Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers

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Series: A Little Too Far #1
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Reading Level: New Adult, 18+
Pages: 230 (eARC)
Source: Edelweiss for Blog Tour
“More than a ridiculously sexy, HOT read, Desrochers takes you on a wild ride of self-discovery and bittersweet romance.”
— JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT, #1 New York Times bestselling author of WAIT FOR YOU

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.
~*~Lili's Reflections~*~

A big topic of concern on my blog lately has been my terrible new adult slump. I love the genre, but I've found that new adult contemporary romance novels are similar in taste, execution, plot, and style. I looked towards A LITTLE TOO FAR hoping it could be my saving grace, and boy, has it renewed my faith in the genre. Not only does it take risks by attacking the dark concept of a forbidden romance between step-siblings, but it's laugh out loud funny and steamy as well.
This book begins with a break-up. Lexie learns that her boyfriend of three and a half years has been cheating her. He wants her back, but she refuses to deal with him again. She goes home to her slightly older step-brother, Trent, who is also her closest confidant. Somewhere between venting her feelings and receiving advice, playing some Warcraft, and knocking back some Scotch, they have sex. And then they realize they both want more. To make matters worse, this is two days before Lexie takes her study abroad trip to Rome, so the immediate separation does not make things easy on either of them. Immediately fearing the consequences of her actions, Lexie goes to Church in Rome to confess her sins because she's unsure if the love she felt was really so unnatural. He is her step brother, after all. There she meets Alessandro who ends up using her as an art tour-guide/teacher for the kids he is helping with. Not only is his unbelievably sexy, but he understands her. Unfortunately, he's a soon-to-be Priest that took a vow of celibacy. You can only imagine how twisted Lexie's world is.

One of the things I loved about this book was its lack of sex scenes. There was about four in here, and I enjoyed that. I could see pretty much everyone of them coming, and a little steamy smut is no problem at all. But there was an overall plot that drove this book instead of a plethora of never-ending sex. So it will not only appeal to readers like myself who don't care about sex but desire a strong, plot-driven book, but the steaminess will make any adult romance lover happy as well. It's a win/win if you ask me.

One of the things that I found fascinating was Lexie's relationship with Trent in comparison to her relationship with Alessandro. There was a definite attraction and camaraderie with Trent that differentiated from Alessandro's philosophical yet deep connection with her through their shared love of art, though his is fueled by his religion, oddly enough. With that in mind, I also want to say that while there's religion in this book it's not at all shoved down your throat or overpowering, so nobody has anything to fear in this regard. It was great to watch Alessandro struggle with what he thought was his life's calling, just as it was interesting to see what Trent would do when faced with the terrible realization that he may not be able to call the girl he loves his girl. Two completely different kinds of struggle and torment in a single story over a single woman, very nicely done. This is the proper way to write a love triangle.

This is also one of those books that easily transports you to the desired location. In this instance, it's Rome. Not only have I visited Rome twice, but I have four years of Italian under my belt. I feel that the descriptions were spot-on and it was amazing for me to be able to recognize some of the art pieces and destinations referenced in the book. It was even greater for me to understand the Italian in the story some of which is very dirty. For those of you who don't speak Italian, it's easy to figure out what is being said, but a translator will help you easily. There's not much Italian, though, just little bits thrown in here and there for purpose and comedy.

In the end, it's hard to pick out things that I can truly nitpick about this book. My biggest issue with it is that I was unhappy with who she chose in the end. While I saw it coming, Ihappened to like the connection with her other guy more than the one she ended up with. Both were strong, but they had different types of strength. And I felt as if one blossomed way more than the other. However, that's a personal issue that made the ending slightly sour to me. I will say this, the reactions of other characters to the news of her relationship was frustrating as well because they lacked realism.

My biggest issue was that while these characters were powerful and their emotions were clear, I couldn't always relate to them. Lexie's this strong girl that's confused with her life. I get that, but it didn't always come through to me. She struggles between guys and bounces back and forth with everything. She can't really make up her mind. But I have noticed that she manages to have somewhat of a daily routine because 1) she is never not wearing a thong and 2) she tends to end up naked a lot and 3) Lady Moses who lives next door seems to think she's a hoodlum. It's sort of sad when I sit here trying to think of how I connect with her and those are the three things that quickly come to mind. I connected with Alessandro ten times more than I did her. And while I enjoyed her story, it's hard to fully love it if you can't connect with your main character.

In the end, I recommend this to anyone looking for a great romance. I'm eager to check out book two since it's told from the perspective of who she does not end up with in book one. And, clearly, I like this person's mind more. Desrochers foray into the new adult genre has been a success that leaves me pining for more and laughing out loud. And while I think that this book can appeal to literally any new adult reader, I don't think this is a good book for anyone under the age of sixteen.

 
3.5 stars
 
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Disclaimer: I have received no compensation of any kind in return for my honest review. 
 
~*~Giveaway~*~

This giveaway is hosted by the lovely Lisa Desrochers and it is open to the US and Canada only. There will be five winners for prizes ranging from an iPad mini, swag, and signed copies of BETWEEN THE COVERS, which continues the first few chapters of A LITTLE TOO FAR. Enjoy!
 
~*~Meet the Rockstar~*~


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.

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