Published by Self-Published on December 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn't been one long enough.
Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn't know what the hell she's doing half the time. How she's made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.
With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.
Except for a boyfriend.
Or a husband.
But who needs either one of those?
Wait for It
By Mariana Zapata
There’s something about Mariana…
I’m convinced that Mariana has a magic pen (I’m not going to say fingers because that just sounds crude) for writing such awesome stories. If someone was to ask me if I liked slow burn romance stories I’d probably say no. Mariana Zapata’s stories are an exception to the rule. Her stories are so full of heart and the characters have such passion and love that it seems inconsequential that her love stories don’t get down and dirty until the end. You don’t seem to even notice, though. See, that’s magic and moonbeams for me. Wait for It was full of magic and moonbeams.
We start the story with every parent’s nightmare…waking and opening your eyes to a face centimetres away. If the shock doesn’t kill you…the lack of sleep will. Diana is the primary carer for her two nephews. She loves them with all her heart but sometimes she feels inadequate. I could totally relate to her worries and concerns as I have faced some of them myself. To be honest, I think most parents do. The fact that she does worry shows her devotion. It’s obvious with every silly nickname and sarcastic remark that those two boys love her just as much.
Diana, Josh and Louie have just moved to a new neighbourhood. While settling in is always hard, changing work locations at the same time is even harder. On top of that, keeping ten and five-year-old boys occupied is a never ending job especially when there are sports involved. Josh, the ten-year-old is a baseball player and he’s pretty good too. Diana is busy and hasn’t had an opportunity to find him a new team to play with. It just so happens that after an extremely weird situation happens, she comes face to face with the coach for the local team.
Dallas…I love Dallas!! Now, to be honest, I didn’t exactly love, love him when I first met him. Sure, I may have been in a wee bit of lust for his hot body, but like Diana, his personality didn’t make me feel hearts and flowers.
Dallas has a few things on his plate at the moment. His douchewaffle younger brother is living with him (sometimes) and while he’d like to turf him out, he doesn’t because of longstanding guilt he feels. Dallas is also going through a divorce with his wife he’s been separated from for years.
When his new neighbour hits the street Dallas is a wee bit weary of getting too close to the single mother…been there, done that. But, there’s just something about Diana that makes Dallas want what she openly shares with others. He wants the smiles, cuddles and affection for himself but has to make sure he’s ready for her.
Seriously, Wait for It was bloody awesome. The emotions that Mariana Zapata wrung out of me were extreme. There were a couple of times I was blubbering like a baby and wanted to climb through the pages and scream at skanky mum who dared to question Diana’s parenting skills. I was sneering at the douchewaffle brother’s derogatory comments to both Dallas and Diana. I think Jackson (the brother) was plain jealous. One of the most frustrating characters for me though was Diana’s mother. Yeah, yeah, I knew she said what she did out of love, but sometimes her attitude SUCKED.
Dallas became the type of hero I adore. Dedication to a career in the marines for more than 20 years shows loyalty. Caring for his elderly grandmother shows love and compassion. Tolerant to a limit towards Jackson until he insulted Diana. I loved that Dallas doesn’t question his feelings, tries to do right by Diana and the boys and doesn’t hesitate to share his feelings.
Dallas and Diana’s love story took its time but the wait was definitely worth it. Aaah…and love grand?
Loved Wait for It and I can’t wait to see what Mariana Zapata’smagical pen produces next.