“Yowza! Priest by Sierra Simone is one taboo but highly addicting read.” –Diva Lauren
Yep, I just quoted myself. I finished this book and literally said, “Yowza!” Priest by Sierra Simone is the hot book circulating in the indie world right now. Promotion was all over the place on my Facebook for a good week before it released. Since I’m a fan of the forbidden love thing, I took a chance. I have to say that being Catholic, it was hard to read in places. Well, many places. If you can think of a place in a church a priest could have sex, then it was done in this book. But there is a true love story underneath it all which appealed to me. Without further ado, congrats to Sierra Simone, you’re the Diva Spotlight. *jumpy claps by myself*
Summary: 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.
Yowza again, amirite? So this book isn’t for the faint of heart. If you can stand a priest doing some erotic and very hot things to one of his parishioners, this book is for you. If you can’t, well, don’t read it. Sometimes I like to read books that make me uncomfortable. It gets boring while reading the same kind of romance again and again. Priest isn’t your run-of-the-mill romance. Father Bell struggles with his devotion to his church, his family, and to Poppy. It’s almost like God sent her to him. His forbidden fruit.
The way he navigates through his passion for God and his passion for Poppy is well done even if it does make you a little squeamish. Granted, this book is an erotic romance, and true to form we get that, but there is a heart to the book that really comes to the forefront. Father Bell is human. We see men and women of God as infallible far too often—almost as if they aren’t real people. In Priest, we see that Father Bell is as human and as male as they come. It’s nice to read that a man like him isn’t perfect, he’s tempted with many things in life. Whether it be his love of The Walking Dead or working out, he’s very human and very vulnerable. It makes him identifiable for the reader, which I would think would be hard to do considering your main character is a priest. Ninety-nine percent won’t identify with him based on that fact alone, but with this character you see him, the real man behind the collar.
Poppy, on the other hand, is a hard nut to crack. What makes her tick? I wasn’t so sure for a long time in this book. The story is told from Father Bell’s point of view, but we get snippets of her confessions in her point of view, which gives us a little insight to her mentality. Is she sent from God to be with Father Bell or is she sent from Satan as a way to make him fall? It’s all about the what-ifs, the taboo. She too struggles with her faith and her role in Father Bell’s life. I love that you saw her find her faith in this story. That aspect is something I can appreciate and understand. Simone paints the scene so well of Poppy standing at the altar, looking and talking to Christ on the Cross. I love that even though this book is very sexual, it’s very spiritual as well. Father Bell is always giving advice to her and she’s learning from him. The growth of the characters is very well done.
What is great about this book is that it appears to be accurate. Although, there were some things I thought were named in this fictional parish as something else, but whatevs. Simone did a good job on the mechanics and research. Her story is well written and the characters are engaging. It was a book I couldn’t put down, but when I finished, I wanted to say a rosary. It is the perfect balance of good and evil.
If you need a forbidden love fix, Priest by Sierra Simone is the book for you. Trust me, you may need to go to confession afterward.
About the Author
Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.