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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 ye 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?


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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 ye 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?

30 review for A Lot Like Adiós

  1. 5 out of 5

    kat

    *googles how to marry a book cover*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    This was underwhelming. This took me way too long to read. It felt like I was reading it forever. The story wasn’t compelling enough, nothing about it made me eager to pick it up once I put it down. I was expecting for it to consume me, but it didn’t. Instead, I kept waiting for it to get interesting, but it was lukewarm throughout. And lukewarm gets boring. It had interesting tropes and elements but I could not fully invest myself in this story. I much preferred You Had Me at Hola.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zoraida

    LOVE GABE AND MICH! Petition for Alexis to publish CELESTIAL DESTINY <3

  4. 4 out of 5

    Olivia (Stories For Coffee)

    DNF at 20% The dialogue is so cheesy, I’m getting second-hand embarrassment. I love myself too much to read on.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    I liked this follow up to "You Had Me at Hola" even better than I enjoyed that first one, as this had 2 flavors I love: friends to lovers and a brief bit of fake dating. Overall, this was really Gabe's story of moving through his childhood feelings of being disconnected from his father to become the person he wants to be and living the life he wants to live. And the sexy times were very steamy, so score one there. I also really loved the little interstitials with their old fanfic chats. Overall, I liked this follow up to "You Had Me at Hola" even better than I enjoyed that first one, as this had 2 flavors I love: friends to lovers and a brief bit of fake dating. Overall, this was really Gabe's story of moving through his childhood feelings of being disconnected from his father to become the person he wants to be and living the life he wants to live. And the sexy times were very steamy, so score one there. I also really loved the little interstitials with their old fanfic chats. Overall, a really lovely contemporary romance and here's hoping we get more in the series, if for no other reason than we need more of these covers

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    So I knew I was going to love this book because of the masterpiece that was You Had Me at Hola, but I do feel like Alexis Daria cheated by following it up with my favorite trope. Second chance romances are my crack. Plus there was a somewhat friends with benefits situation, a lot of steam, and fanfic. If there’s more you want in a book, I don’t know what to tell you. But let’s rewind for a second. Michelle and Gabe were best friends growing up (can you hear me screaming in the background?) until So I knew I was going to love this book because of the masterpiece that was You Had Me at Hola, but I do feel like Alexis Daria cheated by following it up with my favorite trope. Second chance romances are my crack. Plus there was a somewhat friends with benefits situation, a lot of steam, and fanfic. If there’s more you want in a book, I don’t know what to tell you. But let’s rewind for a second. Michelle and Gabe were best friends growing up (can you hear me screaming in the background?) until they had a falling out at eighteen, in the middle of their one and only quasi-hook-up, and never spoke again. Thirteen years later, Gabe is now the co-owner of a successful gym in Los Angeles on the verge of an expansion to his hometown of New York City, and he finds out his business partner contacted a freelancer to help out with the marketing side of it without his knowledge. Of course the freelancer turns out to be Michelle, who used to be a big shot in the corporate marketing world. Gabe feels obligated to reach out to her himself, and is surprised to find that she’s willing to take the job - if he’ll stay with her while he’s in New York so they can finally “hash out their issues”. If you know what I mean. 😏🔥 It was so lovely seeing flashbacks of Gabe and Michelle’s message exchanges when they were teenagers, especially because they were writing a fanfic together and their plotting actually mirrors some of their relationship, very much in the vein of You Had Me at Hola with the telenovela’s plot mirroring Jasmine and Ashton’s storyline. Michelle is such a badass and Gabe was the perfect counterpart for her. This book had all the best tropes in all the land and I loved it so much. Also, I would kill for Ava’s book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sylvie

    Another 5 stars from me? ABSOFREAKINLUTELY. ************************************* 'You Had Me at Hola' was one of the most entertaining rom-coms that I've read last year. Hopefully this one will be as entertaining as its companion novel. ********************************************* I didn't know Michelle was going to be the same character from 'You Had Me at Hola'. She seemed so interesting then and finding out this is going to be her books makes me 10 times more excited to pick this up. Another 5 stars from me? ABSOFREAKINLUTELY. ************************************* 'You Had Me at Hola' was one of the most entertaining rom-coms that I've read last year. Hopefully this one will be as entertaining as its companion novel. ********************************************* I didn't know Michelle was going to be the same character from 'You Had Me at Hola'. She seemed so interesting then and finding out this is going to be her books makes me 10 times more excited to pick this up.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shawna :)

