I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Father: Men of the Cloth - Tristan by Lark McCaffrey
Series: Men of the Cloth #1
Published by Independently Published on August 25, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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No way in hell is he an ordained Catholic priest.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… Biker, cage fighter, Russian mafia hitman, maybe. Man of God, not so much. Because of the tat‑sleeves or six-pack? Pierced nipple, perhaps. Is it the sun-streaked blonde hair and granite-hewn features making you doubt? It’s okay, I get it. Priests don’t typically come packaged in six-foot-two frames of shredded muscle. They don’t have panty-melting smiles or bedroom eyes the color of an ocean squall. They don’t make you think fallen angel.
No ma’am, I’m not anyone’s idea of a cleric, lookswise or otherwise. I think about sex a little too much. I’m not always good about following the rules. I drop F-bombs. I have a temper. And yeah, have shamefully broken a few vows. Would it also surprise you then to learn that despite all of the above I truly love God and the Church? That I received my calling when I was just nine? That I’d planned my life for the priesthood yet almost gave it all up for a woman?
Now just so we’re clear… This isn’t going to be some sappy romantic rendering of forbidden love à la The Thorn Birds. Sorry to disappoint. As for those expecting a smutty one-handed read about a hot holy father sporting junk as huge as his ego, apologies again. My name is Tristan, aka Father Cleary, and whatever else you may think this story is about… I respectfully suggest you think again.
*Advisory for strong language and sexual content.
Father is the first book in the stand-alone series, Men of the Cloth.
Tristan Cleary is a man of God. Sure, he may not like like one with tatted up sleeves, nipple piercings, muscles, and a mouth like a sailor, but he knew his calling by the age of nine. That is until he fell in love as a teenager with Kadence “Kady” Janacek. She was the love of Tristan’s life. The girl he wanted to marry until she broke his heart in the worst possible way. Kady ran away and left the town of Carkeek, Indiana. Soon after Tristan joined the seminary and is now Carkeek’s resident parish priest. But, when Kady suddenly makes an appearance in his church, Tristan wants nothing to do with her, yet he still can’t help wanting her at the same time. Can they both come to terms with what happened in the past and is their a future for Tristan and kady even though he is a man of God?
I must say after reading the prologue I knew I was going to be in for a wild story. The prologue is super hot! Tristan is unlike any priest I know. Maybe if there was a priest in my church that even remotely looked like Tristan I may be persuaded to attend every week! Oh My! I am probably going to hell now! Okay enough about me. The prologue is intense and very sexy and really sets the tone for the rest of the story. I must say this is probably one of the best prologues I have read in a very long time.
Tristan is very much an alpha male. He may be a priest, but he certainly is no angel. After entering the seminary his days were spent as a theology student, but at night he was a fornicating sinner. Doubt plagued him until he reaffirmed his commitment to God and stayed on a straight and narrow path. He takes his priesthood seriously and has grown his church in numbers. Deep down he is a good man who has made mistakes. When Kady comes back to town, Tristan tries so hard to fight the feelings he once had for her and still has for her even though he wishes he didn’t. He has a hard time staying away from her, but he is not sure how he can trust Kady after what happened in the past.
Kady is a sweet girl deep down who made mistakes in her past and instead of working them out, she ran away. She never really made anything of herself in the decade she has been gone and has just been getting by drifting through life. Kady once had goals and ambitions, but it feels as if that was a lifetime ago. Now that she is back in her hometown, she wants to make right the wrongs of the past and that starts with talking to Tristan. Her story is heartbreaking and when she finally reveals the truth it is very shocking.
I really enjoyed this story and found it to be very intense. The scenes are borderline erotic but yet very sexy at the same time. If you think about it the story really does walk a fine line into the taboo which is not always a bad thing and in this case made for a pretty original story. There is a lot of tension and Tristan isn’t always nice, but he does redeem himself towards the end. All in all, I am definitely looking forward to more from this series.
Father: men of the Cloth – Tristan is book one in the Men of the Cloth series and really sets the series off on a high note. I was thoroughly engrossed and found myself needing to find out what happens next. If you like a taboo story that is quite steamy then you definitely will not go wrong by picking up a copy of this book.