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Priest: A Love Story Kindle Edition
"Theology meets kinkery. I couldn't put this book down. Simone weaves a story of love and faith." --USA Today Bestselling Author Corinne Michaels
"Hot as sin. If you want a book that will heat up your nights and ignite your dirty mind, then fall into the forbidden with Priest." --Lauren Blakely, NYT Bestselling Author of Sweet Sinful Nights
- ASIN : B00WHGBTHI
- Publication date : June 29, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4002 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1514611651
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,822 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was skeptical.
PRIEST starts off okay. Tyler is a pretty sympathetic character. He became a priest because his younger sister was molested by the priest of their church, and keeping it a secret caused her to take her own life. I guess he became a priest as a way of redeeming the religion he grew up with and proving himself that it doesn't have to be all bad. (I'm a little unclear about this.) He's also a "typical" man who's into things other "typical" men are into, like The Walking Dead and going to the gym.
One day, a woman named Poppy comes to his confessional and starts telling him all these outrageous things that she's done, and another thing joins that "typical man" interest list: sex. Unfortunately, he can't have any, and especially not with her, but this is a romance novel, and if you think that it all ends there, pull up a seat, because you must be new here.
What results is a pornfest that's like 80% sex, 10% emotional whinging, and 10% actual plot. I think part of what turned me off this book the most is that it tries so hard to be edgy. Poppy is a rich girl who decided to flip the bird to her family by throwing her expensive education in the garbage and stripping for money. But not just anywhere - no, Poppy assures us that she strips for a place where the girls look "expensive" and all the dudes there are more than capable of paying that hefty price tag, and all her lingerie is expensive, it's described as "champagne"-colored, and Tyler totally buys it.
And Tyler: Tyler, Tyler, Tyler - this dude was not cut out for the priesthood. He's almost as sex-obsessed as Poppy, and the two of them do it in the church several times, which just seems tacky. Not only is that blasphemous AF, that's like having sex in the workplace. That's gross. They also make some "creative" uses of various church implements, like the purificator (ew) and the altar (ew). We find out that he was the go-to guy at his college for kinky doings, so I'm wondering if he loved sex so much, why this job? Surely there are other ways to go about advocating reform?
The relationship between them is also super gross. Poppy is such a user, and I couldn't stand how she was always yanking him around and mocking him on the (rare) instances when he remembered his women's studies classes from college and tried to be all about that consenting adult life. She mocked him for it! Like, GIRL. You are 100% being part of the problem right now. The addition of Sterling was also annoying, because how many gross people do we need in this story? WE'RE AT MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY, SORRY - GET OUT. I rolled my eyes at the "big misunderstanding" at the end, and rolled them even more when they celebrate their togetherness by having sex -
IN ANOTHER CHURCH.
Tyler wasn't a bad hero, but in this profession, with this heroine, in this story? Yeah, it wasn't good. The sex scenes were pretty hot but there were so many of them they all began to blend together. I guess I was hoping for a modern version of THE CARDINAL SINS and not "I F***ed the Priest!"
2 out of 5 stars
I love Simone’s work, I fell in love the first time I had the chance to spend a few hours inside, The Awakening of Ivy Leavold. Her stories tend to venture outside the box. She has talent for creating a story that is completely unique and a style of writing that not only engages me as a reader, it also refuses to let you walk away mid read. I found myself completely hypnotized by Father Tyler Bell’s story and his Poppy.
The Catholic religion is not something that I am well versed in; I was raised attending church and Sunday school in my early years, but not the Catholic Church. This story was full of shockingly titillating scenes that not only made me overheat, but also think. I thought very hard about what else was taking place within this story. Because yes it is an erotic romance primarily, but there so much more happening as well.
From the moment Poppy enters Father Bell’s confession booth, looking for guidance and a non-judgmental ear, he feels something critical in his life shift. He is happy, content and more than fulfilled by doing God’s work, volunteering his time to many other social groups within the church and mending the untold damages of the past. Yet from the moment Poppy begins her confessional Tyler Bell the man remerges for the first time in years, the man that he believes he had laid to rest years ago when he decided to enter Seminary school and begin his journey to becoming a Priest. She also brings painful memories of his past crashing back into present, now Tyler is conflicted, confused, and unsure of what is happening to him, and why now…
“I couldn’t lose her. And I couldn’t keep her.”
