Series: A Little Too Far #1
Interest: J. Lynn rec'd it/steamy cover/ interesting story
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. (Summary from Goodreads.com)
As you may have guessed from the book's description. This isn't exactly a traditional romance and may not be appealing to some readers. I was a little on the fence when first hearing about this book. I hadn't known Trent was Lexie's step-brother (super important distinction when sex is involved) until after I began reading the book. I was relieved to know Lexie and Trent weren't blood related. Don't get me wrong, there was still a bit of awkward to muddle through because they were step-siblings. But, it wasn't as creepy as it could have been. They didn't even meet each other until they were in middle school/ high school, the prime age for developing serious crushes.
I loved the use of Rome as a setting for A Little Too Far. The religious and art history of the city tied in beautifully with the novel. Lexie's crises of faith in sleeping with her brother and wanting to sleep with an almost priest brought up a few interesting theological questions. I wasn't thrilled with Lexie bashing herself, seriously concerned about going to hell, but I understood where she was coming from. Sleeping with your step-brother isn't exactly acceptable by most societal standards.
Each character's relationship was different, giving the story variety. I loved Alessandro's compassion towards Lexie and the friendship they shared. But I also adored Trent and Lexie's sweet and comfortable companionship. I am such a sap for stories where characters are friends before they're lovers. Most of the relationships outside of the main two don't make a huge impact. They're there, moving the plot along, but I didn't connect with any of them as well as the main three characters.
There was only one thing which really bothered me about A Little Too Far. There wasn't enough Trent. I'm not talking in a fangirl sense, where I wanted him there all the time. It just felt like he was not there as much as he should have been. Lexie is really devoted to the idea of Trent as this amazing, wonderful person and I would have liked to see more scenes with him to back it up. It kind of felt like Alessandro and Lexie had "more" together because Alessandro was with Lexie all the time and I could see their constant connection.
The steamy scenes were great and mainly happened in the beginning and end of A Little Too Far. There wasn't a huge amount of sex, if that's a concern. (I like a bit of plot with the sexy-times.) However, what was written about was definitely worthy of a cold shower after reading.
As long as Lexie and Trent's semi-sibling relationship doesn't bother them, I think A Little Too Far would be good for any steamy romance junkie. (Especially those who like New Adult.) The characters had solid relationships and the setting was an awesome edition to an already good story. I'm excited to read the next book in the series, A Little Too Much, already out.
Teaser Lines: I just had totally mind-blowing sex with my step brother. And I'm leaving for Rome in two days. Which is a good thing because I just had totally mind-blowing sex with my step brother.