If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn't been one long enough. Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn't know what the hell she's doing half the time. How she's made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn't supposed to be so hard. With a new house, two little boys she inherited in the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for. Except for a boyfriend. Or a husband. But who needs either one of those?
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I love Mariana Zapata's books and this follow on from The Wall of Winnipeg is brilliant. Excellent and poignant and beautifully read. Worth buying you will not regret. Dallas and Diana's story is superb!!
"Mariana's Slow Burn"
Mariana Zapata is queen of the "slow burn". Those stories that have so much build up, you think you'll explode before it peaks. Wait For It was no different.
Diana is the aunt to 2 boys that were otherwise orphaned from her brother dying. She is in her late 20's and going through IT. Diana just wants to be a good parent to these boys and a good daughter to her overly protective parents and a good employee but most of all a good person. I freakin love a strong female lead and Diana was awesome. She's of Mexican decent and while she is more "Americanized" and liberal, her parents are such stereotypical Mexican Catholics that it added a level of familial humor that I just loved. It made this story fun and realistic. We don't stop trying to please our parents as adults and Diana was in an especially precarious situation raising her brothers children.
Dallas... mmm mmm mmm. Dallas. He was such a great male lead. For a book that has depth and content, you expect characters like Dallas, but that doesn't make him any less wonderful. He has values and a devotion to the community and he TAKES CARE OF HIS GRANDMA. Do I need to say more?
Diana and Dallas have a very long journey that has so much push and pull that whenever there is even a hint of them making a go of it, my heart would start beating fast and I would see Hearts.
Callie Dalton just gets Zapata's books. She is the perfect narrator and no man is required because she has an awesome male voice. They personality she puts into each character is no doubt how the author intended them to have.
"A slow simmer that delivers"
This has moved into my top favorites. The characters are strong, relatable, and impossible not to love.
I have a favorite that was emotional and beautiful, but don't want to spoil it. There are so many Fantastic moments, all heartfelt and showcases parenthood, relationships, friendships, and starting over in a masterful and real way.
She is a fabulous performer, and has done previous MZ books. Her performance is always top notch.
I cried with Diane when she broke down from dealing with cruel words. I felt her pain, grief, and insecurities in that moment and empathized with he need to be the bigger, and better person for her kids, and the fear she felt about how she formed them as people. Completely relatable and real.
Mariana Zapata is absolutely brilliant at delivering quality stories, with real characters. Her down to earth approach is a welcomed relief from the regular romance trope of drama filled plot twist (not that there is anything wrong with that, but it's nice to have a change sometimes) She is the Queen at the slow buildup and her heros are always swoon worthy and rock steady. Diana and Dallas have become my favorite of her characters so far. I would recommend this book 10 fold, it's worth full price, a credit, and a try. It is long but so worth it.
"Makes you cry and laugh at the same time"
I admit it, I read a lot of chick lit, but this book broke out of the mold. First time reading this author, wish I would have known there were other books in this storyline. Yes, you can read it as a stand alone, but characters come into the story that there are back stories on. I really like the main characters, even though sometimes I want to smack them upside the head! Heartbreaking story for the children that they all overcome. There are a couple of characters that I wonder about what will happen to them, perhaps another book will bring them back in. All in all a good use of a credit.
"I really enjoyed the slower paced love story"
So this is actually a love story instead of a sex story which is pretty great. Sex has its place in this book but nobody just jumped into bed as soon as they met. They got to know eachother, dealt with things, became more & more attracted. You know... an actual love story.
Im a little tired of reading about hard sex starved women who jump in asap. This was a real nice change.
"I Waited For It"
Wait For It is a charming tale of a friendly, generous young woman who is raising her nephews. Presented with sensitivity and realism, the story is likely to endear the characters to readers. This story is bigger than the two main characters, and includes great secondary characters- some of which come from the author's previous books.
The narrator did a nice job though her tempo was slow. When I turned up the speed, it sounded better... except for the crazy long breaks between chapters.
And though it took nearly the entire book, if you wait for it, there's a sweet romance that blossomed ever so very slowly and seemingly without the heroine's knowledge. I waited for it... and it was worth the wait.
What I love so much about this author's writing is the development of the story and characters. There is no rushing the relationship of the hero and heroine. What you get is a well thought out, emotional and heart filled story, that you will re-read. But if you are looking for a story that is filled with hot and steamy scene after scene, this isn't the book for you. For me, definitely credit worthy.
"Love this story!"
I loved this audiobook! I have all of Mariana's books on audio except for Rhythm, Chord, & Malykhin. Characters from Kulti, The Wall of Winnipeg, and Under Locke appear through out the book giving you a few updates on what they are doing or have been doing. This is great story with a great romantic build like all her books have. This has now become one of my favorites of hers. Beware you may need tissues here and there in this book but the epilogue is the part that will being the tears (good tears). I have listened to Under Locke and Lingus numerous times and can see this being one that I listen to multiple times. I can't for Mariana to release another book. Also, as always Callie Dalton did an incredible job with the narration. I love that Callie has narrated all of her books and hopefully she always will.
"Five stars, no doubt"
LOVED this book so much. Mariana has an amazing way of illustrating organic relationships and how they form over time. I love how she doesn't write insta-love stories, but rather stories that are cultivated through shared experiences and slowly developing a respectful love for one another. Five stars!!!!
"Epic writer and narrator combo!"
Before you listen to a MZ book narrated by Callie Dalton, know that you will have to binge on all of them by this duo! And they may ruin you for all audio books to come! Callie is the best narrator in this genre, IMO, without a doubt! Love MZ's slow burning romances with strong character development. This wasn't my very favorite story (hard to beat Kulti and Wall of W) but I did enjoy it thoroughly!
"Mariana you are an amazing writer."
In every storyline you create characters with such depth that you can't help but fall in love with them. Diana and Dallas are no exception, I'm sad when the books end but I always know that your people will pop up in another story. You present a real life scenario that people can relate to...and the vulnerability of your people allows the reader to comprehend how they feel and apply it to real life. Don't stop writing you are the reason people still love to read!
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