Book Review & Giveaway: Midnight Mass by Sierra Simone


Title: Midnight Mass
Author: Sierra Simone @TheSierraSimone

Reviewer: Rachel @RachelAnn901
Genre: Erotica
Length: 128 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Release Day: December 8, 2015


We are told that God will punish the wicked. That sinful men will reap what they sow. We are told to scourge our souls with prayer and pain to become clean once again.

Well, here I am. Wicked and sinful. Desperate to become clean…even though it feels so good to be dirty.

But even I never expected what came next.

Even I never expected my punishment to come so soon.

***Midnight Mass is a novella and a sequel to Priest. It’s intended for mature audiences only.***


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This novella turned out to be so much more than I thought it was going to be. So many times I’ve picked up a novella, that while nice, was essentially meaningless. Yes, it’s nice getting a peek into the lives of a couple I loved after they’ve gotten their happily ever after, but in the grand scheme of things the novellas tend to not have anything of substance in terms of story. So when I started Midnight Mass, I expected more of the same. A chance to catch up with Poppy and Tyler with a short and sweet glimpse into their life together and a little bit of sexy times on the side. I did not expect to be so completely floored emotionally, and I cannot believe how much Sierra packed into this one short story.

Staring at her made me happy. I couldn’t think of a simpler way to describe it than that. She was so beautiful to me that all I had to do was watch her, and life made sense again.

Tyler and Poppy have been married for 3 years and things have not exactly turned out all rosy and perfect. Their careers have taken them down different paths, Poppy with her studio and Tyler struggling to write his dissertation for his phd, and they spend more time apart than they do together. As Tyler struggles with balancing his studies and being a good husband, he also bears the weight of a tremendous amount of guilt over his decision to leave the priesthood, and when his marriage begins to crumble he starts to question if it was the right decision.
What if leaving the priesthood had damned me in this life as well as the next? What if I never found another calling, another vocation, and I was doomed to live my life in this perpetual state of restlessness, searching for an answer that I would never find?

Sierra somehow managed to make Poppy and Tyler feel like a real couple with relatable problems. Their issues with balancing work and their personal life. The feelings of inadequacy and jealousy. The struggle to find a calling in life. They were all issues that I think a lot of people can say they have experienced at one time or another in their lives. I love that Sierra delved into the conflict Tyler felt over leaving the priesthood instead of glossing over it. It makes sense that someone would have doubts about something like that, and it played seamlessly into the narrative that Sierra setup in Midnight Mass. And lest people think this was a novella consisting of nothing but marital woes, rest assured that there are plenty of hot erotic scenes as well. For all the problems Poppy and Tyler are having, their sex life isn’t one of them. They give new meaning to the words “hate fuck” and “role play”.

But Good Guy Tyler wasn’t here right now. Father Bell was here instead. And church was in session.

Midnight Mass packed an incredible emotional punch for such a short read, and it had more substance in terms of story than some full length novels I’ve read. It wasn’t just some throwaway short story. It was touching, bittersweet, engaging, insanely erotic, and it provided even more character development. This novella had a depth I didn’t expect and when it ended, everything wasn’t wrapped up in a neat little bow. I was left wanting more, and if she can keep writing them like this, then I’m hoping that Sierra will bless us with another intriguing and emotional glimpse into the life of Poppy and Father Bell.

God was my god. But Poppy…Poppy was my prophet.

– Rachel

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.



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Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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