Review: A Little Too Much by Lisa Derochers

Published November 12th, 2013
William Morrow Impulse
416 pages (eBook)

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? (From Goodreads)

A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review (Thanks William Morrow Impulse!).  This in no way influenced my opinion.

I was pleasantly surprised by A Little Too Much.  I didn't read the first book, A Little To Far.  In all honesty the whole "step-brother" thing pushed me away.  A Little Too Much may spoil A Little To Far's ending, but can be read 100% independent of the other book.  And I actually enjoyed it!

A Little Too Much gave me that OMG-I-have-to-move-to-NYC-immediately feeling.  The main characters spend a fair bit of time exploring the city, and I think this was my favourite part.  I was left with a deep sense of wanderlust.  I wanted to find myself a cute guy with nice arms and go tourist-ing.

Alessandro has that tall, dark and handsome thing going on, and I am completely on board with it.  Seriously, sign me up.  The characters were good, and I have no real complaints beyond some of the dialogue.  Not all of it, but a bit of the more brooding stuff felt a little cheesy.  So, I just gave an Italian accent to everything and dealt with it.  I wouldn't say that Hilary and Alessandro are now my favourite characters of all time, but there was the growth I look for and no big issues.

What I really liked about this story was that it felt deeper than most of the NA I've read.  There was actually content here.  Most NA novels seem to follow a similar formula.  The recipe here is similar, but the exploration of the city and BOMB THAT DROPS IN CHAPTER 23 left me satisfied.  Again, it felt deeper.  The last sentence was likely my favourite in the whole novel.  I was so pumped for the next chapter and sorry the end.  Again, it was completely satisfying.

I recommend this to, not only fans of NA, but fans of romance in general.  The sex isn't overly explicit, and the story felt like there was actual content to it.  I don't know if I will go back and read the first book, but I will be picking up the next one!

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