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Priest by Sierra Simone: FAQs + Books Like It

After I read a few of Sara Cate's spicy taboo romances, I fell into a bit of a reading lull. The only cure I could think of for that was to wade deeper into the waters of taboo romances. It's what brought me to Priest by Sierra Simone. (Kindle | Kobo | Paperback)


Now that I've read it, I'm here to answer several of the questions I saw floating around about the book for future readers. I'm also going to give you a list of five books like Priest to check out next for those of you who read it, enjoyed it, and are looking to more like it. (Warning: This article contains spoilers)

Priest by Sierra Simone

What Is the Book Priest by Sierra Simone About?

Priest by Sierra Simone is a full-length spicy romance between a Catholic priest, Tyler Bell, and one of his new parishioners, Poppy Danforth. I will reiterate the author's note at the beginning, "There is sex, more sex, and definitely some blasphemy (the fun kind). You've been warned." What she said. This is not a sweet, romantic religious love story; this is one dirty, smutty-ass book.


If you're okay with that, then here's the official description: "There are many rules a priest can't break: A priest cannot marry. A priest cannot abandon his flock. A priest cannot forsake his God. I've always been good at following rules. Until she came. My name is Tyler Anselm Bell. I'm twenty-nine years old. Six months ago, I broke my vow of celibacy on the altar of my own church, and God help me, I would do it again. I am a priest and this is my confession."


How Long Does It Take to Read Priest?

According to How Long to Read, it will take the average reader approximately 6 hours and 23 minutes to read Priest by Sierra Simone.


Is Priest a Spicy Love Story? What Are the Spicy Chapters?

Yes - Priest is a spicy love story - emphasis on spicy. In fact, this is more spice than not within 50%+ of the chapters being spicy. Speaking of which, if you're looking for the spicy chapters in Priest, they are chapters 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19, 20, 25, and the epilogue.


How Old Are Tyler and Poppy in Priest?

In Priest, Sierra Simone confirms Tyler Bell's age as 29 years old, but not Poppy Danforth's. This means we do not know the age difference between the two.


What Order Should I Read the Priest Series In?

Sierra Simone Priest Series in Order

Priest is the first book in Sierra Simone's Priest series that follows the love stories of the Bell brothers. From here, this is the order to read the rest of the series in:

  1. Priest - Tyler and Poppy

  2. Midnight Mass - Tyler and Poppy 2.0

  3. Sinner - Sean and Zenny

  4. Saint - Aiden and Elijah


Does Priest Have a Happy Ending?

Yes - Priest has a happy ending! On the day Tyler intends to quit his position as priest and propose to Poppy, he finds her kissing Sterling and the photos of the two together are released. As a result, Tyler is semi-forced to quit. Also, despite never actually speaking, Poppy and him break up. Tyler then goes to Africa for several months, while Poppy moves to New York City. After returning to the States and beginning his Ph.D., Tyler seeks out Poppy and finds her at a church in New York. There Poppy explains that she kissed Sterling that day to get Tyler to break up with her so that he wasn't quitting because of her. The two reconcile, Tyler proposes, Poppy says yes, and as expected with these two, they have sex in the middle of the church.

5 Books Like Priest by Sierra Simone

Prior to reading this book, the thought of a "priest kink" hadn't even crossed my mind. Now that I have, I realize there's an entire subsection of the spicy romance genre dedicated to it. So, in full transparency, the following suggestions for books like Priest by Sierra Simone are in large part thanks to the contributors to this specific Reddit thread.


Beautiful Sinner by Sara Cate

1. Beautiful Sinner by Sara Cate

Beautiful Sinner by Sara Cate is easily the most similar to Priest by Sierra Simone. Since it was Sara Cate's taboo romances that brought me to this book initially anyways, once I found out she had a book on this topic, it was a no-brainer to add it to this list. Here's what it's about: "Lord, help me... A beautiful, young American girl wound up stranded far from home on my doorstep. When she begged me to stay, I did what a good priest would do, and I said yes. But a good priest wouldn’t spend his days thinking about the fullness of her ruby-red lips or feel the sting of envy with the way she draws men to her like flies to honey. A good priest would have stopped things before that first touch. And he certainly wouldn’t have given into temptation so easily, but Cadence Thorn walked in and brought me to my knees. A good priest doesn’t break his vows. But I am not a good priest."


