A Lot Like Adiós: A Novel (Paperback)
Hot nerds and a steamy second chance romance? Sign. Me. Up! Friends turned almost lovers break up before college despite having a successful fanfic and years of family history to keep them together. Or is that exactly what divided them in the first place? Now adults with careers across the country and walls of steel, they'll have to finish the comic and come to terms with what they meant to each other in order to secure their dream jobs and close that chapter for once and for all. Brilliantly depicting the tight knit and sometimes overwhelming Puerto Rican community, Alexis Daria gives us a whole family to fall in love with while rooting for these two to just admit they're in love already! -- Hannah— From The Loyalty 100: FICTION
October 2021 Indie Next List
“A Lot Like Adiós is a heartfelt exploration of first love and mature love, proof positive that, with an open heart and some hard emotional work, you can absolutely go home again.”
— Leah Grover, Bards Alley, Vienna, VA
"Alexis Daria's A Lot Like Adiós is a charming, sexy spitfire of a novel! Romance readers, this is your new favorite book!" --Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
The national bestselling author of You Had Me at Hola returns with a seductive second-chance romance about a commitment-phobic Latina and her childhood best friend who has finally returned home.
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?
About the Author
Alexis Daria writes stories about successful Latinx characters and their (occasionally messy) familias. Her debut Take the Lead won the 2018 RITA® Award for “Best First Book” and her latest release, You Had Me at Hola, is a national bestseller, Target Diverse Book Club Pick, and New York Times Editor’s Choice Pick. Alexis is a lifelong New Yorker who loves Broadway musicals and pizza.
"Alexis Daria's A Lot Like Adiós is a charming, sexy spitfire of a novel! Between Mich and Gabe's crackling dialogue and their palpable yearning, I fell hard and fast for this book, racing through its pages until I finally closed it with an overflowing heart and a deep happy sigh. Romance readers, this is your new favorite book!"
— Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation
"A sexy and sweet tale that tells us that home is more than a place, but rather where our heart lives."
— Bolu Babalola, Sunday Times bestselling author
“A Lot Like Adiós is the quintessential read-in-one-sitting book. You will not want to put down this fresh, sexy take on the childhood friends-to-lovers trope. I adored every page!”
— Farrah Rochon, USA Today bestselling author of The Boyfriend Project
"A Lot Like Adiós is a thoroughly satisfying second chance romance with the heat turned all the way up to MUY caliente. Gabe and Michelle’s journey back to one another is brimming with moments of scorching passion and deep yearning. A love letter to fanfiction, the old neighborhood, and that one person from your past you could never forget."
— Adriana Herrera, USA Today bestselling author
"As always, Alexis Daria has delivered a perfectly-balanced romance that's my ideal combination of sweet and spicy. I love the Primas of Power and can't wait to see where they go next!”
— Sarah Gailey, bestselling author of Magic for Liars and The Echo Wife
“Gabe and Michelle are my favorite hot nerds in the galaxy. This wildly sexy, emotional trip through their lives will tug at heart strings—and elicit pants feelings—across the cosmos."
— Andie J. Christopher, USA Today Bestselling Author
"Second chance romance perfection! I was under this book's spell from start to finish, fanned myself several times (in the first hundred pages no less) and fell completely in love with Mich and Gabe. A TBR must have."
— Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author
"Scorchingly hot and irresistibly sweet, Alexis Daria's friends-to-lovers tale is a sexy masterpiece that'll make you wonder what your childhood best friend is up to these days. Michelle and Gabe's chemistry sizzles right off the page."
— Hannah Orenstein, author of Head Over Heels
“A Lot Like Adiós is a shining example of what a contemporary romance in the hands of a talented author can be: funny, sexy, inclusive, and real. I absolutely adored it!”
— Mia Sosa, USA Today bestselling author of The Worst Best Man
"With A Lot Like Adiós, Alexis Daria has crafted an on-brand romance filled with friendship, heart, and sexy situations that will singe your eyebrows. Her lovely Latinx story explores the pressures of family expectations on relationships before expertly delivering a satisfying and heady HEA. Michelle and Gabe are the two out-of-the-box romance characters readers want. A delight. A breath of fresh air. An absolute joy."
— Diana Muñoz Stewart, award-winning and bestselling author of I Am Justice
"Daria’s sultry, standalone second Primas of Power rom-com offers a delightful take on the friends-to-lovers trope...Daria keeps the emphasis on the protagonists’ personal growth, capturing the intimacy between Michelle and Gabe as they come to better understand who they are as individuals—and who they could be together. The steamy love scenes, vibrant cast, deeply felt emotions, and sense of fun make this a surefire hit."
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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."
— Library Journal (starred review)
"Not only is it a satisfying and steamy romance, but the novel also explores how family and friends can be an essential part of a happy, fulfilling life. A sexy, satisfying romance about people who finally grow into being right for each other."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Sizzling chemistry, realistic family dynamics, humorous fan-fiction flashbacks, and two strong leads make this outstanding second-chance romance one of the best yet by rising romance star Daria."
— Booklist (starred review)