A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers
"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 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 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 in love with the man who, as a boy, both saved and destroyed her, she must decide: Past or future? Truth or lies?"- summary from Amazon
I really enjoyed A Little Too Far and was excited to read this sequel/companion book, but I just didn't enjoy it as much. It took me longer to get into this story and even when I did get more into it, I still wasn't as enthralled. I think I just enjoyed the characters from the first book too much- Lexie had a wonderful voice, and I loved her interactions with Trent and Alessandro. And even though Alessandro was in this book too, again as a love interest, it just didn't feel the same.
It is still a good book though; Desrochers does a really great job of layering her characters and giving them some detailed backstory that influences how they are now. This really takes effect in this book due to Hilary and Alessandro's shared past and the things they've done or had done to them. There are emotional obstacles keeping them apart but as they spend time together, Desrochers slowly peels the layers away until there's a real connection and some steamy fun.
Overall, a step down from the amazing A Little Too Far, but still a solid effort. I'll read the third book though (A Little Too Hot, which is out now) and hopefully it'll turn out better.
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