Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Little Too Far Book Tour: Review + Interview + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the A Little Too Far book tour, organized by A Life Bound By Books! I have a review of this amazing book coming up, as well as an author interview and a giveaway for several awesome prizes, including an iPad mini and annotated chapters of A Little Too Far. But, before we get to all that fun, allow me to introduce the book:

A Little Too Far (A Little Too Far, #1)
Release date: September 17, 2013 (ebook), October 1, 2013 (print)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Series: A Little Too Far #1

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.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Hot, intense, sexy, and sweet. A Little Too Far was one HOT book! Emotionally intense and featuring two hot men and some seriously scorching scenes. What's not to like?

Love triangles are shaky for me. Sometimes, an author manages to pull it off and it makes the book even better. And, most of the time, it doesn't work and it mostly serves as an annoyance at best. So, I was a little wary going into this book. The premise of the story is a love triangle. But, I have to say that the author not only pulled it off but made it spectacular.

Lexie was a great heroine. I worried that her, shall we say impulsive, actions might be a problem. But they actually made her easy to relate to. She's a very likable character, one that is realistic and wonderful in her flaws. And her indecision between Trent and Alessandro was believable because I was in the same place, unable to decide which totally amazing guy was better. I really liked her, even though I sometimes wanted to shake her for being oblivious. I thought she was an awesome, likable character.

The two love interests...
I think I almost hot a hot guy overload with these two guys. Wow, are they super sexy and hot and sweet and just wonderful! I completely understand why  Lexie was torn between these two because I totally adored them both.

Trent was the step-brother. Their parents (his mother and her father) got married when they were in high school, if I remember correctly. They became best friends and confidantes and, yet, there was always an undercurrent of sexual tension. I don't know if some people might be weirded out by the whole step-brother/sister thing, but it didn't bother me. They weren't related and they didn't even meet until they were teenagers. They was never a brother/sister relationship between them, so it didn't seem weird to me that they had the hots for each other. Trent was wonderful. He was SO sweet, always there for Lexie. He was completely adorable and it took me all of two chapters to fall for him.

Alessandro was also amazing. Like Trent, he was super sweet. He's had a rough past, but that only made him more determined to rise above it. He was such a genuinely nice person that it was impossible not to love him. And that's not even mentioning his amazing looks. But, I don't think it can get more forbidden love than this. He's a soon-to-be priest who had taken a vow of celibacy. Forbidden doesn't even begin to cover it.

The romance was brilliantly done.
The romance between Trent and Lexie was explosive. They've had feelings for each other for years. They were already close and had the emotional intimacy of a relationship, which made them sweet together. But, they've also been ignoring the chemistry between them for years and, when they finally got together, it was HOT. Like, fan your face hot. Even after that, the sparks between them were on fire.
The romance between Alessandro and Lexie was different. It was more emotionally intense. They get very close, very fast. But, despite the definitely attraction between them, they obviously couldn't actually get together. So, while the sweet factor was higher, the spice factor was more about the potential of their attraction. The sparks were there but it could only every be a possibility. And I thought that was very well done, too.

Who does she choose? I won't say. But, I think it was the right choice for her. And, I believe the next book is about the one who loses out in this love triangle, so I can't wait to read that because I already adore him and I want him to get a happy ending.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. The constant indecision, the sparks that were just flying everywhere, the secrets, the betrayals. It all had me riveted. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was perfect. After reading this, I'm definitely excited to see more from this series. Can't wait for the next book!

A Little Too Far was absolutely magnificent. This. Book. Was. Brilliant! I loved every part of it! The steamy romance, the drama. It was all wonderful. Lovers of New Adult romance, this book is a must read.

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Lisa Desrochers*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Author Interview:

Lisa Desrochers lives in central California with her husband and two very busy daughters. There is never a time that she can be found without a book in her hand, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.

Look for her New Adult novel, A LITTLE TOO FAR , courtesy of HarperCollins Sept 2013, and the first companion, A LITTLE TOO MUCH , in Nov 2013. Also in stores is her YA PERSONAL DEMONS trilogy (Macmillan).

Welcome to Imagine a World! I'm so glad you could be here :)

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
The harder parts have to do more with logistics than the actual writing. Deadlines are a little stressful sometimes, and the revision process once a manuscript is in to my editor isn’t always easy, but the writing itself is never hard. I generally gage whether I’m writing the right book by how easily it’s coming. If the writing is hard, and I’m struggling with it, I’m not writing what I was meant to write. I wrote A LITTLE TOO FAR in thirteen days.

What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I’ve never had writer’s block. I was talking to a good author friend of mine who’s been stuck for a few months. Every writer’s process is different, and there’s no single right way. But for this friend of mine, she needs a title before she can even start writing, and then she has to write chronologically, from beginning to end.

For me, the process is a little more freeform. I don’t write chronologically, and it’s very rare that there’s not a scene from somewhere in the book that’s speaking to me. (Confession: I write all the sex scenes first :D) So, if I’m writing a scene and I get stuck, I just move on to a different scene. I piece it all together, smooth over transitions, and it’s a book.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
I’m taking that in the general sense, as in, they continually inspire me, which is a different thing that who inspired me to write in the first place, etc… (Did I confuse you? ;-p) There are definitely authors who inspire me to be a better writer. Some that spring to mind are Kristin Cashore, John Green, and Gayle Forman.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
A LITTLE TOO FAR is the first in a series. Book two is A LITTLE TOO MUCH and releases on Nov. 12, 2013, so I finished that one a while ago. I’ve just finished book three, which will be titled A LITTLE TOO HOT and release on Jan 21, 2014.

They are companion novels, so there are characters that carry over from one to another, but all three books stand alone. And…that’s just about all I can say about them right now. ;-)

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why?
I would go back to Italy during the Renaissance and hang out with Michelangelo.

When you read A LITTLE TOO FAR, you’ll understand why. I set the story in Rome so I could lose myself there for a little while, and I tried to bring it to life on the page. Rome is as much of a character as Lexie, Alessandro, or Trent. Of course, I’d only want to stay for a short while, because I really like electricity and
flush toilets. =)

Summer or winter? 

Cat or dog?

Tea or coffee? 

Book or movie?

Bad boy or boy next door? 
Boy next door

Thanks for coming!
You’re welcome! Thanks for having me =)
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Good luck!

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  1. This sounds like a killer book. Two men that should be off limits. Being a Catholic the forbidden Deacon is probably a fantasy for many. Not that I've seen many cute Deacon's! Still, those about to be priests are forbidden fruit. The stepbrother is another forbidden relationship. At least they didn't grow up together. Sounds like a fascinating story. Wondering who she'll end up with.

  2. It's definitely an amazing book! And, this book kept me guessing right up until the end about who she would end up with, I hope you like it has much as I did when you get the chance to read it :)