Review: Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

Wait for It
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: December 7, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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?


Earlier this week, I reviewed Mariana Zapata’s The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. I loved it so much that I decided to read another one of her books. I chose Wait for It. I had no idea when I did that the main character, Diana, was the same Diana who was Vanessa’s best friend in The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. The realization made me even more excited about reading Wait for It.

Wait for It, Diana’s life is very different from it was in The Wall of Winnipeg and Me . She’s still the same fun, sassy person she was, but her priorities have changed. She’s now the guardian of her two nephews. Diana is determined to give them the best life she can. Being a single parent will be tough, be she’s got it handled.

When Diana and her boys move into a new house, she’s not exactly thrilled by the neighbors she meets. One is Dallas, a cranky guy who has the wrong impression of her. Diana’s prepared to handle that, but when Dallas ends up being her nephew’s select baseball coach avoiding him gets tougher.That’s a good thing because Dallas might just be the answers to her prayers.

I cannot praise Mariana Zapata’s writing enough. She creates the most amazing characters and stories. Her romances are more than just romances. They’re journeys of growth and discovery. I love how she slowly builds relationships and strengthens them. Diana and Dallas were the perfect example of this. They didn’t really like each other at the beginning. It took a while for them to truly get to know each other. Their relationship was built on trust and love. It was such an amazing slow burn.

I also loved that the athlete in the story was Diana’s nephew. As a parent of a select soccer player, I appreciated the description of what it was like having a kid who plays a sport seriously. I could really relate to everything Diana felt about it. Oh, and I related to pretty much EVERYTHING kid related. Parents work hard.

Wait for It was just as an amazing story as The Wall of Winnipeg. I adored everything about it. I am going to continue my Mariana Zapata binge read. I need to read Kulti next because I just found out it’s about Diana’s famous cousin!!!

Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: February 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

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 than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For 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?


A while ago, I read Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata and loved it. I wanted to read more from her, so after I made it through a bunch of books I had to review I picked up The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I can’t really even describe how much I enjoyed it.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me starred Vanessa, a woman trying to get ahead in life. In order to do so, she took a job working for football player Aiden “The Wall of Winnipeg” Graves. Aiden isn’t the bright and cheery type. He’s quiet and stoic. The only thing Aiden’s passionate about is his football career. Working for him is difficult, so when the opportunity arises for Vanessa to quit, she does. It doesn’t take long for Aiden to show up on Vanessa’s doorstep begging for her to come back — only he wants her to be more than just his assistant.

Once again, I absolutely adored Mariana Zapata’s writing style. Normally, I like the romances I read to have first person dual point of view. I love getting to know both party’s thoughts and feelings. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was written in first person, but was solely in Vanessa’s point of view. I wasn’t let down by the fact that I didn’t get Aiden’s in this book. In fact, I really liked that I didn’t. It made more sense to me because he was so quiet and held things so closely. I loved trying to figure out what he was thinking right along with Vanessa. Vanessa was such a vivid character that she didn’t the help of his perspective at all.

Another great thing about the way the story was written was the build up. Vanessa and Aiden didn’t immediately fall in love. There may have been feelings there, but they were built over time. The progression of all the events and emotions felt like it happened in real-time. It was such a great slow burn romance.

Obviously, I loved Vanessa and Aiden. Vanessa had spunk and a ton of patience. She loved how she dealt with Aiden and his personality. Aiden was the strong silent type. He didn’t are about many people, but when he did it was amazing. I adored Vanessa and Aiden’s relationship and everything about it.

I’m so happy I read this book. It was pure perfection. The Wall of Winnipeg had me even more excited to go on and read more of Mariana Zapata’s books. In fact, I think I am going to be doing a little binge reading now. If you haven’t read anything by this author, you need to add her to your TBR.

WWW Wednesday: December 20, 2017

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This week, I read Under Locke and an ARC of Infraction (Players Game, #2)


Currently ReadIng

I am reading Tammara Webber’s newest release, Brave. I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for a long time.


Reading Next

Next, I’m planning on reading my last ARC of 2017, A Secret History of Witches.


What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Santa, Are You Listening?

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings. These are basically the books I want to read, but won’t buy myself.


1. Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green

2. Far from the Tree
by Robin Benway

3. Unqualified
by Anna Faris

4. Just What I Needed
by Lorelei James

5. All You Need
by Lorelei James

6. They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera

7. Modern Romance
by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg

8. Queens of Geek
by Jen Wilde

9. Lucky in Love
by Kasie West

10. The Language of Thorns
by Leigh Bardugo

Review: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Dating-ish
Series: Knitting in the City, #6
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: December 1, 2014
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris:
1) She’s fed up with online dating,
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and
3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?


To be honest, Marie hasn’t stood out much to me during the entire Knitting in the City series. I didn’t think she had much of a personality. I knew she was smart, but I didn’t feel like I knew much else about her going in. The other characters in the series had so much more personality than Marie. She was almost forgettable to me throughout the series. Which is why I was completely surprised by how much I loved Dating-ish.

