Author: Sierra Simone
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: June 29, 2015
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Format: Physical ARC
Related Books: Midnight Mass
There are many rules a priest can't break.
A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God.
I've always been good at following rules.
Until she came.
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I'm twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again.
I am a priest and this is my confession.
***Priest is a standalone, full-length novel with an HEA. For mature audiences only.***
Raw, open, honest, hot. That is what comes to mind when I think of Priest by Sierra Simone. She writes it as a confessional of a Catholic Priest who broke his vows of celibacy after meeting a woman. Of course, I have been thinking about how I was going to write this review over the past several days. This book haunted me, but in a good way. I am not going to get technical and question the beliefs of the Catholic church, however as I was raised in the Baptist church, this book left me wanting to understand the reasoning’s behind why there is a celibacy vow.
Ms. Simone wrote an author’s note stating that this novel is entirely fictional and for entertainment purposes. I think that she did an outstanding job using her knowledge of the Catholic Church to create a riveting story line with real characters. And although this is a fictional novel, it left me thinking and feeling like this could be someone’s true story.
Tyler Bell has been the priest at St. Margaret’s for three years. He loves his faith, his church, and his parisoners. He has dutifully fulfilled all the roles of a priest since coming to St. Margaret’s. He understands that he was assigned to this particular parish because of its painful past and his own past. Also did I mention that he is a hot dominant alpha male?
Poppy Danforth is not Catholic and yet she comes into the parish because she has things that are bothering her. She is not religious and she is searching for something. She wants to know if everything is going to be okay. Tyler is candid with her and he is shocked with how much attraction he is feeling for her just based on hearing her voice.
“A really base and awful part of me wanted to hear her confession still, not so I could give her more specific counseling and assurance, but so that I could know exactly what carnal things this girl had to apologize for. I wanted to hear her whisper those things in her breathy voice, I wanted to take her into my arms and kiss away every single tear. God, I wanted to touch her. What the f**k was wrong with me? I hadn’t wanted a woman with this kind of intensity for three years. And I hadn’t even seen her face. I didn’t even know her name.”
Once Tyler sees Poppy he is done for. He tries his hardest to deny the attraction that he has and fight how he feels.
“You know what? I was making a big deal out of nothing. It was all going to be fine. I ran a hand through my hair, taking a deep breath. One woman, no matter how hot, was not going to unravel everything that I held sacred about the priesthood. She was not going to destroy everything I’d worked so hard to create.”
That is quoted from chapter three. There are twenty five chapters and an epilogue. If you want to know what happens, go read the book. I loved the book and the story line. I am going to leave you with a couple of teasers that I thought were worth sharing.
- “I approached her slowly, my blood at a low, dangerous boil, because I knew that I was walking oh-so-close to the edge, to the point of no return, but I wanted to, I wanted to fling myself into the unknown if the unknown was Poppy. It was hard to give a shit about anything else.”
- “She blinked up at me and then her eyes fluttered closed as I deepened our kiss, tasting every inch of her mouth, licking into her as gently and lovingly as I had done ferociously earlier. I never wanted to move from this spot, I only wanted to taste her and breathe the air that we were sharing and feel her body warm against mine–and also pretend that I wasn’t waiting for a tsunami of guilt and a lifetime of penance.”
- “Si vis amari, ama,” you tell me. If you wish to be loved, love.”
- “Te amo,” you’re saying in my ear. Latin for I love you. “Te amo, te amo, te amo.”
I could keep going! I consider it one of my favorites that I will read again and again. Go read it for yourselves!