    This review talks about adult content, so if you are under the age of 18, please either skip past this review or proceed with caution. Thank you to the publisher and Goodreads for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of this book. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that in no way impacts my review. This was my first book by Alexis Daria and it definitely won’t be the last one that I read by her. This book reads like a Hallmark movie with HBO levels of steam. A Lot Like Adiós is a childh This review talks about adult content, so if you are under the age of 18, please either skip past this review or proceed with caution. Thank you to the publisher and Goodreads for sending me an advanced reader’s copy of this book. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but that in no way impacts my review. This was my first book by Alexis Daria and it definitely won’t be the last one that I read by her. This book reads like a Hallmark movie with HBO levels of steam. A Lot Like Adiós is a childhood friends to lovers romance that is steamy and fun with Latinx, bisexual, and transgender rep. If I’m liking a steamy book, trust me that it’s a good book because I usually stay away from steamy books. Everything about this book was pure perfection, but I feel that the elements that stood out the most to me were the pacing, the writing style, and the characters. It was so fast that I couldn’t put it down and I read twice as fast as normal. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next and I was constantly eager for more. The writing style also kept me hooked on this book. Alexis Daria has a way with words that is beautiful. She uses quick sentences with great descriptions that captivated me from start to finish. And as for the characters, they were fantastic. There’s Michelle, the fierce and powerful girl who has a strong connection with her family, and Gabriel, a strong yet thoughtful man who is struggling with his family relationships. They have tons of chemistry that made me root for them throughout the course of this book. The thing that caught me most off guard about the books were the nerdy histories of the two main characters. If you know me, you know that I love tv shows and fanfiction, so seeing those two elements added in the flashback scenes was a lot of fun for me. I almost wish we’d get a novella that lets us read the fanfiction that the two characters were writing because the small bits of the fanfiction that were included in this book were really good. Overall A Lot Like Adiós was an addicting and enjoyable read that is now one of my favorites of the year. If you’re into romance, especially ones with some steam, then don’t hesitate to add this one to your tbr. Also, I’m not saying this in a judgmental way but as an asexual person, I didn’t know people could have sex this much?? Like dang, y’all can be busy with this stuff…

  9. 4 out of 5

    booksandzoe

    Where to begin with this book???😍😍😍 First of all, (because I know at least 90% of my audience is queer) I will say that both the main character and love interest are bi in this story, and that representation was written very well. A Lot Like Adios has become a fast favorite of mine. I'm a sucker for second chance romance combined with childhood friends to lovers, which this book does both realistically and deliciously. The characters were friends throughout childhood, with some mutual pining and Where to begin with this book???😍😍😍 First of all, (because I know at least 90% of my audience is queer) I will say that both the main character and love interest are bi in this story, and that representation was written very well. A Lot Like Adios has become a fast favorite of mine. I'm a sucker for second chance romance combined with childhood friends to lovers, which this book does both realistically and deliciously. The characters were friends throughout childhood, with some mutual pining and co-fanfic writing (they finally got Latinos in spaaaace and it was cancelled after one season) ending in a dazzling make out session and then boom... he leaves the next day, all the way across the country. The book begins when their worlds collide in the workplace resulting in some ~forced proximity~ and ~reconciliation.~ The SPICE???!?!? IN THIS BOOK?!?!?!?!? It is plentiful and verrry good lmao. This author wrote banter, relationship building and reconciliation, familial struggles and spice SO WELL, this book is definitely a new favorite. I'm heading ASAP to read the first book in this series and YALL NEED TO READ THIS ONE ASAP. This book is now everything to me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fanna

