Priest by Sierra Simone
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.***
4-star review by Ashley
I am truly at a loss for words on what to say for this review as there is so much floating around in my mind. As a Catholic, I was a bit nervous about how this was going to go. Yes, it is full of sex and dirty talk. But it is so much more than that. Sierra Simone managed to take this incredibly taboo subject and make it about more than the sex. The joy I found from reading this book was unexpected. It was so thought provoking that it caused me to look at a few things in my life from a different perspective. And if that isn't the sign of a good book then I don't know what is.
Priest, at its heart, beyond the taboo and all the sex (and there is A LOT of it), is a love story in its purest form. I loved Father Tyler Bell. He is a man on a mission, clean up the bad reputation that the church had gained in recent years. But he is also a man. The more I learned about him and the more I liked him. I loved that he was flawed and beautifully human in his struggle with the guilt and lust and staying true to himself and God. But he is a man and man is weak and no one brings out his weakness better than Poppy. She is a force to be reckoned with. I loved that she was bold and fearless in the choices she was making for herself and the future she wanted. I really liked that she just went for it with Father Bell. She knew it was wrong but something that she felt so deeply couldn't be wrong could it? Oh man, when those two get together, it was hot, hot, hot! I love me a dirty talker, it is one of my favorite things, and the mouth on Father Bell- just wow. But Poppy gives it back just as much. They really were the perfect match for each other. But secrets don't say hidden forever. And the fallout plays a big part in the remainder of the story. I loved seeing Tyler change; no more using Poppy as a weakness but a strength to pull from to make some hard choices. And Poppy, the lengths she went to to try and do the right thing for everyone showed just how good a bad girl can be.
Sierra Simone really went all out with this one and the gamble paid off. I devoured this book. The intensity of it was all consuming and I finished it in a day. Priest was emotionally charged. The angst, passion, sacrifice and loyalty were not to be overshadowed the current of love in this book. Love is inspiring, it is finding joy and forgiveness and purpose even in the most unlikely of situations which sums up Tyler and Poppy to a T. And that ending, wonderfully thought out and perfectly them.
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