Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers

Aspiring singer Hilary McIntyre hopes to catch her big break on Broadway and her live-in boyfriend, theater’s new hot “it” guy, might be her ticket in. Her life comes to an abrupt stop when on her apartment steps she discovers Alessandro Moretti, a ghost from her troubled past who left an unforgettable memory in his wake. Hilary hasn't seen Alessandro, her only solace from a childhood of despair, since he left their group home eight years prior.

Her anger slowly melts away as she learns that Alessandro’s struggles and determination to make amends for his transgressions reveal the soul that she always has known him to be. The two make a pact to show each other the undiscovered parts of the city every week and while they easily fall back into comfortable companionship, a secret Hilary harbors that will change the course of their future, floats just under the surface.

Although tough on the outside, Hilary’s honest narration leaves her raw and exposed to the reader, which makes her plight all the more substantial. Desrochers’ story, second in the "A Little Too Far" series, offers the genre hallmarks (a young woman in the midst of self-discovery navigating her career and a tension laden romance), but it is important to note that this new adult offering has a much more serious tone that its cohorts.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, November 15, 2013

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