Author: Nicole Colville EM Leya
Publisher: E L Publishing
Cover Artist: unknown
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Although this is book two in the collection, it can be read as a standalone or the first in the series.
For most of his adult life, Jon dedicated his life to the church, finding solace in helping others, but there has always been something missing. Up until now, he’s been able to push that aside and move forward, letting everyone think he’s happy and doing what he loves.
Ash doesn’t want to continue with life. Left behind to live a cold and empty life after his partner died in a tragic accident, he doesn’t see any future for himself. He goes through the motions of living, but inside he’s ready to give up. All that’s left behind is the anger and hurt he has inside him.
Finding comfort in each other’s company, the two men struggle with emotions, guilt and fears about the future. Confiding only in each other, they grow closer, both denying the bond building between them, and a past that won’t let them move on.
Book 2 in the Sinful Temptation series follows on from Horizontal Analysis and sees Zach and Killian settled in Ireland and celebrating their marriage with friends and family.
One of those friends from Killian’s childhood is Jon, now a priest in his hometown who has dedicated most of his adult life to the Catholic Church. All outward appearances would lead you to believe that Jon is happy in his life serving the small community he lives in but appearances often cover up the truth. Jon is still devoted to his religious beliefs but recently he has been feeling unsettled and questioning his happiness. As he looks at his best friend and his husband why does he feel like he is missing out on something?
Ash is a friend of Zach’s from America and Zach is truly surprised to see him at the wedding reception. Nobody has seen him for months since he just up and left his home and travelled aimlessly when his partner was killed by a drunk driver. Ash is in a bad place both mentally and emotionally. He is running to stay ahead of his grief never stopping too long in the same place to prevent him from having to face the realities of his life.
As a priest and a compassionate man Jon recognises Ash’s pain from the moment he sets eyes on him and feels drawn to helping him in any way he can. What he doesn’t count on is feeling drawn to him on a more personal level making him feel even more confused over the path his life is currently taking. Ash is cold and closed off and refuses to talk about his dead partner or any part of his previous life but he recognises that he could do with a friend and Jon fits the bill.
This is a story of struggles. There is overwhelming grief and sadness from Ash and he has become determined not to face his problems. Jon is struggling with everything he knows and believes in and when faced with Ash his resolve and decision making for his future is made both more difficult and clearer. This is quite a slow story in some respects as neither man is able to confront and deal with their problems overnight.
Whenever I read one of Nicole’s books there is always a character I clearly prefer and in Absolution it was Jon. His faith was strong, not something I really identify with personally, but his life went in a particular direction due to events from his past. I think whatever path he had chosen in life he would have made a success of as he was such a loving and compassionate man. He had a kind of innocence about him that allowed him to just throw his feelings out there and for a long time in this story he didn’t really get anything back. With his dogged determination he hung in there even when it had to hurt, it was a long drawn out process as he fought with his inner demons, but in the end he truly loved Ash and that became the most important thing.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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