I’ve been a reading fool lately, taking time away from the computer to sink myself into some really good books has been super awesome, and I’m thankful that I have been doing it.
I’ve read a few non-romance books too, and I’ll talk about them in another post. But these are the dark and twisty romances I have been reading lately.
First up I read Priest by Sierra Simone.
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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.
***Priest is a standalone, full-length novel with an HEA. For mature audiences only.***
Priest was hot. It was sinful. The first half of the book I was extremely jealous of Sierra’s writing. In the second half I was convinced that she could write anything and I’ll read it. If you like the taboo and don’t mind that an author pushes boundaries then I think Priest is right up your alley.
Tyler is hot. Like book lover hot. I liked his character. I liked his story and his journey. The story was as good as the writing, which is nice.
For me the sex happened a little too quickly. I think a Priest would be a bit more conflicted and fight harder. I don’t know, this is something I’ve thought about a lot before reading this book. What would take to make a Priest break his vows? I think a good man, an honest Priest it would be extremely hard for him. But this is fiction, so even though it seemed fast, I can move past that. If you’re a serious Catholic, then maybe steer clear of this one. There are a few sacred symbols within the faith that are used in a sexual manner.
Overall, the authors writing really sold this book for me. Taboo books are a dime a dozen lately, but finding one as well written as this one is a rare gem.
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Dear A. –
I am writing to express my gratitude for your gift. There are no sufficient words, but please accept my sincerest thank you.
She writes me back.
I didn’t expect that.
She tells me she’s a lover of chicken pizza and video games, a hot sorority girl with the nickname Sloth. She wants to know something about me in return. She says I owe her.
This is how she saves my life. She doesn’t even know it. We’ve never even seen each other. But I need a reason. Just one reason to continue. She becomes mine.
The anonymity is good. She doesn’t need to know me, but I need her kindness. We both live our lives: a letter here, a post card there. For three years, I escape my demons. And then one day I’m pulled back in.
I’ve resigned myself to what I know is coming. Until the girl I’m spanking gives her safe word: Sloth.
And then the lie I’m living starts to unravel.
Sloth is an erotic romance. It’s a dark mystery, so if you’re sad, read another book. This one is real, and hard. Not that kind of hard. (That kind of hard, too). Consider yourself warned.
P.S. The book ends on a beach. That’s all I’m saying. As for an HEA, you’ll have to read and see.
P.S.S. Sloth is long—about 500 pages. It was supposed to be short and quick. Instead it’s a behemoth that consumed its author for six months. As such, the price is going from $2.99 to $4.99 shortly after release.
Sloth has a lot going on. A lot. It’s complicated to say the least. And things get a little muddled here and there, but I think the author has tweaked them so they make more sense in an update of the book.
It’s also long, but that’s not at all noticeable when you’re neck deep in the emotional trenches of the book. Is it an emotional book? Yeah it is. If you’re a crier then be warned you might shed tears.
Is it dark and twisty? Sure, I think. I kinda figured it out super early, but that’s because I am amazing. I’ve read other reviews and the majority of people seem shocked at what happens. I don’t read books for twists, and shocks. I read books to escape, so the fact that I *got it* early on didn’t bother me. It’s not like some books where the author leaves dino sized tracks throughout. It was subtle but it was definitely there if you’re looking.
I really enjoy Ella’s writing. Her Selling Scarlet series are some of my favorite books, so I was excited to read Sloth. It was engrossing. I can tell you that I loved the characters, and the darkness of the story. I loved the love angle. and the steaminess. What I can’t tell you are the parts I didn’t like. Because spoilers. They are so minor, that they didn’t make me feel the need to throw the book or anything.
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Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.
5 Stars for all three!
According to Goodreads I first read this series almost exactly 2 years ago. I don’t know why it’s taken me 2 years to dive back into the series, but it has. And that’s total bullshit. I know why it took me two years. Reading the Opportunist the second time, knowing what was going to happen was worse (in all the best ways) than living it the first time. I felt like a hollow shell falling in love with these characters again. Because you really do fall in love with them. My stomach felt like I’d been punched repeatedly, and I was an emotional, bitchy wreck the whole day reading Olivia’s story.
Seriously, if you like to be sucked into a compelling story with amazing writing, and even better characters read TO. You’re going to dive right into Dirty Red and then into Thief.
Dirty Red is a whole ‘nother story. I actually wanted to skip Leah’s story. But I didn’t. Because it’s important. And I’m glad I treaded in that evil wenches head for a bit again, even if I wanted to bleach my life after.
Thief is just the icing on the cake. I really can’t say much more about it. Caleb hurts my soul. But you gotta power through this one too. And it will be better than Red. I promise.
So what books have been capturing your souls lately?