One night equals a test of faith for Father Lance…
Trouble always finds Mateo and he’s succumbed to it several times with or without help. However, after running with the wrong kinds of people, he’s decided to turn a new leaf. His attention to detail lands him a job as a tattoo artist, making people’s dreams come true through body art. With this steady gig and his grandmother’s support, Mateo is convinced he can live mostly anxiety free.
Father Lance has always suppressed his needs to care for others. The older alpha is Vale’s most handsome and available bachelor, but Lance has no interest in hooking up. Instead, he puts all his energies into his church. Although loneliness is a constant partner, Lance refuses to let it stand in the way of his goal.
One wintery night, Lance spots a man in need of assistance and immediately calls for help. Despite Lance’s instincts crying out to the victim, he ignores those desires.
As he's being rushed to the emergency room, Mateo feels his destined mate near. Once he recovers, he’s determined to find his forever partner to build the relationship that will stabilize the young omega’s life.
Warning: On page violence and a near death experience.
Breakable Faith is the eighth book in a multi-author series about Vale Valley, a small town open to everyone in need of love and a home. Each installment can be read as a standalone
This story features a tattooed omega that has the hots for the priest. Naughtiness and general unholy thoughts are the running themes in this book. Be prepared to clutch your rosary and have a fan nearby.
Breakable Faith begins with a request for the reader to suspend their disbelief. This made me nervous. But I was pleased to discover that he was simply asking the reader to imagine a world where Catholic priests are allowed to marry, and gay people are allowed to be themselves without any guilt. In Breakable Faith, this premise feels not only plausible, but like a warm hug.
There are many reasons why I loved this book. Mandrake has a flair for dialogue that makes his characters jump off the page. I not only felt invested in Lance and Mateo, but their friends and family. I sincerely hope Mandrake will consider writing a sequel.
The chemistry between Lance and Mateo worked on so many levels. There was a glorious sense of the forbidden as Lance and Mateo's physical relationship developed that felt perfect in a MPreg book featuring religion. The slow burn truly paid off, and when the sex finally happened it crackled with electricity.
If you're hoping for a sex scene in a church, complete with all the priest kink bells and whistles, Breakable Faith won't disappoint. There's a fabulous frotting scene that's honestly the best I've read in the genre. The quality was similar to what I'd expect from gay erotica, but with all the heart of a good M/M romance.
From an omegaverse standpoint, this is an interesting book. Mateo slicks, but Lance doesn't knot. I haven't seen that before. Often it's the other way around. Knotting is one of the reasons I read MPreg, but the sex was hot enough that this wasn't a problem for me.
There is some violence and a near death experience in Breakable Faith. I didn't mind this, but it definitely made the book feel different than other stories in the Vale Valley series. Paired with Mateo's street persona, it created an urban fantasy vibe that really worked for me.
Overall, this was a great read.
Amy is a librarian and an author of MPreg romance. She reads MPreg primarily for the kink, so her reviews focus on the naughty bits. When she isn't writing or librarianing