Review of Saint by Sierra Simone
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Thank you, Sierra Simone and Candi Kane PR for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Saint.
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.
Sierra’s books have this undeniable ability to bury themselves into my soul, where they repair the cracks and furrow out the darkest corners. This is one of the most emotionally riveting books I’ve read by Sierra and it’s easily one of my favorite reads of the year and favorite romances of all time.
As is the case with Sierra’s books, you can expect incredibly beautiful writing, with Sierra’s own brand of evocative settings, and electrifying romance with (of course) top tier smut scenes.
Nobody writes angst and pining quite like Sierra does, and this book is full to the brim with both. But it’s also a quiet introspection on worthiness, choice, service, and being patient with yourself.
I deeply connected with Aiden’s journey throughout this book, especially his struggles with mental illness, as well as learning to balance his longing for God and Elijah. He’s one of those characters that really sneaks up on you and you don’t quite realize how much you love them until you’re seeing pain through their eyes and feeling ruined alongside them.
I don’t reread a lot of books, but the moment I finish Sierra’s books it’s almost certain that I immediately miss the characters and want to reread them. Saint is no different.
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