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Cards of Love: The Pope

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  113 reviews
I’m a priest, a messenger of God, a good man. At least that’s what I would have them all believe.

She’s a lost lamb, cast adrift from her flock and seeking shelter from the wolves snapping at her heels. She’s looking for salvation, protection, forgiveness for her sins. I’m not the man to give it to her. But for the first time in my life, I want to be.

Little does she know…
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published October 18th 2018
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Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Lauren brings it all with her fantastically gripping writing and storytelling through complex characters and intertwined, twisting story of facade, lies and betrayal and of make believe, the apparition of what you see as a posture only to be hidden in clear sight and reveal its true form and shape in the most carnal of ways...

Yeah, I've said it all, right... LOL

I'm supposed to be vague, so, fuck it...

It's gre
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, arc
There is that thing I love about Lp lovell's characters: their ability to corrupt you and make you accept and even embrace their wrongness.

In the Pope, iit's not any different as Judas barks in darkness and won't apologize for it. Be wary of the Father, he is very good at being so bad!

Let's embark for a sinful ride, following Delilah's descent to hell. And when I thought that maybe, just maybe, she did the right choice and she will reach the solace she has been seeking since her friend's death,
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3 Stars
This one started of pretty good but around 60% it started going flat for me. My biggest issue was Delilah. I didn’t care for her. I also didn’t feel the love between her and Judas.
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
8th Book for #Smutathon
Trope Challenge: Forbidden

Forgot to update this, but I'm looking for more clergy smut now.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 3-5-stars
3.5 stars

The Pope is LP Lovell's addition to the multi author collection Cards of Love. It had all the elements that I have come to expect and love from this author, like the naughty sexy times and a criminal H but this time it didn't work. I found the beginning really slow and boring and unfortunately I never connected with Delilah and Judas as a couple so it ruined the story for me. My main issue was that I didn't like Delilah, I found her annoying and weak. Now with that said I can't wait to
Dawn "the curious reader"
Excellent book. Controversial and different; couldn't put it down. I was actually wondering why I had never read this author's books before. She came at the whole priest/parishoner romance from a whole different angle. Instead of finding redemption by feeling bad about your sins, Judas encouraged Delilah to embrace her dark side. It wrestles with your values and morals somewhat, but overall I liked the angle. I will definitely read Saint, which is about Judas' brother.
Maria Angie Mendoza
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Kinky, gritty and just plain devilishly dirty and delicious. This addition to Cards of Love gives us a taboo treat that was intense, steamy and fun to read.
This author gave us a complex unconventional but intriguing tale that had me hooked from beginning to end.
Well written with likable characters...
Holy mother of the unholy!
This book was twisted and unpredictable and good!
The Pope is part of Cards of Love massive multi-author project. Each read is part of a series of love letters to t
★Because Book Boyfriends★


WOW! Whoever would have thought a priest of the Catholic Church could get you so hott...


"I want to desecrate her body in every way because I can’t remember the last time I saw something so beautiful, so utterly pure, yet so devastatingly tainted."

"I want her broken and crumbling. I want her crawling on her knees for me, begging for salvation only I can give."


I have not read anything by L.P. Lovell before, but now I am thinking that I need to open up more of her books! This was easi
4 stars!

‘For even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.’ - 2 Corinthians 11:14

This was my second Lovell book, and though I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Absolution, it was still quite good. It wasn't nearly as dark as that book, but it was taboo and gritty, the religious angle combining with the crime world to create something exciting, if not a little far-fetched.

“I will only say this once, so hear me when I say that I’m not the man to save you from your sins.”

When Delilah and Judas
Heather C
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, oct-2018
The Pope is raw, explosive and it blows your moral compass to pieces. I loved every deliciously sinful thing about it.

Delilah as always been attracted to the bad boys and her most recent boyfriend is just that. It’s been fun but when things go wrong, she finds herself in excruciating torment and broken. After a drinking bender, she finds herself inside a church and seeking something from those hauntingly beautiful blue eyes. If only she knew it was the Devil.

Judas plays the role of devout pries
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
3 Stars
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is CRAZY GOOD! Its a dark romance and it certainly had me on the edge of my seat. Judas is not the man you think he is, and that just makes him all the more appealing. ;) I loved this story and devoured it in one sitting; the fact that it was set in the UK made it even better. Ive never read a book by LP Lovell before, but I’m damned sure I’ll be checking out all her work now.
Clare Harrison
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In a world where everyone is disposable and drugs are rife, A caged beast beneath a collar of purity is found. It's hold so fragile as chaotic war and peace reside within him.

Disguised for all the world to see yet out in the open at the same time.

Two deaths to mar her soul and break her spirit. To forgive is to cleanse ones soul, but does she need to be reborn again?

Judas two sides of one coin is he, beautiful and hypnotic whichever way it lands.

Delilah erased the line of goodness when she chang
Kim BookJunkie
College student Delilah “Lila” is grieving the death of her best friend, searching for peace when she stumbles into Judas’ church.
“She’s a pretty girl, but she’s stunning when she cries.”

Because this book is written by Lovell, Judas isn’t the type of priest you’d typically find in a church.
“Some of us can’t help ourselves. We’re fundamentally flawed, drawn to the darkness. Bad people. But it’s often said that God loves the sinner. He just hates the Sin.”

How and where the two main characters
Charlotte ~BookObsessionConfessionsBlog~
I am seriously hating on LP right now. That last 10%! Oh my poor heart! It was in my throat for that last part. I almost lost all 'Faith' in Father Kavanagh (get it? 😂 No?)

