Title: Don’t Kiss The Vicar
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Synopsis: Vicar Dan Miller is firmly in the closet in his new parish. Could the inhabitants of a sedate Hampshire village ever accept a gay priest? Trickier than that, how can he hide his attraction for one of his flock, Steve Dexter?
Encouraged by his ex-partner to seize the day, Dan determines to tell Steve how he feels, only to discover that Steve’s been getting poison pen letters and suspicion falls on his fellow parishioners. When compassion leads to passion, they have to conceal their budding relationship, but the arrival of more letters sends Dan scuttling back into the closet.
Can they run the letter writer to ground? More importantly, can they patch up their romance and will Steve ever get to kiss the vicar again?
Rating: 3 stars
Review: This was a book I received on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, and honestly, I found this to be a nice story, but altogether too short for my liking. I found that it could have been longer and more detailed. It just went by too quickly.
The story follows Dan, who is a vicar who has a humongous crush on Steve who happens to be one of his parishioners. Both men are firmly in the closet, and it takes a dog bite and several short tempers before they finally tell each other that they’re each head over heels for the other. However, someone’s sending poisonous letters to Steve, telling him to confess his sin of being gay, or he’ll go to hell (think Westboro Baptist Church-type stuff) and everything tumbles over into a whole other issue.
I liked seeing the relationship have problems while getting established, with both men having short tempers at each other, and I especially loved the delicately written sex scenes, which read more like a holy experience rather than being flat-out smutty, which is what I was initially expecting.
However, like I said before, it was over far too soon, and didn’t give me enough time to really get invested in these characters, but if the author was to write a longer sequel, I’d be into reading that.
This book is published on August 17th, and I actually recommend you read it when it comes out, because if you like cute gay romances, and a little mystery, then I recommend this as something you will like.