A Little Too Much (A Little Too Far #2) by Lisa Desrochers
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Source: ARC from the Publisher
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In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.
Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.
Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.
As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?
I loved the first installment in this series, A Little Too Far, but A Little Too Much was even better. In the last book we got to know Alessandro Moretti the, now former, priest-in-training. Riddled with guilt from his difficult past, he'd turned to the cloth to atone for his sins. Then he met Lexie and everything changed. With his previous path upended, Alessandro's now on a quest to confront his past ghost and determine what's next for him. One of which is Hilary McIntyre; his first. Years ago, when they were both just kids in a group home, he and his brother hurt her in very different ways.
Now 8 years later, Hilary is navigating through life the best she can, living in New York and trying to make it on Broadway. She's got her life together (more or less), but the effects of her childhood are never far below the surface. And Alessandro's return is guaranteed to bring them out. But neither can deny old feelings for long.
Prepare to really meet Alessandro Moretti without the looming priesthood. I couldn't help but fall for him in the last book, and he wasn't even trying then. He's still ridiculously sexy, and now not-as-forbidden. This is where how awesome he is gets cemented forever and luckily, this time, it happens with the right girl. His guilt still plagues him, but the tortured soul thing really works for him.
And Hilary matches him in every way in the difficult-past department. That was the aspect that put this book above the first for me. Both Alessandro and Hilary have extremely rich back stories, even beyond their childhood romance that are impossible not to get absorbed into. It was the first time in a long time that the "big reveal" in an NA novel was just that for me. I was hooked in every way and raced for the end while simultaneously wishing it would never come.
The development of their relationship was incredible to experience. It's once again impossible to keep from feeling with these characters and that made the ride even more enthralling. The way they struggled to open up and lean on each other is heartbreaking and wonderful and just... awesome. I have so much love for this book, it's ridiculous.
Fans of A Little Too Far will love to see Alessandro find his happiness. A Little Too Much is sexy, emotional, and beautiful, easily making my list of favorite NAs with the first. Lisa Desrochers is quickly becoming an auto-buy for me given how much I've enjoyed this series. Be sure to check it out when it releases tomorrow (November 12th)!
Lisa Desrochers is the USA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far, courtesy of HarperCollins, and companions, A Little Too Much (Nov 12, 2013), and A Little Too Hot (Jan 21, 2014). Also in stores is her YA Personal Demons trilogy (Macmillan).
She 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.