by Mariana Zapata
Released: August 7th 2019
“…there was too little story and too much book.”
~ Under the Covers
The last person Lenny DeMaio expects to show up at her family owned gym is Jonah Collins. He is the one man she is absolutely done with. She spent a long time trying to contact him after he walked out one day and didn’t return. Now it’s almost two years later and he’s back, but she is done with him. Right?
Do you ever get the sense that you picked up a book at exactly the wrong time? I think that’s what happened to me with The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata. I normally absolutely adore her books, but I just couldn’t get into The Best Thing, I would be reading and my mind would start to drift off. No matter how much I tried I couldn’t muster up much interest in the characters or the story.
When you start a Zapata book, you know you’re in for the long haul, she is known for writing long, slow burn books that really focus on the fundamental building up of the emotional relationship between the hero and heroine. This book did something similar, but whereas in her other books there was enough there to keep me hooked, in this book there was too little story and too much book.
It could have been my mood, but I do think the book bears some responsibility as well, this is definitely not Zapata’s best work. However, this was an adorable story and if it had been edited more ruthlessly, I feel like I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I especially love the secondary characters in this book, they add such flavour and a depth of emotion to The Best Thing that this book would have been desolate without them. And that last chapter, I defy anyone to read that and not cry!
Although I am usually a fan of Zapata’s longer, more slow burn romances, in fact, I usually prefer them, this one took it a step too far for me. This won’t stop me reading whatever she brings out in the future, but this particular book is not something I would reread.
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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?