Published June 2015
Genres: Erotic Romance, Forbidden Romance
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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.
Tyler Anselm Bell is a 29-years-old priest on a mission to restore faith in church. He’s lived by the book for over 3 years now, never giving in to temptation despite the fact that he enjoyed a ton of non-saintly carnal activities in the past. But the moment a girl comes in to give him the most stunning confession, he is starting to question everything he ever wanted from his marriage to God.
Poppy Danforth is the heiress of wealthy family, and has a flawless educational pedigree. However she is estranged from her family and heartbroken over her ex-boyfriend, who dumped because of her crazy ways. This led her to do things that she isn’t proud of, and in dire need to confess in order to seek redemption. Yet, just like Tyler when he is around her and listening to her confessions, Poppy is having a hard time to resist the temptation.
What I loved about this book:
- The steamy scenes
- The writing
What I felt needed improvement:
- The weird characters
- The unrealistic storyline
This review is going to be a tough one. I can’t get over how hot this book was, yet some many things were wrong, especially if like me you’re always looking for the next believable and realistic story.
“It was wrong. All of it, so very wrong. And Jesus help me, for some reason that made it all the sweeter.”
And I don’t mean wrong on the ethical level like the quote above. I couldn’t care less if a priest gets it on with a willing participant – we all know it’s unhealthy if he doesn’t. So when I mean wrong, I mean that things in this story just didn’t add up, and if there was one thing wrong with Priest, then it definitely was the storyline. Because it felt way too cliché. Not the priest/sexual temptation plot (because that’s the reason why I picked up this book), but the way the storyline was laid out to have everything fall into place – I’ll explain later. Then there is one other thing that made the story completely over the top and unrealistic: the characters. And although I love strong and peculiar characters, I just couldn’t connect with Poppy and Tyler on any level.
I especially disliked the idea that the reason why Tyler chose to become a priest was driven by the fact that his sister was molested by his hometown’s priest. I mean, really? Yep. I kid you not. He’s on a mission to restore people’s faith in the Church and erase all the bad memories associated with child-molesting priests.
“It’s not like I’d been a corpse since taking the robe – I was still very much a man. A man who’d liked fucking a lot before he’d heard the call.”
Oh and I found it a ridiculous coincidence that (of course) Tyler was a total manwhore before he became a priest, and was very much into rough and kinky sex and role plays. Well he still is, and there’s just so much wrong with that! How can someone who really enjoys and craves their sex-life actually vow celibacy? How about all the pent-up frustration coming from that? Isn’t that the perfect recipe for disaster? Well, Tyler has managed to do everything by the book and to stay away from temptation, but the moment he listens to Poppy’s confession and catches a glimpse of her, he’s a goner.
“I wanted to kiss that part of her wrist, press my lips against her pulse point, right before I tied a rope around it.”
And I couldn’t get over how cliché it was of Poppy to go to confession because she indulged into sleeping with her ex again, and has this crazy need confess that she is a sex-addict. Sounds like a lame scenario for an amateur porn production. It’s like a hot chick calling the plumber to tell him that something is wrong with her pipes. Seriously.
“I was actually starved for sex while I was turning down all these offers. I’m sure you know the feeling, Father, like the slightest breeze is enough to send you over the edge, like your skin itself is combustible.”
“I wanted to be fucked, fucked and used. I wanted to be filled with someone’s dick, I wanted to have fingers in my mouth and in my c…t. In my a… .”
And frankly, it all sounded like Poppy was such a sex-addict that her ultimate challenge was to get the forbidden fruit (a sexy hot priest) to sleep with her and turn him crazy. I know this is not the way the author intended to picture Poppy, but that’s one of the thoughts that could pop into the reader’s mind, and that was certainly my main thought. Oh, and who would have thought – Poppy is a perfect match for Tyler since she likes it rough too (what a coincidence the two of them match so well!)
“I don’t want you to feel pressured to explore the Catholic Church for any other reason than genuine interest or curiosity.”
“And what about a crazy hot priest? Is that a sound reason for exploring the Church?”
If you can look away from the very doubtful storyline, I must admit that the writing was great. It was a 1st person male-POV only, including a very few passages from Poppy’s POV, which are actually her confessions how Tyler hears them hidden away in the confessional booth. The whole book was just the right amount of humour, and an overdose of steam. Yes, I dare you to read this book and tell me it didn’t affect you, because this book’s steamy scenes are burning H.O.T.
And in the end, I was pleased to see that the story actually turned out OK, and despite the unrealistic start, the ending was somewhat realistic and sweet.
In summary, Priest is certainly a read I encourage you to “witness”, but do not expect too much from the storyline, or from the characters.
“I wanted both lives – the lives where we were believer and priest and the life where we were man and woman.”
|All the feels|