WHY I READ IT
The blurb invites an automatic one-click. I NEEDED this book after reading the blurb.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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. Then I learned new rules.
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.
This book isn’t outstanding. It’s more than that. It is one of the best books I have read; Not this month, not this year, EVER! The blurb alone is enough to hook you, and I can guarantee that it delivers on everything it promises.
Father Tyler Bell is a crusader. He has a personal, overwhelming need to help restore the image of his church. He loves his church and is devoted to God. When a new parishioner, Poppy, comes into confession, his path and his purpose will forever be changed.
“I was a priest I was sworn to God not to know another’s body while I lived–not even to know my own body, if we were getting technical about it. It wasn’t okay to think the kind of thoughts I had about Poppy.
I was suppose to be a shepherd of the flock, not the wolf.”
Priest is told entirely from Tyler’s POV and because of that, you really get to the depths of his struggles. Father Bell has pledged his love and life to the church and to God. He was no saint before joining the Priesthood, but is determined to make his church a safe place again. His attraction to Poppy comes out of nowhere and goes against everything he is trying to achieve.
Priest is MORE than a love story. You are going to read lots of reviews that talk about how hot this book is and it is.
It will push your boundaries
It’s sinfully sexy.
It’s deliciously forbidden.
“I couldn’t believe I was doing this, and in the kitchen of my own f***ing rectory–not that it was any worse than the sanctuary floor. But with her legs spread, with her practically whimpering from that kiss, I couldn’t have stopped myself if I tried. And I definitely didn’t want to try.”
But, this book is not just a bunch of crazy hot sex scenes. It is so much MORE than that. The writing is simply exceptional. Not once during the story did I want to yell at Tyler and Poppy to get over it and just be together. I never once rolled my eyes at the struggles or obstacles keeping them apart. You feel their pain deep in your soul. You feel the desperation of being apart, knowing they can never be together. Everything in this book was genuine. Tyler’s faith is so important to him and his turmoil was such an emotional part of the story. Priest is an intense combination of love, sex and religion. It poses many deep questions, and the choices to be made are impossible.
“I couldn’t lose her. And I couldn’t keep her.”