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 wonder what my life would be like if it was written by Lisa Desrochers. I just have this image of totally off-kilter things defining my life and making it seem really strange, but somehow perfect. I get the feeling that she sees the world a little differently, and it’s really kind of cool to see relationships and life in an unexpected way. Because when it comes to her books, there’s this bold and daring aspect that just sets her apart from other writers. A Little Too Much was an incredibly emotional that took my by surprise in a way I wasn't anticipating.
A Little Too Much follows Hilary, a heroine I totally relate to, and Alessandro, who we last left with Lexi in Rome in A Little Too Far. I couldn't quite envision how another relationship of Alessandro's would go because he was really entwined in Lexi's story and I couldn't see him without her. But then Hilary came along and he just makes so much more sense in her story than in Lexi's, which just goes to show you that when it's right - you know it.
Alessandro reappears in Hilary's life and we get some flashbacks to Alessandro's rough period with his brother Lorenzo. Hilary plays an important part in his past, and I just totally felt her pain as she had to go through and work out some pieces of her history. I loved that having Alessandro back in her life was simultaneously hard but wonderful. Their chemistry is just so amazing and the way they get to know one another again, with a weekly date to explore unknown parts of New York City, was just brilliant.
The way the story is written, as well, is just incredible. The memories didn't take over the storyline, but it was clear the past was always defining Hilary's life. Even Alessandro was still the same person we got to know in Lexi's story, but he was somehow more this time around. The best part about it, is that you get so caught up in it without realizing you're reading a book. It was easy to get lost in their lives for a little bit.
While it didn't take the same risks or pull of quite the same feat as A Little Too Far, this book is still incredible and Lisa Desrochers has become a must read for me. This is how New Adult books should be written. They should deal with balancing the past and the future, they should have the kind of awakening to what life can be that Hilary has. They should be interesting and daring while still being true to life. And Lisa Desrochers demonstrates and balances all these elements beautifully.