In Review: Wait for It by Mariana Zapata

Posted August 21, 2018 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Wait for It by Mariana ZapataWait for It by Mariana Zapata
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Audiobook, Length: 15 hours and 52 minutes
Narrator: Callie Dalton
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2018 Audiobook Challenge

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?

in review my thoughts

My love for Wait for It — and, let’s be honest, all of Mariana Zapata’s books — knows no bounds. This was the second time I read it and I connected with it so much more this time around. I’m not even sure why. And, don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it the first time. It was a total five star read. But this time? Oh, my heart. I simply couldn’t get enough of Diana, Dallas, Josh or Louie. I made excuses to stay in my car longer, or at the gym longer, I even cleaned more so I could listen. That’s the mark of a really great book.

The first time I read Wait for It, I was concerned there might be too much of a focus on the abusive relationships in Diana’s past. I didn’t have to worry about that this time around. I just got to enjoy the story as it was unfolding, fully recognizing Diana was utterly amazing and deserving of a real man. That man was very obviously Dallas, despite the rocky start they got off to. I loved their chemistry and so enjoyed their slow and honest path from friends to something more.

Not all that many years ago, the idea of kids in a book was totally off-putting to me. I guess it’s just where I was in my life. Now? Josh and Louie — Diana’s nephews, who she is raising — were one of my favorite parts of this entire story. They made my heart melt. Louie is quite possibly the cutest book kid ever. I mean, he calls Diana “Buttercup” and it gives me all the freaking feels. I loved the relationship she had with both of the boys and appreciated how she would basically slay dragons for them. Diana and the boys were doing just fine on their own. They didn’t need a man of the family, but damned if Dallas didn’t fit in perfectly with their little family anyhow.

Wait for It seriously gave me all the feels. The characters, the story, the 10,000 little moments that make a Mariana Zapata book so special — I loved every bit of it. I laughed and cried, cheered on Diana and swooned over Dallas. The boys melted my heart over and over again. This book absolutely the total package. I’m already looking forward to my next reread.

FAVORITE QUOTES

When your first thought after waking up includes the word “bullshit” in it, it shouldn’t be a surprise when you’re grumpy the rest of the day.

Trust felt a whole lot like love. You were giving someone a part of you, if you really thought about it.

“She wouldn’t be my first, but she’d be the only one who ever mattered. I think she could wait for the time to be right. I’d make sure she never regretted it.”

“Maybe you can take care of yourself, but have you thought for one single fucking second that maybe somebody else might want to take care of you too?”

“I want you. I want your smile. Your hugs. Your love. I want your happiness. Every single thing.”

“I always thought you looked like mine, but you sure do fucking feel like you’re mine, too.”

All I could think about as I stood there was that sometimes life gave you a tragedy that burned everything you knew to the ground and changed you completely. But somehow, if you really wanted to, you could learn how to hold your breath as you made your way through the smoke left in its wake, and you could keep going. And sometimes, sometimes, you could grow something beautiful from the ashes that were left behind. If you were lucky.

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.) She is a New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, and reached #7 on Amazon's Author Ranking in 2016. Her book The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was a #1 Amazon Overall Best Seller, and was chosen as a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee and also included on Amazon's Best Books of 2016 for Romance.

Mariana is a native Texan living in a small town in Colorado with her husband and two beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Danes, Dorian and Kaiser. When she's not pretending to write, she's reading. You can usually find her burning somewhat edible experiments in the kitchen or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

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