This release was one of the best early Christmas presents this year. It took me totally by surprise and turned my day yesterday into a happy one.
Knowing the authors books, she delivered exactly what I had hoped for.
A slow burn romance, packed into 600+ pages (it’s a guess;-). I had a smile on my face the ENTIRE time.
The book was packed with everything I adore. Cute kids, strong and snarky heroine, a grumpy hot neighbor and wonderful supporting characters. The slow burn and fantastic character building added to the overall enjoyment of this book.
Diana Casillas and her two nephews, which were entertaining and cute as buttons, moved into a new neighborhood and soon after met her hot, but grumpy neighbor across the street (not the one that was beaten up;-).
Dallas Walker, a bit mysterious, a body like a greek god, neighborhood grump, and kids baseball coach, kept his distance at the beginning. He was going though a divorce and didn’t need any other complications, especially in the form of one crazy neighbor with two kids.
But sooner or later Diana and Dallas were thrown together on more than one occasion. It didn’t help that Diana was friends with her boss which was one of Dallas’s cousins. On top of that Dallas scouted successfully her nephew for his U11 baseball team. They also frequently visited the same neighborhood bar. All of these situations allowed Diana and Dallas to bond naturally, and build a lasting friendship. One build on loyalty, acceptance, honesty, and supportiveness.
The big elephant in the room was the mutual attraction that nobody dared to acknowledge. It simmered, built, and developed into something deeper than either expected.
Mariana Zapata has a unique talent to write stories that are dedicated solely to the getting to know, becoming friends and THEN falling in love. NO insta-crush, or insta-love. Which is so refreshing!!!! That’s what makes her writing so remarkable.
Reading one of her books makes me HAPPY. I smiled the entire day yesterday. I think it took me most of the day to finish Wait for It. That meant I was smiling for 12 hours.:-)
Wait for It was such a feel-good book. It was about second chances. A patch-work family. Kids that were just adorable. A heroine that was down-to-earth, real, relatable and lovable.
Josh hugged me like his life depended on it. He hugged me like he hadn’t since his dad died. The side of his cheek went right along my chest as he held me tight. “You’re better than my real mom, better than Mandy—” “Jesus, Josh. Don’t say stuff like that.” “Why? You always tell me not to lie,” he said into my chest as he hugged me. “I don’t like you crying. Don’t do it anymore.”
Diana’s daily interactions with the kids were so on point. I could see myself shouting, and waiting at the door. Making sure everyone had their stuff. Looking for a lost shoe.:-) And OMG the lice situation, I could so relate.
“Do we have fleas?” I gave him his flea medication on the same day every month. Dallas sat up and pinched his lips together, and somehow managed to say calmly, “No. You have l-i-c-e.” “L-i-c-e?” Josh muttered the letters under his breath. “Li-cee?” That was Louie. I still had a hand on my head as I wrinkled my nose. “What—Oh my God. No!”
Diana was such an amazing character. She really just wanted to be friends with Dallas. Loved how she tried to curb her attraction and keep their friendship platonic even so her feelings changed.
And Dallas was such a great guy. His interactions with the kids and Diana were utterly swoon-worthy. He was her rock! The guy that she could lean on.
“You are the toughest person I’ve ever met, Diana, but you’re also the most vulnerable, and that drives me fucking crazy,” he said to me. He squeezed my thigh, his voice low and almost feverish. “I know you can take care of yourself, but I want to be there to help you out. I need you more than you need me, and that’s okay,” he told me.
That’s how fairy-tales are made. Not with a billionaire, prince, or rock-star. Dallas was the REAL deal.
Mariana Zapata’s books will always be part of my favorite shelf. Her books are something to look forward to. To enjoy without interruptions. To savor every word. Her sheer talent leaves me in awe.
I’m pretty sure I’ll reread Wait for It again, when that happens I will upgrade the rating to 5 stars. It wasn’t as perfect as The Wall of Winnipeg, but pretty close.:-)