People are complex.
Love is a double-edged sword.
And when it comes to a broken heart, there are no rules, only time…
For the past eight years, Julien Thornton has been living with a secret. One that only a handful of people know about.
To the outside world, he has it all.
A thriving career. A loving husband. And a face that the American public fell for by the millions, on a reality show that inadvertently saved his life.
But behind the shine of celebrity, behind the easygoing nature, a crippling truth fills Julien with pain and self-loathing. It’s a truth that he fights to overcome daily with the help of his husband, Joel Priestley, and now their boyfriend, Robbie Bianchi.
But unlike Priest, Robbie doesn’t know what he’s helping Julien to fight. He doesn’t know what Julien did all those years ago. And with the anniversary of his sister’s death fast approaching, the time for explanations is running out.
And thus the question: will the princess be able to forgive the prick as the priest once did?
Only time will tell.
Charlie David, you own my heart.
I am bilingual. When Ella Frank made the ‘Prick’ of the triad in the ‘Confessions’ series a Frenchman – from France, no less – I was concerned about the narration. I have heard the language massacred – to the point where I couldn’t even recognize the words – and it was painful. Recently I listened to a book with a German character and it was very well done. I think it is fair to seek out a narrator who can handle the foreign language. But I understand the limitations of hiring a narrator, so I’m grateful Charlie and Ella were able to create such magic.
The Princesse, the Prick, and the Priest—I am a huge fan of this series!
‘Robbie’ was the focus of the first ‘Confessions’ Book. I really like Robbie because he is a bright light. He wears eyeliner, flashy clothes, and a huge smile. He had been recovering from a major crush, but Julien Thornton and Joel Priestly caught his attention, and helped him quickly mend his heart. Since the two men were married, Robbie thought they were out of reach. One night, after having one too many cocktails, Robbie drunk-dialed Julien, the world-famous chef who first came to prominence after a reality television show, “Chef Master”. Feeling sorry for himself that night, Robbie reached out. Little did he know, Julien and Joel would be there to catch him. Throughout the book, Robbie again and again waited for the married couple to tire of him. To the contrary, the men welcomed Robbie, creating a true triad. At the end of the first book, the younger man arrived at the marital home, suitcase in hand, ready to take the men up on their invitation for him to move in.
I expected Book 2, Julien’s book, to start at that point, but I was thrown back into the past – to the second time Julien and Joel met. The would-be car thief and the criminal lawyer. I had known it would be a good story, and as the story unfolds, several scenes from Julien’s past – both with Joel and his twin sister Jacquelin – are interspersed with the present narrative.
Julien wakes up from this dream about his past encounter with Joel and finds himself in the big bed where he and Joel had feasted on Robbie in the last book. The Frenchman is also facing a very stressful few weeks and is afraid if Robbie knows the whole truth of his past, the bright light will dull and even leave Julien’s life. On top of that, Joel has just been visited by the ghost of his past and knows there is little chance of outrunning the nightmares.
Priest’s admonishment to Julien after springing him from jail stuck with me. “Get your shit together, then come and see me and I’ll give you exactly what you’re asking for.”
And when Julien questions him?
Priest replies, “a fucking that will make you forget whatever you’re running from.”
Interesting that both men turn out to be running from their pasts. Knowing this is Julien’s book, I figured I would learn the whole story. What Julien never imagined, but Priest somehow instinctively predicted, is that it will be Robbie who Julien will depend on to get through the tragic revisiting of Jacquelin’s death. I also hadn’t foreseen the slightly flighty Robbie being the port to Julien’s boat during the hurricane. But when Julien gets drunk, mired in grief, it is Robbie who comforts him. Priest has tried for years to stop Julien’s self-flagellation, but it is the Princesse who, whether by plan or by simple instinct, sees what Julien needs.
Confession: I don’t want to go home. I want to forget.
Each new chapter starts with a confession and they range from the silly to the profound. They give little insights into the men and how their minds work.
Confession: What I want to do with our Princesse will definitely require a priest.
Despite the seriousness of Julien’s grief, there is lots of humour and many sexy times. After happily discovering that Robbie is “a true bottom in every sense of the word”, Julien and Joel prove the point, over and over again. And in ways that I wasn’t even sure were anatomically possible.
There are also the aprons – each one selected to match the men’s personalities. I did smile and you’ll have to listen to the book to find out which man gets which one.
Confession: Those who are meant to be yours will always find you.
I have great faith in the triad, especially after getting through Julien’s annual trauma, but Joel’s past has now caught up with the men and I know there are more tests for this relationship. Book 3, ‘Confessions: Priest” has just been released in e-book and I hope the audio will be out soon!
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
Ella Frank is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Temptation series, including Try, Take, and Trust and is the co-author of the fan-favorite erotic serial, Sex Addict. Her Exquisite series has been praised as “scorching hot!” and “enticingly sexy!”
A life-long fan of the romance genre, Ella writes contemporary and erotic fiction.
Some of her favorite authors include Tiffany Reisz, Kresley Cole, Riley Hart, J.R. Ward, Erika Wilde, Gena Showalter, and Carly Philips.
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