Review | Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

Review | Wait For It by Mariana ZapataWait for It by Mariana Zapata
Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on December 7th, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 395
Source: Purchased
Amazon US

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?

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

“You don’t know what love was until someone was willing to give up what they loved the most for you.”

Mariana Zapata does it again! Wait For It felt familiar yet entirely new and refreshing. This book had everything I loved in her books and more. So much more. It had vibrant characters, the most wonderful slow burn you could ask for, an entertaining and authentic voice, and familiar characters we’ve met and loved. If you’d ask me to describe the book in three words, this is what I’d give–raw, real, romantic. 

Diana Casillas is twenty nine, has a house to call her own, a job she loves most of the time, two boys under her care who owns her heart, and a dog. Not bad. People would say the only thing missing is a husband, but she’s not in a rush. Her neighbor, Dallas Walker, might have the most beautiful eyes and has a body of a calendar model but he has a ring on his finger. Nope. Not going there. (But hey, he’s getting separated!)

It’s not like he’s interested in her anyway. He treats her like she’s the plague when she’s around. She hasn’t even done anything to him! She saved his brother from getting his butt kicked and even gave him (and the other neighbors) cookies. Despite his lukewarm attitude towards her, he’s kind and sweet to her boys. 

That’s all I’m going to say about the plot because I don’t want to spoil you and I want you guys to experience it for yourselves. It feels so great yet scary going into something you know little to nothing about. If you’ve read MZ’s other novels and found this heroine’s familiar, it’s because she’s the best friend of Vanessa Mazur in The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Out of all the MZ heroines, Diana is my favorite. She’s more subdued compared to how she was in The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, but she’s still a strong, no-nonsense woman who is amazing with Josh and Louie. She’s resilient, kind, and honest to a fault. I feel teary just thinking about what she’s gone through the past few years. 

She’s so real. I have never related to any character than Diana. Her fears, concerns, relationships; I think most would also relate to her in a way. I certainly did. I had to stop reading for a few moments because I was overwhelmed with emotion.

The familial relationship between Diana and the boys was so heartwarming. I didn’t expect to cry when I read this. Their love is so real and pure, I feel fuzzy all over. They’re so lucky to have each other, because despite the tragedy that forced them to be together, they’re still a family full of love, laughter, and support. I love the boys so much! Lou is an adorable goob who’s surprisingly intuitive for a five year old. Diana and Josh are so alike, I wanted to cry at times when I read about them.

“You two are…savage. You’re honest, and you’re loyal and love the sh*t out of things. Both of you give everything to what you care about…”

I’m in love with Dallas! He’s like the lovechild of my favorite MZ heroes (I won’t say who!). He’s a genuinely nice guy who’s natural with kids, good at handiwork, and great at listening. Although he and Diana did not start off on the right foot, they eventually found their way into a friendship that was adorable and sweet. Soon enough, these two became each other’s confidantes without even realizing it. Their relationship was fueled by the little moments, inside jokes, and everyday occurrences that somehow felt more special because they’re in each other’s company.

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

If I loved Diana and Vanessa’s relationship in Winnie, I loved it even more in Wait for It. Even though they’re separated by distance, they’re still there for each other like sisters. I love how Diana can be herself with Van. 

What I loved the most about this book is the growth all the characters experienced in the story. Wait for It did not lose sight on the main story to focus on Diana and Dallas’ budding friendship/romance. This was still about Diana as she fights her demons, figures out how to adult, and tries her best to raise Josh and Louie. 

I feel like I still have a lot more to say about this book, but I’ll leave it at that. Wait for It is an emotional rollercoaster ride filled with laughter, a few tears, heart-fluttering moments, and the slow burn I just adore. I’m recommending this to all contemporary romance novel readers, especially those who’d love a slow burn, friends to lovers romance with a wonderful and relatable heroine, the best support system, a swoon-worthy hero, and the most adorable and pure five and ten-year old nephews. 

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