Going in, I wasn’t sure if A Lot Like Adiós would be able to measure up to You Had Me at Hola—I loved Hola so much that it was hard to imagine enjoying anything more. I’m also not as keen on second chance romance or friends-to-lovers, which are the two most prominent tropes in Adiós, but I loved Hola so much that I knew I still needed to pick this one up as soon as it came out. To be fair, I was right; I didn’t enjoy A Lot Like Adiós as much as You Had me at Hola—I loved it even more, and it ended up on my list of favorite romances of 2021.
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 had to force myself to savor Adiós because I wasn’t ready for it to be over so quickly. If I’d let myself, I would’ve finished it in one sitting. Daria’s writing is so easy to read and get lost in, and her characters are human and relatable with the added bonus that they’re also super attractive and swoon-worthy.
I tend to avoid second chance and friends-to-lovers because of the emotional baggage that often comes with those tropes (as y’all know, I’m basically a professional crybaby), but that was never an issue in Adiós. It never felt overwhelming and it always felt very realistic and necessary to the emotional growth of the characters and progression of the story.
A Lot Like Adiós is an engaging, swoon-worthy, and satisfying read with some of the best steam I’ve read in a long time.
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