I picked this book as our book club July group read. I was under the impression that it would give us plenty to discuss and possibly spark some good debates and hopefully we would all come out unscathed. I was wrong…
Synopsis: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.
Review: OMG the synopsis had me sold, I was reading this book whether it was part of the group read or not. I was ready…or so I thought.
The story is told from Father Bell’s POV. I had a very hard time remembering he was a priest as most of is inner monologue was filled with curse words and dirty thoughts. Now, he’s a man I get it…and I am sure priests curse and stuff when they are alone or whatever, but I feel like he did more non-priest-like things than priest-like things. There was no real foundation of faith or any real struggle to uphold his vows. His reason for becoming a priest also was a little shaky and glossed over and given the way he kept going on and on about how “the church’s image” had/has been tarnished there wasn’t much he was doing to change it especially once Poppy came in for “confession”.
Poppy was a hot mess! There is no other way to describe her. I felt like she was more concerned with turning Father Bell on then actually seeking salvation. It was written that she was an intelligent, beautiful woman from a wealthy family but she was just a one-dimensional character. There was no real depth to her or any real struggle. From the moment Father Bell met Poppy to the moment he stuck his pickle in her jar, there was no build up. He lusted after her the moment he heard her voice and this hussy was just that a hussy. She did something that even I shook my head at…so you know it was bad.
The smut was the best part of this story. Everything else fell completely flat. There was no real “love” story here.There was no real struggle to keep their affair a secret either but I kept going knowing that eventually it would blow up. Praying (no pun intended) that this is where the story was going to take off and blow me out of the water..I mean this is a Priest for crying out loud. Needless to say that Did. Not. Happen. Where was the news coverage, where were the towns people storming the doors with pitch forks and torches (okay that was a bit much and very dated but dammit I needed some real backlash)? I was so pissed off with the turn this story took that I almost didn’t finish it but I figured I might as well since I was already at 80-something percent. Love story my ass, this was more like a I-haven’t-had-sex-since-I-took-this-vow-and-the-first-sexy- piece-of-tail-I’ve-seen-in-that-time-is-getting-all-of-this-sanctified-dick-action story So here we are folks 2.5 stars…the sex was hot the story was not.