Sierra Simone has done it again with her highly anticipated third installment in the Priest Series. Saint by Sierra Simone is a Erotic forbidden taboo MM romance that has enraptured and dazzled me for days after finishing. Heavy as it is swoon worthy, Aiden and Elijah must be protected and loved at all costs.
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: September 7th 2021
Source: Candi Kane PR
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 M/M standalone in the Priest Collection, featuring Father Bell’s brother, Aiden Bell. You do not have to read Priest or Sinner to read Saint.
ARC provided by Candi Kane PR and author in exchange for my honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review
🚨CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNINGS:🚨 Depression, Discussions and references to suicidal ideation, Sibling suicide (off page), mentions of drug and alcohol abuse, and sexual assault (off page and not to the MCs).
“There’s not instruction manual for falling in love with your best friend’s little brother. And there’s no manual for falling back in love with him when he’s a monk.”
I came for the Smut, and left wanting to protect Aiden and Elijah at all costs. Sierra Simone did the damn thing, with this highly anticipated installment in her Priest collection. Saint, is Aiden Bell’s story, and what a story it was as we watched him fight for more than just his HEA but for himself as well.
If you have read the other books in the series, we know that Aiden was the epitome of a playboy and not so bad in the money department either. But Saint takes place five years after Sinner, and everything we thought we knew about him has changed. Aiden is on a different path, one that he has learned to accept will never involve the love of his life, Elijah. However, his path to peace begins to shake when Elijah returns with news that he is getting married.
As with all the other Priest books, this one is no exception that Simone delivers on the taboo trope but what makes this book different is that compared to the others in the series this one is a seriously heavy book. It would be wrong of me not to mention before I jump into everything I loved and didn’t love about the book that I did indeed need to practice self-care throughout my reading of this due to the issues and topics the characters face and are brought up throughout the story. So if you do decide to snag this book (which I hope you do!) please do read the content/trigger warnings (listed above) and please do practice self care before, during and after!
“”I loved the person you were,” he continues. “And I think I might love you even more now, which I wouldn’t have thought possible before, but here we are.””
Aiden and Elijah’s connection was magnetic. The pull that the two of them had on each other is something that Simone made so authentically and so explosively tantalizing that at times it would simply take my breath away. From the get go we know that they are a forbidden romance, but like the two of them, I couldn’t stay away from their story as they both explore their second chance in secret and the push and pull they both face as they decide if their love is worth being open about.
Like I said earlier, Sierra did the damn thing with this one and I still can’t wrap my head around what I’ve read and its been over 48 hours since I turned the last page. The only reason that this story didn’t get the full five stars is solely because the pace of this book is on the slow side and it took me a while to get full immersed and invested in the story. Other than that though, I thought the mental illness/health rep was written beautiful and paid it the utmost respect and author can; and as always Sierra Simone writing style is as beautiful and lyrical as ever.
If you are searching for a great taboo/forbidden/second chance MM romance, I highly suggest you go pick this one up! Genuinely one of the best books I’ve read this year and I’m so incredibly excited for the next book in the series!
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Huge thank you to Candi Kane PR for sending me an ARC for my honest review! Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.