Review: Luna and the Lie (Mariana Zapata)

Luna and the Lie
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: December 12, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

The problem with secrets is that they’re too easy to keep collecting.

Luna Allen has done some things she would rather no one ever know about. She also knows that, if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t change a single thing.

With three sisters she loves, a job she (mostly) adores, and a family built up of friends she’s made over the years, Luna figures everything has worked out the way it was supposed to.

But when one of those secrets involves the man who signs her paycheck, she can’t find it in her to regret it. Despite the fact that he’s not the friendliest man in the world. Or the most patient.

Sometimes there are things you’re better off keeping to yourself.


When Luna and the Lie released I was in the middle of reading another book. I couldn’t drop it and immediately start reading this one, so I had some time to read reviews as they were posted for Luna by readers I trust. Some were high praising, some total dislike, and others somewhere in the middle. Seeing as I haven’t met a book by Ms. Zapata that I haven’t liked, I wasn’t totally worried that might find myself not enjoying this one so much but it did cross my mind. Still, I went into it with an open mind. I’m happy I didn’t let those not so positive reviews sway me because I had a positive experience reading Luna and the Lie.

If you haven’t read a Mariana Zapata book, I think it’s important to explain that her stories are slow burn romances. Incredibly slow burning — like it usually takes characters until the very end to get together. A lot happens over a long time. That’s probably why her books are so dang long. They’re long, but they’re so good and worth every page. If you have read one or more of her books, you already knew that. I felt Luna and the Lie was a great representation of her writing and the ability it has to pull at one’s emotions. It definitely pulled at mine.

Luna is a character who completely tugged at my heart. The poor thing was the most upbeat, positive person. She could have been a whiny, complaining person and I would have understood. Luna wasn’t, though. I marveled at her positivity and dedication to happiness. It was so inspiring. I do have to point out that she was pretty hard on herself in her head and that did get annoying at times because it was repetitive, BUT it was also easy to relate to. I think we all talk to ourselves like that at times. I found Luna’s pain to be very upsetting. I have to admit that I teared up several times. Anyways. I adored Luna.

I also adored Rip. He wasn’t this shiny, perfect guy. Rip had a history and look that not many would find attractive. His current situation was better, but his past made him gruff and not necessarily friendly or nice. What I loved about Rip was his silent affection for Luna. He showed her niceness in some special ways that mattered more than words. The way their relationship built was sweet — even in the painful moments. Luna and Rip had a special bond and I loved the way it grew.

There were some other great relationships in this book besides the love story between Rip and Luna. I found all of the relationships Luna had with others intriguing. The camaraderie between Luna and her coworkers was really cool. I wouldn’t have minded knowing even more about her relationship with her sisters. That one wasn’t touched on as much as I wanted it to be. It played out exactly like I expected. I also felt like I needed to know more about other members of her family and what was going down with them. That wasn’t fleshed out as much as it could have been. Although, that would have made for a much longer book and this one was long as it was. (Not that I’m complaining. I would take more pages!)

I almost forgot to mention this, but I loved where Luna and the Lie was set. A lot of it takes place at Luna and Rip’s workplace. Luna has a job that many would say is a “man’s job”. I thought the way Mariana Zapata approached that whole subject was smart. I loved that despite the fact that Luna’s job was a “dirtier” one, she was still soft and feminine. That was so cool!

Overall, I cherished every moment I spent with Luna and the Lie. It wasn’t my favorite Mariana Zapata book, but it touched me in ways some of my favorites haven’t. It’s definitely worth a read if you’re a fan of her writing or of slow burn romances.

10 thoughts on “Review: Luna and the Lie (Mariana Zapata)

    • If you like slow burn, then she is for you! I would recommend starting with Dear Aaron or The Wall of Winnipeg and Me.

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