    ➵ this second-chance romance where a professional collaboration brings together two childhood best friends with tons of unsaid feelings and unfinished intimate business after one of them had simply left and subsequently ghosted the other ten years ago is an almost perfect mix of steam, emotions, and humour that easily entertains through a fast pace and a broader focus on familial expectations, flashbacks of once-written-together fanfiction, and a cute fake dating trope. of course, both the main ➵ this second-chance romance where a professional collaboration brings together two childhood best friends with tons of unsaid feelings and unfinished intimate business after one of them had simply left and subsequently ghosted the other ten years ago is an almost perfect mix of steam, emotions, and humour that easily entertains through a fast pace and a broader focus on familial expectations, flashbacks of once-written-together fanfiction, and a cute fake dating trope. of course, both the main characters being bisexual makes me swoon even more. ↣ listened to the audiobook on scribd ↢ 11.03.2021 absolutely loved you had me at hola and the author says a lot like adios has fake dating, fanfic, forced proximity, and is way hotter so there's nothing i would be more excited for. also, tha-that t-shirt grab on the cover OMG.

  11. 4 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4 spicy stars This romance has some hot and spicy parts, but some story chops to go along with it! Gabe is the founder of a popular gym in LA, and he’s headed back to New York (where he grew up) to pursue opening a second location. He left the Bronx on bad terms after high school, abandoning his best friend Michelle and turning his back on his demanding family. Turns out Michelle has turned into a dynamite marketing and design consultant, and she’d be perfect for planning the new gym in NYC. Gabe d 4 spicy stars This romance has some hot and spicy parts, but some story chops to go along with it! Gabe is the founder of a popular gym in LA, and he’s headed back to New York (where he grew up) to pursue opening a second location. He left the Bronx on bad terms after high school, abandoning his best friend Michelle and turning his back on his demanding family. Turns out Michelle has turned into a dynamite marketing and design consultant, and she’d be perfect for planning the new gym in NYC. Gabe decides to work with her, and you can guess that sparks will fly! First, he has to apologize for abandoning her, but things quickly heat back up with the two of them on unfinished business. He also has to patch things up with his family. This was a fun story with Latinx characters who have strong family roots. I enjoyed the characters and wondered how Gabe and Michelle might make a long-distance romance work. Or would Gabe leave town again and say adios to Michelle? Thank you to William Morrow/Avon and NetGalley for the copy to read. It was a pleasure to share my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    JenReadsRomance

    I maybe liked this more than You Had me at Hola....and I loved that one, too! I loved Gabe and Michelle. This definitely felt like Gabe's story in a lot of ways, and he had a bunch of shit to work out. super hot, super sexy. I maybe liked this more than You Had me at Hola....and I loved that one, too! I loved Gabe and Michelle. This definitely felt like Gabe's story in a lot of ways, and he had a bunch of shit to work out. super hot, super sexy.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Malene

    A childhood friends to lovers romance where Michelle and Gabe haven’t seen each other in thirteen years. They ended their friendship with a huge argument and a hot make out session. I was so looking forward to them seeing each other again and the tension between them. Sadly it just wasn’t there. A car ride and one night where not many words were exchanged. That was all it took for them to resolve it. I had at least expected some pining. Instead I got a story of two friends who find their way bac A childhood friends to lovers romance where Michelle and Gabe haven’t seen each other in thirteen years. They ended their friendship with a huge argument and a hot make out session. I was so looking forward to them seeing each other again and the tension between them. Sadly it just wasn’t there. A car ride and one night where not many words were exchanged. That was all it took for them to resolve it. I had at least expected some pining. Instead I got a story of two friends who find their way back to one another. Friends with benefits. The chemistry between them was great but I expected more romance. I appreciated that I got to know more about their cultures and how Michelle and Gabe finally expressed their feelings towards the end were sweet suited the story so well. Overall a great story but I’m feeling a little disappointed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    b.andherbooks

