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There’s no absolution for the things I’ve done.
But I found a way to control my impulses.
I became a priest.

As Father Magnus Falke, I suppress my cravings. As the headteacher of a Catholic boarding school, I’m never tempted by a student.

Until Tinsley Constantine.

The bratty princess challenges my rules and awakens my dark nature. With each punishment I lash upon her, I want more. In my classroom, private rectory, and bent over my altar, I want all of her.

One touch risks everything I stand for. My faith. My redemption. And even my life.

As if that could stop me. I need her pain, and her heart, and she needs my lessons in sin.

448 pages, ebook

First published June 29, 2021

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Pam Godwin

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New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their retired greyhounds, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.

Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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June 29, 2021


𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I think Pam Godwin should copyright the teacher-student Romance coz she knows how to kill it... and to add a Priest in this Chaos...my God!!! This is just the recipe for disaster wrapping in thick blanket of sexual tension and oh so much hotness...

Forgive me Father for I have sinned....🤤😏🔥

Another amazing addition in the midnight dynasty world staring Tinsley Constantine and Father Magnus Falke...(don't let his Saint title fool you...🤭😏)

Their love story was unconventional but inevitable...the sexual tension between was palpable from the first scene they met...and I really enjoyed Tinsley playing with Magnus's restraints. Love how their characters was created so as to deviate from the Taboo aspect of the story to the intense, slow burn Romance.
If you love a Forbidden 🚫, age gap Romance then this is a must read...leave everything and get this book... its not an understatement when I say it will burn your kindle in ashes!!!
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June 21, 2021
Iron sheathed in suede, that voice belonged to a man who bent for no one. His sculpted lips lured victims to the altar with the promise of heavenly salvation before condemning them to eternal hell.

Age gap. Forbidden romance. Student/Teacher. Dirty Priest. I am in book heaven right now floating on endorphins so high, I don't know if there's moving on from this story.

Pam Godwin never ceases to amaze me with her talent of creating raw, riveting, and broken characters that I simply cannot get enough of. And a priest with a tortured past, seeking salvation of the collar within the walls of a school for the rich and broken...well it just doesn't get much more delicious than that. Father Magnus was pure, sizzling energy. The second the man appears on the page, it crackles with electricity. I can't even describe it to you, but this was one of the most enigmatic characters I've read from Pam. And having read her entire backlist, that's saying something.

Now while there's no doubt Pam can write the hell out of an alpha hero, what I've come to love most about her stories are her heroines. These are tough as nails women who are no simpering ingenues. And it's not small feat to write an 18 year old virgin heroine but make her an old soul in an entirely believable way. Tinsley Constantine is the youngest daughter in the extravagantly rich Constantine family. She's also the f*ck up. Turning her nose at tradition, she yearns for freedom to discover herself, but one act out too many lands her in the strict Catholic boarding school. What first starts as bratty behavior to get herself expelled, soon turns into something more when she lands in the crosshairs of Magnus.
For the next hour, I showed her how a sadist made a woman beg. I taught her my lessons in sin.

This is a slow burn. A deliciously painful slow burn full of chemistry and sexual tension. I fell instantly for Tinsley's character. She's wild, willful, but also incredibly smart and caring. She has no problem standing her ground and challenges Magnus as every turn. I also loved her loving nature.

The romance here is GAH. It was EVERYTHING. When I tell you that I devoured this from cover to cover in one sitting, I mean I couldn't set it down for even a second. I though Pam created my favorite student teacher romance in Dark Notes, but man, this book owned me. I don't know anyone else who can pull off a 20 year age gap with an 18 year old heroine like this.

Lessons in Sin was deliciously taboo, darkly erotic, sinful, and oh so addictive! This may be my favorite Godwin book to date.

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"LESSONS IN SIN is problematic, inappropriate, and blasphemously delicious. Pam Godwin writes unapologetically and from a place of primal desire. Enter all sinners." - CJ Roberts, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Captive in the Dark

✔️ Student-teacher romance
✔️ Sexy priest romance
✔️ Age gap
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1,826 reviews29k followers
June 19, 2021
4 Stars

Pam Godwin is one of my auto-buy authors and I will read anything she writes. Period.

That said, I was surprised when I read the blurb for this as both the naughty priest and student/teacher tropes have been done to death. But trust Goddess Godwin to take something tired and make it feel fresh and different.

I LOVED Magnus. He was an total alphahole and I am always here for that. I also really liked Tinsley. She wasn't your typical student/teacher romance chick and I really enjoyed her.

In short, this was a deliciously sexy read and I can see myself re-reading it in the future for sure.
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409 reviews2,633 followers
August 9, 2021
(I don't know the person who gave this 3.5 stars. It was not me)

But back to the important things I need to get off my chest first.
To Father Magnus:

Thank you.
(at least he made sure she didn't piss herself right in the panties, we can appreciate the thoughtfulness😍).


+ if someone tells you this book is not hilariously funny, don't believe them. Their sense of humour is too good to be true. The unprecedented number of brain farts from Tinsley's mouth made me do a double take at the girl.

“You want to save it?” He pulled up short, his brows a heavy mantle of suspicion.
“Why wouldn’t I?”
“Bats carry rabies. Did you touch it?”
“Not all bats, and no. No touching. No biting. No heavy petting. We don’t have that kind of relationship. It just needs some mosquitoes in its belly and a little more practice flying…”

Tinsley's sense of humour revolved around one topic and one topic only, so I guess we have something in common, huh? 😏

“They call it Morning Worship.” I stared at the wall before me, basking in his discomfort. “To think, when the lights go out, all those dutiful prayer hands are petting the kitty in your honor.”

Let me tell you that the author was fluctuating like the tiny boat on the rough sea whether to feature her heroine as the Virgin Mary or the Whore of Babylon. 💀 The moral dilemma was real...

+ The Father Magnus had been celibate for 9 years and had a thing for older (!) women. The fact that he never looked at other girls the way he looked at Tinsley (like a hungry dog at a bone) gave me the feeling she was special to him. 😑😑



I would love to say I never read a book with a slutty virgin as a heroine but I did. Just did.
The dumb bitch couldn't even lose her virginity without her bodyguard creeping on her and raining on her parade. 😭😭 Her bodyguard was also very particular about his sudden emergence: he didn't prevent her from handing in blow jobs left and right.

