Series: Priest #1
Author: Sierra Simone
Review by: Onnica
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. Then I learned new rules.
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.
Why you should read it: If you are a fan of difficult relationships – this book is the epitome of that. Tyler is dedicated to his work, but can’t seem to shake his previous life. When he meets Poppy – a woman with her own set of complex problems, he’s thrown for a loop. The struggle is obvious – does he stick to the churches edict and remain true to his vows, or does he throw out his beliefs and indulge in a new relationship with Poppy? Well, I’m sure you can guess which option he goes for. The story is sensual, sexy but also smart too. It has a lot of religious imagery and symbolism, coupled with some seriously raunchy sexual activity. I enjoyed the dynamic between Tyler and Poppy – she’s looking for something, as is he. The emotion felt real.
What you might hate: Ok, I’m not catholic, nor am I religious, but my Pentecostal roots stood on end at some of the shenanigans taking place in the church, on the altar, in the vestry! If by any chance, you have religious sensibilities, I’m guessing this book won’t be for you. Tyler is a very foul-mouthed and dirty priest! He swears a lot, drinks a fair amount and I won’t go into what he does with the anointed oils!! Steer clear if you’re easily offended.
Rating: 4/5 – for me, this had enough sentiment and a story to elevate it from pure smut. There’s plenty of that, but there’s an extra dimension too. I thoroughly enjoyed it – and yes, church sex aside, the characters were incredibly likeable.