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    Enjoyable read

    I started reading this one with quite a bit of trepidation. Religion is one of those subjects that evokes deep emotions so a romance about a priest gave me pause. I'm glad though that I gave this a chance! It turned out to be a very interesting and thought provoking story. The fact that Thorn already had something holding him back from taking his vows eased my mind on the religious front and the fact that he did turn his life around as he had promised his friend made the outcome of the story wonderful. There is definitely a lot of push and pull in the relationship between Rose and Thorn, both having to make some very difficult decisions. The author gave us enough about both their backgrounds to understand them without being too much. Overall it was a very enjoyable read and one I would definitely recommend.
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    A sweet story

    Oh my goodness, this book is as heartbreaking as it is sweet. Thorn and Rose are the epitome of sacrifice and acceptance. Both are willing to give up the other so they can have a better life. Little do they realize that having each other in their lives is what makes life worthwhile. I loved the character of Father John. The world-wise sage, the guiding presence in Thorn's life. If there is an award for a second chance story, it's definitely going to this book. ARC provided in exchange for an honest review
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    Guilt driven

    Lust is the Thorn - This is a romance where the issue to overcome is guilt of an accident that happened eight years ago. Thorn, to reconcile himself with the death of his friend Mikey Gallagher, studies to join the priesthood. Mikey and his sister Rose grew up in a household filled with physical abuse. Thorn's own childhood was one of sadness. The story travels with Thorn and Rose both having adult issues. Rose and Thorn have to fight to forgive and find love in each other. The narrative was slow at first; but as the characters grew more clear and the emotions more heart wrenching this prose was redeemed.
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    I didn’t particularly care for the story line

    I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. This is the second novel I have read from this author and I am not sure if I like her or not yet. Both stories feature tormented men with troubled past and the women who love them. I love a good romance about a man falling in love with his best friend’s sister, but there seemed to be a lot lacking from this novel. I felt that the only conflict was the character’s own hang ups. I did, however, enjoy the bad girl, good boy dynamic. I am so used to the man being the “bad” one that it was refreshing. Not to mention he was genuinely a good guy. I felt like they deserved each other and helped each other heal. However, I didn’t particularly care for the story line. There was nothing wrong with it or the author’s writing. I just didn’t care about the characters or their story.
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