A LITTLE TOO FAR
Desrochers' NA debut is what good New Adult should be: sexy, fun and completely cracktastic. She takes two taboo romantic situations and makes them not only seem plausible, but totally realistic. The pacing is excellent and Lexie's relationships with both men feels organic. Lexie's self-awareness about the sensitive nature of each situation makes her both a likable heroine and an engaging narrator. While readers will have to suspend some disbelief to buy into the ending, this is an engrossing, highly addictive story.
Art student Lexie Banks' boyfriend of three years has just dumped her, and guess who her rebound guy is? Her stepbrother, Trent. Luckily, it's only a few days before Lexie leaves for a year of studying abroad in Rome, where she meets Alessandro Moretti, a young, sexy deacon months away from becoming an ordained priest. While Lexie tries to escape her mortifying mistake of sleeping with her stepbrother, she can't help but feel like she's burying genuine feelings for Trent. Meanwhile, unable to resist Lexie's charm, Alessandro is questioning his role in the Catholic church. Torn between her deep feelings for Trent and her budding attraction to Alessandro, Lexie must choose between two forbidden men before her time abroad is up. (MORROW, Oct., 336 pp., $6.99, ISBN: 9780062299017, PB, 18 & Up)
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