    I typically do not enjoy fitness career characters, but Daria did an excellent job making Gabe focused on health and form, with shape/looks being secondary, so this ultimately worked great for me. This one was a bit of a slower start (in me knowing if I would love it), but eventually Gabe and Mich won me over. Have to say I appreciated the horniess in this book SO MUCH, and the intersection of family and the pain and joy family can bring was deftly balanced with the romance. The big conflict betwe I typically do not enjoy fitness career characters, but Daria did an excellent job making Gabe focused on health and form, with shape/looks being secondary, so this ultimately worked great for me. This one was a bit of a slower start (in me knowing if I would love it), but eventually Gabe and Mich won me over. Have to say I appreciated the horniess in this book SO MUCH, and the intersection of family and the pain and joy family can bring was deftly balanced with the romance. The big conflict between whether or not Gabe would move to NYC or not, with Mich not currently having a physical job location was also ultimately wrapped up well, even if for a little bit I was like why are you two so allergic to trying some long distance. Reading about Gabe's struggles with meeting the expectations of his father but also realizing his own expectations were what was holding him back was a nice journey to see. Loved the casual diversity of the story, including a character with they/them pronouns, and Gabe's niece who is trans. Both Gabe and Mich are bisexual. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss+ for the ARC - full review to come from Library Journal.

  15. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    2021 Fall Bingo (#FallInLoveBingo🍂): Dancer Can’t tell if this is underwhelming or if I’m just burned out on contemporaries. I wasn’t into the ship or gym marketing storyline at all. Like, the writing is good but I was ambivalent for most of the book (which is a shame because I loved the first installment in the series). YMMV. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Antonella

    A Lot Like... I Don't Give A Damn... A Lot Like... I Don't Give A Damn...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    I heard many positive reviews of Miss Daria's work recently. I am so looking forward for A lot Like Adios. And I am not disappointed. Gabe and Michelle is a fiction couple goal. They are so cute together. Especially Gabe who sometimes clueless. A Lot Like Adios is a second chance romance with a fake dating on the mix. Miss Daria done a good job bringing family culture into the story. The focus of the story is not just about the romance, but also family culture. I do like a story with a big, loud I heard many positive reviews of Miss Daria's work recently. I am so looking forward for A lot Like Adios. And I am not disappointed. Gabe and Michelle is a fiction couple goal. They are so cute together. Especially Gabe who sometimes clueless. A Lot Like Adios is a second chance romance with a fake dating on the mix. Miss Daria done a good job bringing family culture into the story. The focus of the story is not just about the romance, but also family culture. I do like a story with a big, loud, colorful family. I like the chemistry between Michelle and Gabe. Their banter is cue and swoon worthy. From their childhood friendship and turned into so much more. Overall this is a very good story. 4 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    Solid and sexy. I love Alexia Daria's writing, and how she ties so many themes into a book and lands the ending so fucking well. This second-chance romance is something I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I did, and yet...I really, really did. There's a lot to unpack, what with burnout and success and parental estrangement and family and reuniting and fanfeek (no, I will not elaborate but I will spoil it and say that it is not a dirty sex move). And bonus! Both leads are bi!!!! Full RTC. I receiv Solid and sexy. I love Alexia Daria's writing, and how she ties so many themes into a book and lands the ending so fucking well. This second-chance romance is something I wasn't expecting to enjoy as much as I did, and yet...I really, really did. There's a lot to unpack, what with burnout and success and parental estrangement and family and reuniting and fanfeek (no, I will not elaborate but I will spoil it and say that it is not a dirty sex move). And bonus! Both leads are bi!!!! Full RTC. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  19. