A Lot Like Adiós- Review
A Lot Like Adiós
By Alexis Daria
Series: Primas of Power #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon Romance
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Stars
“Alexis Daria’s A Lot Like Adiós is a charming, sexy spitfire of a novel! Romance readers, this is your new favorite book!” –Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
The national bestselling author of You Had Me at Hola returns with a seductive second-chance romance about a commitment-phobic Latina and her childhood best friend who has finally returned home.
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 absolutely loved You Had Me at Hola last year so, of course, I was hyped for the next Primas of Power book! A Lot Like Adiós is a reunion story. Michelle and Gabe were childhood friends, on the cusp of something more, when he leaves NYC for California and completely abandons their friendship. When they reconnect, around Gabe opening a gym in NY and Michelle being hired to run the marketing campaign, they quickly return to that friendship moving into romance stage. I’ve said in the past that I’m not the biggest fan of flashback scenes but this book does it in an unique way. Like the previous book’s tv show cutaways, this book uses instant messages about the sci-fi fanfiction Michelle and Gabe wrote together as teens to give insight into their past friendship. I felt that this was perfect with how it flowed in the book and into their final story and didn’t take me out of the current storyline like I think usually flashbacks do. Both Michelle and Gabe are Bi and I love how it was addressed in this book. It was so natural and just a part of who they are.
In addition to Michelle and Gabe rediscovering their friendship and attraction, there is the subplot of family that runs through the book. Gabe initially left because of conflict with his parents. While Gabe’s earlier reason for cutting ties was the right move, reconnecting with his family and developing an adult relationship with his parents, who have become more understanding, does seem to happen at the right pace and doesn’t seemed forced. This is a lovely story of friendship, deep love, and the bonds of family, both biological and not.