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.***
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Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I assumed this book would be super taboo, full of sex and just register as good overall to be soon forgotten on my reading list. Yes, it does have super hot sex, some of the best described scenes that I've ever read. And yes, some of it is very taboo, namely the places of the sex encounters. But— I loved the overall story and the man.
I really liked that even though it is an erotic fantasy type of story it isn't dumbed down. Both the male and female leads are smart and relatable. They have actual conversation and thoughts about life issues (it isn't all about the nookie). He really cares about the church. Tyler is a good guy. He does do wrong by his office, but it isn't in blatant disregard. I don't think any other woman would have been an issue for him. There is an undeniable connection between these two. Another aspect that I like is that even though he has alpha and derogatory 'bedroom' ways, he really knows how to please a woman realistically, and he is a total women's rights advocate in all other aspects of life. Even though he desires things to go a certain way, he would never push someone to decide in his favor. He's a man who loves a certain woman and wants to have dirty, dirty sex with her. At the same time, he loves God, and he feels led to serve others, to bless them with service, as I've heard said in church. He fills every moment helping the community in some way until his encounter with her.
For me there was a message that sometimes life is going to lead you in a different direction that the one you had planned. The song line 'sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers' comes to mind. Occasionally, you have to find a new path and go do what's right for you even if you don't know if there will be a reward at the end. This story has elements of forgiveness, accepting mercy and letting go of hurt. Also, it definitely has flaming sex (as in you will need to allow yourself some 'me time' while reading).
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