Virginal, slutty, dumb heroine. What an explosive combo.

The first time she sees her "favourite priest", she stops her attempts to hand in her precious gift 💀🗿to every male she deems more or less relevant (the availability of a dick being the strongest point in favour lmaoo).

One measly blow job, and it all came crashing down.
My social calendar, my high school, my designer clothes… Even my silk pillowcases were taken away, my entire world downgraded in the blink of an eye.

Putting first world problems aside, I cannot help mentioning that the author did her best to "redeem" the girl in our (or better said, priest's) eyes and portray her as this "deep, lonely, smarter-than-thou" kind of girl with a very horny brain that entertained us with indecent jokes throughout the book and had more to her than the spoiled brattiness she demonstrated initially.

However, the characteristics were way too cliché and lacked the subtlety that would give Tinsley depth as the character. Her being compassionate to the animals and the hero being there to see it and ADMIRE this about her??

The whole thing (the emphasis on the love of animals) looked superficial, like a parlor trick that was supposed to bring them together and bond over something that is very common ?

🧶- At some point the cringey talk about right and wrong "holes", 💀 and a fetish for pee and blood on the sheets 😂✋stepped up their game and I was halfway to the lady's room to talk on the big white phone. But I won't lie, the cringey sex scenes neither enfuriated nor embarrassed me.
I would opt for calling those precious moments "laugh for all the wrong reasons".

“Whatever you’re thinking, stop.” His body edged closer to my back, his breath lashing at my neck as he spoke in a deep, scalding voice. “I’m not interested in anything beneath your skirt.” 😂😭😂😭

Sure sure, we all here are dumb af 🤡🤡🤡

✋If it's the priest who wants you take off your underwear, it's always for the holier-than-thou reasons. Take notes, girls. ✋

🧶- Father Magnus. FATHER MAGNUS. He had his moments which were ALMOST disgusting enough to make me love him... Thus the heart-ache I experience confessing that he was not repulsive to my heart's content. 😔

I expected indifference, but what I saw in his expression was worse.
His eyes glinted with triumph.

As far as MY expectations are concerned, I expected triumph from him over something more vicious than taking away the schoolgirl's phone. 💅🏻

🧶- Yet again I have to agree with people who said that neither Magnus nor the Catholic school itself gave off priest Catholic vibes. Which is kind of logical and not surprising, in my opinion, since the guy had been a billionaire for the larger part of his life.

The thing is that this unlucky occasion took away from the forbidden aspect to this story. Deep (or not so deep) in his heart he stayed exactly the way he used to be before he took his vows - typical for romance genre self-indulgent asshole of a billionaire - so once he broke his vows, it felt more like homecoming rather than the religious man's downfall and succumbing to sinful temptation.

🧶- Despite an effort the author took, the main characters' connection felt purely sexual. Magnus' fascination with her mind and personality didn't sound believable because the scenes that invoked it felt very much like artificial fillers.

I guess I'm done with spreading negativity for today.
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3,919 reviews446 followers
June 23, 2021
Forgive me Father for I have sinned. *hangs head* I have not read every word Pam Godwin has ever written

LISTEN! This woman! This story! It was a magnificent, sinful, kinky, delicious, captivating, raw, emotional, slow-burn journey I did not see coming and I could not get enough!

I am a reading junkie for anything age-gap; throw into the mix student/teacher, a Priest who’s also a Headmaster and make it all kinds of respectfully sinful and I will part the seas to get my hands on the book.

Tinsley Constantine and Father Magnus sparked and sizzled from page one. Their story was electric. I’m not gonna lie and tell you I wasn’t turned on for most of this book, but more than that, I was intensely riveted. Magnus had an aura to him that is indescribable. There wasn’t one thing that set him apart, it was all the things. He was formidable. He took charge. He was passionate in all things. His depth was immeasurable and the conflict within him was torturous. Tinsley was equally magnificent, if not more so. She stole the show for me, and by show, I mean my heart and soul. She was an 18-year-old virgin like no other I can think of. She possessed more maturity in one finger than those twice her age. I believed in her. I rooted for her. I want to turn back time and be her.

It was a pleasure to be a part of this world for the hours I was in it. My advice to future readers who may or may not *like* some of the different themes this story has because of past reading experiences, try one more time. Try with this story. It’s a journey you won’t see coming and it is magnificent.

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306 reviews947 followers
June 19, 2021
Well now this was just perfection wasn’t it ? It wasn’t nearly as dark as pams usual stuff but it was certainly forbidden.

Tinsley (18) is the youngest daughter to an empire - she’s ridiculously rich- but after being caught giving a bj to a college guy her mother sends her to a private catholic boarding school as punishment. She wants her to fit the image she’s set for her, and plans to marry her off for the betterment of their empire and not love. All tinsley wants is the exact opposite of that, she wants the freedom to choose her own path.

Magnus (40) is the priest and head teacher/owner of this school. He hasn’t always been a priest, he used to be a self made billionaire and most eligible bachelor of New York but after his “unsavory” wants in the bedroom led him to a traumatic moment he left his life and became a priest. It’s been 9 years of his penance- becoming a priest to help him with his “sickness” (honestly i think the only trigger warning for this book would be his religious sexual trauma).

This was so good. The tension was SLOW BURN and just absolutely delicious. Tinsley is set on getting herself expelled to get back at her mother but she’s insanely intelligent and cunning. Her constant rebellion and punishments leads tinsley and magnus to get closer, and they realize they’re attracted to each other. They stop themselves for a long time, never crossing the final line in attempts to not fuck up Magnus’ life but their chemistry is insane and being together was inevitable. Magnus was hot and enamored with tinsley. He was dominating and loving. The smut was great but their relationship was also fantastic. They are truly soul mates, I loved their journey and what they went through to be together. Undying love. It was so good ugh pls read this it comes out June 29th (i got an arc from Valentine PR- THANK YOU)
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212 reviews3,355 followers
December 31, 2021
me reading the blurb - a sexy priest? age gap? student x HEADTEACHER (something so powerful about fucking the headteacher that owns the school than your avg English teacher)
me reading the book - THIS IS FRAUDULENT YOUR HONOR!!!

where do i start? how about we go back 3 weeks when my bestie hala got the arc for the book and the gc pretty much died over it and we thought why not buddy read it when it comes out. fast forward 3 weeks and here i am, a new member of the clown nation 🤡.

