Thank you to Sierra Simone and the team at Candi Kane PR for the advance reader copy of Saint, the third story in the Priest series.
I was so incredibly excited to receive this ARC! I have been a huge fan of this series for years. I read Priest back in 2018 when I discovered Sierra Simone. I loved both Priest and Sinner, so I was incredibly excited for Aiden Bell’s story. I love that we are getting an M/M romance too!
Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“I can’t have Elijah Iverson.
I can’t have him because he’s my older brother’s best friend. I can’t have him because I broke his heart five years ago; because he’s now engaged to someone else—someone kind and dependable who deserves his whiskey eyes, his soft mouth, his fierce intellect.
I can’t have Elijah because I’ve chosen God instead.
The Bell brothers, though . . . well, we don’t exactly have the greatest track record with vows. But I’m determined to do this monk thing right—to pledge myself to a cloistered life and spend the rest of my years in chastity and prayer. But now Elijah’s here. He’s here and he’s coming with me on my European monastery road trip, and between the whispered confessions and the stolen kisses and the moments bent over an ancient altar, my vows are feeling flimsier by the day.
And vows or not, I know in my heart that it would take more than a good and holy monk to resist Elijah Iverson right now. It would take a saint.
And we all know that I’m no saint.
**This is the third full-length standalone in the Priest Collection, featuring Father Bell’s brother, Aiden Bell. You do not have to read Priest or Sinner to read Saint.) This is Aiden Bell’s story**
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Aiden Bell, the third Bell brother went from a queer billionaire financier to a cloistered monk. He used to be a raunchy party boy and now he has dedicated his life to god. Aiden’s love interest is Elijah. An event planner turned writer who I loved. He was incredibly pensive and thoughtful. These two have a fraught history. Elijah was Sean Bell’s best friend and always crushed on Aiden. Once they were both adults the boys dated and got pretty damn serious. And that is when Aiden left to become a monk. Aiden was such an interesting character. It became quite clear that he uses crutches in his life to deal with his traumas. So that crutch now is God it once was the indulgences of life, and this story asks will he need a crutch for the future?
- Setting: The monastery was located in Kansas. But the real event was when the boys went on a monastery tour in Europe. The locations were specifically in Belgium, France and Ireland. The settings were beautiful such as meadows of lavender and church ruins. Not just cute places to look at but some nice places to have a little fun.
- Pacing: This book was expansive and told in multiple parts. I really enjoyed that about it. It was not a light, quick read. Sierra really delved into some dark topics such as suicidal ideation and gave those topics all the time they needed.
- Romance: Oh, man oh, man the sexual tension in this book! This romance was intense in two equal parts emotionally and physically. This book has everything from multiple chastity cages to hooking up under the cover of night. What plagued me also plagued Elijah. He was not the only one asking why? Why Aiden? Why walk away from such a beautiful love and a successful life to be a monk? What I loved about this romance was how complex it was and how fighting to be back together was by no means easy.
Saint receives four out of five stars.
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