WARNING: this review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!
Alas, we have the second installment in Alexis Daria’s Primas of Power series. This one is about Michelle. Does A Lot Like Adios compare to You Had Me At Hola? Read below to see what I think!
“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?”
Read This If You Love…
- Latinx and LGBTQ+ characters
- A short story within a story
- Somewhat friends-to-lovers trope with more steamy scenes
Oh god, did it hurt. Heartbreak and longing and arousal and love and anger and sadness whirled around inside her like a tornado of conflicted feeling, fascinating and destructive.
If there is one thing I’ve learned during my time reading the Primas of Power series, it’s that Alexis Daria sure knows how to write some steamy things! A Lot Like Adios was another book I enjoyed, but still found slightly unoriginal. Not as unoriginal as You Had Me at Hola, however.
Things I REALLY loved that rates this one slightly above the first book (I mean, at like maybe 3.75 paws)? The LGBTQ+ characters. There are quite a few of them, but I’m not telling who because you should go read the book!
I also appreciated the character growth in this one, especially the growth of Gabe and his family. It was very heartwarming!