Review: Lust is the Thorn by Jen McLaughlin

lust is the thornReviewed by Jen

I love a good forbidden romance. That’s why I generally jump on the tempted priest stories whenever I see them. After all, you don’t get a lot more forbidden than that. Here’s the thing with this book, though — it’s a bit different from your average priest romance, because the hero is about as far from your average priest as they come. He’s hot. He’s ripped. He has a dirty, dirty past filled with sex, drugs, and debauchery. And he really doesn’t even want to take his vows, so much as he feels like he has to.  So while there is some teeth gnashing over falling for the heroine, it’s not exactly what you might think. [Read more…]

Review: Devout by DK Jernigan, A Leong, A Anderson, A Sparrow & Cari Z

devoutReviewed by Jen

This is a collection of m/m shorts with priest themes. I went in expecting some serious forbidden love angst, but it wasn’t really that at all. The stories are very different, ranging from historical, to paranormal, to contemporary romance.

A Question of Faith by DK Jernigan – This is a very short, slightly paranormal story about a closeted priest, hoping to change a very conservative town from the inside out. Reverend Phillip is a man devout in his faith, and often turns to God for guidance in his actions. His sense of right and wrong is put to the test when a young man who is both gay and Infected with a magical gift is set upon by members of the town. Phillip must decide whether to help the young man and risk all he has worked to build. On top of that, he must consider whether his own attractions are influencing his decisions. [Read more…]