Thank you to Avon for the gifted copy of A Lot Like Adios.
Earlier this year I read, and adored, You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria – and as soon as I finished it, I needed more of Alexis Daria’s lovely writing. I was lucky enough to snag an early copy of her follow up novel, A Lot Like Adiós. Second chance romance, cowriting fanfiction, and fake dating (oh my!) – A Lot Like Adiós has it all. Also look at that cover – stunning (Bo Feng Lin killed it).
Hi Mich. It’s Gabe.
After burning out in her corporate marketing career, Michelle Amato has built a thriving freelance business as a graphic designer. So what if her love life is nonexistent? She’s perfectly fine being the black sheep of her marriage-obsessed Puerto Rican-Italian family. Besides, the only guy who ever made her want happily-ever-after disappeared thirteen years ago.
It’s been a long time.
Gabriel Aguilar left the Bronx at eighteen to escape his parents’ demanding expectations, but it also meant saying goodbye to Michelle, his best friend and longtime crush. Now, he’s the successful co-owner of LA’s hottest celebrity gym, with an investor who insists on opening a New York City location. It’s the last place Gabe wants to go, but when Michelle is unexpectedly brought on board to spearhead the new marketing campaign, everything Gabe’s been running from catches up with him.
I’ve missed you.
Michelle is torn between holding Gabe at arm’s length or picking up right where they left off—in her bed. As they work on the campaign, old feelings resurface, and their reunion takes a sexy turn. Facing mounting pressure from their families—who think they’re dating—and growing uncertainty about their futures, can they resolve their past mistakes, or is it only a matter of time before Gabe says adiós again?
I really loved the themes of there being multiple sides to every story. When Gabe left the Bronx (and left Michelle behind) – she believed she had the entire story of why he left. When they reunited years later (when Gabe hired her as a freelancer), Michelle began to realize that there was more to the story of why he abandoned her. The same went for Gabe – he began realizing his impression of his family (and the reasons he left the Bronx) was not the entire story.
I think I might love Michelle and Gabriel even more than I loved Jasmine and Ashton from the first book. Michelle and Gabriel had some major history – they were childhood friends whose friendship ended abruptly only to reunite years later – a classic second chance romance. It didn’t take long for them to pick up where they left off – their chemistry was immaculate, and they dove straight back into a physical relationship (and holy the spice levels are off the charts for this book). At first, they were strictly physical (with a side of fake dating) – though it didn’t take long for their emotions to wriggle back in and for them to work towards their happily ever after.
I also really appreciated the honest portrayal of career burnout – Michelle had burnt out of her corporate job for several reasons and went freelance – where she was coasting and unsure of what she really wanted to do career wise. Her journey to discovering her calling was relatable and fun to read.
A Lot Like Adiós is definitely one of my favorite romance reads of the year so far – it hits some of my favorite tropes and really digs into the heart of its characters. If you haven’t read this or You Had Me At Hola yet, you should absolutely be running to your nearest bookstore or library to pick it up. I can’t wait for whatever Alexis Daria writes next – I hope we get more of this wonderful family in the Bronx. 5/5