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.
The synopsis immediately grabbed my attention. I love a forbidden romance, but two forbidden romances and a love triangle?! Sounds a little over the top, but Lisa Desrochers pulls it off perfectly. The story isn’t as dark and taboo as one might originally think from reading the synopsis. We do have a very unusual and unique love triangle with two very unlikely swoonworthy options. We have the step-brother, Trent, who has been Lexie’s best friend and confidant since their parent’s married in their teenage year ( but don’t think of it as incestual as Forbidden… think Rush and Blaire from Abbi Glines Fallen Too Far series) and we have a soon to be Priest, Alessandro. If I’m being honest, I was more skeptical about the relationship with the Priest over the step-brother when going into this story. However, no need to worry about Lexie stealing this Priest’s virtue… Alessandro isn’t perfect and is joining the priesthood to right all the wrongs of his dark past. Who knew a black suit and a white collar could be so hot?!
The characters in this book are exceptional. They were all flawed and very real. I rarely like the female lead, but I really loved Lexie. Lexie is such a smart, fun, and likeable character whose decisions and actions were validated throughout the book and her inner monologue had me giggling constantly. This was the type of book that I was more Team Lexie than anything while reading. I also loved how her honesty bled out at the most inappropriate times:
“I needed the perfect missionary for this job, and the Lord sent you.”
“Actually, it was Father Reynolds who sent me, on account of the fact that there weren’t enough Hail Marys I could possibly say to cover my ass.”
I really loved the growth of the relationships in this book. I’m all about the build-up and this story does not lack in that department. Lisa Desrochers steps away from the repetitive, sexually focused stories that have become the norm for NA novels and has given us something else to enjoy… relationships with actual romance and substance! Both relationships are built from friendship and they are so strong and intense that sex isn’t even needed nor would it have been missed had it been absent. I really loved both of the relationships and could relate to Lexie’s confusion as to which way her heart was leading her. I knew that no matter which relationship eventually worked out it was going to be bittersweet for me. That being said, when all is said and done closure was provided for all of the characters and the reader will come away feeling satisfied, no matter who your favorite beau is. I can fully attest to that because I am probably in the minority, but I favored the guy not chosen. But good news, Lexie may have chosen the right guy for her, but the one not chosen has not been left out in the dust.. he’s getting his own story which releases November 12, 2014, in the next installment “A Little Too Much”!
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Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A LITTLE TOO FAR, courtesy of HarperCollins. Look for the companions, A LITTLE TOO MUCH (11/12/13), and A LITTLE TOO HOT (1/21/14), and also her Personal Demons trilogy (Macmillan).
Lisa lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.