🙏 lets start with the plot ​🙏​

Tinsley Constantine (how many fucking Constantines are there guys?), youngest of the brood she gets caught giving a blowie which leads to her being sent to a reform catholic boarding school, owned by the headteacher and priest of 9 years Father Magnus Falke.

Magnus is known for his harsh rule over the school, a supporter of corporal punishment, discipline, and order, he has turned this all-girls school around and the fresh-faced Tinsley is his newest recruit.

​👼​💘​ Tinsley "i'M NoT LiKe oThEr GirLs" Constantine ​👼​💘​

from page one i knew, if i ever went to school with this girl, she'd be catching these hands-on sight. never have i ever read a more horrible portrayal of a teenage girl in my life. is this how adult women think teenagers talk?

petition to stop authors from using trendy slang/lingo from tiktok and twitter please because why on earth is tinsley calling magnus who is 40 years old 'miss girl'. The second-hand cringe and embarrassment i got.

i just found tinsley to be the most one-dimensional character ever. all she did was whine, act lonely, cry over animals, and tried to seduce magnus. not magnus describing tinsley perfectly within the first chapter:

"There was something else appealing about her at the moment.
Her silence.
Sweet, glorious silence.
When she wasn’t talking, she seemed older. More mature."
- say it louder for the bitches in the back!!! when tinsley is quiet the world and the opossums are at peace.

pam godwin also needs to answer why on earth tinsley named her opossums fucking jaden and willow smith??? sumn about it that doesn't feel right to me.... but when they were 'killed' i was pissing myself and then when this happened

“Magnus?” She shifted, deliberately pressing down on my erection as she squinted at me, her lips a grim slash of accusation. “You’re not thinking about my opossums.”
- dont tell me that this book isn't satire please 💀

😈🍆 Magnus "fake priest, lover of used tampons and dirty knickers" Falke 😈🍆

where do i start with this guy? who actually finds him sexy, comment below i just want to talk 🔪 :)

I was ready for his heavenly self to bless me with a stoic/serious manner, strong faith in God which leads to an internal battle between what's right and wrong, the slow sexual tension of the forbidden relationship, growth in his faith, and making sacrifices...

what did we get?

🧎 a fake priest who chose this profession because it would force him to be celibate because he offed a woman during sex.
🧎 has a piss kink.
🧎 also has a period kink. not only did this man play with her using a tampon, but he also swiped his thumb over her bloody panties and then proceeded to sleep with it. also not to be forgotten is this moment when tinsley bled like a reverse carrie at winter formal and she gushed a river because apparently women lose about 7 liters of blood in 2 minutes from their vagina:
"I glanced back and found Magnus following at a distance. Every couple of steps, he angled down and discreetly swiped a napkin against the floor."
- as a woman pam godwin should be embarrassed she wrote a scene like that
🧎 apparently, he's a multi-millionaire that will buy the hotel of his lover's arranged fiance so he can then marry her instead
🧎 also a sadist who used to cut and burn women, but since meeting the angel that is tinsley he's ✨ fixed ✨ like who needs a therapist just confess your sins to your best friend and wait 9 years to meet an 18-year old that automatically takes away your urges.
"Do I need to inflict pain to get off?” He watched my throat jog through a hard swallow, and his pupils dilated. A man aroused by fear and surrender. “I crave it. But I don’t need it. Not anymore.”
“Because you became a priest?”
“No. Because I found you."
-this is giving me same vibes as sam brennan in The Monster only choosing aisling because they both kill people for a living!

his backstory about the way he used women and would go for older women just made no sense, it feels like it was just thrown in for shits and giggles. like i was expecting him to be this way maybe when he was a student at a school and had relations with an older teacher or someone that introduced it to him but this guy just hated women and used them for sex and getting what he wanted in terms of business.

their relationship was so funny because they met, they lusted over each other but magnus didn't wanna unleash his darkness so then 4 weeks go by (thanks for telling us and not showing us pam i LOVE when authors do that) and then suddenly magnus is like fuck that bend over bitch and lemme shove my cock in any of your holes.

“Wrong hole! Wrong hole!” Short bursts of whimpers escaped her.
“You have no wrong holes.” I grabbed her throat, holding her against my chest and trapping her lower body between my hips and the counter, with my cock seated deeply, deliciously inside her ass. “Breathe.”
“I can’t, you fucking asshole!”
“It’s your asshole, and damn me to hell, but you feel fucking amazing.”
“Get out of me! Oh my God, get out!”
- not this being the most accurate representation of what anal is like the first time...

🙏 Final thoughts 🙏

had this book been just a student x teacher romance it would've made more sense. nothing about this was priestly or forbidden simply because they gave in to each other so quickly there was no room for any relationship building. pam godwin sweetie what happened to you? Dark Notes was so good, top tier student x teacher book but the rest of your books i can do without.



anyways thanks to hala, neelakshi, and Flor ❁ for suffering with me. TJ ☾ if you're reading this, father magnus did not come through and EYE am so upset. the forgive me father for i have sinned did not hit like it was supposed to 😔
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January 30, 2023
such a promising start but from the 50% mark on i was genuinely gobsmacked by some of the shit that happened. but i guess good for tinsley falling for a former billionaire priest?
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785 reviews609 followers
June 29, 2021
Sweet baby’s Jesus and all that is Holy, I feel like I need to atone for my sins of the many impure thoughts I had from reading this book. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

The Constantine world has returned with the wicked witch of a mother named Caroline, who sends her daughter Tinsley to an all-girl Catholic boarding school to avoid scandal, get Tinsley in line, and has Tinsley's future mapped out for her; Father Magnus Falke is head of Sion Academy of the Sacred Heart, he is Stern and strict and doesn’t tolerate anything until Tinsley, who verbally spars and challenges him at every turn.

Tinsley has other plans and plans on getting expelled. She is fierce, brilliant, whimsical, and comes up with the best comebacks. Magnus is like no other Priest; he comes across as a tyrant, yet he is protective and caring. Let’s not forget handsome and built like a Greek God that all the school girls worship.

