About The Book
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse
Pages: 416 pages
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Edelweiss
Series: A Little Too Far #2
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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?
If you read my review of A Little Too Far (if you haven't it's here) you know I'm crazy about it. I loved everything about it and I thought A Little Too Much couldn't possible top it. I was wrong.
A Little Too Much was equally just as good, or better even.
I may just like it a bit more than A Little Too Far and the reason why is Hilary. She was a complicated character, a force to be reckoned with, kind of a bad-ass and she just filled the pages with her personality. Hilary was the opposite of Lexie, who's such sweetheart and someone I could picture being friends with but I think I'd be too intimidated by Hilary if I met her. But she grew on me the more I got to know her. She's led a hard life and had to grow up quickly but beneath her bad-ass-ness lies a vulnerable middle.
I felt that first and foremost A Little Too Much was Hilary's story more than anything else. Not hers and Alessandro's and their road to happily ever after but hers. Hilary coming to terms with her past, with Alessandro and what happened between them, with her mother, her sister and with her life in the present. It was Hilary's coming of age story and the romance wasn't the main focus of the story (it was a big part of the story but it wasn't the main focus) and I really liked that.
Of course I cannot write this review without mentioning Alessandro. We met him in A Little Too Far and he was the almost-priest that Lexie formed a deep connection with. He was sexy then but kind of aloof, which was okay because I rooted for Trent to end up with Lexie. In A Little Too Much Alessandro is just as sexy but he's more open, playful and wonderful and romantic (especially towards the end) and I melted because he's just so darn sweet.
I loved the author's descriptions of New York--similar to Rome in A Little Too Far, New York was an integral part of A Little Too Much. I've visited the city a few years back and reading this novel reminded me how much I enjoyed my time there. But after reading this novel I wish I can go back and explore the hidden gems of the city that Hilary and Alessandro visited.
A Little Too Much should be the way new adult is written--deep, heartfelt and focused more on the main character's growth as a person than the romance. The writing, pacing and voice was solid. Lisa Desrochers keeps getting better and better with each book. If you read A Little Too Far then you have to read this book. But if you have not read it yet, pick up and read A Little Too Much anyway. It can be read as a standalone and it is excellent--one of the best NA I've read this year and one of my favorites ever.
About the Author
Thank you to Lisa, we have an awesome giveaway fans following the tour will want to enter to win! Two winners will get six signed NA or YA books plus swag, and two winners will get a silver butterfly pendant and swag. (4 winners total) Signed books by Katy Evans, K.A. Tucker, J. Lynn, Cora Carmack, Victoria Scott, Jay Crownover, Sophie Jordan and Lisa, herself.