I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #1
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-10-01
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
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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.
I think that A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers cements my status as a New Adult fan. Alright, you guys caught me, I actually REALLY LOVE New Adult books. I don’t care how nutso the plots are. I just love how quickly I am captivated by these books. I thought that perhaps A Little Too Far would take a little too long to engage me, but of course, I was wrong about that. You see, my copy doesn’t have clear cut chapters or anything and I am the sort who likes to look ahead with chapters and all that. But I totally could not set this book down and read it in pretty much a heart beat.
The premise of A Little Too Far is this: Lexie’s boyfriend cheated on her while he’s at this local college. She went away because she’s awesome. So, she dumps him. Her breakup is hard on her. She comes home, talks to her stepbrother who is her best friend ever, and in a moment of weakness ends up doing the dirty deed with him. She’s panicked because what about their perfect friendship, not to mention the whole step-sibling thing. Lucky for Lexie, she’s headed to Rome in a few days where she’ll have distance to clear her head. While studying abroad in Rome, Lexie meets this priest named Alessandro and he’s not like 100% in for life yet, but she feels wicked tempted by him and they have this flirtation. But the whole time, her brain is on her stepbrother Trent, you guys. WHAT WILL HAPPEN? Basically, lots of sexytimes and Rome, y’all.
Lexie is an artist and she’s an art history major and she’s endlessly cool. She has this solid group of girl friends but we only really see them in the beginning. OH and she makes friends with this girl during study abroad named Abby who is awesome. Anyways okay enough about her friends and back to Lexie. Really, she is all confused and complicated and she’s taking some time to figure out her feelings regarding the men in her life. She’s also over the moon for Michelangelo which is awesome because like her passion for his art shines all over the page. I enjoyed her character.
So, you guys I thought the romance between Lexie and Trent would be gross. And I thought her think with Alessandro would be like in The Thorn Birds with Meggie and Father Ralph. I was pretty much wrong on all counts ever when it comes to the romance. With Lexie and Trent, they have legit chemistry that comes from more than being step-siblings which okay, gross. But, they just get each other in this super deep way. I will say that there’s a lot of sexytimes to be had with this book, which are mostly okay. Except there’s a lot of mention of groins and that’s just lol, not really appealing to me. I know, I know, super awkward for me to say but you guys all know me by now and should know that certain terminology makes me feel weird, like the word groin.
OKAY SO NOW THAT WE HAVE DISCUSSED WORDS, let me just say that the setting is awesome. Instead of making this book all about the romance and the sexytimes, Desrochers really takes advantage of the Rome setting. We get to travel the streets and come into contact with some awesome art and visit the Vatican museum. We get to eat all the food, vicariously. I really loved that Rome doesn’t take a backseat to sexytimes. Also, that A Little Too Far covers the very real college experience of study abroad. More New Adult based on things that actually happen in college please! In all, I really liked my time with this book — it hits things I enjoy: Italy, food, and romance. Plus, a main character that I actually liked a lot.