A Little Too Much (A Little Too Far #2) by Lisa Desrochers-a review
A LITTLE TOO MUCH (A Little Too Far #2) by Lisa DesRochers
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 10, 2013
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?
REVIEW: A LITTLE TOO MUCH is the second instalment in Lisa Desrochers’s A Little Too Far contemporary, new adult, romance series. The focus is on Alessandro Moretti, whom we met in A Little Too Far and Hilary McIntryre, the girl he left behind years before. Although this is the second in the series it can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty. Any pertinent information from the first book is referenced in the new release.
The storyline follows two people who knew each other in their youth. Having met in a group home for troubled teens, Hilary, Alessandro and his brother Lorenzo would create a history together that everyone wanted to forget but for Hilary and Alessandro the past was a part of their present. When Alessandro returns to New York from eight years in Europe, he reaches out to Hilary only to discover that her demons are just as deep and dark as his own. Alessandro has come back to ask for forgiveness and Hilary wants nothing to do with the memories from her past.
There is a deeper connection between our couple-one that I knew instinctively early on in the story. But before the twist in the novel is revealed, our couple will ride a roller coaster of emotions especially Alessandro who is unable to get past the guilt of what happened years before. He needs to be forgiven but is unable to accept that he is worthy.
The relationship between Alessandro and Hilary is slow to build as they fight the emotional upheaval that is their history. As the storyline premise reveals, so too does the history and past of two people connected by something much stronger than friendship and memories but a love that has never truly died. Their backstories are difficult and each has suffered through guilt and denial. Saying this, the push and pull between Alessandro and Hilary was challenging at times because of the angst and anxiety of overwhelming guilt but in the end sometimes forgiving one’s self is the first step to recovery.
The secondary characters are colorful and play significant roles including Hilary’s sister and nephews; the actors and actresses who work along side our heroine; and of course the young men and women who frequent the drop in centre for youth at the church.
Lisa Desrochers has written a revealing story about two people who have suffered and loss but have been given a second chance with the person who completes them heart and soul. There is betrayal and pain; healing and recovery; relationship and love. A Little Too Much is a story of forgiveness and second chances; of passion and understanding and a secret that was never to be revealed.
Copy supplied by the publisher through Edelweiss.
Reviewed by Sandy