Synopsis: 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.
PTB: The first time Alessandro saw Lexie what words came to his mind?
Lisa: Interestingly, I’ve written that scene from Alessandro’s POV, and the words are:
I can’t even see the girl’s face as she rockets out of the confessional as if shot from a cannon, but as she slams into me, the contact seizes my insides and wakes me to my cold, dead core. She’s on the tall side, and slender, with dirty blond hair pulled back into a messy ponytail. She’s flustered, but she was that way before she stumbled into me, so it must be from whatever just happened in the confessional.
Which makes me desperately want to know what just happened in the confessional.
I shake the alarmingly unpriestly thought out of my head and steady her as she turns. Her eyes are big and blue, and, just for a second, as they widen in my direction, the openness and awe in them is totally disarming.
“Oh! I’m sorry, Father,” she says, a little breathlessly, her cheeks flushing a deeper shade of pink.
Something I haven’t felt in very long time stirs in my gut, and it surprises me. Have I found other women desirable? Of course. I’m human, after all. But the sensation has been easily suppressed by remembering my path. Within the Church, I’ve found forgiveness for my unforgivable sins. In helping others, I’ve found a modicum of peace that, by all rights, I don’t deserve, but cherish nonetheless. But as desire courses through my veins, flooding my senses and overriding my sensibilities, I realize it’s never consumed me. Not like this. This girl is the first one to ever feel dangerous. Which means I should stay away.
PTB: Trent, Trent, Trent what a great character! He and Lexie share a special bond because Lexie tells him everything. But, he keeps his attraction to her in check until…that moment described in the synopsis. So we have to ask, when did he realize he was first attracted to Lexie?
Lisa: Trent and Lexie have been best friends and confidants since their parents met, and there’s always been an underlying current of sexual tension. Trent, especially, realized how attracted he was to Lexie with their first kiss, before their parents married. They’ve both denied their attraction for years, and Trent’s long string of hook-ups has been his way of dealing. But that all changes when he knows Lexie is leaving.
PTB: Can we talk about your gorgeous setting? Lexie as an art history major could’ve studied abroad in many places. Why did you specifically choose Rome as the setting of the story?
Lisa: That was me interjecting my secret desire to spend more time in Italy. I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time in Rome, but no matter how long I’m there, it’s never enough. It is the birthplace of the Renaissance and Baroque movements. Many classical pieces by some of the world’s most renown artists in history (Michelangelo, Leonardo, Bernini) are on display there. So it made sense that Lexie, my art history major, would decide to study there when she needed a reason to get out of Dodge. I loved revisiting Rome and bringing it and its art to life on the page.
PTB: Okay, one more Alessandro question. We at PTB love that he can cook! If he was cooking us dinner what would he make? And what wine would he choose?
Lisa: For you, Sophie, he would choose something full of flavor, like his company. He’s thinking Chicken Provençal with a hearty Côtes de Provence that wouldn’t be overwhelmed by the bold flavors of the main dish. And candlelight, of course 😉
You guys can already predict that I may never recover from the swoon I’m feeling. So, let me just say that this is a 5-star, sexy, page-turning read. Lisa is including a giveaway of an ARC of A Little Too Far (U.S. and Canadian addresses only, please).
Pre-order links: (the ebook will be out on September 17th and the paperback will be released on October 6th) amazon | Barnes and Noble (SPPPT, If you pre-order now through September 10th, you can get an exclusive look at book 2! Click HERE for details.)
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