Wait For It is Mariana Zapata’s 6th book and I’ve read all of them this year. She’s a self published author that quickly became one that I heard about in a variety of reader groups that became really hard to ignore! And when I gave in to read the first one – Kulti – the rest quickly followed. It’s the same for most people who read her books because they just draw you in and Wait For It is no different from the rest.
Zapata is known amongst her fans as the slow burn queen so I knew going into this one what to expect – that there would not be any insta-love here. No falling into bed in chapter 2, no longing gazes, or loud declarations of love after 5 minutes of knowing each other. But not just that – this type of slow burn that Zapata does is where it’s around 70% into the book and there still hasn’t been any kissing. If I hadn’t given Kulti a shot already hearing this would definitely scare me off but this author has the talent at drawing out the slow burn in such a believable way that a reader completely understands why the characters aren’t just falling into bed together. It feels very realistic and as if I could be reading about a friend’s love story.
Diana is caring for her two nephews, Josh and Louie, and just moved to a new neighborhood. I do have to say that for the first few chapters I was thinking hmmm I’m not so sure about the kids. That comes from me just not loving kids in romance books that much. But wow did that change incredibly quickly! These kids were SO much of this book and to have left them out of this story would have been to delete the humor and the heart of the story. I was laughing at the interaction between Diana and the kids every few seconds – their relationship cracked me up and reminded me of an older sister with her siblings.
Then, of course, there is the romance between Diana and Dallas. I really enjoyed the way this developed from the beginning. Diana is so not a wallflower and has an attitude that she can’t contain.
Only thing cover model about Dallas was his resting bitch face that was too aggressive to be on the cover of anything other than a survival guide magazine.
Dallas might be the most genuine and nicest guy that Zapata has written, which I appreciated. I can get tired of reading the same characters over and over again. And Dal was not the aggressive alpha-male that is pretty common. Instead we get a good guy who helps out, coaches kids, and is super monogamous.
By the time the slow burn is ready to combust so was I. I needed them to freaking kiss already!! Because this is a romance and I don’t do non-HEAs I can tell you that yes they do kiss. And the ending is glorious. I might be a little in love with this book. And with Dal. But more so with Diana. But definitely mostly with Louie!
And because I can 2 more of my favorite quotes. I seriously have pages and pages of highlights.
You can’t always wait for someone else to do the right thing when you can do it yourself.
“I gave it to you a long time ago, Diana. In little pieces and then bigger pieces, and the next thing I knew, I didn’t have anything left in me, so I hope it’s enough.”
Rating: 5 stars
Title: Wait For It
Author: Mariana Zapata
Release Date: Dec 9, 2016