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Released: July 20th 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by Berkley Books
“You may pick this up for the taboo romance, but you’ll stay for the witty banter, unrequited love, and steamy scenes.”~ Under the Covers
Hot Under His Collar by Andie J. Christopher is the Catholic priest romance you didn’t know you needed this summer!
Father Patrick Dooley felt called to priesthood a decade ago. He loved to help people, and the celibacy thing was totally not a problem – at least not until Sasha entered his life. It was inevitable; they had mutual friends and he desperately needed her fundraising and event planning skills in order to save the pre-K program at his church. But Patrick wasn’t prepared for how badly Sasha makes him want to sin. Sasha Finerghty was always drawn to the forbidden fruit. She might have everyone else fooled with her good girl appearance, but deep down she craved the level of depravity she couldn’t find with the guys her parents expected her to date. But lusting after a priest? That was taboo even for her. But the more time Sasha and Patrick spend together, the more they want to break all the rules with each other. As Sasha works through family drama and Patrick contemplates leaving the priesthood, both realize that love truly can be a leap of faith.
On the surface, Hot Under His Collar is a taboo, hot-for-preacher romance. Patrick is a good looking, young priest who was not naive to what he would have to give up when he took his vow of celibacy. Sasha is a gorgeous event planner who was raised to marry rich by her society parents. On the surface, they would of course be attracted to each other. But I really appreciated that Andie J. Christopher added much more depth to a story that could have easily crossed too many lines for a lot of readers (hello, sexually depraved priest!). Both Patrick and Sasha have moral dilemmas to work through, and Christopher could not have handled them any better. I definitely didn’t feel wrong or awkward reading a romance about a priest like I thought I might. If anything, Patrick and Sasha were so much more than their chosen professions and that definitely helped make the story less about shameful lusting and more about pursuing what you love. Sasha and Patrick both ended up being tortured souls who were meant to find each other and help each other through family problems, existential crises, and past regrets. You may pick this up for the taboo romance, but you’ll stay for the witty banter, unrequited love, and steamy scenes.
Hot Under His Collar is set in the same universe as Andie J. Christopher’s other recent titles, Not the Girl You Marry and Not That Kind of Guy. Readers definitely don’t need to read either previous title to fully enjoy Hot Under His Collar, but there are recurring characters that readers may enjoy more after reading the other stories.
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