Title: Midnight Mass
Author: Sierra Simone
Author: Sierra Simone
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We are told that God will punish the wicked. That sinful men will reap what they sow.
We are told to scourge our souls with prayer and pain to become clean once again.
Well, here I am. Wicked and sinful. Desperate to become clean…even though it feels so good to be dirty.
But even I never expected what came next.
Even I never expected my punishment to come so soon.
***Midnight Mass is a novella and a sequel to Priest. It’s intended for mature audiences only.***
I am always concerned for a sequel on a finished book/series because of the potential to NOT live up to the first....especially if the first book is on your favorites list. Well, Sierra Simone did NOT disappoint with Midnight Mass. I really enjoyed this book and the storyline that it offered.
With Midnight Mass, we got to see Tyler Bell try to come to terms with his new life away from the priesthood. I felt that he struggled with that quite a bit and it interfered with his self confidence a lot, which was very hard to see since we got to originally meet a very dominant, strong man. But with this struggle, it provided a great basis for the storyline. With him now out of the Priesthood, he was in school and writing his final thesis, which gave way to long nights away from his lamb. This afforded insecurities to filter into their marriage and misunderstandings to grow out of proportion. The direction this book took, while very difficult to read because of the love we KNOW Poppy and Tyler have for each other, was very hard to read. The draw that we got to feel between them was very strained...and that made me freak out!!! Poppy was his lamb....the love of his life. Nothing should have come between them and that was the great part about this book. The pain and anguish between them was very palpable and very real. However, I will say this: the sexy times between these two (strained or not) were still off-the-charts HOT!!! Their chemistry was still very much there and very prevalent during the entire storyline.
With Priest, the taboo and angst of that book catapulted it up to an amazing read for me (REVIEW). It was just one of those books that stuck with me and is still on my 2015 Favorites List. Midnight Mass was not taboo in any way for me (a few explicit scenes, but nothing like Priest), but it affected me on a different level and it tugged hard on my heartstrings. It also had a much more religious undertone than the last one did. I know that sounds really odd, because the last one he was still a priest falling in love, but this one had a different 'feel' to it. It was a very engaging book from start to finish, and I stayed connected to everything going on - it sucked me right in. At one point I was fairly certain I needed some emotional support in the form of chocolate just to continue on.
All in all, I think this has to be one of my favorite unexpected sequels of all time because the emotions that were pulled from me that I was forced to feel were genuine and true. This was a great book and any fans of Priest should grab it up and read it.
*An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review*
Signed paperbacks of Priest, Midnight Mass, Markham Hall Series and The London Lovers Duet by Sierra Simone, Free Me by Laurelin Paige, Some Sort of Happy by Melanie Harlow and Miss Match by Kayti McGee
Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.
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