Title: A Little Too Far
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Published: September 17th 2013 by HarperCollins
"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."
First line: "My ex is a douche."
Thoughts: Can we just stop for a minute and talk about how insanely sexy and hilarious A LITTLE TOO FAR is? I'm fairly certain that while reading this novel I forgot what day it was and possibly what my name is. That's how enthralling this book is. Wowzas!
First off, Desrochers doesn't waste any time captivating the reader. You instantly get thrown into Lexieland and all the drama that this entails. Talk about a girl with guy problems! There's an ex, a stepbrother, and a hot Italian deacon. Wait, did I say problems? What's the opposite of problems? In this case, I'm going to have to say blessings. What I adored about this novel is even though things heat up between her and her stepbrother, she doesn't alter her life and drop everything for him. Lexie is an artist and has had this study abroad program planned for ages. Study in the land of art? Ahh, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica...Talk about a trip of a lifetime. Though the trip itself seemed like the perfect escape, I truly don't believe Lexie would have dropped everything for Trent. Her experience in Italy probably would have been drastically different, but where's the fun in that?
Another thing I admired about Lexie was her sense of humor. She would say and do things one would not deem inappropriate, and I loved every minute of it. Let's just say there's a confession in a certain chapel somewhere that is a tad on the risque side. Almost dropped my iPAd when I came across that scene. Yikes.
The romance in this novel is the perfect blend of angst, drama, and swoon. While I cherished the scenes between Alessandro and Lexie, I must confess I found the scenes between Trent and Lexie far more enticing. I liked Alessandro, but I found him to be more of a friend type. Did I love the conversations and exchanging between the two? Of course! Alessandro took her on an adventure and a great one at that. The thing is, in my personal opinion, Lexie and Trent had more chemistry. They had that sizzle you can't fizzle. With all of this said, it doesn't change the fact that I can't wait for the next book to come out. For those who have read A LITTLE TOO FAR, you know why.
Overall, I recommend A LITTLE TOO FAR to contemp fans and NA fans. I've noticed a lot of NA novels out there like to push the line between sexier than YA and erotica, however, I found the sex scenes in A LITTLE TOO FAR to be tasteful yet smoldering. NA books are either hits or misses for me, and this one was a big hit. I sense a reread in my future!
“'You never seem to run out of ways to blow my mind, Lexie. You’re my best friend, and you’re the one woman I can imagine spending the rest of my life with. Do you know how lucky that makes me?'”
“Passion can sometimes bring out qualities in a person that they never knew they possessed.”
“Yep. The tingle in my groin is unmistakable. I've got the hots for the good reverend. I thought I was going to hell before, but this pretty much cements it.”