My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Priest by Sierra Simone ~ 4.5 Stars
***Priest is a standalone, full-length novel with an HEA. For mature audiences only***
“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”
This book = the true meaning of forbidden love. It reminds me a little bit of my all time favorite movie The Thorn Bird – a priest torn between the woman he loves and his love for God. I remember when that movie came out it caused such controversy … so this book is similar to that except a whole lot kinkier . Priest isn’t for everyone but I have no qualms about it. I leave religion behind and just enjoy a good read. Loved it!
Tyler hasn’t always been just a priest; he was a man first who likes dirty f***king a lot but after Tyler’s sister tragic death he turned to the church and God for healing. Everyone loves the handsome priest – he brings new light and hope for this small town. All is well until he met a newbie in town. Poppy is running away from her former life. Poppy is not particularly religious but for what she does for a living she felt like she needs to start confession. Her confessions to Father Bell though is quite different – it was erotic. Tyler fought hard but he couldn’t help falling for the witty, beautiful and intelligent Poppy. But love comes at an extremely high cost. Tyler would have to choose.
I really like both Tyler and Poppy’s characters but especially Poppy. She is beautiful, smart, witty. Poppy comes from a privilege family but that does not shape who she becomes. She is kind and always wants to help others. Poppy loves Tyler but she does not want Tyler to give up God for her – talk about self sacrifice. Tyler lives with a lot of guilt – it’s the reason that drives him to be a priest and carry God’s work. Tyler struggles with who he is and what he wants in life. So, until Tyler finds himself he can not make anyone happy especially Poppy. Who will he choose?
This book is an erotica. It’s definitely full of steamy, seductive, panty dropping worthy encounters but unlike other erotica, this book has a beautiful plot. Tyler and Poppy’s journey is emotional and heart wrenching and not without sacrifices and consequences.
Priest is beautifully written. It is mostly in Tyler POV (male POV is my favorite) but I thought the author was such a genius when she wedges Poppy’s POV in there via her confessions. Great move there! The author’s writing is descriptive and flows seamlessly from beginning to end. The characters are likable and complex. The chemistry is sizzling hot and the angsts? – it was tortured reading about their struggles to do the right thing. I love taboo & forbidden romance. There is something erotic, intense but also sensual about it. I highly recommend this book! For mature audiences only of course.
“Si vis amari, ama” – If you wish to be loved, love.
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