This past week I read Priest by Sierra Simone. I’ve been spammed with recommendations for this book from various Facebook groups and Instagram friends, so the time had finally come to indulge in what some have described as “the spiciest book I’ve ever read” 😈
Did this one light my fire? Let’s find out!
Genre: Adult, Taboo Romance
Publication Date: June 18, 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.***
What I liked about the book:
1. I love taboo romances! I don’t know if this is my own love for older men, my boss-in-the-streets-sub-in-the-sheets way of life, or something entirely different, but if I’m going to live vicariously through the lives of those on the page, I want it to be dirty and “wrong” and raw. This definitely hit all those buttons!
2. There was a lot of sex (which I’ll talk about later). The talking during the encounters and the true dominant acts really were fantastic. I love a well-placed s|u+ or wh0re 🔥🥵🥰
What could have been better:
1. Ok, let’s address the elephant in the room…I’m not sure what this says about me, but this is definitely not the spiciest book I’ve read. I had a lot of high hopes around this one given the spice-meter reading my smut groups on Facebook listed it as, but ultimately, it wasn’t as good as I hoped; I’ve
had read spicier.
2. While I sympathized with him at first, all the internal struggles and indecision on Tyler’s point got annoying very fast. I understand, he had a hard choice to make, but I did not read this book for drama. I read it for the smut, and since that didn’t deliver, I didn’t want to have to read the bullshit monologues about self-righteousness either.
3. This book is a fantastic reason why I don’t like first person single point of view. While we got to explore the innerworkings of Tyler’s mind (more than I would like in some cases), we didn’t get any real insight into Poppy other than she was the forbidden fruit that led him astray. We were told all about her history, her education, and her decisions in life, but otherwise, there was no real character development for her in my opinion. While the story tried so hard to show Tyler as a feminist dom, by not letting us see Poppy’s POV, I feel this did more harm than good and really did ultimately just equate her to an object. I feel if we would have had even just a few chapters from Poppy’s POV, I would have felt like she was more of a person and less of a means to an end. And that bullshit epilogue does NOT count.
4. There was a lot of sex, but very little talking. I don’t like that. I don’t like reading sexual scenes where all the dude is doing is thinking. That is not going to get me there, love.
Overall, not what I was expecting. I had higher hopes for this one.
Final Rating: 2 stars
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