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Midnight Mass, (Priest, 1.5)

Rating: 3 Stars

We are told that God will punish the wicked. That sinful men will reap what they sow. We are told to scourge our souls with prayer and pain to become clean once again. Well, here I am. Wicked and sinful. Desperate to become clean... even though it feels so good to be dirty. But even I never expected what came next. Even I never expected my punishment to come so soon.

So I really adored Priest I thought it was a cute story with a good level of spice to it. I thought this one would be a novella that would give me more Tyler and Poppy and follow the same vibes that I got from the first book. I have to admit I was really disappointed with this book. For one neither of the main characters, but especially Tyler, even seem to have the same personality that they did in the previous book. Tyler is so wrapped up in his dissertation that he doesn't even pay attention to Poppy for most of the book, which is so opposite to who he was in Priest. I struggled to adjust to the version of Tyler we got in this who was jealous, slightly whiny, and almost unwilling to see that the actions he took caused all his current problems. The insecure element of Tyler in this one was one thing that drove me crazy... but more than that it was the fact that he used intimacy as a punishment for his failings. This book was just so different that I struggled. It also decided to hit on a very heavy topic in like the last 30 pages, which for one, wasn't really the best time to do it. And also didn't really need to happen at all, given the ending of the book. I will read the next books in the series, but this one was a miss for me.

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