Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on April 21st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Dark Romantic Suspense, Erotica, Mafia, Thriller
From New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Clarissa Wild comes a new off-the-charts novel that will make you feel filthier than ever...
Confess your sin.
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.
Author's Note: This book is not for everyone. It's raw. It's vulgar. It's downright offensive. But it's oh so d*mn delicious with a capital D. If you are easily offended, please don't read this book. But if you like a bit of humor mixed in with raunchiness and brawling, you'll love this book.
This book was everything I expected and yet nothing like I thought it would be. If that sounds strange it’s because this book is harder to peg than just a taboo story about a preacher. It’s wicked, dirty and deeply offensive, especially for people of Christian faith. Having said that, the book comes with a fair warning. Even though I’m a Christian, I love my taboo romances and I don’t shy away from thorny, edgy books, which made me more than excited to tackle this book.
I admit to being a little thrown off by the warning, which said it was a dark comedy. There are flashes of comedy in it, but I feel like it’s more of a gritty romantic suspense than an actual humorous romance. More than it being just about the taboo factor of a preacher (not a priest) having a somewhat illicit relationship, this book is a crime romance. There’s a strong action/mafia element to it and Frank, our hero (or in this case, villainous hero) is an ex gang-member with a lot of baggage just waiting to unravel in his present life. For some reason this book reminded me of The Punisher (2004) with Thomas Jane and John Travolta. If you’ve seen that movie, expect a lot of similar tropes and a huge similarity in tone.
I liked this book. I liked Frank and I especially liked the fast pace and twists and turns the story took so frequently. I did see quite a few of the plot twists coming, but that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of this book. I didn’t love the use of scripture throughout the novel, just because it felt jarring in such a grimy, filthy setting. But that was my own personal boundary, or ick factor. Truth be told, with a warning and description like this, I was ready to face every type of possible defilement and sacrilege. Some of it was cringe-worthy, but Clarissa Wild’s prose is so crisp and quick-witted, it’s virtually impossible to stop reading.
The heroine, Laura, wasn’t as developed as I would have liked. Nor was the romance, which did seem a tad rushed and unfounded. But I feel that the romance is almost secondary in a story like this, where the crime and revenge tropes are at the forefront and are certainly a lot more interesting than the love story laced throughout.
I’m giving this book a 3.5 rating. I enjoyed myself tremendously and felt like I couldn’t wait to get back to the book. It was entertaining as all hell. I would only recommend it to people who aren’t easily offended by explicit, graphic sex, defilement of sacred objects and the liberal use of Christian imagery through a story that is very “warts and all”.
Clarissa continues to surprise me with her imaginative plots and settings and I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.
ARC PROVIDED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW.