Review: Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata

Posted February 25, 2019 by Suzanne in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata
Luna and the Lie
by Mariana Zapata

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: December 12th 2018
Format: eBook
 

Recommended Read!

“It was a cancel-all-plans and ditch-your-loved-ones kind of book because there’s no chance of being dragged away from its’ pages until you reach the final one.”
~ Under the Covers

Mariana Zapata has fast become one of my favourite authors. Her slow burn friends-to-lovers romances are utterly captivating. Luna and the Lie was no different. Once again Zapata has nailed it and written a book that I could not put down. It was a cancel-all-plans and ditch-your-loved-ones kind of read because there’s no chance of being dragged away from its pages until you reach the final one.

What I loved about Luna and the Lie, and indeed all the romances penned by Zapata, is the way she takes time to build up the relationship between Luna and Ripley. It’s a complex kind of relationship, he’s Luna’s unforgiving and stern boss, the guy she has a huge crush on and an almost friend. I loved how Zapata slowly brought them closer together and the romance you could never imagine blooming on page 1 went on to seem inevitable by page 500.

Another reason to love this book…grumpy hero. I adore a grumpy hero and although Ripley does step over the ‘grumpy’ line and straight into asshole territory on occasion he always manages to wrangle forgiveness from me. Because, there is nothing I love more than a grumpy hero with a marshmallow heart, apart from a grumpy hero who only has a marshmallow heart for his gal which is exactly what we have with Ripley. Which, is in direct contrast with Luna who despite having a horrible past, is determinedly optimistic, friendly and loving. She was a great heroine, it’s so easy to make the typical “heroine with a dark past” who has the requisite bad attitude, I thought Luna’s bright and cheery personality, her determination to make the best of what she has a refreshing read.

A great romance, Zapata has firmly cemented herself as one of my all time favourite authors. Luna and the Lie was a great read, I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to get my hands on whatever she is working on next.

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About Mariana Zapata

Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt… don’t tell her mom. Luckily, she stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while.
In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words.
Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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These characters sounds great! I will definitely check this out.

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Sophia Rose

I do love the sound of grumpy hero and slow burn romance for every day folks. I’ve got two of her books on my shelf and need to get busy and read them.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I like all the descriptions but slow burn.

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Thanks for the rec Suzanne