Take Me to Church is the first book in Janice Whiteaker’s new Sinners and Saints Series and is loosely linked to her Lost Boys series. You do not need to read those books in order to read this one, but they are worth the backlist binge.
Lydia escaped a religious cult and moved to Memphis for a fresh start, but now it’s time to get her sister out. She hears of a man that can help her do that and is surprised when he turns out to be someone she knows from her past. Christian was also once a part of the cult, but escaped years ago, and has been helping women escape abusive situations with two of his friends. Christian cannot help Lydia until they hear from her sister again and they reconnect while they wait.
Danger is swirling around Lydia so Christian moves her into his house to keep her safe. The close proximity forces their attraction to the surface and Lydia is ready to act on it, but Christian realizes she is inexperienced and does everything possible to show her that she calls the shots. He is patient and protective while giving her exactly what she needs. Lydia also gives Christian what he needs by accepting him for who he is and showing him that he can trust his found family with his secrets. I really enjoyed the dynamic between these two.
This book was action-packed and full of twists and turns until the very end. I am excited to read more about the other characters in this series.
*I was provided an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Series: Sinners and Saints (Book 1)
Type of Series: Interconnected Standalones
Tropes: Age Gap, Brother’s Best Friend (former), Dirty Talker, Touch Her and Die
POV: 1st Person Dual
Third Act Breakup: No
Release Date: September 29, 2023
Available in Kindle Unlimited