This book is pure spice and heat; my kindle was on fire. Let's add taboo, kinky as hell, age gap(she is 18, he is 40), and a phenomenal author, and it's a masterpiece. I was captived by the very first sentence and just knew right then and there I would love this book. Pam Godwin always goes into such great detail about every aspect of the book. And never leaves holes or gaps. Going in, I had high expectations, and she killed it. Lessons in Sin is a one-click book.
June 14, 2021
“But with you?” He spoke against my throat. Lips like warm velvet. Voice like cold steel. “I am viciously, reprehensibly possessive of you.”

Y'all, I loved this book👀 like I think it is officially my favorite Pam Godwin book now, which is saying A LOT. It was funny, sweet, sexy, entertaining and SO forbidden. There are plenty of reasons why the couple being together is considered taboo and forbidden and I was LIVING for it. This was giving me vibes similar to Medicine Man and Dark Notes, so if anyone loves those books like I do, I'm sure you'll love this one just as much too.

"You’re my greatest, most painful punishment, Tinsley Constantine.”

From the start, the tension and the anticipation was killing me, especially with how domineering the hero was, and I couldn't wait to see how the dynamics would play out. The pacing of the book and the build-up was spot on. It wasn't too angsty and it was also a bit more realistic that their relationship didn't move too fast with all the forbidden-ness between them, which I was glad for, but at the same time, it never felt like it was dragging and thankfully, it didn't have the annoying push and pull that sometimes lasts throughout the whole book like many taboo books have. Instead, it had just the right amount, with plenty of steam still so we aren't left waiting long either.

The heroine was also definitely a favorite of mine too. She was witty, funny, caring, smart, sweet, but also strong with a backbone, who loves to talk and take care of animals. At times she was a bit childish, but instead of it annoying me, I was actually living for it because of the hero's reactions and annoyance with it instead😂. And on top of that, we have the hero who was legit fire🔥

“I’m your guardian. I’ll stay with you. I’ll keep you. I’ll fucking roar for you. If anyone fucks with you, I’ll be their nightmare. I’ll burn down the goddamn world for you. 😍

I can't say too much about him because I want everybody to fully experience him when they read the book themselves, but I will just say, he's dirty, possessive AF, demanding, and obsessive, but can also be super sweet when it comes to the heroine. Total book husband material🙌

I could’ve made a dozen different choices that didn’t fuse her fate with mine. But I didn’t. I couldn’t. This was happening. Not because I’d planned it. But because it was destined. We were inevitable. I hadn’t been called to be a priest. I’d been called to be hers.

Now, if I had to be picky and choose something that did bother me just a tiny bit, it would be that I wish we had more closure on a few particular side characters, one specifically who liked to snitch a bit, but she kind of just disappeared as the book went on, never to be mentioned again and I'm just like 👀. Also, I would have liked the ending or the resolution to have been a little more drawn out, or expanded on a bit more. It just all came together maybe a little too nicely?

But besides that, I thoroughly enjoyed this book overall and cannot wait for everyone else to have it in their hands. And now that I know that it's connected to some other books in a Universe, I'm off to read them because I'm officially obsessed with the Constantines 😍

(Feel free to ask for safety details and I'll shoot a dm! 🙂)

*ARC Provided In Exchange For A Honest Review*
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785 reviews1,455 followers
July 6, 2021
5 Corruption of the Soul Stars ⭐

Lessons in Sin had the right balance for the perfect taboo read, well for me anyway. Apart from the morally wrong shenanigans between a priest and his student, it was wonderfully naughty and perverse without tipping me over to creeped out. Honestly I can't deal with a barely adult girl going all Lolita on a guy. It feels wrong and tasteless and I'm sticking to my belief on the matter. But a smart girl that brings a man to his knees? Do your worst...

Tinsley Constantine was a bright young girl banished to Catholic boarding school for being promiscuous. At first her intent was to be kicked out, however she didn't foresee her biggest hindrance, Father Magnus Falke. Forget tough love, for he was the master of discipline, lust and hellfire.

"Disrespect?" She laughed mockingly.
"It's called a backbone, and it's pronounced, Go fuck yourself."

His initial thoughts were of another entitled, ill-mannered student needing to be cut down to size. But strip away a few layers, and Tinsley's verbal barb's and intelligence had Father Magnus questioning all his prior beliefs. Because this paradox sparked his interest.

"They call it Morning Worship." I stared at the wall before me, basking in his discomfort. "To think when the lights go out, all these dutiful prayer hands are petting the kitty in your honour."

Their first interactions were completely above board. A wayward girl needing direction and a teacher who didn't put up with any shit. Except when awareness eventually kicked in, it was time to get the rosary beads, or BOB out...

This was happening. Not because I'd planned it. But because it was destined. We were inevitable. I hadn't been called to be a priest. I'd been called to be hers.

I'm not going to mince my words because this was scorching hot. I mean, holy shit was it insanely wrong but also a huge turn on. As the story built momentum and vulnerabilities exposed, I forgot why Father Magnus and Tinsley were refraining. It was about a man seeking absolution and a young woman wanting freedom to just be. For an age gap, taboo read, I haven't read something this addictive in a long while! Just leave all your inhibitions behind.
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September 2, 2022
so let me get this straight. this is a man who is into very hardcore bdsm that went very wrong, and in order to avoid temptation he not only becomes a priest but also the headmaster of an all girls catholic school where he gets to punish girls who misbehave???? who let this man around teenagers????
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840 reviews253 followers
February 15, 2022

’I hadn’t been called to be a priest.
I’d been called to be hers.
Whether this was kismet, God’s will, some divine decree, or a fucking cosmic alignment, I didn’t care. I didn’t need an explanation to be with her. Just like I didn’t need an explanation to breathe. I did both by instinct’

i dont see how one could pet these lil monsters. i looked em up and my skin crawl spot on. creepy as fuck

ɴᴇᴀʀ 4 / 4 sᴛᴀʀs ᴍᴏᴍᴇɴᴛs, ғᴀᴠ ᴍᴏᴍᴇɴᴛs

➺ her 1st confession and him smelling her ass lmao
➺ kissing jesus’s feet (mortifying but come on)
➺ when they freed her opossum and the scene after
➺ tampon + gym room (sweetest scene 4 me)
➺ their cute interactions when theyre not fucking

