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 touches on some pretty taboo subjects. Lexie Banks is an art history major in college, and she has been given the opportunity to travel to Rome for her Jr. year. Two days before she leaves, she and her step brother connect on a level where most siblings wouldn't dare go. She's confused, because even though she was on the rebound from her douche bag ex, there's always been something between her and Trent even before their parents officially married. The author really captured the struggle Lexie was going through. Making love to her step brother mere days before leaving the country for a year would leave any girl's world turned upside down.
Lexie believes what she did is morally wrong, and as soon as she steps on foreign soil she seeks out a church to confess her sins. The priest recognizes the young woman's plight, and decides that idle hands makes for trouble so he sends her to a Deacon who is months away from committing to the church so he can put her to work on a project the church is doing for children.
Lexie appreciates the new job that helps keep her mind busy and off her love for Trent, but things get a little messy in the process. I don't want to give too much away, so I'll leave it at that and urge you all to read for yourselves.
This book did a fantastic job on illustrating Rome's charm and history without being just another boring history lesson. It's not a highly religious story, so don't let that stop you from enjoying the turbulent affair Ms. Desroches has weaved. It's fantastic and original, and I liked not knowing how things would go for Lexie. Would she and Trent's love make it, or would the small matter of being step siblings get in the way? What about the outside sources coming at them from both directions?
Easily a 5 Olive read for me, so don't hesitate to hit the buy button at the bottom of this review and pick up a copy for yourself!
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