Release date: September 14, 2021
Publisher: Harper Audio
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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?
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of this book since last summer when I read and absolutely adored You Had Me at Hola. It was one of the best romances that I read last year and I’m so happy to say this one was just as good! It had the same emotional depth that I loved in the first book as well as plenty of humor and heart, SO good.
Mich and Gabe were best friends in high school but haven’t seen each other in years, so this is a second chance romance with some enemies to lovers vibes since they did not part on good terms in the past. I loved seeing these two adults work through their past issues from their teenaged years. Both of them are strong, independent and successful people and watching them navigate balancing their separate lives with a relationship felt authentic. You get some cute little flashbacks to their high school relationship when they wrote fan fiction together and that was seriously adorable as well. This one also brings the heat, this was super sexy, these two had amazing chemistry and they were incredibly open and honest with each other about their sexuality and preferences. They both also had some family drama and issues and Gabe’s in particular was a little heartbreaking, but again raw and honest. Seraphine Valentine is a fantastic narrator, I also listened to Hola and once again she did an awesome job at bringing the story to life. Highly recommended by me to any romance fans!
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.