WHY I READ IT
I love the torture of Zapata’s slow burn romance.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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 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?
“I wanted someone to love me like that. I wanted you to love me like that.”
I think I have run out of ways to tell you just how incredible of a storyteller Mariana Zapata is. In the world of romance novels, it’s all about the payoff and how sexy an author can make her scenes. Most times, a couple has “connected” by 20% in the book. Not when you read one of Zapata’s books. She makes you work for it, but the journey is the greatest part. All of the romance is in the cross room glances, the subtle elbow touches while doing dishes, the stolen moments at random times. It’s about the feelings you get from the characters just being in the same room.
I love a well written single parent book, but Diana isn’t raising her kids, she is raising her brothers after his passing. We first meet Diana in Zapata’s novel, The Wall of Winnepeg and Me, and she is a mess. Her life isn’t exactly going as planned, but being thrust into the single parent life is about to change all of that. I really enjoyed watching Diana navigate this new normal, while trying to juggle her feelings for her sexy, mysterious neighbor.
Dallas. Oh Dallas. He was something else. At first, he was a bit cantankerous, and was short and gruff with Diana, though, as we come to find out, he has his reasons. As the story evolved, you watched him weave his way into their lives, and at the same time, into their hearts. It was a nice change of pace having a hero who wasn’t a billionaire, or superstar, but instead, a blue collar guy who worked with his hands and loved his Nana. I loved picking up on all the ways you could see he was falling in love with Diana, before she even caught on.
Having suffered a loss like Diana, I could relate to her feelings in a way I normally cannot in a book. At one point, the emotion was so intense, I had to put the book down and compose myself before coming back to it. I am not a crier, and it’s pretty hard to get me to that point in a book, but damn, Zapata had me sobbing so hard, I could no longer read the pages.
Watching their relationship evolve was so much fun. Josh and Lou brought so much more to the story. They weren’t just secondary characters, they were the story. They each had their own personalities, and I loved watching them interact with Diana and Dallas. This book was so good, I would be perfectly content to read about their day to day lives. I didn’t want it to end, and I’m already looking forward to my first reread.