Book Review: Faking Perfection by Mia Watts

Faking Perfection by Mia WattsTitle: Faking Perfection
Author: Mia Watts
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: Review copy provided by publisher
Published: June 23, 2015 by Pride Publishing

Garth has never regretted his path into ministry…until one night an unexpected kiss has him questioning everything.

Father Garth is a priest with a problem. For years, he’s had a fascination with a particular congregant. Though he’s never actually acknowledged his sexuality, Garth’s definitely more attracted to men than women. Fortunately, he hasn’t had to deal with making a moral decision...until the night he is caught in the dark and kissed senseless. Now, he fantasizes that the kiss was from the one man he can’t forget—Eli Jennings. For Garth, the man of his fantasies could be his, but how does he reconcile human desire with his vow to God?

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Reviewed by: J9


This is an erotically laden romance that also deals with faith—a rare combination indeed! I liked this dichotomy of sex and faith but didn’t understand why Eli would have such a visceral love for Father Gareth. I had to just accept Eli’s powerful insta-love for Gareth to enjoy the romantic tension. And wow was the romantic tension dirty! Eli’s brash sexuality hits Gareth and readers for an extremely erotic romance. The only break in the eroticism was Gareth’s meditations on faith and love; this seemed slightly jarring to me, but worked in the context of who Gareth was.

I do, however, have to mention my own squeamishness with how Eli and Gareth meet: Gareth is Eli’s priest since puberty. This doesn’t sit well with me personally as it builds an intimacy that later turns sexual and feels slightly exploitative. I think the author recognizes this danger and has Eli be the aggressor but it still left me a little icked out.

J9’s Rating:
3 1/2 Frogs

About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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