Book Review: Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

Title: Wait For It
Author: Mariana Zapata
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 670 pages
Rating: 4.75 Stars


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?

Ivy's review

-The setup. Diana, the BFF of the heroine from the Wall of Winnie, has had some major changes in her life since we glimpsed her in that book. A couple of years have gone by, and when we’re introduced, she finds herself in charge of her two nephews and moving away from Fort Worth to Austin to work with her other friend, Ginny, at a salon there. From the moment she moves into her new neighborhood, her life takes a turn for the better. And yes, romance happens. Eventually. I’m purposely vague because there’s alot that isn’t fully revealed until deep into the telling, and it is one of the things I adore about Ms. Zapata. She takes a character-driven tale, which could suffer from lack of tension, and takes her time in giving the full picture, keeping the reader guessing, which is my favorite place to be.

-This is all about Diana and the boys. Ms. Zapata is all about her heroines, and I have to say, I appreciate that. Her women aren’t ciphers, just waiting for the hero to sweep them off their feet, but fully realized characters that we get to know, in and out. Diana’s a deliciously flawed but strong woman, who is trying to do the best she can for herself and her boys. The day to day life of a single mom and the village it takes to support that mom, is explored in detail and even if Diana is never called mom, she is in her heart to these boys and I adored them.

-But there’s arguably more romance time. There’s not much that I can say beyond what I’ve said before about Ms. Zapata – this is her sixth book, and she has a sweet spot, and it isn’t erotica (and there’s nothing wrong with that). She’s talented at the art of the slow burn and emotional development will always trump some hot, sweaty sex. This book is aptly named, because I was definitely waiting for the last 80%, which is typically when the romance kicks into gear. I never thought I’d be happy with just getting to the point where I get an ear nuzzle or a hug, but Ms. Zapata makes it worth the wait. I will say that the hero here in Wait for It is quite possibly the first time I’ve actually swooned at a hero’s words in a Zapata book.

-Little nods for long time readers. If this isn’t your first Zapata, there are some sweet nods to earlier couples from her books that really made me smile. They are the perfect little Easter eggs for longtime fans.

-My only quibble. In pursuit of that slow burn, it felt as if it were a contest as to how long we could wait before we just ran out of pages. In other words, the waiting took a wee bit too long, and even towards the end Diana was still pulling back a little, which nudged my frustration from “hurts so good” to “christmas on a cracker, do it already.”

So, this all points to me being a masochist, because even if it was the slowest of burns, I truly enjoyed my time with this story. Ms. Zapata is an auto-buy for me, and this story lived up to every expectation. I’m looking forward to her next heroine.

– Ivy


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