ᴅɪᴅɴᴛ ʟɪᴋᴇ, sʜᴏᴜʟᴅɴᴛ ᴇxɪsᴛ, 2 sᴛᴀʀs

➺ other scenes that’s not the H and the h together
➺ including irrelevant tucker moments
➺ no particular stuff but sometimes it gets boring

ǫᴜᴏᴛᴇs sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ ɴᴏᴡ

”You’re late,” I snarled, torn between kicking her out and giving her something substantial to choke on.
“Oh, come on.” She glanced at the clock on the wall. “Only two minutes late. Are you seriously going to be a vagina about it?”
“A vagina?”
“The fleshy pink canoe between a woman’s legs.” She panted, trying to catch her breath. “I know it’s been a while since you paddled one, but surely you remember what it is.”
“I do remember. Quite fondly.”
“Yeah?” She grinned, raising her eyebrows.
“Which is why I’m confounded to hear you use that part of the female body as a derogatory term. Given your infernal feminist tongue-lashings, I would expect you to use the word vagina as a compliment rather than associate it with weakness.”
Her mouth hung open, and she made a strangling noise.
“You’re so right.” She smacked a hand against her forehead and groaned. “I’m an idiot. I wasn’t thinking and… Gah! There’s no excuse for it. What I said was offensive and ignorant, and I’m sorry.” She straightened her spine and met my eyes, looking so irresistibly, gorgeously shamefaced. “I’ll kiss the Jesus or scrub the floors or whatever you decide. No resistance. I’m a total shithead.”

2 years later

”Hey, handsome. I saw a chipmunk.” Her gaze returned to the shrubs where she’d been crawling, reluctant to let it go.
“You’re late.” I pointed at my watch as if it were the most important thing in the world.
“What’s that?” She leaned toward me, cupping a hand behind her ear. “Oh? I look absolutely ravishing today?” Her fists went to her hips as she smiled innocently. “Why, thank you, dear husband. You always say the sweetest things.”
I bit my lip as blood surged to my cock. “I’m going to fuck the shit out of your pussy.”
“Why don’t you? We’re all waiting.” She gestured to the surrounding habitats, indicating her menagerie of animals.

anywayss.. i dont think there’s anything tinsley can do that is a turnoff for magnus. i mean, he scrubbed her period blood from the floor and hand washed her blood-soaked underwear later on. fucking sweet this man

”I’m insane to want anything with you, Magnus Falke. But if I could have just one thing, it’s you on your knees, inserting my tampons every month.” Her blue eyes sparkled with restrained humor. “You’re a natural.”

tbh i liked the smut more in Dark Notes, so ngl while i liked some, i also skimmed some. i really liked the mcs interaction when they’re not engaging on sexual things (gets old) tho. saved by the cute shit

”Remove your underwear.”
“Where’s the bloody pair that you never returned?”
“Clean and safely stored in its new home beneath my pillow.”
She floated into my space, her hands and chest sliding up my torso, her toes stretching, mouth reaching, hunting for mine. “You’re such a creeper.”
“Only for you.”

i mean yeah this didnt feel like a taboo priest romance at all, just an ordinary forbidden student-teacher story, but i was wholly expecting thatz it was enjoyable for what it is

”You’re my first.”
“Your first girl to pee on the floor.”
“Your first to bleed on her shoes.”
“Your first tampon insertion.”
“Yep.” I felt my lips quirking into a smile, such a strange sensation.
“Man, I’m classy as fuck.”
“You’re classy, even under duress. Especially then.”
“Thank you.” She kissed my chest, her voice drowsy. “I’m your first orgasm in a church.”
“First and second.”
“Oh, yeah. The confessional blow job.” She sighed. “That was so hot.” Her eyes drifted closed. “What else?”
“You’re my first overnight.”
“Like the first girl to sleep beside you?”
“The very first person.”
“Happy to help you work through those commitment issues,” she murmured, snuggling closer to my neck.
I hadn’t allowed this level of intimacy with anyone, not even my regular lovers. When I wasn’t fucking a woman, I didn’t want her around.
The soft rhythm of her breathing told me she’d fallen asleep. The warmth of her body atop mine lulled me to follow her.
“You’re my first.” I ran my fingers through her hair, content to my marrow. “And my last.”

ʜᴇʀᴇ ᴀʀᴇ sᴏᴍᴇ ᴏᴛʜᴇʀ ǫᴜᴏᴛᴇs ᴛʜᴀᴛ ɪs ᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ ᴄʜᴇᴇsʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴏᴛᴛ ᴏʀ ᴄᴜᴛᴇ ᴀɴᴅ sᴡᴇᴇᴛ, ᴅᴇᴘᴇɴᴅs ᴏɴ ʜᴏᴡ ᴜ ʟᴏᴏᴋ ᴀᴛ ɪᴛ

’I’d never engaged in a kiss that didn’t lead to sex. I’d never kissed a woman just for the sake of kissing. But I kissed Tinsley for two hours. I kissed her until our lips were numb and swollen and the taste of her mouth embedded itself in my soul.’

‘He gave me the teacher and the priest, the sinner and the sadist, the greatest of lovers and the staunch protector.
Our bond was eternal, and that was the grand prize, the best gift this universe had to offer.
He was my freedom.
My journey.
My destination.
My one great passion.
My choice.
My love.
My lessons in sin.’

“They keep me company.” She followed me into the classroom, still talking about the opossums. “It’ll probably sound dumb to you, but they’re all I have here. I’ll be devastated when they move on. But I’ll also be proud and blissfully happy. I only want the best for them.” She smiled to herself. “Animals are better than people.”
“How so?”
“They don’t judge. They don’t hate. If humans had hearts like opossums, what a beautiful world this would be.”
If people had hearts like Tinsley Constantine, my faith in humanity would be renewed.

ᴏᴠᴇʀᴀʟʟ ᴀɪɴᴛ ʙᴀᴅ. ɪ ᴇʏᴇ ʀᴏʟʟᴇᴅ ᴏɴ sᴏᴍᴇ, sᴋɪᴍᴍᴇᴅ ᴏɴ sᴏᴍᴇ (ᴡᴏᴜʟᴅɴᴛ ʙᴇ ᴍᴇ ɪғ ɪ ᴅɪᴅɴᴛ), ᴡᴀsɴᴛ ғᴇᴇʟɪɴɢ ɪᴛ ᴏɴ sᴏᴍᴇ, ʙᴜᴛ ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴀs ᴠ ᴇɴᴛᴇʀᴛᴀɪɴɪɴɢ✨

yea, opossums' true color
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June 30, 2021
If this hero is a priest then I'm the Virgin Mary 🤡
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Author 47 books8,463 followers
June 10, 2021
Always a master at her craft, Pam delivers the familiar and forbidden in a new light. Lessons in Sin is unexpected, sexy, and completely addictive.
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2,018 reviews10.1k followers
June 26, 2021
4.5 stars

“Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. This is my first confession.”
His breath left him.
“I tried to seduce a priest.”