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Childhood best friends to adult lovers contemporary romance, rich in ethnic and familial ties. Michelle and Gabe are charismatic characters. You'll root for their HEA. Thanks to Avon Books for providing a complimentary trade paperback uncorrected proof. Childhood best friends to adult lovers contemporary romance, rich in ethnic and familial ties. Michelle and Gabe are charismatic characters. You'll root for their HEA. Thanks to Avon Books for providing a complimentary trade paperback uncorrected proof.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    3.5 stars I recently read the author's previous book, You Had Me at Hola, so it's hard not to compare the two romance novels. While I enjoyed both books, I liked the overall storyline better in the first one. But each one is definitely a fun and light read. Michelle Amato lives in NYC and has stared a freelance business as a graphic designer. Gabriel Aguilar owns a successful gym in LA and is headed to the East Coast to scout out a second location for his business. Michelle and Gabriel were best f 3.5 stars I recently read the author's previous book, You Had Me at Hola, so it's hard not to compare the two romance novels. While I enjoyed both books, I liked the overall storyline better in the first one. But each one is definitely a fun and light read. Michelle Amato lives in NYC and has stared a freelance business as a graphic designer. Gabriel Aguilar owns a successful gym in LA and is headed to the East Coast to scout out a second location for his business. Michelle and Gabriel were best friends growing up, but he broke her heart and they haven't been in contact for years. Total coincidence or fate, Michelle has been hired for the branding campaign for the second gym. So of course they will be working closely together and I'm sure it will be a strictly professional relationship. Yeah right, this is a second chance romance people! The steam factor for this story is practically off the charts. The two leads have great chemistry. The problem for me was there wasn't much story. They jump into things early on and there's not much room to go from there unless you have a great conflict preventing the happily ever after. I'll be honest, I never fully understand why these two crazy kids, who couldn't keep their hands off each other, weren't an official item a lot sooner. It felt like the story was stretched out for no real purpose. Thankfully, the two leads are likeable characters so that helps make up for so so storyline. And it was nice seeing characters from the first book make appearances in this one. Thank you to Avon Books for providing me with an advance copy! All thoughts expressed are my honest opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    This is the story of Michelle and Gabe who have been best friends since they were children. Their families lived next door to each other and though they harbored secret feelings they never acted on them until right after high school graduation. Then Michelle finds out Gabe has already made plans to leave NYC for college and they fall out. In present day Gabe runs a gym in California with his partner Fabian. Fabian's wife is expecting a baby and he has to take care of his father who has an upcomin This is the story of Michelle and Gabe who have been best friends since they were children. Their families lived next door to each other and though they harbored secret feelings they never acted on them until right after high school graduation. Then Michelle finds out Gabe has already made plans to leave NYC for college and they fall out. In present day Gabe runs a gym in California with his partner Fabian. Fabian's wife is expecting a baby and he has to take care of his father who has an upcoming surgery so Gabe must go to NYC in his place to help with the plans for opening a new gym location. Gabe has been estranged from his family for years and is hoping to avoid the people from his past at all costs. However Fabian ends up hiring Michelle to help with the marketing of the new gym as he liked her work on a campaign with another company. Gabe is hesitant to work with Michelle after so much time has past especially since one of the stipulations for him working with her is that he must stay with her while he's in NY. Michelle's apartment needs renovating and she has to stay at her parent's house. Lucky they're away on vacation so it's her and Gabe alone. However Gabe is freaking out since his parent's still live next door. And there's a lot of tension between Michelle and Gabe that needs to be worked out. Maybe the best way to do it is to fuck and get it over with. So that's just what they decide to do! Now things are complicated as they try to figure out what they are to each other while also trying to figure out what directions they want to take their careers in. This book had steamy sex, great bi rep, realistic and hilarious Latinx family rep, and was a fun and fast read. Longer review at https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Reads Romance

