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.
I bought this book during the #SexMeUpReadathon that was run by the Gosling Girls. Lisa came to my attention after I enjoyed Jay Crownover’s Marked Men series and I was eager to try something of hers. I had a little conversation on twitter with Lisa where she told me I’d have to tell her if I was team stepbrother or team priest so I was already intrigued to find out what the storyline involved. I dived in without reading the blurb.
The story focuses on main character Lexie Banks who the story follows to her summer in Rome. Lexi leaves behind her gorgeous step brother (Trent) who she may have accidentally just slept with and seeking absolution she signs up to help with a children-orientated art project run by gorgeous priest Alessandro Moretti.
So, as I’ve said I didn’t read the blurb before I read this so I was totally shocked by the whole Lexie/Trent relationship right at the start of the book. This slightly taboo and controversial relationship had me a bit shocked but after the narrative goes on to explore their relationship in more depth I could actually get on board with it a little. I really liked Trent’s character as seen by narrator Lexie. He seemed like a genuinely amazing, caring and gorgeous guy it’s no wonder that there was this undercurrent of attraction between them. At first I really liked Lexie too. She seemed to be normal, down to earth and a good character to relate to in the other aspects of her life – especially in her relationship with her step-mother which appeared very realistic with its ups and downs.
Lexie, spending her summer abroad, meets our second potential suitor Alessandro Morretti while she’s coming out of confessional where she attempts to absolve some of the sin she feels after her and Trent ended up together. It was after meeting Alessandro that I started to like Lexie’s character a bit less. Alessandro was sort of like the forbidden fruit to Lexie and although there was an almost instant and palpable attraction to Alessandro I didn’t like that it felt like she had no respect for him and his position in the church whatsoever. At some points I was actually rooting for their coupling to be the one that would pull through but the further into the story I got the more I was attracted to Alessandro and the less I liked that it felt Lexie was stringing him along, culminating in him totally questioning his beliefs to be turned down.
I thought that the end of the story was a little bit rushed meaning that the reactions to the outcome of the Lexie/Trent/Alessandro triangle were downplayed and completely underwhelming. I initially thought I would be reading the rest of this series but as the ending didn’t pan out the way I thought and as the second in the series doesn’t have Lexie as the main character I don’t think I will be rushing for it. Although don’t get me wrong I did enjoy parts of the relationship between Lexie and Trent/Alessandro, the overall outcome for them pulled some of that enjoyment away for me.