Well, Pam Godwin certainly delivered with this taboo, forbidden priest romance! Between a teacher/student (who is 18) with a HUGE age gap. It’s not too dark for a Pam Godwin book, but again, there’s taboo and plenty of kink. I adored our main characters, who are at each other’s throats from the moment that they meet. If you love Sierra Simone’s Priest or Tiffany Reisz’s The Original Sinners (both of which I do) and you’re looking for another priest to fall in love with, Father Magnus will be perfect for you.

Tinsley Constantine is the youngest of her insanely powerful, wealthy family. When this heiress is caught giving a BJ to a Burger King employee, her mother sends her off to an all-girls Catholic boarding school to reform her naughty ways. Her new teacher/disciplinarian is Father Magnus Falke, who is as cold and cruel as he is gorgeous, even at 40. Tinsley knows the best way to get herself kicked out of school is to make her teacher’s life hell, but unfortunately for her, Magnus knows how to give it right back.

Tinsley is such an awesome heroine! I loved her strength and sassy, unfiltered mouth. Even though she tries to show Magnus her worst, he sees her intelligence and compassion underneath, which draws him in. Tinsley is insanely attracted to Magnus, but it’s during their one on one sessions that she slowly starts to fall for him. I loved the progression of their romance, from hating each other and constantly arguing to having genuine, thoughtful conversations which then turn into something steamy and forbidden. Pam Godwin truly makes you believe in their love and romance despite the many, many obstacles between them.

This was happening. Not because I’d planned it. But because it was destined. We were inevitable. I hadn’t been called to be a priest. I’d been called to be hers.

The ending was perfection!! So much angst and heartache, but just as much love and romance too. My heart was swooning. Magnus might be an asshole, but he’s one who loves with all of his heart. I had the best time reading Lessons in Sin - it was exactly what I wanted from Pam Godwin!

Also! Apparently the entire Constantine family is getting their books (some already have) but they’re being written by different authors. I’m really looking forward to K. Webster’s, who wrote about Winston, the oldest!


Pam Godwin? Writing a PRIEST ROMANCE?? 👀
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1,438 reviews78k followers
July 15, 2021
"If you leave me here," I said, "I'll tarnish our family name so completely you won't be able to keep it out of the press."



Let me tell you something: when Shelly and I were approved for this arc, we immediately dropped everything we were currently reading and commenced on an epic buddy read that mostly consisted of sending priest gifs back and forth:


Being the taboo/forbidden book that Lessons in Sin is, it certainly won't be for everyone, but it's fair to note that, while the relationship isn't something that most people would condone in real life due to the position of authority that Magnus has over Tinsley, she is 18 and of age. Also? No one, and I mean no one writes forbidden, taboo romance like Pam Godwin.

If you enjoy dark romance, you should just go into this blind and enjoy the ride. The slow burning build between Magnus and Tinsley is positively delicious, and gives the story a sexy vibe, rather than a creepy one. If you're a fan of the Midnight Dynasty collection of stories, you'll see some familiar faces throughout, but if you haven't read those, don't worry; this book can be read as a complete standalone. If you're looking for a super sexy read that is unputdownable, you NEED this one.

*Many thanks to Candi Kane PR for my review copy.
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359 reviews241 followers
June 16, 2021
This is by far the most sensual and seductive book I’ve read so far this year. Pam Godwin has a way with words and her writing is without a doubt flawless. It gripped my since page one and made me devour this book.

Lessons in sin has been one of my most anticipated releases this year,, I mean common ; A forbidden, dirty as fuck , priest romance with an age gap? never added a book faster.

Im not going to lie, this was pretty predictable and I knew exactly what I was in for the moment in picked this book up. It’s almost exactly what you expect going into it.

BUT. This book is definitely not for everyone it’s dark and there are a few scenes that might make some uncomfortable. There is humiliation and spanking and breath play.
The age gap is huge too. Tinsley(18) and Magnus(41).

She’s eighteen. Legal age of consent. Technically, an adult.

Story: Tinsley Constantine, youngest of the Constantines, has been sent to the Sion Academy to be disciplined after almost staring a scandal. As a senior, most of her classes will be handled by Father Magnus, an unbelievably sexy and masculine human whom I would as to choke me if he were real.

Moments I didn’t like? The bitchy queen bee of the academy. Give me a break, really. The bitch called Tinsley “keatons sister”. I’m rolling my eyes but I guess every book needs a bitch.

In the beginning I was a little skeptical about Tinsley’s personality. The moments of her loving animals like bats, opossums and falcons made me think that the author was trying a little too hard to make her “not like the other girls” but later on, I have to say that I completely fell in love with her personality.

“He’s strict, demanding, and has the emotional sensitivity of a coffin.

Not only did she have a back bone but she was extremely intelligent and had a way with words. Her calling Magnus out on his shit and reprimanding him whenever he belittled her was both satisfying and brilliant.

“Disrespect?” She laughed mockingly. “It’s called a backbone, and it’s pronounced, Go fuck yourself.”

Now onto Father Magnus. Do I even need to say anything? This man has a starring role to play my latest wet dreams.

“Remove your underwear.”
“Where’s the bloody pair that you never returned?”
“Clean and safely stored in its new home beneath my pillow.”

He was protective, possessive, obsessive and my personal favourite : Worshipping. He was an absolute asshole and the levels of second hand embarrassment I went through made me absolutely loathe him in the beginning. But unfortunately some parts of me didn’t get the “we hate Magnus” message and continued to drool over him.

“You’re my first.” I ran my fingers through her hair, content to my marrow. “And my last.”

He was such a well written character and he honestly surprised me. I genuinely thought he would be a typical alpha male, but he had his moments. Especially when he worshiped her when she got her period.

Your only responsibility is following my order and giving me access to your pussy.”

