Published by BookBaby on June 29th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
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There are many rules a priest canÔÇÖt break.
A priest cannot marry.
A priest cannot abandon his flock.
A priest cannot forsake his God.
IÔÇÖve always been good at following rules.
Until she came.
Then I learned new rules.
My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. IÔÇÖm 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 by Sierra Simone was a good book, but it didn’t live up to my expectations. I’m not sure if that is on me for misunderstanding the blurb or if it is the books fault. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great, well-written book, but different than what I hoped for.
It’s the story of Father Tyler Bell who has become a priest after tragedy nearly destroyed his family. His committed to his beliefs, his church and his parish, not even doubting that this is his calling, his life purpose. This changes when Poppy steps foot into his church, coming to confession. Instantly, there is a spark between them that neither can deny no matter how hard they try. A spark that quickly leads to a brightly burning fire that consumes them both. A fire that leads to broken vows, vulnerability and broken hearts. And it could destroy their life as they know it.
The plot was great, I liked it. I think what bothered me is that I expected there to be more conflict of conscience, more struggle for restraint. Instead, though both characters often displayed an inner struggle, it seemed quite superficial and repetitive. Yes, Father Bell knew he’s doing something wrong, he felt bad about it but it didn’t stop him from whipping out his d*** every few pages. I missed a build-up in their relationship. Sure, insta-lust and insta-attraction are all great. I don’t have a problem with those but especially for a priest, I would have loved him to fight it more, to struggle and not to give in right away and then repeatedly just to then whine and throw himself a pity party. And Poppy’s eagerness to get down and dirty with him, didn’t make her seem like a woman who simply knows what she wants and is not ashamed of her sexuality, but a woman without a moral compass whatsoever. What I expected was a taboo story that focuses on the taboo aspect, instead it was a smutty, sexy book that used that as the backdrop.
Father Bell definitely was hot. There is no doubt about it. And his intelligence and philosophic personality coupled with the dominant streak he had, made him even sexier. I liked that he was in touch with his emotions and not afraid to admit to them, but at times it was a bit too much. For the depth of his feelings, he seemed to have no issues doing what he knew was wrong. Also, considering his past before he became a priest, I didn’t buy his at times clueless and innocent act.
And as for Poppy, at the core there was a lot to like about her. She was a rich girl who didn’t want the life her parents envisioned. She wanted to live her life and do what she wants. And she wanted to live her sexuality freely. Which is all great and fun and something I can respect. But her eagerness to seduce Father Bell, her lack of self-control or at least hesitation to do it basically on every surface of the church, rubbed me the wrong way.
What I really missed was the connection between the two that went beyond the physical attraction that was more than lust. I really can’t say what it was about the other that they fell in love with.
Overall, I enjoyed the read but more for the sexiness value than the taboo story. And sexy it is. It is scorching hot. Sizzling.
3 I-missed-the-connection stars.
~Review by Paula