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Monday, January 21, 2019

Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata

  A Review by Wendy
3.5 Real Life Stars
* * * 1/2  
Spoiler Free

In Luna and the Lie, the world is not glamorous or star-studded. There are no social media influencers. This world we are in is closer to more of what real life is like for everyday people. People who go to work, take pride in the tasks they do and deal with their personal hardships. Deal with what life has thrown at them... and the ramifications of actions...some done by them and others done to them.

In this tale, Mariana Zapata created two people who come across one another through the workplace.
Luna came from a terrible family life. It was so bad, Luna felt by surviving and making her way out of it, she could handle any other obstacle. When she escaped her family, she landed in front of the owner of a body shop.

The owner saw this young 17-year-old willing to work and in need. He took her into his family and taught her everything the shop did over the years. She became showed talent in her abilities at the shop, learning all of the stations. The coworkers, male, accepted her as one of their own and she became the main person who did all of the paintwork. She became the bright shining spot of the shop as Luna always had a smile on her face. She lived a glass half full outlook because she knew what the glass half empty was.

Years go by, the shop is successful and then another man becomes a co-owner of the shop. He is nothing like the older owner. His demeanor is hard as the muscles of his body. His eyes can see right through you and smiles are absent from his face. This man has lived a difficult life and he has no patience for slackers. His main focus at the shop is restoration for older cars.

We come into this story with an undercurrent between Rip and Luna. Luna is this woman who has overcome so much, raised half-sisters and made a life for all of them. She feels content with what she has, primarily. But she will always work to keep herself centered and able to overcome obstacles which come her way...and many do.

Rip is like the iceberg whose viewable surface is hiding everything below. He shows only so much...and when he does show more, Luna is perplexed. She has been silently crushing on Rip for years... as a fantasy only. There could never be a reality between them.

Zapata is known as the Slow Burn Queen and rightly so. Her past books have been immediate recommendations of mine. This one had many strong moments but it also had many which felt a bit overworked.

I felt this book was just like which I needed to get through so as to get to where I wanted to be...and then the outcome was glass more than full.

About Mariana Zapata

Mariana is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Amazon best-selling author 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. Wait for It reached #2 on the Amazon Overall Best Seller list and stayed in the top 100 for six weeks; it was chosen as a 2017 Goodreads Choice Award nominee in the Romance category. Dear Aaron was a top 10 Amazon Overall Best Seller and stayed in the top 100 for six weeks. From Lukov with Love was a top 10 Amazon Overall Best Seller and was a finalist in the romance category for the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards. Her latest novel, Luna and the Lie, became a #1 Amazon Overall Best Seller.
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.)
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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