Published on November 13th, 2013 | by Kelsey0
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 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
I absolutely loved A Little Too Far, I loved the forbidden fruits storyline, I loved the characters, main and secondary, everyone had pride and place in the story. Therefore I was excited to read about Alessandro. Unfortunately it took me a while to adjust, Alessandro didn’t seem the same person, he was lacking in voice and I was craving his attention! I adored him in book 1, he seemed to have a stronger mind, he was calm and confident for the most so this broken man riddled with guilt was a stranger to me. Like I say it took a while…I was messaging my book buddies who also love Lisa for creating the beautiful Alessandro (You know who they are Lisa). I was worried at first…….BUT and its a big BUT I finally got it!! I understood the slow build and why it had to happen, I was patient and I was rewarded.
Alessandro is a lost soul, he feels he has no identity and he’s a failure in many aspects of his life, he has the guilt of one hundred men resting on his shoulders and he needs to make amends for his past. We find out more from his past and it’s not pretty, it makes you doubt that you ever knew him, it makes you realise he made the right choices, as the priesthood was definitely not for him! He’s on a journey to redeem himself and find peace.
Alessandro is a normal guy!!
Hilary is from his traumatic past, she was in love with his kindness and his gentile nature, but she was a child of fourteen years of age when they were together. She lived with a tragic upbringing, she clung to the only person who made her calm. That person was Alessandro. She let her barriers down and opened up to him only to be left alone and lonely, with dire consequences. She’s now a strong woman, barriers in place once again and she won’t ever let anyone break them down until the day he turns up on her doorstep. She was bitter, she was curious and she knew she should walk away from him but couldn’t turn her back. There’s secrets.. Oh boy is there secrets, I was like WTF!! I did have my suspicions and they were confirmed. Things really took off then.
This is told in Hilary’s POV and I liked it, she’s an aspiring actress waiting for a big break, I liked listening to her thoughts on stage, and the way she took me back to her childhood memories, she chats often to herself and its good chat, it never bored me. She was a strong heroine, she was kind and sensible, she had feelings for others and I loved her interactions with her nephews. The secondary characters came into their own later in the story, I was glad of that, she needed her friend and family and they were honest and appealing.
I can’t praise the attention to fine detail enough from Lisa Desrochers, the way she grabs you and drags you into the fold is quite impressive. She knows how to write a great sex scene but this book is not erotica, it’s a broken heart wrenching second chance love story with ghosts and trauma lurching in doorways.
Finally I have to say I was so pleased to hear from Lexie in the form of a letter, I adored it and it had me floating back in time to Rome and their ~ love affair. It made me happy and I felt connected again. It pleased me soooooo much to know they were visiting England, I’m visualising them at York Minster with ABBEY ( I missed my girl ABBEY) .
Grab a hot drink and some choccy biscuits and fall into the world of Alessandro and friends, read it slowly and savour Lisa’s talent with words and emotions.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Summary: Lisa is a good writer, book one blew up my book club world, we wanted more from book two, but.... I still got it! The next book looks delicious and I will definitely be in!