This book had everything thing I wanted and more. I did not anticipate that heart stopping ending though. I had no idea it was coming!

Delilah was mixed up with the wrong people and did some silly things but I enjoyed her character more than I thought I might. She had a darkness in her and you could see that when she was with
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
“For even satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

Forgive me Father for I have sinned... this story is breathtakingly unrepentant. Deliciously depraved and desperately seeking absolution Judas and Delila are a match made in heaven and a unity forged in the fires of hell. The Pope is a story of forbidden longing, need and addiction that can not be denied, overcome or broken. Tendrils of desires unfurl as one dark soul recognises the other part of itself and slowly understanding dawns that m
Lauren Townley
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I adore Lauren for so many reasons... mostly her name, but whatever 🤷🏼♀😂
The way she isn’t afraid to write about certain subjects and the way she writes them so well.
Oh, you read a book where a joint was passed around? No bother, LP will write a book about a priest owning a cocaine empire.
Oh, you read another book where there was a scuffle between enemies? LP will write a book about a priest using knuckle dusters.
She takes her words and stories just over the ‘safety’ line and she feed
Sarah M
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Blasphemy at its finest

This book was so sordid and filthy. I love the taboo priest smut/porn/romance, whatever you want to call it. Yet this isn't quite that. I really did enjoy it. I feel it could've been longer and we could have gotten more story from Judas and Saint. And Delilah 's family.

This thoroughly entertained me. Though I have to disagree a little with Judas. I don't think Delilah felt guilty because she didn't and she should have. I think it was very obvious that what happened complet
Eve Jones
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC copy of this book 💖

I have read a few books by Lp Lovell and she never disappoints at going to places where other author's wouldn't dream of taking you.

Forgive me father for I am going to sin with you anywhere and everywhere I can Judas is the bad boy/man that you definitely want to sin with 😍😍😍

Delilah is the good girl who needs a bit of bad 😜😜

This book and author are absolutely f***king amazing, this book needs to go on your TBR list immediately. I can assure you that you won't
Robin Powers
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love my dark reads and Judas was delightfully twisted. I’m pretty excited by my introduction to the Kingsley family and they definitely kept me riveted to the page. I love some devious bad boys and the Kingsley brothers have a devil sitting on their shoulders. Saint has me all tied up in knots and wouldn’t mind seeing him tempted to sin.
J. Lum
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Pope was every bit the surprise. LP Lovell kept me on my toes until the very last bit. I’m not dropping spoilers but I was every bit jaw drop and excited. This book had a little bit of everything you would expect from a LP Lovell book: a little bit dark, suspenseful, beautifully broken characters that are resilient and devious. Bless me father for I’ve sinned is right. I couldn’t put this book down, and it’s well worth the pick-up for a sexy, darkish weekend read.
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn’t care much for the heroine. Story felt rushed but I am looking forward to saints book.
Rowan Parker
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic! I felt like I waited so long for this book,I was so excited when it hit my kindle.When it comes to mafia/gangster books L.P has it down to a fine art! Loved Judas the Priest (the irony isn't lost!) and Delila.The twists and turns especially at the end of the book will leave you gasping for more,an amazing introduction to the Kingsley brothers,can't wait to read more.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book wasn’t what I expected at all,but what a fantastic read,I knew it would be good because love l p Lovell’s books hahaha,somethings you see coming and others take you by surprise,and that ending it’s not a cliffhanger but makes you want more 😀
Romance Readers Retreat
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The gripping prologue that opens this tale, catches your attention immediately. There’s an ominous feeling that permeates the atmosphere.

This is a story about a battle over morality, where darkness tinges the hazy edges of right and wrong, black and white. Can there be a spark of hope?

This book is beautifully written. The angst and emotional air comes to life, drawing you deeper into the depths of the characters. Particularly Judas. He’s everything he promises to be and so much more.

No more shou
C.L. Matthews
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would have given five stars, but I just wanted more. 😭
It was amazing, but rushed and I wanted more Judas.
Overall, I'd recommend this to everyone though.
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book; only the tile was a little misleading.

EE; BotM November 2018
Kerry Fletcher
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Forgive me Father for i have.... MEH i'll do all the Hail Mary's needed to get in that Confessional with Judas!!! Goodness me i'm gonna end up in hell!

Delila is at a crossroads in her life. Always a bit of a loner she has finally found some friends and is enjoying the party life. One night everything goes horribly wrong, she loses her friend, her boyfriend turns on her and she's under a threat of arrest. Her life spirals from this fateful night and she can't drag herself out of the darkness. The

“Forgive me, father, for I have sinned.”

This was a thrilling page turner, a so not-holy read that had me fascinated but equally aghast at the same time.
Judas Kingsley aka Father Kavanagh, does thoroughly live up to his name. He serves his congregation while being a drug lord, a murderer and a sinner. “I am who I am. I sell drugs. I make money. I do bad things. And I want you, Delilah Thomas, as much as you want me.”

Delilah Thomas, a medical student rebelling towards her remote father with a pe
Paula  Phillips
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Delilah grew up loving the bad boys and was enjoying life, that was until one of her decisions left her best friend – the only person who ever cared about her profoundly - dead. Delilah's life starts to head off track as the guilt is eating her up too much. Not also mention that she can't go the cops as if she does then she mainly has painted a massive target on her saying "KILL ME NOW" as her boyfriend Nate was dealing drugs for a wrong crowd. One night she heads to a church for sanctuary and h ...more
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