Monday, September 16, 2013



Format: e-ARC
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Edelweiss
Series: A Little Too Far #1
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
 
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 was very intrigued by A Little Too Far when I first heard of it. A girl hooks up with her stepbrother and a soon-to-be-priest? Scandalous! I loved it already!

And then I started reading and OHEMGEE I loved it even more! A Little Too Far is right up there as one of my favorite NA reads. 

So, the story was that Lexie Banks just broke up with Rick, her long distance boyfriend of many years who cheated on her. Then, after not seeing him for weeks Lexie and Rick ran into each other and he tells her that he still loved her. Confused, Lexie went to the person she can always talk to--her stepbrother and best friend Trent. He could always talk her down her freak outs and soon they were having one of their epic Warcraft video game sessions... and found themselves suddenly making out and things turned very hot and steamy fast. Afterwards, Lexie felt very guilty. Was she just rebounding? Or was there a lot more feelings between Trent and herself that they just kept locked up because they're step siblings? Lexie knew she couldn't let what happened ruin their friendship, which she cherished more than anything in her life. And if their parents find out what they did, it could tear the family apart too... Good thing Lexie was leaving for Rome in a few days for a year-long art history study abroad program. 

But even in Rome Lexie could not stop thinking about Trent and feeling very guilty at the same time. So, what was a good Catholic girl to do? Go to confession... where Lexie bumped into the very sexy, soon-to-be-priest Alessandro Moretti and he provided the perfect distraction for Lexie: help him give art tours to children around Rome. But as Lexie and Alessandro worked together, they get closer and soon Alessandro started showing signs that his feeling for Lexie were growing despite his vow of celibacy and the fact that he'll ordained soon. Lexie was torn. She liked Alessandro a lot and was very attracted to him but she also has non-stepsisterly feelings for Trent and can't stop thinking about him. So, who will Lexie end up with? Sexy Trent or sexy Alessandro?

I absolutely loved A Little Too Far! It was such an addicting read. Once I began reading it, was really hard to stop and I read late into the night. I liked Lexie's character. Her biggest flaw was that she's a people pleaser but she was a total sweetheart. She grew up a lot in the novel and I was there with her as she experienced joy, confusion, heartbreak, sorrow and again happiness when she finally got her HEA. 

As for the men, not only were both Trent and Alessandro sexy as heck, they were also really nice, intelligent, wonderful guys in different yet similar ways. I understood Lexie's dilemma with Trent and then her falling for Alessandro (how could you not?) but I 'shipped Lexie and Trent from the very beginning. I was on the edge of my seat though, dying to see who Lexie will choose. 

A Little Too Far was set mostly in Rome and I loved that! I got vicariously live through Lexie as she explored the city and the museums and the art. It was great and it made want to go to Rome myself. 

And Ms. Desrochers mentioned in her acknowledgements that A Little Too Far was partly inspired by Lifehouse song "All In" and I can totally hear the song in the last few chapters. I mention this because I listened to Lifehouse non-stop in when I was an undergrad and this novel helped me re-discover one of my favorite bands. Now I won't be able to listen to "All In" the same way again. 

A Little Too Far was soooo good! And so addicting, well-written and very steamy. Seriously, Ms. Desrochers can write a turn-the-AC-up love scene. Whew! New adult and romance fans, I urge you to pick it up. You will not be disappointed.


About Lisa Desrochers
Lisa Desrochers lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. If you'd told her five years ago she'd write a book, she'd have laughed in your face. As it turns out, she'd owe you an apology. Writing has become an addiction for Lisa and A Little Too Far, courtesy of HarperCollins, is her first novel for adults. She is also the author of the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan.

When she's not writing, she's reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise. Connect with her online at www.lisadwrites.com, on her blog at lisadesrochers.blogspot.com, on Twitter at @LisaDez, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LisaDesrochersAuthor.




The Tour
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4 comments:

  1. Awesome review ladies!!! I've been obsessively counting down the days when this book releases :)

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  2. Great review! I read one yesterday & added this to my TBR immediately. :)


    Have I gone a little too far? (For the giveaway.) UM of course. haha. But that is as far as I am going with that confession.

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