Thorn - Tracy Lorraine

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Official Blurb:

She's an English Rose and I'm about to be a thorn in her side.
She doesn't belong here. From the moment she steps foot in Rosewood High— it's clear she must go. And I'll use my power to get rid of her. The betrayal I'm reminded of each time our eyes lock must end.
She's a lost rich girl, trying to recover from the death of her parents. But none of that is my concern.
This is my life. My rules. My senior year. What I say goes. And I say she's done.
Until she proves me wrong...

My Thoughts:

This was certainly a different book for Tracy Lorraine. I was a little trepidatious going into it as I’m not really into reading about high school kids having sex, but this book is so much more than that. Plus their ages helped a lot, as they are all eighteen years old, so technically adults even though still at school. I ummed and ahhed before accepting the ARC for this one, I have read all of Tracy Lorraine’s books and didn’t want to miss out, but I was really unsure on whether I would enjoy it or not. Even though I had a few issues with the bones of the story (I’ll get to that in a minute), I did really enjoy it, and it was a really gritty read with a fully developed story and characters.
Ok, so my main niggle. I just couldn’t get it out of my head that Amalie, at eighteen, was having to redo two years of high school after already finishing her A’ Levels in the UK. One year may have made sense, but two? She says she had previously discussed with her parents about going to an American University so why did she need more school education? She would have been able to apply to the American colleges with her UK qualifications (I’ve just done a very quick Google search to see if this is possible, and it is). So, I really struggled to get my head around why she would be putting herself in this situation if she really didn’t have to. Also, I knew she was eighteen, but she kept acting a lot younger. She acted more like a younger high school student. Her attitude wasn’t like someone that, from the UK, is classed as an adult. Also, why did she have a curfew, she’s an adult?! I really did try to put this out of my mind while reading it, but I did find it difficult as it was the bones of the story placing her in the situation that she found herself in. Anyway, niggle out of the way, the book is really intriguing right from the start. You are drawn into the drama and mystery right from the start. You don’t know what has happened straight away to force Amalie across the pond to a strange country and a new life. You don’t know what Jake’s problem is, keeping you turning the page to find out.
The author had really drilled it in over on Facebook that Jake is an arsehole. She wasn’t wrong if anything he was worse than she had warned us of. He is not only a bully but a bit of a thug as well and doesn’t think twice about hurting girls, emotionally and physically. I could warm to him a little once you know what has shaped his past, but I couldn’t forgive his violent outbursts, he pushes Chelsea off the stage and breaks her ankle. He shows no remorse, and at that point, I decided I definitely didn’t like him and hadn’t changed my initial opinion of him.
Overall, it was a good read, and I did enjoy the build-up to the revelations. The story felt wholesome and darker than I am used to from Tracy Lorraine. Although, of course, there were plenty of steamy moments where you really do feel the chemistry between the characters. Oh, and I’d really like to know what Tracy’s husband said to her to give the idea for Jake’s character? I kept wondering the whole way through!
I think that book two is going to better than this one. I liked Mason and Camilla, and I’m really looking forward to their story next year.

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by Tracy Lorraine
Date Started
19th November 2019
Date Finished
20th November 2019
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