Hot Under His Collar by Andie J. Christopher

2. Hot Under His Collar by Andie J. Christopher

While Hot Under His Collar by Andie J. Christopher sounds similar to Priest and numerous GoodReads reviewers cited Fleabag as their reason to read it, the reviews are mixed. Some love it. Some hate it. It will be up to you to decide where you land. To help you figure out if it's even worth a try, here's the description: "Father Patrick joined the clergy to fulfill his mother's dying wish. While it once gave him purpose, he's not so sure it's his calling anymore. How can he reconcile his faith with his growing desire to live a different life? Sasha was content to admire Patrick from afar while she dated men who were perfect on paper and wrong in real life. But with Patrick's church in need of funding to keep a community program afloat, she's just the girl to solve their fundraising problem. Spending more time together only fuels Sasha's crush on him, who finds a kindred soul in her. The more Patrick gets to know Sasha, the easier it is for him to see a future unfolding for them. But it will take a leap of faith to turn their friendship into something more, and neither of them is quite ready to make the jump."


Absolve Me by Morgaine Cameron

3. Absolve Me by Morgaine Cameron

A celibate priest? Check. A female love interest with a complicated past? Check. Spice? Double check. Sounds like I could be describing Priest, but I'm not. I'm describing Absolve Me by Morgaine Cameron. Here's what it's about: "Forgive me, for I have sinned. Again. And again. Sex. Seduction. Intimacy. As a licensed sex surrogate, Liza helps people overcome their sexual issues and find ways to thrive. When a colleague requests a favor for a client, she agrees without pause. But Dominic is unlike any other client. He's handsome, funny - and celibate. He won't talk about the reasons why. He just wants her to help him exorcise the wicked desires. Dominic's dark desires parallel Liza's own - very personal - kinky fantasies, bringing out a side of her no man has commanded before. With each session, the line between professional and personal interest blurs. But it all comes to a crashing halt when she learns Dominic's secret. The reason he's long been denying his sexual hunger. Dominic is a priest and to stay true to his vows, he needs to play out his immoral thoughts or forever be a holy sinner."


Father by Clarissa Wild

4. Father by Clarissa Wild

Clarissa Wild's note on the GoodReads description for Father sounds so much like Sierra Simone's for Priest - "This book is not for everyone. It’s raw. It’s vulgar. It’s downright offensive. But it’s oh so damn delicious with a capital D." In other words if you loved Priest, this is the book for you. Here's what it's about: "People call me Father, but I prefer Frank because I’m the worst preacher you’ll ever meet. Days spent completely wasted pull a number on you, especially when you’ve got a truckload of baggage that comes with it. Until this beautiful girl in the back of the church takes my breath away. …And we end up committing sacrilege in the confessional. Did I mention I’m filthy? Bad doesn’t even begin to describe me, and after one taste of what she’s got to offer, I want more. Too bad having a dirty mind isn’t the only thing we’ve got in common… Our past is laced with sin."


Lessons in Sin by Pam Godwin

5. Lessons in Sin by Pam Godwin

Not only does this book have the priest aspect covered, but it also got added complexity of a student-teacher romance. Talk about a taboo romance. The readers seem to love it though with over 14,000 GoodReads reviews and an average rating of 4.06 out of 5. If you're intrigued, here's the description: "There’s no absolution for the things I’ve done. But I found a way to control my impulses. I became a priest. As Father Magnus Falke, I suppress my cravings. As the headteacher of a Catholic boarding school, I’m never tempted by a student. Until Tinsley Constantine. The bratty princess challenges my rules and awakens my dark nature. With each punishment I lash upon her, I want more. In my classroom, private rectory, and bent over my altar, I want all of her. One touch risks everything I stand for. My faith. My redemption. And even my life. As if that could stop me. I need her pain, and her heart, and she needs my lessons in sin."

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