November 30. 2013
A Little Too Hot (A Little Too Much #2)
3.5 Stars ★★★☆
Blurb ~ 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?
ARC provided by Author for Honest Review
Beware Potential Spoilers if you haven’t read book #1
I’ll admit I’m kind of bummed about this book. After everything that happened in A Little Too Far and the blurb for this book that Alessandro’s book would be everything I hoped. Though it was a HEA and the story was beautifully written, I couldn’t help but be a little upset that there wasn’t more. I think it makes it harder that only Hilary’s POV is shared. Since we already know Alessandro’s background, I was hoping we would get an inside look at his head. Sadly no.
Hilary is no wilting wallflower. In fact she was a refreshing character to read because she’s not common or typical in any way. Hilary is no innocent virgin and spent her teen years foster care which is where she met Alessandro. During that time Hilary had it rough. The boys her age wanted one thing and Hilary was reluctant to give it to them even with her conflicted feelings of self.
Alessandro sort of takes Hilary under his wing and the two become majorly close. But all good things come to an end and Alessandro and his brother leave. They don’t just leave the foster home, they leave the country altogether and Hilary is left to put the pieces of her life together however she can even if her young heart leaves with Alessandro.
Now there are some major plot twists within this book I never saw coming. For instance, Hilary has and never will forget Alessandro. He had permanently left his mark on her life and in ways changed it forever. After Hilary moved in with her older sister she had to buckle down on her life and make decisions many teens should not have to make. However even through tough times Hilary has found a way to make it through and make her life something she is proud of.
Of course Alessandro’s return into her life throws everything up in the air. But his own past and mistakes help make him a better man and for that Hilary is very lucky. The relationship between these two grows and does not just happen. No insta-love here folks, though, I guess one could argue they were already in love but besides the point Hilary and Alessandro don’t even assume they’ll end up together.
Alessandro has the remarkable idea to explore the city together and for them to learn new things and go to new places. Obviously this brings them closer together and recertifies the bond they shared as children. I however must admit I am not a fan of giant stuffed cockroaches even though these two had way too much fun pranking each other. The banter was hilarious at times and I felt proud that Alessandro was able to experience some joy after the occurrences in book #1.
Overall I enjoyed this book, I didn’t love it but I was happy to see Alessandro get his HEA. I wish both characters didn’t have to suffer as much as they did or deal with so much past pain but they were strong and made it through. Fans of this series will not be disappointed and should certainly see how Alessandro handles his woman, one who is brazen, outlandish and nothing like you would expect an ex-priest in training would end up with.