I know I'm late to the party here, but I've just discovered Mariana Zapata's romances, and I'm hooked! I've read three of her books in the last month, and I'm eager for more! I'll share the books I've read (listened to) and a few thoughts:
Publication Date: February 28th 2016
About the book:
Vanessa Mazur knows
she's doing the right thing. She shouldn't feel bad for quitting. Being
an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the
National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She
has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer
But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she's beyond shocked.
two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn't find it in
him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now?
He's asking for the unthinkable.
What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is my favorite of the three Zapata
books I’ve read so far.
Aiden, the famous
and lusted after football player, at first comes off as so rude and unreadable
and Vanessa, as his personal assistant has had to jump to his every command for
the last few years without any acknowledgment or gratitude outwardly expressed
by him. No matter, she never intended to work for him forever, but when she quits,
everything changes, and this is where it gets fun!
Be warned, it takes a while to set the stage and Aiden comes
off as a total asshole for the first 20-25%?
Hang in there, though!
I dare you
not to fall in love, like I did! Plus, there’s no angst or 3rd
drama! Yay! Vanessa was just pure awesomeness, and I loved that she started
marathon training! I seem to always be training for a marathon (although mine
are half-marathon, not a full) so it was a fun addition for me.
Lingus by Mariana Zapata narrated by Callie Dalton
Publication Date: August 7th 2015
Purchase links: Amazon | Audible | Barnes & Noble
About the book:
Most people would
describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a
loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a
wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people
didn't know. "My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn."
twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best
friend, she's both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever
expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a
story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most
unexpected of places
Going into Lingus
I was a little apprehensive because I don’t like my hero screwing other people
while developing a relationship with the heroine. How is that possible with a porn star? Well,
thankfully Tristan/Robbie didn’t seem to do too many jobs during the story and when
he did, it was referred to very vaguely, because otherwise there’s no way I
could’ve enjoyed this one.
Tristan and Kat meet at a porn convention, at first Kat has
no idea who Tristian is, and they instantly get along, having fun throughout
the day until she discovers his identity.
They stay friends and end up hanging out all the time, and Kat thinks
her attraction to Tristian is one-sided, and she’s not sure she can continue
with it when her feelings continue to grow.
My heart went out to her a couple of times when he went on a job. Kat
kind of gets him back, not while meaning to, but just through trying to live
her life. I loved their easy friendship,
but I was more than ready for these two to acknowledge their feelings and get
it out in the open! This is definitely a
slow burn romance, but worth the ride!
Publication Date: March 20th 2015
About the book:
“Trust me, I’ve wanted to punch you in the face a time or five.”
the man you worshipped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be
the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to.
didn’t take a week for twenty-seven-year-old Sal Casillas to wonder what
she’d seen in the international soccer icon—why she’d ever had his
posters on her wall, or ever envisioned marrying him and having
super-playing soccer babies.
Sal had long ago gotten over the
worst non-break-up in the history of imaginary relationships with a man
that hadn’t known she’d existed. So she isn’t prepared for this version
of Reiner Kulti who shows up to her team’s season: a quiet, reclusive
shadow of the explosive, passionate man he’d once been.
Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know.
Or the murderous urges he brought out in her.
This was going to be the longest season of her life.
Another fabulous slow burn romance! Kulti, like Aiden in the
The Wall of Winnipeg & Me, was an unreadable asshole at first! Wait for it,
though, because I ended up loving this man!
As a seven-year-old, Sal idolized this famous soccer player,
and so did the rest of the world. He was
the reason she became a soccer player and strived to be the best. Kulti’s been out of the lime light for the last
few years, but he registers on the radar again when he agrees to be the coach to
Sal’s team, the Piper’s. She’s beside herself, the thought of her longtime idol
coaching her team floors her! She must keep reminding herself that he’s just
another human just like her, put aside all those adolescent dreams of marrying
him and having mini-Kulti’s! Once Kulti
opens his mouth, though, that’s not really a problem, because he’s a complete
asshole! That’s okay, Sal has no problem schooling this Sauerkraut!
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was my favorite Zapata, but only
by a hairsbreadth! Kulti is another 5
star read for me. I loved all the
nicknames that Sal called him, at first under her breath, mind you: Sauerkraut,
German Chocolate Cake, Reindeer, Arnold, Bratwurst, lol! Kulti had a few nicknames for Sal, too, but
my favorite was Schnecke
The sports aspect was a fun, too! Sal's determination and drive was inspiring!
Callie Dalton narrated all three books, and I thoroughly
enjoyed her performance! I plan on reading From Lukov With Love
just as soon as the audio version releases, which is currently underway. I've heard of it being compared to the '80s movie The Cutting Edge which is one of my favorite cheesy movies! Can't wait!