Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a Guest Review post for you prepared by our lovely Cared, who has two great recs for your reading pleasure – a Complete and a One Shot. Please enjoy…
You have to promise me something before I go on. You cannot tell my mother that I am recommending this story to you – she must never find out I have even read it. LOL Ok, so just between us, A Multitude of Sins by lvtwilight09, is a nice, quick, quirky read. It’s Complete and in a drabble format that’s somehow perfect for telling this story.
Edward and Bella have an immediate and intense interest and attraction to each other. What makes this different to so many other stories then? Edward is a Priest and Bella is a Nun – that’s what. I confess that it was Priestward that attracted me to this story. I know, naughty me! Initially I had doubts about the premise. It was soon clear to me though; this is a story of love, not lives of hypocrisy. I was both reassured and hooked by these genuine and lovely characters. This story is wonderfully told, in both EPOV and BPOV.
Edward- Father Cullen, a parish priest, has become the new principal of a Catholic high school. We meet him at the first Mass of the school year.
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit…” And that’s when I see her, causing me to lose my train of thought as I feel stirrings within my body…ones I haven’t had to truly deal with for years. Channeling your focus onto God kind of helps keep those feelings in check, and now I feel guilty…it may not be in the bible, but I’m pretty sure that being a priest and sporting wood while conducting mass is frowned upon.
The altar boy clears his throat and I remember I need to continue on with the mass.
Father Cullen has been a priest for seven years and has never struggled in his chosen life before. He has been dedicated to his flock, fulfilled by his calling, happy in his work. Sr. Isabella makes him feel weak and that ignites his anger. He decides the best course of action is to avoid her where possible, and to act professional when in her company.
I feel so out of control and it’s only the start of the day. Slumping down in my chair, my head falls forward, landing on the desk.
Out of the corner of my eye I can see the clock on my desk…9:45am. The day has barely begun and already I have need for the confessional.
Anger…lust…both of them deadly sins.
9:45am on the first official day in my new post and I’ve managed to commit a multitude of sins…heaven help me.
Father Cullen doesn’t entertain the possibility that Sr. Isabella may have suffered a similar reaction to his presence. Why would he? Sr. Isabella loves being a teacher; she has been happy with her life and secure in her vocation. Now, with the arrival of Fr. Cullen, feelings surface that she never knew existed. She feels guilty because of them and she makes a decision – avoid Father Cullen where possible.
“Sister Isabella, I’ve saved you a seat here next to Father Cullen.”
I stop dead in my tracks, and internally sigh as I know I cannot ignore what Sister Angela has said, especially since at least three of the other sisters heard her.
I nod my head and move towards the seat, all the while trying to ignore the fact that Father Cullen is glaring at me and completely confident that Lucifer himself is having a good laugh at my expense right now.
I do my best to sit closer to Sister Angela than Father Cullen without drawing attention. My only problem when Mother Superior asks Father Cullen to lead us in giving thanks for our meal, and we all have to take hands.
The moment his skin makes contact with mine it is as if a jolt of electricity runs through my body. My mind floods with thoughts and images of his hands doing more to me than just holding my hand, and I immediate feel ashamed.
I internally chastise myself and remind myself that I’m a nun…not a wanton hussy who has walked straight out of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Confession is definitely my top priority for the morning, I just hope Father Marcus can offer me some guidance and help because Lord knows it seems like I can’t help myself.
They battle on, hiding their feelings from each other, confiding in their families for support. Both are determined to control their conscious impure thoughts and are consumed by guilt when they fail. However, there is nothing they can do about their vivid dreams.
I wake up panting, my body covered in sweat, the dream still lingering in my memory.
Looking around my bed, the sheets are a tangled mess and I become well aware of an uncomfortable stickiness that has taken up residence in my boxers. I groan at the realization that I’ve had a wet dream, something I haven’t had to deal with since I was a teenager.
Sighing, I get up strip out of my soiled clothes and take a shower as I try to wash away the memory of the fact that not only did I have a wet dream, but I had a wet dream about a nun…I’m so going to hell.
I step out of the shower, wrap a towel around my waist and head back into my room. I glance at the clock, which reads 4:07am. Since I have to be up in two hours anyway to get ready and head over to the church for the 7am mass before I start my day at the school, I choose to spend the time in reflective prayer rather than go back to sleep.
Whether or not I choose to spend the time in prayer because I’m afraid of what kind of dreams I might end up having if I go back to sleep, I don’t know. What I do know is…I need all the help I can get when it comes to dealing with the temptation that is Sister Isabella, and praying certainly can’t hurt.