    3.75 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    After inhaling and loving the previous book, there was no way I was missing out on this one. I loved Michelle and Gabe. They’re both really good, loyal people with really big hearts. I loved seeing them reconnect and grapple with feelings. Of course it was delightful seeing this huge family, including Ava and Jasmine. The scenes with the mothers were some of the best. Plot wise it was good. I would have loved a bit more conversation instead of them constantly falling into bed, but the story work After inhaling and loving the previous book, there was no way I was missing out on this one. I loved Michelle and Gabe. They’re both really good, loyal people with really big hearts. I loved seeing them reconnect and grapple with feelings. Of course it was delightful seeing this huge family, including Ava and Jasmine. The scenes with the mothers were some of the best. Plot wise it was good. I would have loved a bit more conversation instead of them constantly falling into bed, but the story worked. The angst is minimal, the resolution is swift, and the epilogue is great. Overall, I love this set of characters and can’t wait for the next one. **Huge thanks to the publisher for providing the arc free of charge**

  24. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Giveaway Win!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nikki S

    **3/11/21** What is she doing to get these absolutely fabulous covers?! They're both amazing! **3/11/21** What is she doing to get these absolutely fabulous covers?! They're both amazing!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    This felt very much like Wattpad, disappointing because cover is stunning and premise had potential.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    EDIT: Bringing this down to a 3, it had all the makings of something I’d enjoy but it was really boring at times. The hero wasn’t particularly compelling either beyond how he was described physically. This was so lovely and pleasant to read, it combined some of my favourite tropes - friends to lovers, fake dating etc. Loved the supporting characters and the family dynamic. They were both great characters in the sense that they weren’t perfect and they definitely go on a journey through the story EDIT: Bringing this down to a 3, it had all the makings of something I’d enjoy but it was really boring at times. The hero wasn’t particularly compelling either beyond how he was described physically. This was so lovely and pleasant to read, it combined some of my favourite tropes - friends to lovers, fake dating etc. Loved the supporting characters and the family dynamic. They were both great characters in the sense that they weren’t perfect and they definitely go on a journey through the story BUT it also felt boring at times? I’m not sure what it was.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Keara

    Thank you Alexis for inviting me into your crazy Latinx family (and for sending this overenthusiastic fan a physical copy ❤️) Where do I begin? I read it in 5 hours, for starters. It’s 2:45am as I start writing this and I am SO SAD the world won’t get to read this book until September. Don’t get me wrong, I adore You Had Me at Hola and Jasmine and Ashton have a very special place in my heart. But Alexis? You really outdid yourself with Michelle and Gabe. The instant sexual tension. The need to e Thank you Alexis for inviting me into your crazy Latinx family (and for sending this overenthusiastic fan a physical copy ❤️) Where do I begin? I read it in 5 hours, for starters. It’s 2:45am as I start writing this and I am SO SAD the world won’t get to read this book until September. Don’t get me wrong, I adore You Had Me at Hola and Jasmine and Ashton have a very special place in my heart. But Alexis? You really outdid yourself with Michelle and Gabe. The instant sexual tension. The need to ensure that they both kept separate lives. THE FANFICTION???? Let’s take a moment to appreciate the “fan-feek” cause oh my word it’s such an amazing part of this story. I loved that it was included, full episodes and scenes, like Carmen in Charge. I looked forward to seeing what Zack and Riza were up to whenever I could. The love letter to nerd culture is a cherry on top of this gorgeous story. Gabe and Michelle’s relationship never felt forced. Or “too soon”. Or any of the things that turn me away from romances that take place in a short amount of time. Alexis wrote an incredibly relevant tale of living and loving in 2021 and how home can be whatever or whomever we want it to be. This was a story of growth and healing and learning when to stop running. A Lot Like Adiós made me laugh. And cry. And laugh some more. It gave me all my favorite unrealistic expectations of love while also being so representative of the world I navigate as a Latinx woman in 2021 that it kinda terrified me. Long story short. Run, don’t walk, to preorder this or pick it up in September! I stumbled upon You Had Me at Hola, and having Boricua rep (written by a Boricua, who was born and raised in the states) was something I never knew I was missing. To have a book that addresses the expectations and experiences that come with being raised in a Latinx household, a Puerto Rican household away from the island. It means the world to me. And Alexis I am forever grateful to you for writing these stories, and including me in the early process of this one ❤️🥰 P.S it’s steamy af

  29. 5 out of 5

    ♡⁺˚*・༓☾ gloria montagov ☽༓・*˚⁺♡

    WHEN I FIND THE RARE BOOK WITH LATINO REP <3333333

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jewel

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars Although this was an entertaining and fast-paced read that I finished in one sitting, it’s not really my cup of tea. I think the main conflicts were contrived and drawn out for way too long. I was inwardly screaming at the characters to stop overcomplicating things and communicate like the intelligent and capable adults they were supposed to be. Frankly, I had the nagging feeling that Gabe and Mich were made to do foolish out-of-character things for the sake of more confl Actual rating: 3.5 stars Although this was an entertaining and fast-paced read that I finished in one sitting, it’s not really my cup of tea. I think the main conflicts were contrived and drawn out for way too long. I was inwardly screaming at the characters to stop overcomplicating things and communicate like the intelligent and capable adults they were supposed to be. Frankly, I had the nagging feeling that Gabe and Mich were made to do foolish out-of-character things for the sake of more conflict and a longer book. I would have rated this 3 stars, but I added .5 because the Latine representation was done well and some parts did make me laugh.

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