"Sinfully sexy, but utterly unique. My favorite New Adult book of the year!" --CORA CARMACK, New York Times bestselling author of LOSING IT
"More than a ridiculously sexy, HOT read, Desrochers takes you on a wild ride of self-discovery and bittersweet romance." --JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT (J. Lynn), New York Times bestselling author of WAIT FOR YOU
"This is forbidden love and longing done absolutely right! Complicated and sexy doesn't even begin to cover Lexie's journey." --JAY CROWNOVER, New York Times bestselling author of RULE
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I wasn't going to write a review on this book, mainly because I am not happy with the ending. I didn't feel that is was fair to judge the book just because things didn't go my way. However, after a few days of reflection I've come to the conclusion that it wasn't whom Lexie chose that made me rate this book lower than 5 stars. It was because the entire time the author leads readers down a certain path (redemption and atoning for sins) only to pull the rug out from under us.
**SPOILERS** (Sorry, but I don't think there is any way I can write what I have to say without them)
Note: I know a lot of reviewers wrote about problems they had with the stepbrother/stepdaughter relationship. I didn't have a problem with this and isn't a reason I disliked the ending. Not to be a person who "of course, has a story" but I actually have friends that were step-siblings and got married, so it isn't that taboo to me.
#1. The majority of this story (75%-80%) follows...
Wanting what she cannot have, is a theme I think any girl can relate to. I was introduced to this novel by Jennifer L. Arementrout, via facebook. Aside from Lexie's love for her stepbrother Trent, I am ready to dive into any book that will take me straight to Rome. All the talk about the artworks, the city, and the culture was fantastic. The visual was so strong, that I felt as if I was right there with Lexie in the busy streets of Rome.
Aside from that though, I found Lexie a really hard narrator to connect with. I didn't like how she always said that she didn't want to hurt her relationship with Trent, her parents, or Sam and the first second she gets, she goes and messes it all up. Her parents for example, if she really is scared to tell them and wants to find the perfect timing, then why is she sneaking into Trent's room while they are both sleeping downstairs? Isn't that kind of disrespecting her parents right there?
Also, Alessandro-what was the point of...
3.5 stars First of all I loved the way the story was written. It kept me intrigued the entire time. This author has some crazy good writing skills. But I have to say I'm so disappointed in the way this book turned out.
Spoiler Alert: I don't understand why the majority of the story focuses on Lexie's developing relationship with Alessandro. It feels like she completely 100% led him on. I know Lexie struggles with thinking of herself as a bad person Bc of her past decisions, and for most of the book I was really rooting for her to think better of herself Bc I felt like she was too hard on herself. Until the end of course. Now I don't know if I feel like she is that great of a person. She is awfully selfish. I am so disappointed in Lexie. I feel so let down by her actions towards Alessandro. The middle of the story is so magical. And then Bam! She suddenly decides she can't live without Trent- confesses her undying love for him- gets engaged- and "lives...
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