Fr. Cullen and Sr. Isabella have devoted their lives to the Church and lived by their vows. Does everything change when they discover their feelings are reciprocated? Do they taste the forbidden fruit? They are loyal to their faith. As Edward and Bella, can they reconcile that same faith with their love for one another?
I’m glad I gave in to temptation and read this story – I’m sure you will be too.
Summary for A Multitude of Sins: “New parish priest & school principal Edward Cullen finds himself tempted by the person he least expects. Will he be able to keep his vows or will he find himself lost in a multitude of sins?
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance/Drama – Chapters: 60 – Words: 49,513 – Reviews: 2253 – Updated: 1-16-12 – Published: 9-25-11 – Bella & Edward – Complete”
The Author’s Blog – http://lvtwilight09fanfiction.blogspot.com/
A/N IMPORTANT: I will only be saying this once…Yes this story is about a priest and a nun. Is it controversial? I’m sure some people will think it is. I mean no offense to anyone with what I write in this story. There will be moments where religion and God come into play, but ultimately this is a story of Bella and Edward, nothing more, nothing less. So please, if this story isn’t for you, just stop reading, please don’t flame, especially since you’ve been warned.
Think for a moment of Ugly Naked Guy, you know, the guy the Friends characters view through the apartment window across the street. Now, I want you to imagine that Ugly Naked Guy is replaced with Hot Nakedward. That’s better, isn’t it? Go one better again, do more than just imagine him; read about him in Watch Me by Rochelle Allison. This clever one shot is forever in my head now as, “The One With The Breathtaking View”.
She wonders is he really thinks he’s alone.
Every morning he stands in his glass castle, watching himself in his mirror while Bella watches him from her window. His mouth moves as his fingers fly over his buttons, like he’s singing to himself. Or talking. He’s the type of guy who would do morning affirmations, totally.
And by the look of the opulence surrounding him, it’s working for him.
On goes his tie; silver maybe, or light blue. Bella’s never seen him don the same one twice.
He disappears for a second, probably to put on shoes or socks, before straightening up.
His pants…shirt…jacket…fit way too well to be anything but tailor made. He works out. Either that, or he’s even more genetically blessed than she realizes.
Bella takes a bite of her apple, almost forgetting to chew as she watches the god across the sky run a hand through his hair. He is methodical. Precise. She knows what’s coming next.
Her breath quickens. It’s weird and obsessive, even for her, but this is her favorite part, the little piece de resistance of this guy’s morning routine. He walks to his nightstand and slips on his wristwatch. Bella wishes she could see it a little better, but, she’s satisfied.
So far we know two things about Bella. One, her apartment view makes her the luckiest woman on the planet. Two, she has a fetish, a slightly odd fetish; sorry Bella, I should say a slightly unusual fetish.
The watch. Always the watch.
There’s something so sexy about a man who invests in this kind of finery. It’s not just cost, because some pricey pieces are plain gauche. Understated trumps loud any day.
No… it’s the overall effect. How he, whomever he is, rocks that timepiece.
Back to oblivious Hot Nakedward, alone in his apartment, working hard. What is he oblivious to? Two things. First, that he has his very own personal voyeur. Second, that he is about to inadvertently become a voyeur himself.
Dusk falls while he’s lost in thought. He wanders to his living room windows, leaving the lights off so that he can gaze at the city lights. All around him, people with lives as busy as his are bustling to and fro, coming home or maybe leaving again.
Just as he’s about to swallow the last of his scotch, a light comes on somewhere in his peripheral. He follows it, squinting through the dim light to a bright window in a condo across from his.
A curvy brunette walks across the room, shedding articles of clothing
like a tree losing leaves in autumn.
Edward presses himself to the glass, unable to believe what he’s seeing.
Does she not know she’s on display?
This story gives an entire new meaning to A Room With A View. No murder is committed but it is every bit as gripping, interesting and unusual. No need for your binoculars; just take the time to watch what happens when serendipity and meddling friends collide with Hot Nakedward and Watchella. Oh, I know one more thing about Bella; she has excellent taste in men!
Summary for Watch Me: “Bella’s obsession with wristwatches & her preoccupation with the Sky God next door coalesce in a serendipitous way. Birthday one shot for Michelle.
Twilight – Rated: M – English – Romance – Chapters: 1 – Words: 6,762 – Reviews: 172 – Published: 2-27-12 – Bella & Edward – Complete”
A huge THANK YOU to CARED for writing today’s post for us and for her wonderful recs, both look excellent! Please share what’s been owning you in the FanFiction world this week. Have a great week!