Marie and Matt have an awkward first date, and have no plans to ever see each other again. Then, Matt shows up Marie’s friend’s place. Despite their dislike for each other, Marie and Matt begin working on a project together. Their hatred slowly morphs into friendship…and possible more.

Dating-ish is my second favorite book in this series. It was a great slow burn romance. Marie was much feistier and outgoing than I imagined. I loved how she went after what she wanted and how that affected her thoughts about Matt. Matt was an intelligent idiot. He knew a lot about AI, but nothing about women. It took Matt and Marie a long time to figure things out, but that didn’t matter. Every moment spent with them was so much fun.

If you’re looking for a smart, quirky romance, Dating-ish would be a great book to read. You can read it as a standalone or as part of the series. All of the Knitting in the City books are fun and filled with zany characters.

Review: Wicked in a Kilt by Anna Durand

Wicked in a Kilt
Series: Hot Scots, #2
Author: Anna Durand
Publication Date: September 29, 2017
Publisher: Anna Durand
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

An even feistier American. A wickedly hot Scot. Passion ignites.

Calli Douglas has avoided romance for five years, bound by a promise she never should’ve made to a man she doesn’t love. Now, he refuses to let her go. When she leaves her backwoods hideaway to attend her cousin’s wedding, Calli has no intention of meeting a man. But fate has other plans–in the form of one scorching-hot Scotsman.

Aidan “Don Juan” MacTaggart is the living embodiment of carnal pleasure and seductive prowess, but he longs for love and commitment. The moment he sets eyes on Calli, the stunning American captivates him. Though she’s sworn off sex and romance, unraveling the mystery of why tantalizes Aidan almost as much as her sensual curves.

As their passion for each other inspires them to explore their naughtiest desires, a deeper bond takes root. But when secrets from both their pasts threaten their happiness, they must confront their fears or lose everything.

Wicked in a Kilt is the second book in the Hot Scots series.


I didn’t think there could be a feistier American or a more wicked hot Scot than Erica and Lachlan, but I was wrong! Calli and Aiden totally take those titles! Their romance was so much fun to read. It was sweet. It was sexy. It was funny. I loved how all of those things were woven together in Wicked in a Kilt.

I knew from the moment Calli and Aiden met that their journey would be especially entertaining. I was so right! I loved every moment they spent falling in love. I also loved how they navigated all of the obstacles thrown there way. The entire book was so much fun to read! I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a fun, steamy read.

Mini Reviews: Ninja at First Sight & Happily Ever Ninja

Ninja at First Sight
Series: Knitting in the City, #4.75
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: November 21, 2015
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Prequel to the USA TODAY BESTSELLER ‘Happily Ever Ninja’

What do a cynical former Marine and a sheltered former Olympic contender have in common?

Nothing.

Absolutely nothing.

He has a girlfriend and she’s never been kissed.

He’s sullenly sarcastic and she’s earnestly empathetic.

He can’t stop thinking about her.

She knows she should keep her distance.

Nevertheless, when opposites attract the results may be unexpected, but they’re also undeniably magnetic.

This novella is the expanded origin story for Greg and Fiona. The first 16k words of this novella are from the short scenes included in ‘Scenes from the City’, which is no longer for sale.


I hate to say it, but Ninja at First Sight is my least favorite book in the series. Luckily, it was just a novella. I loved Fiona and getting to know her. I wasn’t a huge fan of Greg. I just didn’t like his personality. I’m hoping all the set up of their relationship will make me love Happily Ever Ninja.



Happily Ever Ninja
Series: Knitting in the City, #5
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Caped Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Humor

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

There are three things you need to know about Fiona Archer… I would tell you what they are, but then I’d have to kill you.

But I can tell you that Fiona’s husband—the always irrepressible and often cantankerous Greg Archer—is desperately in love with his wife. He aches for her when they are apart, and is insatiable when they are together. Yet as the years pass, Greg has begun to suspect that Fiona is a ninja. A ninja mom. A ninja wife. A ninja friend. After fourteen years of marriage, Greg is trying not to panic. Because Fiona’s talent for blending in is starting to resemble fading away.

However, when unexpected events mean Fiona must take center stage to keep her family safe, her response stuns everyone—Greg most of all. It seems like Greg’s wish has come true.

Except… not.

When all is said and done, can Greg handle this new version of his wife? Will his irrepressible cantankerousness push her away? Or can the couple find a way forward without either being forced to step back into the shadows?



Well, Greg still isn’t my favorite. I’m not a fan of his at all. He’s too selfish for me. I didn’t like the way he treated Fiona at all no matter what his reasoning was.

So why the 4 stars?

Fiona is a kickass character. She’s strong — almost too strong — and amazing. Even though her feelings weren’t the happiest in this book, they were real and raw. I loved how Penny Reid depicted marriage and the reality of it. That was really cool.

I liked the plot for the most part. I even liked it when it went political and a little out there for my tastes. Happy Ever Ninja was a good addition to the series.