A Little Too Far (A Little Too Far #1)
By Lisa Desrochers
Expected Publication September 17th, 2013
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from William Morrow (via Edelweiss) in exchange for an unbiased review – Thank you!
About the Book:
Have you ever gone just a little too far?
Lexie Banks has.
Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.
But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.
This was the book I wasn’t going to review. Oh, I fought with myself over this one for weeks! I did a cover reveal for it awhile back because it sounded like total provocative subject matter. And then a blog tour came around and I completely chickened out because of the whole tempted by the man of God thing. That makes me squeamish a bit. But then there she was, sitting on Edelweiss waving her big green “Download Review Copy” button at me. I saw that some of my most beloved new adult authors had high praise for the book so I said, “what the hell…”
I should always go with my gut and not over think things – this book was a well written roller-coaster ride through Lexie’s discovery of who and what matters most in life. Lexis is one annoying, mixed up girl but this is a ride I’m glad I went on! There was nothing squeamish at all in this book! If anything, the main character, Lexie, makes it out to be worse than it really is!!!
Lexie is just getting over her jerk of a boyfriend who was supposed to be her “forever-guy”. After a run-in with said jerk that messes with her mind even more, she later at home tells her step brother, Trent, her sob story. One thing leads to another… Oh, okay, it goes waaaaaaayyy better than that but you get the picture.
Trent has been her best friend since they were introduced when their parents married years ago. He’s always been there for her and knows all her secrets – and vice versa. So it’s really no surprise, from the set up, that these two hook up. You really feel for these two.
Trent is a great guy and I found myself getting frustrated throughout the ENTIRE book because the reader has ABSOLUTELY NO clue who Lexie is going to end up with and I wanted her with Trent so badly! Seriously, if these two didn’t have parents that happened to have married, they would have met somehow and hooked up – I just know it! Oh, and Lexie knows it, too….
Lexie… oh, girl. You frustrate me so! If you weren’t so young and stupid, I would’ve given up on this story. But you were true and very well written. I was young and stupid so I can completely relate. You get a pass my dear! We can’t all be super mature and talk like the Gilmour Girls – that would make all the books BORING!!!
Alessandro… hmmm. Um, well, he’s good looking? Yeah… I’ve got nothing. Sorry, but I wrote something and it ended up being spoiler-ish so I give you NOTHING instead…
Story / Tempo
I really enjoyed the fact that this story takes place mostly over in Italy. When I was done reading, I seriously felt like I had just taken a vacation to Rome, Italy. The pictures painted in the words were phenomenal! I even got to visit Corsica and learned that it’s part of France (who knew?!) Thank you, Lisa, for your awesome writing (and vacation)!!
Seriously, though, the story flew by. There were no lulls that held me up or had me putting the book down. And I was on pins and needles all the way to the very end wondering what was going to happen. Yes, Lexie drove me bonkers often but she made the journey to a very satisfying ending. She actually “grew” before my eyes and I ultimately loved the surprise slam-bam ending! Way to go out on with a bang!!!
The next book in the series, A Little Too Much (A Little Too Far #2) – don’t look at the synopsis if you don’t want book one spoiled! – is expected out November 2013. The third book, A Little Too Hot (A Little Too Far #3) is due out January 2014.
About the Author:
Lisa Desrochers lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. If you’d told her five years ago she’d write a book, she’d have laughed in your face. As it turns out, she’d owe you an apology. Writing has become an addiction for Lisa and A Little Too Far, courtesy of HarperCollins, is her first novel for adults. She is also the author of the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.