A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers
Series: A Little Too Far #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: November 12th 2013
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher (William Morrow Impulse) in exchange for an honest review
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’ve read A Little Too Far (which you should have before reading A Little Too Much! Grrr if you haven’t.) then you know that poor Alessandro gets left behind back in Italy. Lexie gets her HEA, but what happens with Alessandro? I so wanted him to have his own happily ever after, and I was SO happy that I got an early copy of his book! I could not wait to jump into his book, because I really liked him in A Little Too Far. He was sweet and kind and maybe a little misguided, but he definitely still deserved to have a happy ending.
The heroine was actually really surprising to me. I had expected someone new that Alessandro would fall in love with, but she was a girl from his past. She’s actually the girl who took Alessandro’s virginity, back when they were teenagers and living in the group home. Hilary McIntyre lives in New York City, and aspires to become an actress. She’s a bit hard to like, as she’s very closed off, and doesn’t let anyone truly in. She has her demons, and a past that has something to do with Alessandro. She’d thought that she left all her troubles behind years ago after Alessandro left the group home and her, but Alessandro comes back sweeping into her life, and she doesn’t know what to do.
Hilary and Alessandro have an intense attraction, but neither wants to act on it. Hilary because of her resentment of Alessandro’s abandonment, oh and her–casual–boyfriend too of course (can’t forget about him!), and Alessandro because he’s just come out of almost becoming a priest, and his own past ghosts, which include Hilary. Nonetheless, the two do still get to know each other a little, and warm up to each other eventually, enough to become friends.
We know from A Little Too Far that Alessandro is burdened with an insane amount of guilt–about his brother, his past, the hurt he’s caused, and Hilary. He tried to atone for his sins by becoming a priest, but that didn’t work out too well for him. So he moves to NYC to see Hilary, to see how she’s doing. He feels guilty for taking advantage of her when they were younger, but the truth is, both of them were just very young and hurting, and found solace with each other.
Despite her attraction to Alessandro, Hilary still harbors anger against Alessandro. She was hurt when he left, and because of circumstances that occurred after he left as well. To me, it was pretty obvious what happened to Hilary after Alessandro left, but other than that, I really enjoyed A Little Too Far. I wasn’t completely IN LOVE with it, but I highly enjoyed reading it. Hilary and Alessandro both have to face their pasts if they ever want a chance at finding love and having their happily ever after, and I was hooked onto their journey of romance and self-discovery.
Like Italy in A Little Too Far, NYC has a huge presence in A Little Too Much, and I loved it! Hilary and Alessandro both dedicate one day a week to discover the city that never sleeps, and their trips are so sweet, heartwarming, and meaningful. These trips are what bring them closer, and they get to know and understand each other so much better. NYC felt alive, and Lisa Desrochers has such great skill in making the city seem like another character.
I was so excited for Alessandro’s story, and it didn’t disappoint! It was fun to read, there were sweet and sexy moments, some angst, and overall, just a great read. Now I can’t wait for the third book!
Reading Order: A Little Too Far series
#1 ~ A Little Too Far: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ A Little Too Much: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ A Little Too Hot: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads