Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: (A Little Too Far #1)
Published: September 17th 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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Synopsis: 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.
Review: It’s not even the sexy silhouette on the cover that grabbed my interest; although that itself was attention-grabbing enough. This was one of those rare moments when I actually paid attention first to the summary. It was intriguing, oozes something between sensual and forbidden. I mean, she done some not so brotherly act with her stepbrother. Even though they are not blood related we all know it is frowned upon by our society. And when things didn’t work out, she find herself getting close to a soon-to-be-priest.
Lexie just broke up with her longtime boyfriend after she found out that he was cheating on her. Devastated she sought comfort in her stepbrother. But Trent wasn’t just that to her, he was also her best friend. She told him things about her, what ticks her off, her problems, everything. But unexpected happened between them: they slept together. With her leaving to Rome was just around the corner they decided to forget about what happened between them. In Rome, she felt guilty with all the things she’ve done so she decided to confess her sins. So as atonement she will do ministry projects to ease her out of trouble. There she met Reverend Alessandro Moretti, a young transitional deacon and just months away on being a priest. He’s good looking, kind and safe. He took her on art tours, cook for her, and let her have fun with the children. It’s hard not to fall for him but Lexie is still conflicted. She still has feelings for Trent but their mutual decision motivates her to move on. Now the question is, to whom?
It got two forbidden topic on its sleeves so I really can’t blame myself for picking it up immediately. But I got to say the way it presented those issues was sort of tasteful. At first, I was like thinking it was just a big trick to grab people’s attention into buying this book. But it’s wasn’t like that, I did like the story and the issues as I said was handle carefully. The relationship of Lexie and Trent in the very beginning emphasized that they have romantic feelings for each other but they put it aside because of their situation. But I would have preferred if the story actually show some of it instead that short flashback and the description given by Lexie. I get that they are close, he was her confidant. But I would like to see it firsthand so I could understand their relationship further.
Then there is Alessandro, the soon to be priest. He was very charming and I know it’s bad of me thinking he was better off as normal guy and not a priest. But I got to learn more about him and the reason why he wanted this on his life. He has a dark past and he saw being a priest as amends for that. And then there’s chemistry between him and Lexie. I liked how he restrained himself (although it wears off eventually) because of his devotion.
My frustration has something to do to who she ends up with. My sister was asking me if I like the story. And I answered her that it was alright and I told her that I think she’s not really that in love with Trent but at the same time I don’t want him to end up with Alessandro. Yeah, I know it is awful of me but as for my reasons: on Trent and Lexie, I didn’t feel anything about their relationship. It just established that they’re close therefore their feelings are real. No further development needed. I actually read more development between her and Alessandro. But I then I want Alessandro to remain a priest because I don’t want him and Lexie together. I know it’s selfish of me but he deserves more. The guy is too good to be true.
So as a final note, don’t ask me who she ends up with, I’m not gonna answer.
I received an eARC from William Morrow via Edelweiss. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “…if I can make one person see that they’re important, it will mean my life wasn’t wasted.” — Alessandro (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)