★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★
Woah this book really touched me, I absolutely loved everything about it. This is first and foremost an erotica novel but it also is a story whereby a man seeking absolution finds love.
Father Tyler Bell is a 29 year old priest, and has been for the last three years. He grew up in a fairly religious Catholic family but when they were seriously let down by the church, Tyler was sent into a tailspin and felt strongly that he had to preach the word of God and put right the wrongs that marred his community.
Poppy Danforth has never really felt like she has fit in anywhere, but when she moves to Tyler’s small parish she is drawn to the church in her search for something that she feels is lacking in her life.
From the moment they meet, there is INTENSE chemistry, and Tyler finds her fascinating and beautiful and he struggles to fight his attraction to her.
This novel is told purely from Tyler’s POV and this is most definitely his story. We never really know what Poppy is thinking but it’s obvious that she is coming to care for her confidant with each steamy encounter.
On one hand I would have loved to have heard her inner thoughts and struggles, but ultimately I really got lost in Tyler’s head and all that he was going through when he decided to put his trust in this woman and break his sacred vow.
After the realisation that the priesthood is not for him, Tyler is caught between a rock and a hard place, as he really loves the work he does for the community and is proud of his achievements.
I thought the religious aspect of this book was written really well, and I applaud the author for taking a controversial subject matter and turning it into one of the best dirty books I’ve ever read. I’m not saying it was perfect, but for me it had all the elements of a five star read, and would definitely recommend to my fellow smut lovers.
This is a standalone novel, told solely in Father Bell’s POV.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review