Title: Absolve Me
Author: Morgaine Cameron
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: 3/20/2017
Genre(s): Erotica, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 108
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Forgive me, for I have sinned.
Sex. Seduction. Intimacy. As a licensed sex surrogate, Liza Branscombe helps people overcome their sexual issues and find ways to thrive. When a colleague requests a favor for a client, she agrees without pause. But Dominic La Sera is unlike any client she’s encountered before. Dominic is handsome, funny — and celibate. He won’t talk about the reasons why. He just wants her to help him exorcise the wicked desires he’s struggling to overcome. Dominic’s dark desires parallel Liza’s own — very personal — kinky fantasies, bringing out a side of her no man has commanded before. With each session, the line between professional and personal interest blurs. But it all comes to a crashing halt when she learns Dominic’s secret. The reason he’s long been denying his sexual hungers. Dominic is a priest. And in order to stay true to his vows, he needs to play out his immoral thoughts or forever be a holy sinner.
Wham, bam, thank you therapist.
I have never read a forbidden priest romance before. The concept intrigued me enough that I figured I’d give this one a shot. It had the right amount of erotic interactions with a good plot to flesh it out.
I really liked Liza. She’s a sex surrogate, and her new client is Dominic. She doesn’t know–doesn’t push to know–about one of Dominic’s significant issues before their first “date.” Yes, it’s not the most professional on Liza’s part, but boy, did it deliver some simmering tension! When Liza does find out he’s a priest, she’s completely blindsided. Who wouldn’t be? Dominic’s sexual interactions with her basically decides whether he will continue his calling with the church or not.
And then Dominic shows an added interest in a dominant/submissive relationship which is right up Liza’s alley. It’s even more tempting for Liza who balances a personal and professional sex life. Her personal one is definitely waning before she meets Dominic. The first man she makes a connection with who not only is a client, but a priest determined to put his sexual desires in a box once and for all. These scenes were smokin’!
Dominic himself is such a contradiction–sweet and unsure, yet bold and confident. He’s a reformed bad boy who turned to priesthood, and because of this, I wished we had gotten to see more of his background. And Liza’s for that matter.
All in all, Absolve Me hits all the right spots. It’s a short and steamy afternooner that blurs lines, questions restraint, and keeps the reader turning pages.