As the oldest son of a Chicago crime lord, Robert Delgado always knew how dangerous life could be. With his mother dead and his father in prison, he’s taking charge of his family’s safety—putting himself and his siblings in witness protection to hide out in a backwater Florida town.
Fourth grade teacher Adri Wilson is worried about the new boy in her class. Sherm is quiet and evasive, especially when he’s around his even cagier older brother. Adri can’t help her attraction to Rob, or the urge to help them both in whatever way she can.
But the Delgados have enemies on two sides of the mob—their father’s former crew and the rival family he helped take down. It’s only a matter of time before someone finds them. And if Rob isn’t careful, Adri could end up in the crossfire...
Having never read anything by Lisa Desrochers, I took a shot in the dark shot in the dark with Outside the Lines based on the cover, which really is eye catching, and the synopsis of the book. The mafia/organized crime has always peaked my interest so it makes perfect sense that I’d be drawn to it and overall I enjoyed it though it took awhile for things to really get going.
I find myself in a catch 22 situation with the beginning 40% or so of the story because as much as I enjoyed getting to know the Delgado/Davidson siblings, their initial reactions to their new home and situation as well as getting to know Adri and her life, I also felt as if the pacing of the story dragged because of it. I couldn’t help but wonder if all of the information we were given was necessary. I understand that this is a first in series and the author is definitely setting the stage for future books, and believe me when I say I did appreciate it, I just wish it hadn’t taken up as much time as it did. But at about the 40% mark, and maybe even a little earlier, the pace does quicken and things finally start happening on all fronts.
Rob and Adri I liked. Rob is carrying around a lot of guilt for not being able to keep the family business together, like he was groomed to, and therefore put his siblings in danger. His self loathing threatens to morph into full blown vengeance until he cross paths with Adri. Adri is a fixer and her need to make things better was a tad annoying, but her intentions are good and she did know when to back off and when not to. She is compassionate and determined, which I actually admired, especially when it came to Rob and Sherm, and though she may see the world through rose colored glasses at times, she’s not naive in anyway. Their relationship moves slowly and while there are quite a few ‘pulling one closer with one hand while pushing them away with the other’ moments going on, it made perfect sense considering the situation.
Though the beginning did drag a bit for me, the writing was still engaging and I liked how Sherm’s story was intertwined with Rob and Adri’s and how it was brought to its resolution. The plot twist that popped up at the end I definitely didn’t see coming and has me wanting to see how it will play out and evolve as the series progresses. I really liked Chuck, Adri’s best friend, and am quite curious to see what the author has in store for the rest of the Delgado/Davidson siblings.
The Bottom Line: A good start to a new series and one I’m looking forward to keeping up with.
~ ARC provided by Penguin Group - InterMix via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
Lisa Desrochers lives in northern California with her husband, two very busy daughters, and Shini the tarantula. If you'd told her five years ago she'd write a book, she'd have laughed in your face. As it turns out, she'd owe you an apology. Writing has become an addiction for Lisa and A Little Too Far, courtesy of HarperCollins, is her first novel for adults. She is also the author of the young adult Personal Demons trilogy from Macmillan. When she's not writing, she's reading, and she adores stories that take her to new places, and then take her by surprise.