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Publisher's Summary

Vengeance.

Hiding deep within the shadows of human nature, it smolders…

Simmers…

Waits.

Only, for me, it was no longer a hibernating beast.

The day I discovered the wrongs committed against me, vengeance clawed its way right through me. The beast had emerged from its lair with a burning need to destroy the man who tore my marriage apart.

And now?

Now, it was my lifeline.

My dark lover.

My. Whole. Purpose.

Revenge.

They say it’s sweet in the end, and I believed them. I could almost taste that honey on my tongue, like a balm I needed to quell the bitterness.

But it was all a lie.

I was blindsided.

And not once did I think about who I might hurt along the way. I never considered the casualties that may fall across my path of destruction.

No…

Revenge is not sweet. Retaliation does not end in reward.

Vengeance is not justice.

The promises whispered by that beast within?

They’re all hollow.

All it ever wanted was to be set free.

In the end, I never expected things to be worse than when it all began.

I never expected the wreckage left in my wake.

I never expected her.

©2021 Jennifer Hartmann and Chelley St. Clair (P)2022 Jennifer Hartmann and Chelley St. Clair
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A captivating journey of a lost and broken soul finding redemption and a stunning must listen to performance!

The Thorns Remain, written by Jennifer Hartmann and Chelley St Clair and narrated by the fabulous Neil Thorne was an absolute amazing listening experience! Right from the start the narrator’s raspy sexy voice pulls you right in to this story as the MC goes on a dark journey of vengeance and revenge. This book will tear your heart out as it takes you down a dark road of deceit, revenge, betrayals and finally redemption but man is it worth it!

Evan, our deeply emotional yet ruthless MC, is a man on a mission. He’s a man destroyed by another’s careless actions of betrayal and deceit—a betrayal so heart wrenching it takes this once lovable man and turns him almost into a super villain seeking vengeance against those that wronged him, without any care of the innocents in his path. An innocent such as Josie, the wife of the man that stole Evan’s own wife…

“Anger has became my fuel while my heart bleeds retribution.”

Josie on the other hand is clueless to the inner ramblings of Evan’s mind and his ulterior and falls perfectly into his trap. And really, she has such a beautiful peace and kind energy about her you can’t help but fall in love with her and feel for her as Evan starts down the dark path of revenge fueled by rage and vengeance. Yet, while his original intentions were to destroy the man he hates most by winning over his sweet wife, Evan’s plans soon go awry as he realizes Josie’s not at all what he thought she’d be…especially when she starts to make him feel again.

This isn’t a sweet beautiful unfolding of a romance by any means. No, it’s the awakenings of two souls connecting out of the ashes of betrayal and ruined relationships caused by the darkness of deceit and the slow beautiful growth of new connections. And while you’ll feel for both of these characters and hope for the best, you’ll also recognize the irony of their relationship and find yourself unable to look away from the inevitable train wreck that’s about to happen.

Overall this story was a brutal, messy, raw emotional and angst filled journey that will take you in an emotional roller coaster of a ride right alongside Evan and his broken heart as he find not only himself but also perhaps a new love and outlook on life. So if that’s your kind of thing, then buckle up my friend and prepare for an epic journey. And yes, while this book is definitely a slow burn, the emotional connections and angst (and the narrator!) makes it so enthralling you can’t stop listening so grab it today to see for yourself!

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I was not ready!

I have loved every book I've read by Jennifer Hartmann and this book was no different. I thought I was prepared for it, but I was not. It broke my heart and put it back together so beautifully. I loved Evan from the beginning he is what you hope to find in a man. So loyal and loves so deeply once he falls. And Josie was just so sweet and caring.

It all begins with plans Evan has for revenge, but he doesn't count on Josie. This story takes us on a journey of falling in love while trying to get your revenge and all the lies in between. At the end he gets it, but at what cost. Not even Evan is prepared for what happens and the knowledge that he put it all into play. I absolutely loved this book and the narration was done perfectly. This is a new narrator for me and I will definitely be stalking his work ❤

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Fantastic Listen!!!

I was not prepared! This book took my heart and ripped it out of my chest. Then it stomped on it. And then when I thought that it was already beat to a pulp...... the book stomped on it some more! Evan is a Hero that will have you questioning your morals. But he is the epitome of the "I'm a lover not a fighter" type hero that tries to be a fighter only to fall hard back into that lover role! The slow burn of this book is almost infuriating at times! But damn when they finally get to it..... so worth the wait! Josie is the type of heroine that you just want to yell at because you totally think that she is settling for WAY less than she deserves!

