Sebastian Morales is smart, gorgeous, and has just turned 30. He is also the youngest priest to be ordained in the sleepy little town nestled just below Vail, Colorado. Born in a remote village in Spain, Father Morales’ life had been perfectly scripted as he obtained his dreams. Now in America, he is tasked with revitalizing an aging congregation. The job seems easy, until he meets Ian Stephens. Ian is troubled and trapped between his own dreams, and the responsibility he feels for caring for his aging homophobic mother.
Escorting his mother to Sunday mass one morning, Ian’s and Father Morales’ lives intersect, changing both forever. Ian believes he has seen something in the Father’s eyes that morning, a spark—an intuition—or was he just fantasizing about the seductively alluring priest? Ian is willing to risk it all in order to find the answer, in turn feeding his own sexual desires and causing boundaries to be questioned by everyone. After an unforeseen yet unforgettable kiss between the two, will an Ancient House of Cards be toppled when they are faced with the moral dilemma that neither of them can escape?
Though the back cover gives you a brief glimpse into the plot, you must read this book for yourself, to truly appreciate it. While each of the characters have their own issues to deal with and come from very different backgrounds, the way the storyline is written everything unfolds in a manner that is believable and draws you in. Once I started reading this book, I found it very hard to put it down as each chapter drew me in further and I couldn’t wait to see how it would all turn out. I have found a new author to add to my must read list
I can’t speak for anyone else and don’t want to give anything away, but there were so many times when I really wanted to slap Ian. He is so wrapped up in himself and yet not self aware that he ends up hurting those who least deserve it. He is given a precious gift and devalues it in the worst way possible. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it, but be aware that it is not a HEA (Happily Ever After) in the manner that you would expect. It is a more realistic outcome, based on everything that is revealed, but it was so very sad to see how things played out. Loved Niles and found it ironic that the relationship which seemed to be somewhat secretive at one point, and maybe leading to some negative surprises (with his boyfriend) turned out to be just the opposite. Thought the revelations about Lucille really helped to show why she did the things she did. Loved Sebastian and how he dealt with things putting Ian first. Still wished that Ian could have learned things a little bit earlier and figured out Julian himself, instead of doing so only after Julian proved what he was time and time again. Dysfunctional doesn’t begin to describe it. I recommend the book, I just wish it didn’t leave me feeling so unexpectedly sad.
I normally do not read this genre but in doing so, it gave me great insight to the male/male relationships. I connected emotionally to the many problems presented. The book is an enjoyable read and my heart broke for Sebastian Morales, the Catholic priest who had to deal with his own demons and his maker. The deep feelings each expresses tells quite a powerful story. It bothered me that Ian could not resist the selfish Julian and I don’t want to give away the plot line. The explanation for Ian’s behavior against his mother, which is revealed at the end, was plausible. But most of all, it revealed the many problems of today in connection with tolerance and acceptance no matter who we are and the importance of recognizing what we are. Read it all in one sitting in the wee hours of this morning. Readers should know this is not HEA but nonetheless quite readable.
Omg!!!! I so love this book. Can’t wait for the next ones …I would so totally recommend this book… Love it