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.
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Forgive me father for I have sinned
Priest is a scandalous story about a young ordained catholic priest who has been upholding his vow to God for three years until temptation sat in his confession booth. There is sex, more sex, and definitely some blasphemy.
Tyler is a priest who shall not marry, who shall follow his God, and who shall guide his congregation. Tyler vowed his life to his religion three years ago following rules set by God, until she came.
Tyler wanted both lives—the life where he was a believer and priest and the life where he was man and woman. He asks himself this question, “Is it truly so terrible for a man of God to have sex?” Followed by his response: “Is 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”. This is the premise of the story. With elements of guilt, shame, forgiveness, sin, and hope.
Here’s the issue, Tyler is still very much a man beneath the chasuble. He still has urges and carnal desires but not for three years, since being ordained. Tyler has shown restraint and trust to his parish both publicly and privately.
If there is one thing I remember about Catholics is their need for confessions. Confessions provide help and support from the priest. It’s not surprising that Father Bell is on the other side of the confession screen when she comes into his church, a non-Catholic seeking redemption from her sins.
This doesn’t get any more taboo or forbidden than an ordained priest taking vows of celibacy. After all, Tyler was twenty-six when he became ordained meaning he’s had years of sex prior to becoming a priest. He’s well educated in the woman’s body and the ways in which to bring them pleasure.
I must say Sierra has a natural ability at writing naughty, sexy, and deliciously dirty tales of the forbidden kind. The explicit details she provides places the reader in the scene. Sierra writes about controversial topics that skirt the moral high ground between right and wrong. It’s fun reading both positive and negative reviews in regards to this non-traditional forbidden love story between a priest and a non-catholic woman whose current career choice will scorn the priest.
It’s so intense. It’s so sexually graphic. Priest is seduction, sin, and sex all carved into one. The religious language and bible references were lost to me as a non-believer, so I skimmed those scenes.
not what i expected
I assumed this book would be super taboo, full of sex and just register as good overall to be soon forgotten on my reading list. Yes, it does have super hot sex, some of the best described scenes that I've ever read. And yes, some of it is very taboo, namely the places of the sex encounters. But— I loved the overall story and the man.
I really liked that even though it is an erotic fantasy type of story it isn't dumbed down. Both the male and female leads are smart and relatable. They have actual conversation and thoughts about life issues (it isn't all about the nookie). He really cares about the church. Tyler is a good guy. He does do wrong by his office, but it isn't in blatant disregard. I don't think any other woman would have been an issue for him. There is an undeniable connection between these two. Another aspect that I like is that even though he has alpha and derogatory 'bedroom' ways, he really knows how to please a woman realistically, and he is a total women's rights advocate in all other aspects of life. Even though he desires things to go a certain way, he would never push someone to decide in his favor. He's a man who loves a certain woman and wants to have dirty, dirty sex with her. At the same time, he loves God, and he feels led to serve others, to bless them with service, as I've heard said in church. He fills every moment helping the community in some way until his encounter with her.
For me there was a message that sometimes life is going to lead you in a different direction that the one you had planned. The song line 'sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers' comes to mind. Occasionally, you have to find a new path and go do what's right for you even if you don't know if there will be a reward at the end. This story has elements of forgiveness, accepting mercy and letting go of hurt. Also, it definitely has flaming sex (as in you will need to allow yourself some 'me time' while reading).