Mikey's death. That might have been part of it but as the book goes on and Rose does not, you see that Rose is just stuck on stupid.

After a certain point the plot kind of gets stuck on repetitive character introspection and stalls out a little bit. The author did a good job building the angst, she just didn't move on from it soon enough and it started to be burdensome to the overall story. Even with that being said, this is a pretty good book. It's actually better than I gave it credit for having the potential to be based on the summary. I would definitely recommend that you give this author a try.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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