by Sonia Hightower
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Erotic Noir (Please note the noir.)
Release Date: Feb 3, 2012
Follow the confessions of Juan and Maria as they fall prey to lust at first sight. Can they stop themselves before it's too late, or will they become victims of their own sinful urges?
A new neighbor sends Juan running to confession to rid himself of the lustful thoughts he experiences. Each confession becomes more erotic, more sinful than the last. Can Juan stop himself, or will he give in to the desire that threatens his very faith?
The man across the street causes Maria to question her own morals. When she seeks out a priest for confession, she weaves a tale of exotic kisses and stolen moments. How can Maria find sanctuary in her prayers when her body demands she finds solace in her neighbor's arms?
We see the confessions direct through the church pastor who hears a confession first from Juan who catches a glimpse of his new neighbor and immediate begins to lust for her. At first he doens't know who she is, so he does what all normal woman do...go find their local gossip and find out the scoop. Just so happens the local gossip comes from his own wife! That's right, Juan is married and has children. Father hear his confession about how he lusts after the neighbor in full stained-glass splendor about what he wants to do to her. Leaving the poor Father having feelings his chastsity shouldn't allow.
Then comes Maria into his confession booth, and she too leaves a steamy picture of what she has seen and wants to do to her neighbor. Father hasn't realized that she is in fact talking about Juan. but after her steamy confession he is really staring to question if he can "save them from their sins and keep watch after his flock.
When next Juan enters the confessional he tells a tale of finally meeting Maria and seducing her with his actions and they set up a rendezvous to finally fulfill their naughty wishes. Then she too soon after enters the confessional and tells her version of the tale of their meting and the following encounter.
By this point the father has lost his hope of saving them, but still absolves them with some Attritions and Our Fathers. However, the last confessional has him crying for his failure after one last confession from Juan he knows he has ultimately failed his church and keeping them on God's path. The last thing he hears is the door of his confessional closing and he hears female giggling and he sees buttons scattered on the floor...I'll leave the rest up to you to put the pieces together.
While I liked the heat in the story I felt it needed something more to enthrall me. I felt that the Father should have given them more then a couple Hail Mary's and such to absolve them. I felt their lust for each other very easily, but their remorse for their actions didn't feel believable. It fell flat for me. The writing is well done and very expressive. Sonia does a great job of telling a tale from a completely unique point of view, but I felt it needed more on the emotional side for me to connect with the characters. I am giving it a 3 of 5 stars.