Overall: this book was so much fun. It gave me what I wanted. Their moments together were painfully erotic without them being physically together. Their chemistry was off the pages from day one. I’m so happy I got an Arc of this book. I would totally recommend this to anyone who is in the mood for something dark and kinky.

“So no, I’m not scared of you. I treasure you beyond words.”
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June 16, 2021
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'LESSONS IN SIN' Is a full length forbidden romance novel by Pam Godwin. Spoken in 'dual perspectives.' In this you'll meet Tinsley (18) & Magnus (41).

Forgive me father for I have sinned!! If priests looked like this in my town I'd be signing up even if I combusted walking through those doors!!

Wowza's this was all kinds of 🔥!!! First the cover hit, then the drooling occured, one read over the synopsis and loving this author there was no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy this one, as soon as I could get to it, game over, life over I was in feet and all, this hooked me from the very first chapter and didn't release me until that very last page was inhaled..A sinfully, kinky, sexy slow burn which combusted my kindle.

'Tinsley Constantine' One blow job and dodging any scandal changed the course of Tinsley's life, from riches to rags castrated to an all Catholic girls school 'Sion Academy' set in an New England village to transform her into a proper respectable young lady.


The 'Constantines' were royalty of high standing, Tinsley's mother already had a boy waiting in the wings to marry her daughter as soon as she finishes up her school year.

𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐁𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩'𝐬 𝐋𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠,
𝐛𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐬𝐨𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲.
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐨𝐟
𝐢𝐧𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐧𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐫𝐮𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐬.

Tinsley is a rebel wanting to cut the ties that bind her, a lover of all creatures big and small and a mind that challenges and captures Magnus unawares. She had a way about her that got under his skin.

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐡𝐞'𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐞.
𝐇𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐝𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫.
𝐒𝐢𝐧 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐨𝐧𝐞.
𝐀 𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐠𝐨𝐝.
𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬𝐭.
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐬.

'Father Magnus Falke' Head of Sion Academy nine years ago traded in his troubled bachelor life where he was a king of the corporate world, a self made billionaire, leaving all that behind to devout his love to god and became a priest, he rules the girls under his care with an iron fist and will punish any who dare to step out of line.

This threw up so many forbidden flags but that just added to the sensual sexy thrill of this tantalizing age gap read, this author has such a knack of pulling me in with her story telling which keeps me coming back for more.

* Teaser used is off the authors facebook page *

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248 reviews1,515 followers
January 16, 2022
edited 1/16/22: changing the rating to 2 stars from 3 because I’m 99.9% sure I meant to click 2 stars instead. My dumbass definitely wouldn’t have rated it 3 stars willingly 🙄

I didn't love this, but I also didn't hate this...

What I liked:

•Age gaps are the best (18h/40H)

•The smut was pretty well written

•The forbidden aspect of the teacher/student trope

What I didn't like:

•Okay MAGNUS (H) IS NOT ACTUALLY A PRIEST IN MY EYES. There. I said it. He chose priesthood so he had a reason to stop being a piece of shit. He didn't really seem to worship God enough for me to be convinced that he's a priest

•There were some super cringey moments that reminded me that this is a grown woman trying to write a character that is in high school

"...Sounds like the moms of TikTok. Hashtag Old-Tok. Yawn."


Let's not forget the 'Okay, boomer's and the heroine calling a 40-year old man 'miss girl'

•When Magnus was punishing Tinsley (h) and wouldn't allow her to use the bathroom so she pissed all over herself, I actually wanted to throw myself into a fire.

WHY ARE ANAL SCENES IN BOOKS ALWAYS SO PAINFUL?! Like the hero always just shoves his dick into the heroine and it sounds like the most horrible shit ever

"I sank my teeth harder while slipping out of her pussy, removing my hand from her ass, and plunging inside her virgin hole on a smooth trust.
"Wrong hole! Wrong hole!" Short bursts of whimpers escaped her.
"You have no wrong holes."

UHHH why did I actually clench while reading that shit

•Magnus is a king, Period.

note: please detect my sarcasm with that last bullet point
March 9, 2022
forgive me father for I have sinned 😮‍💨 I love me a good forbidden romance y’all, and this one really gave me what I needed. the age gap, the teacher/student, the spice, the catholic boarding school, the slowburn, the connection!!! it was all there! I loved Tinsley, she was hilarious and SPOKE HER MF MIND!!! a whole queen 💅🏻 and father magnus? pls. let’s just say i’d clean those floors for that man any day. the only thing I really didn’t vibe w was the humiliation scenes, but that’s just a personal thing.

also the way I got emotional over fcking opossums??? pls.

“sinners together. soulmates forever.”

“my choice. my love. my lessons in sin.”
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2,074 reviews13.3k followers
February 21, 2022
4.5 stars

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this one, but I was definitely wary of our heroine. She's defiant and acts out on purpose and tries to see how far she can push those in her life. But I loved her. Her connection with Magnus was instant and I really felt the emotional and physical connection between them. This is definitely a forbidden and taboo romance because she's younger, he's a priest, and she's a student at his school. But I love the angst that comes with forbidden romances, so I really ended up loving this one. Magnus's character was so interesting to me and his reasonings for being a priest. I really enjoyed getting to know him and how he felt about his past. His character was so complex and made me understand why he was a priest to begin with. Tinsley and Magnus were a really great couple and I really liked how Tinsley wanted to understand Magnus and truly fell for him after she was only trying to seduce him to get out of being at the school. If you can handle the taboo nature, I highly recommend this one!
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Author 12 books375 followers
September 2, 2021
I feel like I’m always in the minority when I side with girls like Tinsley. Her arguments are sound, perhaps she’s acting bratty but that’s no doubt because more reasonable tacts hadn’t been successful. Plus she’s 18, other than being controlled by an inheritance it’s seems heavy handed to send her to a reform school at this point. Technically she’s an adult and she’s being threatened with corporal punishment?

Honestly the thought of corporal punishment by a hot priest should titillate me (and it does) but typically I like my bdsm with a side of consent. And even though I’m beginning to appreciate dub-con or non-con I can’t change the fact that this premise irks me. Mostly because I’m irritated with Caroline and I’m sure it stems from hypocrisy which pisses me off more than you can possibly imagine.

