Book: A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

Publisher: Avon Books
Publish Date:  September 14, 2021
Synopsis: 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 in the world Gabe wants to go, but when Michelle is unexpectedly brought on board to spearhead the new branding 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 old feelings resurface while they work to make the new gym location a reality, 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 adios again?

Disclosure: ARC provided for an honest review. #partner

I read A Lot Like Adios within the span of the day, and the only cause for my break was because of work.

I wanted to see what Dario’s follow up would be, and if I would feel all the FEELS like I did with her first title. And reader, she does not disappoint.

This story about unrequited love, of a love lost and returned? I always enjoy friends to lovers, but mixed with a returned love? Wow, did I swoon the whole way through Mich and Gabe’s story.

Add to that, Mich and Gabe’s individual stories blended with an additional form of unrequited love, and that’s to family, family pressures and expectations – everything within the dynamics of a family like theirs.

Daria’s writing was so fluid that I found myself finishing the story so quickly. I wanted to know more, because I was so invested in everything going on with with Mich, Gabe, their careers, and their families.

It’s a testament of the quiet taste and style of Daria, who has put all of these elements together to make literary magic. Things like heartfelt memories, the conversation about their fanfiction, and even their feelings about familial duty – it all has a substance that is integral to the story.

I loved every moment of A Lot Like Adios, and I think you will also.

*Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*

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