Author: Sierra Simone
Series: N/A; Standalone
Release 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.***
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I'm not going to lie, I love taboo stories. Because of that, as soon as I read the synopsis of Priest I knew I had to read it. Not long ago I fell for a priest. Not in real life of course, but a priest from a book. So to say that my expectations were high when I began reading it, would be an understatement.
This book is told from Father Tyler Anselm Bell's point of view, which I absolutely loved and thought was the best choice considering the story. I quickly became emotionally invested in his story right from the prologue. Right from the beginning, Tyler is enthralled by the stranger with the sexy voice just on the other side of the thin screen separating the two while he listen to her confession.And that is where the story begins and Tyler's struggles commence.
From then on, there's a war in Tyler. What is right and wrong? The appearance of the new town resident in his church, tilts his entire world off of its axis. By her next confession, he starts becoming closer to her, to Poppy. The quickly form a friendship, but underneath it all there's a palpable attraction between the two that cannot be denied. But their friendship starts transforming into something more forbidden until the inevitable happens.
Page after page, you feel the struggle in Tyler. He starts questioning himself and his purpose in the church. On one hand he has this woman that he has begun to have feelings for, but on the other he has his duty to the church to think about. This internal conflict progresses throughout the story to the point where you don't know if he should choose the woman or the church because he can never choose both.
Even though I did enjoy the emotional aspect of the story, and of course those sinfully sexy scenes (seriously, I will never look at a church's altar the same way again!)., I had a problem with the story. I did enjoy Tyler's struggle, but at the same time I thought that he succumbed to his attraction for Poppy a bit to quick for my liking. The church was obviously a HUGE part of his life and one that he had planned to never leave behind, but he kind of threw his beliefs out the window too quick for my liking. Also, at times I had to remind myself that he was a priest because the way he expressed himself (mostly in his thoughts) did not seem very priestly.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was HOT and definitely grabbed my attention. There are many references to the church and its teachings (it IS about a priest after all), so if you think you cannot tolerate that, don't waste your time. Otherwise, definitely give this book a chance. It had great writing, suspenseful and thought-provoking moments, as well as SEXY scenes!