I am complex.
My love is all-encompassing.
And when it comes to my heart, there is only one rule:
Don’t mess with what’s mine.
Until the age of seven, I was Joel Alexander Donovan, son of Jimmy. The man who terrorized a town and made its citizens fear the very ground he walked on. Including me, the day I realized that ground ran red with blood.
At age eighteen, I became Priest.
A man without a past.
A man determined to right the wrongs of my father.
A man who never believed anyone could love the son of such a monster.
But then a thief stole my heart.
A sweetheart lit up my world.
And I forgot for a moment you should never turn your back on your enemy.
And thus begins a lesson to those who would seek to harm: Never underestimate what the Priest will do to protect the Princess and the Prick.
Romance | Adult Fiction | Erotica | Contemporary | MM Romance
What do we have here? The third book to the Confessions series finally in my hands for me to oogle at all the yummy goodness that is this trio? Yes, I think it is!
Firstly, I love you Ella Frank. She is a wet dream come true in the M/M Romance world. She brings such a astounding aspect to such complex character, creating a level of depth and turns it into such a beautiful romance that would blow the boxers off of any human. Next to the Temptations Series, Confessions is definitely a close second in my favorite panty-sock drawer.
So lets dive in!
Priest jumps starts right where we left off previously, the reader is finally getting more answers to the puzzle that is Joel Priest. Being fairly vague up to this point about his history, I was curious to see how this would play out for our romance. I was especially curious about how this would alter the dynamic with Robbie. Not at any point, until now, did I feel that Robbie was excluded from the relationship, however at the end of Julien it was made clear that there would be a struggle to find balance because Robbie very much was and felt like a third wheel for the first time they started this romantic relationship.
Can I just say right now it broke my heart to see Robbie with this struggle. I needed him to have everything run smoothly, he deserved it damnit. He doesn’t need more strings to be pulled on his heart, yet here we are. Though if this didn’t happen I suppose there wouldn’t be much of a book, am I right? But still, my heart beats for Robbie.
All things aside though the trio do have their moments; again I feel it is Robbie being that bridge on both Julien and Priest, he is the balance they needed to see and think straight. Though things get a little hairy in the drama department when Priest’s mysterious ex pops up, oh and his father, it isn’t shy on how much Robbie is needed in the mix. There is also the slight mention that we finally get more glimpses of the evolution of Julien and Priest leading into marriage, which is beautiful to say the least which also shines some light on how Robbie first entranced Priest. Something I have been dying to find out!
Unfortunately though you might have noticed the slight rating is lower than previously – I have a good reason I promise! At least for me. Honestly as much as I loved this third installment, I also disliked it. Not in a way you might think, love the characters, their dynamics, nothing can touch the writing style that is Ella Frank, in my opinion, but – and this is a big BUT. It wasn’t enough. Priest was a bit of a lack luster for me, the expectation of what I had in my head was maybe eighty percent met, and I say this as vague as possible to avoid spoilers, it just was missing something. Between the drama of the trio, then Priest vs his father – it was so much yet so little. There was also less and less of the romance between the trio, I was hoping for more one on one between Robbie and Priest than I was given. I am still reeling from the shower scene between these two in Julien.
I also may or may not have been hoping for a smidge more push-back from Robbie when the entire scenario played out. I’m not saying full on drama queen, but I wanted more reaction and I felt he semi-conformed, then settled all too quickly. Though not without lack of understanding why Frank took this route, again though it was missing something that I personally would have liked to see more.
Definitely still love this series, hands down it is amazing! It is one of the best menage type relationship trope I have come across in a long while, despite my slight pet peeves which overall made me drop my rating, but nonetheless did not deter my enjoyment. I loved the dynamics of Robbie, Priest and Julien. They are exactly what I was expecting and yet I was surprised by each page I turned.
I really hope to see more of them in the future… maybe another book? Though there felt to be a satisfying end to the couple for their happily ever after I personally am not satisfied until I know they are living the happy ever after I think the trio deserve – so give me more Ella Frank! Now. Please.