Author: Lisa Desrochers
Series: (A Little Too Far #2)
Published: November 12th 2013
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
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Synopsis: 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?
Review: I think I might have put Alessandro on a pedestal because I don’t see any woman deserves this guy’s affection, particularly the end of A Little Too Far. So reading A Little Too Much almost had my innards wrenching in pain. I was reluctant because I know that he’ll find a woman and I wasn’t sure that I would love what I’m going to read (yeah, I feel like I’m the boy’s mother, very protective of him). But reading this book had me realized that I didn’t entirely know the guy.
If you read my review of A Little Too Far, I didn’t like Lexie for Alessandro; and based on the teasers I read at the end of the first book, I already made up my mind that I wouldn’t also like this Hilary girl. And at the beginning I was right. I’m not too fond of her. Hilary was the first woman on Alessandro’s life and he left her when they decided to go back to Europe. Now he returned to make amends and to see how she’s doing. But he didn’t expect a complete return to her life. And seeing how leaving her greatly affected her life, he started to look out for her. But things started to get complicated, now that Alessandro found out that it wasn’t only Hilary that he left years ago.
I kinda figured out that little twist about Hilary and Alessandro and that person that connects them. I guessed it from the very beginning. But when the story starts to roll and there’s no mention of this little secret in a while, I thought I’ve misread Hilary. But when the reveal came, I wasn’t surprised because it was pretty obvious. I want the twist to be anything but predictable but unfortunately it was. The good thing though is that this person isn’t what brought them together. It was the opposite; it was this secret that triggered the conflict in the early stage of their relationship. But it was a like a domino effect: one thing led to another. And once the skeletons were out of the closet and the view is clear, it opened the path to their reconciliation.
I think that’s my cue to discuss the romance. I wasn’t a fan at the beginning. I was really hesitant. In fact, I begun to question myself whether I’m going to like it or am I wasting my time reading a book that I would end up disliking. But all those uncertainties were tossed aside because I realized Alessandro wasn’t the perfect guy I thought he was. I know his history—at least the ones he shared with Lexie. But I didn’t know how dark his past was. I didn’t know how he and his brother affected Hilary in a way that almost ruined her life; so I now saw him in a different light. And I’ve realized that both of them deserve a second chance.
I kinda liked this book a tiny bit better than the first. I did like Alessandro the priest-to-be but Alessandro the normal guy was ok, too. I have descended him off of the pedestal; he wasn’t supposed to be there to begin with. And surprisingly it’s not difficult coming to terms with that fact; he was just a normal guy after all, flawed and all.
I received an advance copy from William Morrow via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.
Preview Quote: “All I can offer you are painful memories and my broken soul, but I love you, and if you’ll allow it, I promise to always love you. If that’s enough for you, then, yes, I’m back. ” — Alessandro (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)