I’m just going to jump right to it: I absolutely LOVED this book and if you’ve been sleeping on this one like I have over the last few months, take this as your sign to bump it up to #1 on your TBR list 💛
BOOK DESCRIPTION: “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?”
Alexis Daria is such a talented writer and storyteller so it’s no surprise that this book consisted of 1) lovable and relatable characters with strong character development, 2) Lots of STEAM 🥵 3) an enjoyable plot that gripped your attention from the very beginning and held it through the end, and 4) the unconditional love and unbreakable bond of family that leaves you feeling happy and fulfilled.
I absolutely loved the second chance romance/friends to lovers tropes in this story and the strong chemistry between Gabe and Michelle. These two are so perfect together and it was impossible to not become immediately attached to them. I also enjoyed that this book was told from the perspective of one of the cousins in the “Primas of Power,” so we got a few cameo appearances by Jasmine and Ashton from You Had Me at Hola.
Without a doubt, this book falls in my Top 10 Favorites from 2021. If you’re looking for a feel good book that is impossible to put down, I highly recommend checking out A Lot Like Adios.
BEER RECOMMENDATION: A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria is best paired with Pina Colada Shake IPA by Westbrook Brewing Co. This deliciously smooth milkshake IPA is brewed with pineapple, coconut, Madagascar vanilla, and milk sugar 🍻