Hot under his collar

Andie J. Christopher

Book - 2021

"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 Finerg...hty 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"--

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Genres
Romance fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Jove 2021.
Edition
First Edition
Language
English
Physical Description
290 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780593200049
0593200047
Main Author
Andie J. Christopher (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

When successful event planner Sasha Finerghty is asked to help Father Patrick Dooley raise enough money to save his pre-K program for low-income children, she develops an inconvenient attraction to the priest, which turns into a full-on crush. For Patrick—who entered the priesthood on the wish of his dying mother and after a bad breakup—his attraction to Sasha is a temptation and a glimpse at the future he could have had. Both will need to decide whether their growing love will be worth the costs, of Patrick losing his vocation and standing in the community, and Sasha alienating herself from her image-focused family. Though abuses within the Catholic Church are lightly touched upon, Father Patrick is clearly written in a way that does not raise those concerns. His dedication to his vocation comes from his wanting to be a leader and a fixer—not necessarily from deep faith. Patrick and Sasha's attraction is clear and crackling, but their jump from lust to love feels sudden. VERDICT Recommended for libraries where the author circulates well.—Elizabeth Gabriel, Milwaukee P.L. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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 whileshe 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 by Publisher Summary 2

Father Patrick Dooly questions his faith and his life in the church after spending time with benefactor Sasha Finerghty who steps in to solve a fundraising issue while also harboring a secret crush on the priest. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.