Contemporary Romance

Review: Luna and the Lie – Mariana Zapata

Rating 4 Stars

What’s the book about?
The problem with secrets is that they’re too easy to keep collecting.

Luna Allen has done some things she would rather no one ever know about. She also knows that, if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t change a single thing.

With three sisters she loves, a job she (mostly) adores, and a family built up of friends she’s made over the years, Luna figures everything has worked out the way it was supposed to.

But when one of those secrets involves the man who signs her paycheck, she can’t find it in her to regret it. Despite the fact that he’s not the friendliest man in the world. Or the most patient.

Sometimes there are things you’re better off keeping to yourself.

My Review
I’ve been on a Mariana Zapata binge lately and just like her other books, I loved this one.

Luna and the Lie is about a heroine called Luna who had a very sad, awful upbringing which she took off from and has since spent several years looking after and caring for her younger half-sisters. Because of her background, she never finished her senior year (although did gain her GED later) and took off to a new city where she met a lovely older couple who took her under their wing and helped her build a successful career in car renovation. Later on, the new boss (aka the hero) joins and so the story begins.

As in typical MZ fashion, it was definitely a slow burn to the point where it took me a while to warm up to the hero because I just kept thinking “he’s so mean?” and “why is he such a grouch?”…

But let’s face it, grouchy heroes are usually the best! And Rip was no different.

Once I started seeing more of Rip’s life and understanding his reasons for acting as he does, I began to like him more and pick up on his subtle actions. He may not have been the type of hero to wear his heart on his sleeve but he showed protectiveness and love for Luna in his own way and I really enjoyed that.

Outside of the central love story, there was also several other minor plotlines occurring that did manage to keep my interest but I also wish had been resolved a little more. I also enjoyed all of the employees (minus one particular trouble maker) at the mechanic garage. Each brought their own personalities and joy to the job and I loved seeing the way they all interacted as they worked. That’s the type of workplace that I would love to be apart of.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one and found it to be exactly the type of good, slow burn romance I’ve come to know and love about Mariana Zapata’s writing!


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