One of the difficulties of modern romance books is timing. A large percentage throw you into the relationship early on in the story. Thus you have to learn to love the characters and their relationship as they struggle with whatever obstacles the author is throwing their way. It’s one of the reasons that Insta-love books are so awful. How can you pull for 2 people in whom you have no investment?
Mariana Zapata fixes all of that. She does love right. In her stories Zapata starts out with a strong heroine who has struggles in no way related to love. At some point we meet the hero – and there’s inevitably a non-romantic relationship. And it grows. The heroine handles her shit. The hero turns from a jackass to someone amazing. All of it slow and steady and so freaking real. I finish every one of her books so in love with her characters that I’m grinning ear to ear. I smiled for at least the last 50% of this book. Shoot – I even cried once!
Synposis – Diana is 29 years old and raising her nephews. She faces all of the normal parenting challenges and then some. She actually meets a few men – but one of them is prickly and distant. And AMAZING. I don’t wanna give away anything about the story. I went in having not even read the cover blurb – no regrets. If you’ve read her before you know how it’s going to go down – if you haven’t read her before what are you waiting for?
I don’t want to offer the misconception that all of Mariana’s books are the same. There’s always the slow burn. The cranky men who turn out to be so much more. All of her books are romantic in a meaningful way. But they are all vastly different too. Diana is a heroine unlike any other. While the writing and style felt comfy and familiar nothing felt boring or redundant.
I am so happy that I read this book today. I can’t think of a better way to spend a chilly Sunday.Wai