Poppy is new to the area, and when she meets the handsome 29 year old priest in the local church for her first confessional, she is drawn to him, and the attraction is scorching. She is entranced, and yet bewildered.
“Tyler, you are exactly what I want. Use me. Be rough. Leave marks.” She paused. “Please.”
This story is listed as taboo, an erotic BDSM romance that takes place in a Catholic church of all places. And for some it most assuredly will be but for me, the taboo never outweighed the beauty. It was beautiful for all of the reasons some will find it too much or maybe even find it disrespectful to the church. I think that we all forget at times that Priests, Ministers and Pastors are indeed humans just like the rest of us. As a rule, humans are flawed and we make mistakes. Father Bell takes his calling incredibly seriously, he is dedicated to the church, God and his parishioners, and yet most importantly he remains a mere human like the rest of us. He makes mistakes and he’s now realizing that he still has desires. For him this is unsettling to the extreme, he believes he had relinquished that part of himself years ago yet for some unexplainable reason this woman reawakens Father Bell’s deepest and darkest desires. Poppy obliterates all of his common sense and unleashes a man who is wreck less and not at all the man he has become. He can’t fathom what is happening to him. I think in some ways, he believes his sanity is slipping.
“You are truly beautiful,” I said, running a finger down her jaw. And then I reached for her hand, lacing my fingers through hers. “Whatever happens after this, I just want you to know that this was worth it. You were worth it. You were worth everything.”
The writing is meticulous, and even though this is without a doubt a work of fiction; I found it realistic and knowledgeable in more than a few aspects of the religion. I admit I’m not overly familiar with the catholic religion but this storyline seems entirely plausible, and I was addicted from page one. What really resonated for me with Priest was the forbidden romance element. I am a sucker for a forbidden romance, and Priest is the ultimate, unapologetic forbidden romance. What makes it even more powerful, is the overwhelming and almost suffocating conflict that rages within Tyler from the very beginning, until almost the very end. He knows what he is doing, thinking and feeling is wrong, but he’s like a junkie, needing his next fix and Poppy is his drug of choice.
This book has scenes that are so intense, dark and erotic you may find yourself wondering if you are indeed old enough to be reading them. I questioned it, shhhh don’t tell anyone. I’d heard enormous amounts of buzz about this book prior to release from early readers, bloggers, authors, every single one of them saying it was unimaginably hot, they were not wrong. This book was off the charts, question your age, look over your shoulder, sneak around, read it in private it sexy. Take a chance, read Priest, but be prepared you’ll need an open mind, to thoroughly enjoy this book the way the writer intended, it is after all a work of fiction. Priest is going to push every single one of your boundaries until they no longer exist.
“One and a half inches of damnation, and all I could think about was sinking deeper into hell.”
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I originally read this book a year or so ago, but it didn’t seem to have the impact that the audio book had!!
Lets just get to the narrators, Jacob Morgan.
Now, as you may (or may not) already know, Jacob is a pseudonym used by another famous narrator, I won’t blab about it here because he obviously uses it for a reason, but his voice literally turns me into goo, a big puddle of goo 🔥
Elena Wolfe, again is a psudonym for another fantastic narrator, both of these people are 2 of my absolute favourites, her male voice is one of the sexiest around in my opinion, and teamed together with Sierra Simone’s writing I am certainly invested in this pair!
Sierra Simone is certainly the Queen of sexy stories, if you haven’t tried her out then I would definitely recommend her.
**Fair Warning, this is not a book to be reading if you are of the religious variety, it is something that will probably have you going to confession for reading it!**
Tyler Bell is handsome, 29 years old and is a Priest he has been for three years. Before that he was a normal everyday man, he’s been to college and been around the block if you know what I mean?
There are reasons for him becoming a priest but spoilers people!
Poppy Danforth comes to confession one day, sits in the booth, and confesses her sins as any normal person does.
She comes from a privileged background, but after something happens she decides to give that life up, again spoilers people!
Her confessions are shall we say, a little dark, this intrigues Father Bell and he starts to get a little obsessed with her.
This book is sexy, very very sexy (Sierra Simone you dirty dirty girl 😘), however it isn’t all about the sex!
