Wait For It on December 8, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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?
The queen of the slow burn has done it again. With Ms. Zapata, you have no worries about insta-love. Her romances are not roller coaster rides full of thrills and chills, they are lovely little drives in the countryside with gentle, rolling hills and green pastures that lull you into a sense of peace. Knowing this, I have to make sure I’m in a laid back state of mind since I’m more of an action kind of girl. I actually read this while doing some Christmas baking on a weekend where I happened to have the house to myself. With Christmas carols as my background soundtrack, I settled in for the slow ride that was Dallas and Diana’s romance.
I always love the richness of the characters Ms. Zapata provides. I loved everything about Diana but then how could anyone not love her. She’s a strong young woman who lost her beloved brother and is now raising her two nephews. She loves those two little guys fiercely and would do anything to protect them from anymore upheaval. Her everyday struggles as a single mom are cataloged on the pages, as is her self-doubt about whether she is doing a good job in raising Louie and Josh. I found myself so touched by her struggles that I even teared up a time or two as I commiserated with her since as a mother I’ve experienced those same thoughts and doubts.
At first, I felt no connection with Dallas, he was just that closed off. As he slowly thawed around Diana, I grew more and more enamored with him. Every little thing he did just shouted out how steadfast and loyal a man he was. The problem with him was that by holding himself back for most the book until he was free to pursue Diana, at first I held back just a little from him. I didn’t understand why he waited so long to untangle himself from his past, especially after we found out the history.
The other characters we were introduced to were just as interesting and wonderfully crafted as Diana and Dallas. I adored Josh. He took his duties as the man of the house seriously, just as fierce in his love for Diana as she was to him. Louie was just adorable. Pearl made me laugh with her grouchy inappropriateness, cracking me up every time she opened her mouth. I also loved seeing some favored characters from some of Ms. Zapata’s other books.
My issue is the fact that no matter how rich and well-crafted the characters are, I need some outside action going on. This was a straight up romance and the only struggles to be had were those of a single mom dealing with the hand dealt to her. In other words, the day to day stuff. I enjoyed reading Wait For It, but because it was so slow, I found I had no problem putting it down numerous times as I went about my baking and chores. Truly, with how packed my day was, this was the perfect read at the time, but I can honestly say it wasn’t an attention grabber rather a slow Sunday drive through the country read which was a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
Rating: 4 Really Slow Burn Stars
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