Review by Dana
September 2013 by HarperCollins
*This review is based off of an ARC version won in a giveaway.
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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.:
A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers is a hilarious New Adult novel that approaches some taboo type in such a way that you root for them even though you know you shouldn't. From the blurb of the book I expected this to be a bit cringe worthy but I honestly fell in love with this story. Lexie Banks is a fantastic female narrator who really makes this story strong. Lexie's inner monologue and dialogue is extremely funny and had me dying laughing at times. Even though Lexie's relationships are a bit turbulent it is more of a lighter new adult romance because of the story telling.
Lexie is involved in a love triangle of sorts but not exactly. She isn't with both guys at the same nor does it feel like a love triangle. One of the two guys is her step-brother who she is not related to her. They have this really great relationship and are best friends but when they sleep together that complicates everything. What I wished Lisa did was include more flashbacks to emphasize their bond. It felt more like Lexie kept saying how close they were but as a reader it didn't feel like it.
I was definitely rooting more for Alessandro the deacon who is about to become a priest that Lexie meets while studying abroad in Italy. He was a much more compelling character. His inner conflicts were very interesting. The fact that most of the book is about Lexie meeting and developing a friendship with him made him the character that I rooted more for.
I was happy with the way this book ended and I am really excited to read the sequel that follows Alessandro. A Little Too Far was a fast paced book that I flew through in a matter of days. It was so addicting and is definitely for fans of Abbi Glines and J.Lynn. A Little Too Far is a must read New Adult novel and I am looking forward to reading more of Lisa Desrochers' books.
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