Series: A Little Too Far #1
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Format: eARC, 336 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
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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.
It’s incredibly satisfying to get your hands on a review copy of a book you’ve been anxiously awaiting for months. It’s even more satisfying when that book is everything you wanted and more. To say that Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far left me satisfied would be a ginormous understatement. This book has earned a special spot on my favorites list.
“… there’s no denying that the guilt is back. And mingling with the guilt is something just as deep. It’s that hunger for him. I felt it the whole time we were making love, and even after, like there was no possible way to get enough of him. I haven’t been gone twenty-four hours, and I already miss him so much it hurts.”
A Little Too Far begins by explaining what a disgusting, cheating jerk Lexie Banks’ ex-boyfriend Rick is. She thought they were headed for marriage after high school. They had talked about it, after all. Unfortunately, Rick couldn’t keep it in his pants while she’s away at college and, when she found out, it broke her heart. When she runs into him in the summer, he makes a play to try to get her back. She runs out, but not before kissing him. That’s where the real fun begins. She goes home and confides in and gets drunk with her best friend, her step brother, Trent. One thing leads to another, their longings come to the surface, and they have mind-blowing sex.
“Never during any of it, even once we’re both naked on my bed, does any part of me feel like we shouldn’t be doing this. All of a sudden, he isn’t my stepbrother. He’s everything I’ve ever needed.”
Ok, ok. I get where this is wrong on the surface. But they’re not blood relatives. So, it didn’t make me squeamish or freak me out in any way. Of course, Lexie is confused. Conflicted. She’s freaked out and feels horribly guilty. She also wants to know what it all means means. And, she’s leaving for Rome in two days. It doesn’t leave them a lot of time to figure out what it means and where to go from there. Her remaining time at home is, as you would imagine, tremendously awkward. Before she leaves they agree that it never happened and nothing has changed between them. Right.
“I’m totally dumbstruck. I can’t move. I can’t even speak. I’m fairly certain I’m having my first truly religious experience, and it’s probably a very bad thing that it’s happening in a church, but it’s over a sculpture. Mental note: add idol worship to your list for confession.”
Once Lexie gets to Rome, things get even more intense. She goes to confession to try to alleviate her guilt about sleeping with Trent. The priest assigns her to work with a young (and incredibly handsome) deacon as penance. Alessandro was amazing. I couldn’t help but feel for him as his conflicted feelings about Lexie and his life of service to God became more and more apparent. It all just goes to show the impact that one person can make on your life. As Lexie’s time in Rome goes on, her friendship with Alessandro grows, while the one with Trent wanes. It was tough to read about. Tough in the best way possible. Both of these men were amazing. Hot. Friends to her. Cared deeply for her. She couldn’t have gone wrong either way. Except, you know, the minor detail that one is a soon-to-be-ordained priest and the other is her step-brother. And here I thought I fell for unavailable men. 😉 Lexie takes the cake.
“I feel myself implode, and all I can think about is how much I miss him. I miss curling into his arms and telling him about my day. I miss knowing he’ll always be mind – that no one will ever know me like he does. I miss his lips and his hands. I miss his heart and his soul. I miss every part of him. I feel so empty. Can a person die of emptiness?”
The characters in this book were phenomenal. I identified with Lexie almost immediately. She was real. I could see some of my own poor decision making in her. She was strong, funny, flirtatious, and prone to making what seem like terrible decisions. But, she was never selfish. The love she had for her family and friends was always apparent. Trent sucked me in from the minute he appeared in the book. His love for Lexie, regardless of whether it was friendly love or more, was so obvious. I could see he cared for her and I could feel how conflicted he was about his feelings. It was obvious in the little moments. Alessandro was spectacular, too. He was really there for Lexie to fill a missing void in her life, and heart. I’m a sucker for a love triangle, but it’s hard to take sides when both men are so damn amazing.
“Did you pick his cherry, Lexie?” she sings.
I even had strong feelings about the side characters. That doesn’t always happen for me. But, I adored Abby immediately. She was crass. She was sex-crazed. (Yes, those can be good things.) And she was a good friend to Lexie. Abby and I would get along famously in real life. Sam, however, bothered me. Her best friend was home after being in Rome for six months, yet when she returned from college, the first thing she was concerned with was throwing herself at Trent? What a crummy friend. I found her self-centered and delusional, honestly. I didn’t, for one second, believe there was anything going on between her and Trent. I just didn’t find her to be a likable character.
“You know what you feel, Lexie. I can’t tell you that. You know what you feel, and you know if this guy has what it takes to make you happy. I guess you need to decide if that’s what you want, and if it is, I think you have to tell him before it’s too late. I think you have to go for it. You’ll regret it for the rest of your life if you really love him, and you don’t at least try, you know?”
I would LOVE to be able to get inside Trent’s head during this book, especially for the time they’re apart while he’s in college and she’s in Rome. Though I’m sure it would probably infuriate me to know what he was doing while trying to get past his feelings for Lexie, I want to know. I loved these characters so much; I want to know all of it.
One of the best parts about this book: no cliffhanger! I have a real love-hate relationship with cliffhangers. In the case of this book, I love that there isn’t one. 🙂 The story was nicely wrapped up at the end and I could set down my iPad and smile. … and maybe hug it briefly. I’m an emotional reader. This book made me feel all the feels. It wrapped me up and refused to let me go until I got to the last page. Books that do that are my favorite. Books like this are why I love to read and why I’m glad I finally decided to blog.
On a side note, I’m so intrigued by the teaser for the next book, A Little Too Much, at the conclusion of this one. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.