There a brilliant story within the pages, you have to watch as Father Bell struggles with his beliefs, and it is sometimes really sad to read.
This little story will set your Kindle on fire, if you are listening to the audio (highly recommended by the way) then make sure you have those earbuds firmly in!
I knew this story packed some heat, but in all honesty, I had forgotten most of the storyline so it felt like I was reading Priest for the very first time. This story is taboo so it won’t be to everyone’s liking. I do feel that I shouldn’t have enjoyed it as much as I did, but once you take away the dog collar this is essentially a love story between a man and a woman and I absolutely loved the way that Tyler explained his feelings surrounding this, especially regarding his relationship with God.
I adore Tyler. OMG how could I not?? He not only got me hot under the collar (not his collar…. mine 😉) because of his looks and sexual preferences, but he has a fabulous personality too. He’s kind, caring and thoughtful…. the perfect package!
I must admit that I wasn’t too certain of Poppy at times – and I loved this! I did question her intentions and reason for wanting Tyler - wondering if she was attracted to the man or the forbiddenness of having a relationship with him. Now that I have finished reading the book, I am unsure of how I feel about her overall. I see so much good in her but I don’t think we would be the best of friends in real life. I could see how perfect she and Tyler were for each other though.
There is an instant attraction between Tyler and Poppy which develops rather quickly into more. You’re going to need cold showers throughout this story that is a certainty. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. If you can handle the taboo, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy it too.
And some scenes are ridiculous, really really bad. Like, I'm all for a bit of naughty in some odd locations but don't pass off poor judgement as a calling from god. *spoiler*, it was your decision to do anal in your church office and I HIGHLY doubt god approves - it isn't a calling, and you should be shunned (don't pretend he approves lol)
Sex scenes aren't even that good. It's a pass from me.
Father Bell is a wonderful Roman Catholic priest with a strong character, which deteriorates the longer he knows Poppy.
I understand the impulses of attraction and lust, and his own dominant characteristic but I honestly don't think the book took this into account in the seduction of Tyler Bell.
If course he is a priest but he is also a man and he is in lust/love for the first time and his previous sexual experiences colour his character.
What I found irritating beyond belief was the naivete from Poppy concerning Sterling, the lack of support for a young priest from the archdiocese (I know this is not the case) and the constant vacilitating Father Bell indulges in. I swear, he changes his mind every two minutes. It's wearing.
Also, I'm no prude but the sexual experiences within the church are way too close to blasphemous for my taste and as well written as the sex scenes are there is too many of them.
I found myself skipping the last few sex scenes because after the initial introduction to his vocabulary I really didn't need to read it again.
The story of the Bell family continues with Sean's story and I'm not sure if I want to continue with them.
The plot line in one line: A young priest questions what sinful behaviour really is when a woman who shares his sexual kinks joins his congregation and tempts him beyond his resistance.
The good and the bad: OK, so let’s put aside the whole controversial religion aspect of this book for a moment.
Is the book well written? Yes, I gobbled it up in just over 24 hours.
Is the sex hot? VERY. Tyler was dominant, aggressive (but always consensual) and there were two helpings of bum love. This was top-end Scoville scale stuff. I particularly enjoyed the kitchen scene! But the book did become a bit sex-centric around the halfway mark and I found the sexual tension waning because it became almost back-to-back raunch.
Is the character and relationship development realistic? I struggled to relate to or empathise with Poppy, probably because the book is almost entirely written from Tyler’s perspective. So, her actions - especially toward the end - seem selfish and callous. I understood Tyler’s motivations and internal struggles much more but I also thought he was a bit of a sap by the end of the book. Poppy and Tyler’s relationship felt very lust-based and I didn’t really get the sense that we’re falling head-over-heels in love.
So, about Tyler being a priest and all the sex in various places on the church grounds, using religious items and quoting religious texts... if you are Christian I can imagine you might well feel offended, and understandably so. I’m not Christian or religious at all, so this was not particularly a concern for me. Instead, I thought Tyler’s internal conflict and reasoning threw up interesting questions about and interpretations of Christianity. (I say this as someone who only knows the basics of Christianity.) If you are at all worried about being offended by this book my advice is simple: don’t read it.
If you are much more nonchalant and you fancy a good read with some sex scenes that get you in the mood and are kinky/taboo, this is the book for you!