This cast of characters are all morally flawed (some more than others). And I promise you that there will be times when you want to bitch slap everyone in the book (except the kids of coarse!) Some of the things that happen in this book are the kind of things that make you wish that Messenger had a font size option because the SHOUTY CAPS just are not enough to effectively get your feelings across to the fellow book whore that had you read it! I cried. I raged. I got so angry that I was shaking. I swooned! I ached (in more ways than one 😏) But by then end..... I think you will be left feeling like everything came to the conclusion that it should have.

In short.... this book broke me so many times I questioned if it was even going to be able to put me back together..... and then it did so in a spectacular fashion! This is absolutely a book that I will want to read again..... and since it is all told from Evan's POV I am really hoping that it comes to audio! If you are ready to go on a emotional roller coaster.... buckle up and take the ride! You will not be sorry at all!

edit 3/15/22:
Just finished the audio! It got me all over again. And I can not rave enough about how fantastic Neill Thorne was! Listening to him during some of the emotional parts had me struggling to breathe! I could feel the angst!!! He was the PERFECT Evan! (and I still can't stand Emmett)

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Neill Thorne brought Evan to life

Truth bomb this story will take you on an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end.

Neill Thorne brought Evan to life and embodied the emotions necessary to convey the story of betrayal, vengeance, and heartbreak.

Jennifer Hartmann and Chelley St Clair created a story that will forever be branded in my heart.

P.S “Do the thorns make the rose any less beautiful? No, but it makes it harder to hold!”

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This hit my heart

I couldn't even guess the number of books Ive read and listened to in my life, but I've never had one hit me quite like this. I can't tell you how much of it was the story, the characters, or the amazing reading, but as I listened to this, I could feel the emotions of the main character. I felt them as dearly as if they were my own. I don't know what else to say, except that this book touched a place in my heart that I wasn't ready for, and I hope it has the same effect on you.

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Best book

It’s been a long time since I enjoyed an audiobook this much without having to skip to the end. I absolutely loved the most the perspective from the MC. More books should be like this one. 100% recommend. Absolutely worth the credit.

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Not worth my time.

the reader has a great voice . I enjoyed listening to him. the story was lacking. not worth the credit I spent. I think it has to get better, but it didn't 🤔

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The Thorns Remain

This story is intense! An emotional rollercoaster! And I love it! Didn't see the twists coming. And kudos to the narrator! You can feel Evan's emotions sooo much. Jennifer Hartmann is really becoming one of my favorite authors!

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powerful book, powerful performance

** as a reader I appreciate when a reviewer doesn't regurgitate the whole book into their review. I want to know how the book made you feel. I don't want a play by play or the blurb. This book made me FEEL ALL THE EMOTIONS! heartbreak, rage, despair, frustration, love.

This book was intense, from the first page to the last. It gripped my heart and didn't let go. I needed to do some deep breathing to lower my blood pressure with some of the more intense chapters. Plus a couple of those hot scenes were... phew, like I would've needed a cigarette after listening if I smoked!!

Ethan, oh Ethan! He had so much hatred and anger inside him yet his heart was so full of love for his daughter. This book chronicled the cycle of his love, loss, betrayal, hope, forgiveness.

This book was a gut wrenching, nail biting, want to throw my phone but also had to keep listening kind of book!

It's about love, revenge, redemption, second chances, forgiveness.

Neill Thorne is hands down one of the most talented and emotional narrators I've ever listened to. I don't think ANY other narrator could've brought these characters to life the way he did. I felt all his feelings and thanks to Neill's ability to convey those emotions I could tell when it all clicks and he let's go.

Jennifer and Chelley together wrote such an emotional journey for this character and even though there are many other vital characters in this story, it's told from Ethan's POV.

As a reader, I appreciated the emotional ups and downs of this book in order to fully grasp the feelings he felt.

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AMAZING STORY

My heart was not ready for this story!! This story will have you feeling all the emotions right along with the characters...

Evan is out for revenge and he gets it, but at what cost??
I loved Evan instantly, he is that loyal man that will do anything for you. I really loved everything about him!
Josie is the perfect woman with some flaws, but her heart is so pure and true you can't help but love her!

Their story has it's ups and downs, I loved the twists and the OMG moments in this book. I will have a hangover from this one!

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  • 05-10-22

Great read

This is a great story and the narration is great too. I recommend it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Absolutely amazing

I could gush all they long about this book. The writing is impeccable, the story engaging, the feels- all the feels are just amazing.
The narrator has done an amazing job too. If you are sitting on the fence whether to listen to this or not- don’t. Do it you will not be disappointed.