A Lot Like Adiós

Avon. Sept. 2021. 416p. ISBN 9780062959966. pap. $15.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Burned out from her career in corporate marketing, Michelle Amato is shocked when Gabriel Aguilar, her former neighbor, best friend, and crush, reaches out for help revamping the branding for his up-and-coming celebrity gym in Los Angeles. Mich reluctantly agrees, but only if Gabe comes home to the Bronx. Gabe is terrified to return since he hasn’t spoken to Mich, or his parents, since he abruptly left 13 years ago to get out from under the weight of his parents’ expectations. Sparks immediately reignite between the two, who agree to have a fling while working together on Gabe’s marketing campaign. But then Gabe and Mich’s overbearing families discover them together, and their fake relationship begins to feel increasingly real, which means that both Mich and Gabe will need to figure out who they are and how they can belong, together.
VERDICT This sparkling and steamy follow-up to Daria’s You Had Me at Hola is a delicious second-chance romance featuring two bisexual leads. A must-read for those who love contemporary queer, family-focused romances like Adriana Herrera’s American Sweethearts and Alexandria Bellefleur’s Hang the Moon. Recommended for all public library collections.
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