Priestly Sins by Hadley Finn

October 8, 2021 Book Review 0 ★★★★

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Priestly Sins by Hadley Finn
Published by Self-published on October 5, 2021
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 288
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My name is Father Sean O’Ryan.I’m not a typical priest; I am a son and a friend.I’m also all man.The collar allows me to do what I need—mete out vengeance that drives my every thought and action.Justice is the only thing that matters until… her.Sirona is smart and talented, not to mention beautiful. But when she enters the confessional, I know she’s hiding something.Now I have two goals—retribution and a life after with Sirona. Be forewarned, your cries for mercy are music to my ears. I have no compassion for sins, no faith in your feeble repentance.Think twice before confessing, “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.”

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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By LilyA suspenseful mystery!

Well if that cover doesn’t spark your interest in Hadley Finn’s debut novel, then the prologue sure will! Priestly Sins introduces us to Sean, a rather dark old world character. In no time at all, he sparked my curiosity and left me eager to read on.

The first chapter picks up 10 years after the prologue and its obvious that Sean has definitely chilled out during the last decade. Still a lot of mystery in the air, including how Father Sean fits into the story. In the beginning, he depicted a dual personality. His demeanor consisted of piety and rebellion which was far removed from the priest I imagined I would encounter.

Sirona and her cute daughter Cara caught Sean’s attention, elevating the story from dark to sweet more often than not with the priceless interactions they shared. Sean and Sirona’s chemistry was tangible. Which meant right from the get go, I was well aware that I was getting mixed images of Sean and vibes of a forbidden romance.

Sean’s mannerisms and language had me forgetting he was a priest and this made me wish I could harness a stronger connection to him. I thought of him as a priest, but didn’t feel the priestly vibes if that makes sense. That said, as the story moved on, I focussed more on Sean as a man which is more of an observation than a problem.

What I adored was being transported back when the setting moved from America to Ireland. The descriptive language had me recalling fond memories of walking through the streets of Galway and having a guided tour of an old church. I was transported back to fond memories of lovely warm soup and freshly baked bread and a very quick tour of Galway!

Readers who enjoy a dark suspense will be drawn in with the dramatic macabre scene in the prologue. The relationship dynamics, mystery and the sweet balance Clara brought to the story contributed to the light I crave in a dark read. The style of the writing had a unique flow being direct and suspenseful creating a well paced novel that I devoured over a few sittings.

4 Stars

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