Genre: Contemporary / Romance / Slow Burn
“Man, I could really fall in love with this man if I let myself. I really, really could. But only dummies fell in love with their bosses – bosses who didn’t do girlfriends or relationships.”
I am a huge Mariana Zapata fan. She is the QUEEN of the slow burn. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is one of my favorite books of all times. I adore Under Locke, From Lukov With Love and all her other books. Her books are true gems. I cannot sing MZ’s praises enough.
I bought Luna and the Lie as soon as it was released. Like most of MZ’s books, I couldn’t put it down. I had to force myself to slow down..to savor it..to enjoy it. It was just addictive.
The story is a total slow burn romance starring Luna and her boss, Lucas Ripley (aka Rip). There are two things I love the most when it comes to Luna:
- She’s a survivor. She does want she needs to do to take care of herself and also of her 3 younger sisters. Our heroine has every right to feel like she drew the short straw. She has every right to have a negative view towards life. But she doesn’t! She is GRATEFUL for the life she has and refuses to play the victim. Luna constantly reminds herself of all the positive thing she has in her life whenever life does not goes her way. Throughout the book she repeats many variations of her mantra: “I was loved, I had a good job, I had a home. I was happy and I was safe.”
- She has a kick-ass job. Luna works for Cooper’s Collision and Customs, a car restoration business. That’s right, Luna paints and restores cars for a living. I LOVE how MZ wrote a feminine character that works in a field full of men! And the men respect her, too. It is refreshing to have a female character who is not a teacher or a marketing executive. Don’t get me wrong. I love heroines that have those jobs too. I’m just saying….It is nice change.
Rip is your typical a-hole with anger issues. All the employees fear him. He is the character you have to walk on eggshells around. He is just a straight jerk…..until he isn’t. He becomes swoon worthy..he really does. He, like most of MZ’s characters, is redeemable. But you need to read the book to see how or why.
📘Caution📘: I have to give one caveat for this book: Fans of a slow burn will love this book…BUT note, this book takes slow burn to a whole new level of slowness. So be patient….you’re in for a great, EXTREMELY slow burn.