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Sunny Shelly’s Review: Saint, by Sierra Simone

SAINT by Sierra Simone

Release Date: September 7th

Genre/Tropes: M/M/Second-chance romance/Brothers Best Friend/Forbidden Romance



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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.)

Sunny Shelly’s Review: 5 Stars

Sierra Simone does it again with this emotional, smoldering, sexy, forbidden romance! If you know the Bell family, you know Father Tyler Bell (Priest) and big brother Sean (Sinner). Now middle brother Aiden gets his turn in the spotlight with Saint. As with the previous two books, Simone masterfully blends a forbidden romance, but this story has so much more than just a forbidden romance between Aiden, who is a year away from taking his final vows as a monk, and his ex-boyfriend Elijah (who happens to be Sean’s best friend and the older brother of Sean’s wife, Zenny).

Aiden — or Brother Patrick, as he’s been called since he literally left Elijah in the middle of the night nearly 5 years ago — is such a tortured hero. His long battle with depression plays a huge part in this story, and his inner conflict as he tries to reconcile his saving grace (the church and God) with his heart’s true desire (Elijah) is a wonderful, heartbreaking, poignant journey. Is it possible for him to have both God in his life and Elijah? Does one have to exclude the other? As Aiden and Elijah play their many “what if” games as they explore European monasteries, what if they are really able to make their relationship work again in the real world?

Saint is a beautifully crafted story!

I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

About the Author:

Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling 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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