Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers

Thursday, February 27, 2014 with 6 comments

Title: A Little Too Far
Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #1
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 17th, 2013
Source: Purchased
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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 was just okay for me. I knew this was New Adult going into it. I’ve heard some good things, and since this was picked up by a publisher, I figured I’d give it a try. I’m always wary though, because that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be good these days.

Lexie and her step brother Trent are really close. He’s been her best friend for years, and though they’ve been brought up as brother and sister most their lives, there has always been an underlying sexual tension between them. Lexie is having a bad day, she’s on the rebound and happens to run into her scummy ex. This leads to confiding and crying on 

Trent’s shoulder over the worthless douche. What happens next? Boinking obviously!!
This is okay, they are not blood related, but it’s awkward. They are both confused about how to handle it all. They decide to sweep it under the rug for now, since college is about to start back up.

Lexie is going for a year abroad in Rome. This was my favorite thing. I loved the descriptions of the art and museums. After confessing to her sins at a nearby catholic church, she starts working with Deacon Moretti to educate local children. Deacon Moretti is a hottie and his name is Alessandro. If that doesn’t spell do me, I don’t know what does. lol Things get a little sticky from here.

The things I liked about A Little Too Far, was that it isn’t all sex. There are other things going on. She’s schooling in Rome because of the art, and that’s a decent part of the story. Both Alissandro and Trent are nice guys! Imagine that.

I would like to say there is a bit of a love triangle but honestly it’s no contest. You know straight away where her true feelings are. She knows too, but she chooses to ignore what is so obviously in front of her. I was not a fan of the games she played.

Also, all the religious stuff. I’m not religious at all so I find it hard to connect with characters who are. That’s just me. There was nothing preachy about this book though, so have no fear.

I think I may read the next one, just because I’m curious about the character it follows. 

Lisa DesrochersAbout the author:

Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (Nov 12, 2013), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

She lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

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  1. Oh no, April! I'm sorry you didn't love this one. I hope you like A LIttle Too Much more, though if you weren't a big fan of religious Alessandro you may not like it either because he's in that one too... though he's way less religious. ;) Good honest review!

  2. I've had this one on my Kindle FOREVER it seems. I liked her YA series, but I'm always wary of NA. I keep hearing good things about this series, though. I just know, based on your review, not to go in with undue expectations, and it should be at least an enjoyable read. I'm not big on the religious stuff, as you know, so thanks for making sure to mention that. =)

  3. I'm with you on all those fronts. It was good because it wasn't just about sex. I honestly thought the ending was....different I suppose. But the whole experience she had in Rome was really great. I loved the history and art explanations too. It was good....but not great. Not sure if I want to read the rest of them....maybe because she ended up with the guy I didn't want her to end up with? LOL

  4. LOL I definitely would recommend your reading A Little Too Much and finishing it off with A Little Too Hot!!! These last two were more to my liking. And you hit all the points of where many readers felt cheated at the end of the story. Great review.

  5. I haven't had any good experiences with NA yet, unfortunately. :( I didn't realise initially that it was basically an erotica genre, so I'm glad this one has a little more PLOT going for it. YAY. I still don't think it'd be uber high on my TBR though. Talk about an awkward premise though...

  6. Lisa's short story in Fifty First Times was one of my favorites. It's about Rick (who I guess is a big jerk in A Little Too Far?) but he's suuuuuuuuuper swoony in it. He falls in love with a girl who was badly scarred while serving in Iraq.


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