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.***
Father Tyler Bell has been a priest for the last three years. He's young and charming, but never before he thought of breaking his vow of celibacy until Poppy walks into his church and she's ready to confess. Tyler starts feeling the struggle, especially when Poppy becomes a constant presence in his life. His desire for her comes against his obligation to his flock. Is this forbidden romance worth the sacrifice?
And was it so wrong to want both? I wanted to lead this church, I wanted to help people find God. But dammit, I wanted Poppy too, and I didn't think it was fair that I had to choose.
The priest was a taboo story that was really erotic and held some really steamy scenes. The writing was also kind of lyrical in my opinion. At some parts, I really enjoyed it, but some other parts confused me and they made me feel uncomfortable. I have to admit that I was intrigued by the idea of this, since I hadn't read something similar before, but when I ended up reading it, I got bummed by a few aspects. Maybe because in my opinion the author went too far with this taboo. There were a few unrealistical scenes that made me shake my head and I wasn't impressed by them. I didn't care that he was a priest breaking his vow and having some kinky sex with her. What irritated me were the details of their encounters (view spoiler).[ like the holy oil he used to have anal, other holy objects he used, the fact that they were having sex in the church like they didn't give a fuck for anyone who could step inside and accidentally watch the scene. It didn't make sense when he was afraid to be caught and then go and act like a horny teenager (hide spoiler)]
I can't say I could picture Tyler as a priest. Maybe because of his thoughts or the true reason that made him become one. Not only that, but I felt like his duty was to the specific church, not so much on his faith. Also the heroine wasn't likeable to me. She was extremely bold and crude and it was obvious that her only purpose was to seduce him. Finally, what happened at the last 20% of the book didn't make sense at all to me. It really went downhill and even though my initial rating would be a 4, the book lost its appeal.
It's a difficult rating for me, because in my opinion the first part of the book was a 5, the second part a 4 and final part a 2-3. That's why I'm giving this a 3.5. It had so much potential and it was wasted in smut scenes. I do believe that people who enjoy taboo erotica stories are going to love Father Bell, so I would recommend this book to them. ;)
Arc was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review