Author: Lisa Desrochers
Published by: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
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.
I knew I had to read A Little Too Far as soon as I read the blurb. C’mon, how could I not be curious? Boy oh boy, did this book ever give me whiplash of the heart. It required some time for me to sort out my feelings before I could even write this. Oh, it was a really good book, it’s just that … well, it’s hard to explain without spoiling it, so I’m not even going to get into exactly why, even though I want to so badly.
Lexie and Trent are best friends who are each other’s confidant. They have been close for years, and have an amazing bond. Then one day things are unexpectantly taken to another level. They have sex. And it was amazing. Oh, and they are also step-siblings. Yeah, I know, sounds odd. The author did a great job of making me actually root for them to be together, though. There was a lot of depth to their relationship and I could feel how much they cared for each other. But they know it was wrong. Or was it? Either way, Lexie moves to Italy the next day to spend a year abroad as part of an art history program, so they decide to act like it never happened. And that’s that. Maybe.
Then enters Alessandro, a Reverend with a Catholic church in Italy. I thoroughly enjoyed the friendship he and Lexie developed. Her time in Italy with Alessandro took up the majority of the book; we see them grow closer and closer as the day approaches for him to be ordained. The chemistry between them was clear, but Lexie still struggled with the feelings for her stepbrother, while Alessandro questions what he really wants. So I went from wanting Lexie and Trent to find a way to work, to falling in love with Alessandro and Lexie. I was completely invested in them. That’s all I’m going to say.
All of the characters were easy to like despite certain situations, but I definitely liked Alessandro the most. The story and characters were certainly complex. When I think something will go one way, it goes another. Way to play with my emotions, Lisa Desrochers! No, really, thank you. Even though the emotions and feeling were all over the place, and left me feeling conflicted, it was ultimately a good thing. As the book got closer and closer to the end, I had to resist the overwhelming urge to take a sneak peek at the blurb for the next book, because I was dying to see who it was about. I resisted, though, because I didn’t want it to spoil this book. Oh, but was it ever hard!
In the end, A Little Too Far was a pretty good book as I expected. Now I’m looking forward to A Little Too Much!