The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata ~ Review & Teaser (@marianazapata_)

Mariana Zapata has become one of those authors that I pick up once she releases something new. Once again I wasn't disappointed, I fell in love with the whole family and was grateful I was able to be part of the DeMaio circle of trust!
The Best Thing
Title: The Best Thing
Author: Mariana Zapata
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: August 7th 2019

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Some things are easily forgiven. Other things… not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: she was done.

Done thinking about him.

Done worrying about him.

Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.

I discovered Mariana Zapata earlier this year and have devoured a number of her books. When I realised she had released a new book, I was excited to grab it and read it. The Best Thing was a beautiful read, a second chance romance with a twist! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Lenny and Jonah, while watching their connection reignite!

Lenny was such a strong and determined woman who was willing to do anything for her family. She had given up on seeing Jonah again, and when he came back he was determined not to leave. She was resentful at first, always calling him names in her head. However the more time he was around, the less she did that and I could see the shift in her heart.

I could see that Jonah was truly sorry for letting Lenny go. He worked hard to earn the trust back from her and also her granddad Gus and their friend Peter. Jonah was around every chance that he could, but never put any real pressure on Lenny. Jonah was a sweet and incredible guy, who really had a heart of gold.

Mariana Zapata sure knows how to weave a story. I liked that this particular story gave us a glimpse of Luna and Rip too! The story builds slowly as I got to know the characters and hooked me until that final page. I laughed, I swooned and even shed a tear, as I watched Jonah work his way into the DeMaio circle of trust. I cannot wait to read what Mariana Zapata has for us next!

This was a nice moment between Lenny and Jonah. He had worked his way under her skin and she was ready to recognise her feelings.

“What are you thinking?”
I glanced up at the intent face focusing on me, and just went for it because why not? Because I was scared of what he’d say? That should make me want to do it more often.
Life was short. You either took what you wanted or you didn’t. You either regretted not doing something or you regretted failing. Not doing something would keep me up at night. But it was failing that I could laugh at eventually and get over.
So I told him, because that was who I was. Who I had always wanted to be. “That I had wished you had liked me more before—”
He groaned. “I did, Lenny. I liked you heaps. I never forgot about you.”
“You didn’t let me finish,” I said. “And that I also really like you, and I was thinking that maybe I shouldn’t, but maybe I should because you might end up breaking my heart, but you might not. What do you think?”
His slow blink had me smiling at him.
“Too blunt, huh?”
His own small smile crept across that handsome, happy face. “Nah, just perfect.” He shook his head, that smile growing. “I won’t be breaking any hearts. You can take my word for it.”

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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. Luckily, she stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while. In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words. Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

Other reviews featuring Mariana Zapata
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Wait for It
Luna and the Lie

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