Title – Priest
Author – Sierra Simone
Publication Date – June 29, 2015
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.***
Holy crappppp! This forbidden romance takes the term to a whole new level. Priest by Sierra Simone is the perfect concoction to get your blood sizzling and your heartbeat racing. It contains a heavy dose of erotic pleasure, a dash of moral questioning, and a full throttle ride with heart pounding moments. While I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one, I am most definitely glad that I took a chance and dove in.
“It had changed the moment I kissed her in the presence of God.”
The characters truly made this book utterly fantastic. Each walked a fine balance and I appreciated that they were so opposite in some ways, but alike in so many others. Poppy stumbles into the church and ends up giving her confession to Tyler. Because of the way it’s done, there is an instant bond and understanding between these two. Tyler was so possessive and dominating, but definitely not in an overdone way. He ping-ponged back and forth between what he felt was right, and what guided him, which made me feel a certain genuineness to him. On the other hand, Poppy was so pure and good, while still harboring her own dirty side. It was refreshing to see a woman take control of her sexuality, and be so confident with it. The entire time I was reading this book, I found myself rooting for these characters to end up together, while still asking myself how I could.
“It had changed the moment I bent her over that piano.”
The warring of good versus bad and immoral really set this book apart for me. I am not a religious person so I can’t speak on that type of level. What I did appreciate was the fact that I could feel the guilt and questions weighing on Tyler’s shoulders. Further, I could also feel the Poppy’s culpability and what the consequences could be for their actions together. Simone writes her characters and the scenarios in a way that makes you feel every nuance and emotion of those personalities she has created. Her characters were lost in a sense, and Priest became their journey to figuring out their paths in life.
“Maybe it had even changed the moment she stepped into my confessional booth.”
Priest by Sierra Simone is the ultimate forbidden romance, but one that I completely fell in love with. Maybe I’m a horrible person, but I thought it was done in somewhat of a tasteful manner. Were there things I cringed a little bit with? Yes, of course. However, my love for the characters and their journey overcame everything else. The eroticism was heightened because of that “this shouldn’t be okay” aspect. Aside from that, I also think that this particular relationship hasn’t been written about so it was a breath of fresh air in this market. I’d definitely recommend Priest if you’re looking for a hot read – do yourself a favor and spend the day with Father Bell!
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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.