eARC Review – Hot Under His Collar by Andie J. Christopher

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Title: Hot Under His Collar (The Nolan’s #3)

Author: Andie J. Christopher

Publisher: Berkley

Publication date: July 20th, 2021

304 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

He’s forbidden fruit and she’s a rule follower, but their connection is something to believe in.

Father Patrick Dooley joined the clergy to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. While it once gave him purpose, he not so sure it’s his calling anymore. But it’s all he’s ever known and he’s not sure what he wants to do with his life if he decides to leave the priesthood. How can he reconcile his faith with his growing desire to live a different life?

Sasha Finerghty was content to admire Patrick from afar while she dated men who were perfect on paper and wrong in real life. But with Patrick’s church in need of funding to keep a community program afloat, she’s just the girl to solve their fundraising problem. Spending more time together only fuels Sasha’s crush on him, who finds a kindred soul in her.

The more Patrick gets to know Sasha, the easier it is for him to see a future unfolding for them. But it will take a leap of faith to turn their friendship into something more, and neither of them are quite ready to make the jump.

Review

I have read the first two Nolans book by Andie and I have to say this one may be my favorite so far! Clearly, she employs the hot priest trope which may be controversial for people, but is right up my alley. As a woman who grew up Catholic my first instinct is to balk at a frocked priest finding love but as an adult I am here for it.

I adored Sasha and Patrick’s story. It was so intense and intimate and fiery compared to the other books. It was all stolen glances and heated stares and some covert fantasizing. The characters were magnetic, they couldn’t stay apart from each no matter how hard they tried. I enjoyed seeing cameos made by the characters from the first few books and the updates into their lives. It was also a breeze to get through, very quick to read and kept me up at night. And the scene in the bar!!! IYKYK!!

I would’ve loved to see more page time spent on Patrick’s growth with his family, past, and decision to join the priesthood, mostly at the end of the book. It’s talked about of course, but I feel like it needed to be more at the end. There was plenty of time spent with Sasha and her family but Patrick was more glossed over in my opinion.

Thank you to Berkley Publishing and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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