So, I started this last week, after 15% I put it off until the beginning of the month because I wanted to keep my favorite for the month of August. I knew this book would annihilate that one and shoot straight to the top of my favorites. And Tinsley and Magnus? Perhaps the top of my favorite h and H.

That dance was just … eye opening and … just wow. Definitely made Carrie look like child’s play. (Between you and me I thought we were gonna have another disturbing moment like in RAW by Seven Rue 🤢, on the other hand I can appreciate his respect on the matter.)

Holy shit! That might be the hottest oral scene I’ve ever read! Where the fuck do I find a priest ready to sin?!

I knew this would get emotional, it’s Pam Godwin, but it still didn’t prepare me for the all encompassing compassion I’d have for these characters with how much they need each other. They started out on the worst possible foot and in the end they were each other’s saving Grace.

Sierra Simone covered everything but the confessional so thank you Pam. 🥵🌶🙏 (I could be wrong about Priest, it’s been a minute but it sounded good.)

You know what the worst? When that tough as nails, takes no prisoners, grumpy af H who hates everyone but the h is hurt reprehensibly. Because you know you’ve finally knicked that tough as nails armor. It breaks my heart every time.

I should’ve saw that coming … how did I not see that coming?! Fucking genius and it makes total sense.
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1,090 reviews791 followers
November 20, 2022
Audiobook - 4 stars

Story - dnf rating upto 70% 2 stars

I am not buying it. 😩I can't believe this is the same author that wrote Dark Notes. Now that is taboo. This on the other hand is just a story with the label taboo. No dark or taboo detected. 😖😥

I was not convinced that Magnus is a Priest, remove the word Priest and you get a boring MC. Whoever decided to put him into priesthood should be arrested. 😁😁

I was rooting for Tinsley character but she was disappointing too. 😔 She did not read like an 18 year old girl. And is it taboo if the MCs are of legal age? 🤔 😒 If you going to do taboo. Please do taboo with your head held high, 😎consequences be damned. 🤓

Tinsley family?? Omg.. What in the soap opera was that.? 😐

This was a cop-out. Anyhoo.. It is what it is. My taboo read expectations were crushed.
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773 reviews451 followers
June 30, 2021
DNF @ 2%. Typically I don't rate books when I've read less than 50%, but I'm feeling savage. I basically agree with all the low star reviews, and I can tell this isn't going to get better.

I want subtlety. Chemistry between characters that builds as I read more...this is so overt, literally within the first 1% and OTT ridiculous I couldn't stop rolling my eyes.
Profile Image for Darlene I read WAY to many books.
3,140 reviews1,412 followers
August 4, 2021
Forgive me father I have sinnnnnedddddd!!!! Lordddddd I have died and Magnus is my heaven... now I was hesitant on reading this not because of the priest kink.. I read few Pam books and they weren't my fave.. so I gave this one a try because alot of my friends said it was so good. And IT WASSS!!!

Now my heart and soul felt for Tinsley that poor girl was being used as a pawn in her mother's game of wealth.. and if you don't know her family well they are vicious.. and there mama is top. One mistake has Tinsley in the hands of Father Magnus his rules, his stone cold punishment.. and boy when they first meet it is tension as heck!! Tinsley she dishes out and doesn't back down from Magnus even when he punishes her daily with task like clean the floors, other task but he did Humiliated her with one task that we'll let's say girl couldn't hold it.. that man was cruel but not to cruel.. and thats where it all starts the sexual tension between the two.. one trying to not break his vow he other trying to push more to get expelled... but Tin feelings sorta change and she now having real feelings... but it's not easy for both of them since they are Teacher/student and he is a Preist.. but lord.. I swear when they do finally get down it is steamy as heck...

Low angst, tiny om/ow (thirsty chick's and arrange marriage both MC didn't care for those) no cheating, Drama, slight secondary character, sexy times, virgin gal and no manwhore celibate

Heat level-🌶🌶🌶🌶

Push away from both more H
Age gap
No condom
Anal play/sex
Seperation 6 months
Profile Image for Jenn (The Book Refuge).
1,699 reviews2,500 followers
December 27, 2021
Reread for my 2021 Favorites
*Thank you to the author and her publicity for the free copy in exchange for a review.*

In an interest of keeping this review concise and to the point, and to prevent Amazon from censoring what I have to say, I will try to keep this brief.

Also, having now read every book Pam Godwin has written during a deep dive in the last 3 months, I can say with certainty that only Sea of Ruin holds a candle to what I feel for this book. It was challenging of social norms, stretching in what I believe, and devastating in its love story.

This was raw, real, brave, and hopeful. Tinsley and Magnus were not what I was expecting from this taboo tale about a student and her Priestly Headmaster. I was in for a seductive time of hidden glances and forbidden touches, but I was not prepared for the gut-wrenching LOVE I felt between these two.

I should have known better by now. If Pam Godwin was going to take on this tale, it wasn't going to be just for a thrill.

There is something to be said for writing two characters with completely opposite motivations and seeing where that can lead you to. Tinsley wants out of this prison of a Girl's Boarding School, and Magnus wants her to fall under his rule and conform to how he runs things. But neither of them is prepared for the sheer magnetism of the other, or they way their souls will slowly begin to align.

I also don't need to get into the steam of this book, its a Pam Godwin, it's there. And as always, she can bring me near to tears with how beautifully she shows these to fighting their attraction and then giving in and realizing this is where they are meant to be.

I know some people will want to steer clear of this due to the sacrilegious elements and a feeling of wrongness about it. I guess I can understand that, but I would say, this book didn't have the same vibe as other Priest romances I have read, and though there are some elements that had me crossing myself, this book really is about so much more. So I encourage you to give it a try if you are intrigued.

Finally, I want to say that surprisingly, to me, who has read all of Pam Godwin's work, this was the least DARK of them all. No, seriously. It is taboo. 100% just by the nature of the setting and the main characters, but there are none of the other Trigger Warnings that liter Pam's other works. So, no one was more surprised than me. No terrible past traumas, some hang-ups for sure, but nothing on a Deliver Scale at all.

In fact, the only TW I could come up with is possible harm to animals. (No death on screen but it is referenced.) And.... that is it.. I can't really name anything else. Maybe some serious second-hand embarrassment in a few places.

So yeah, I think you should read this book. I loved it, its a favorite of the year and I already want to reread it.

6/5 stars
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