Published by HarperCollins
Published on September 17th, 2013
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Fiction, Romance
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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’m going to try my best to not make this an extremely rant-filled review. If anything, I just want this to be over with. Ironically, that’s exactly how I felt when I was reading this.
I typically don’t read reviews prior to picking up a book, because I like going in blind…
When I read the synopsis for this book, I got excited, because of the element of forbidden romance. I thought that as with most contemporary romance novels, there would be angst-y moments, there would be times of conflict, and in the end, we’d get resolution. So despite the fact that this book had so-so ratings, I picked it up and gave it a chance.
Cue chapter one: Drew me in. Girl on the rebound from her first love with a high school sweetheart, trying to cope with the end of their relationship after he cheated on her. Boy comes back into her life, tries to win her back, girl leaves him in the dust.
Cue chapter two: Girl finds solace in the arms of her stepbro, Trent. They’ve always had a close relationship, so you could totally understand their chemistry. Then throw in some scotch, and then one thing leads to another…
I know what you’re thinking, “he’s her stepbrother!”…yes, but…
(But c’mon, I was expecting it, cause we’re told about this in the synopsis.)
So, at this point, I’m bracing myself for at least another 200 pages of angst and sexual tension.
What I wasn’t prepared for, was the clusterf*^k situation that Lexie (the heroine) would get herself into.
The day after the ‘deed’ was done, Lexie was boarding a plane, leaving for Italy for a semester abroad (for Art History). Naturally, this would be phase one of relationship complication. (That, and the whole ‘step-siblings’ thing…)
So, I kept reading…10%, 20%…*scratches head*
Got confused, cause all of a sudden, there some other random love interest came out of nowhere…
But despite that, I. Kept. Reading….45%…50%…55%…
Then, I thought Lexie came to her senses. I thought that surely, at 56%, (and at this point in the book, it’s 3 months later), there would be some progress with Lexie and Trent. That finally, they would start behaving like the ADULTS that they are, and at least possibly talk about it the elephant in the room.
BUT STILL, I. KEPT. READING….60%, 70%, 80%…
…83%…ok, 83%, I got excited, cause SOMETHING started happening…what? Nope, never mind.
BUT GUESS WHAT? I. KEPT. READING.
Then the last 7%? That was a blur. I don’t think I could see past the last 90 (NINETY!!!) PERCENT OF ANGST-RIDDEN CONTENT.
So, I got to the end. The resolution? *shrugs*
The angst killed all my hopes, dreams, and connections to this story. TOO MUCH.
This was not for me. 2 Stars for its potential, of what it could’ve been.
I was just so utterly disappointed.
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