Luna and the Lieby Mariana Zapata Published 12 Dec 2018
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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.
"Luna and the Lie" Reviews
Mariana Zapata is the Queen of the Slow Burn, and this book was no exception.
In fact, this book is VERY slow burn and what some might call super - super - slow in the extreme, but I personally love it.
Zapata authored one of my favorite books of ALL time, The Wall of Winnipeg, and if you haven't read that book yet, I encourage you check out my review on it and then read said masterpiece ASAP.
No, seriously, go read (or re-read) that review really quick so I don't have to repeat myself.
I'll wait here.
Perfect, well done.
As I said in that other review (literally - I'm copy and pasting this in here because lazy efficient), it's almost like you have to earn it in Zapata's books. And, like anything in life, the things you earn are the things you appreciate the most. And you seriously appreciate this love story by the time you get to end.
I will say that this book doesn't reach the pinnacles of Winnipeg for me - but alas, I doubt anything ever will - but it was still an enjoyable read. Again, it might be too slow for some people (even some Zapata fans) as it's probably the slowest one by her I've ever read, but I still dug it.
I personally love Zapata's character driven meandering. The small visual details and nuanced characterizations you get in a Zapata book are, in my opinion, worth every paragraph.
I bought it as soon as it released. I read it in two days while hiding from my family. I have NO REGRETS!
Loved it. Every single minute.
I'm a fan of Zapata, but I have to say that I'm so fed up with all the repetitive plot lines. Her recent releases haven't been the greatest and are all the same. It's a combination of her previous books. Luna and the Lie is all of her books combined. It might sound like a joke, but it's actually the same thing over and over and over and over again. Like seriously, Zapata, can't you think of something a little more different? I mean, I get it. She's well-known for her slow-burn romances, but damn, not every single book has to be the same format. Some variety is good, you know?
This book is nothing new. If you're well acquainted with her previous novels, nothing's a surprise. This books follows typical Zapata formula. Guy hates main girl, girl is oblivious and naive and then something drastic happens to the heroine that requires the help of the hero, they spend time with each other and then the hero realizes he has feelings for the heroine. And let’s not forget about the traditional sex scene at the end of the book (she’s done this with The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, From Lukov with Love, and I think with Kulti? And maybe with Dear Aaron? I don’t know, Dear Aaron was a wreck of a book).
Before we talk about the issues of this novel, let me just say, why are Zapata’s novels so darn long? This book was over 500 pages?!?! WHY?!?! There’s literally paragraph after paragraph of useless information. Or paragraphs that could’ve been shortened to a sentence or two. I know sometimes more information is better, but at this point, I’m sick of all this useless writing and dragged out scenes that do not serve the plot. We don’t every single darn detail. Like come on, don’t include the mundane things. It slows the pace. I don’t like trashing author’s writing style, but damn, where’s the editor? It feels like she just published the book with zero editing.
Some of the problems I had with the book:
1.The Hero (Rip): I’m all up for a good jerk hero, but this one was beyond mean. Like beyond mean. He literally ripped her head off. Like over and over again. He treated her like crap. It was really, really bad. This is not cute. This is not attractive and I’m shocked that Luna forgave him. When Luna was attempting to comfort him, he growled and yelled at her to leave him alone? Why is that when Luna tries to be nice he throws a fit?
Here’s a quote:
I froze. I blinked and I swallowed as a I said, almost woodenly, attempting to ignore the familiarity of what come out of his mouth. “I’m only trying to be your friend.”
And then the jerk replies:
“Does it look like I give a fuck about that right now?”
WHAT!!!! How could anyone accept this kind of treatment? Luna’s trying to be a friend and this how you react?!?! If I was Luna, I would’ve CUT ALL TIES with this complete dick.
And when Luna finally gets the hint and completely backs off, he has the audacity to reply with:
“Can we be done with this? He asked his, voice rough and so loud I could barely hear him.
I held my breath. “With what?”
This incredibly handsome face stayed remote, those eyes…”With the Mister Ripley shit. With that tone. With you not wanting to talk to talk to me or ask me for fucking help.” That chin dipped and I’d swear I could feel his breath on my face in tiny puffs. “With you freezing me out.”
WTH? ISN’T THIS WHAT YOU ASKED FOR? He literally yelled at Luna to leave him alone and then when she does, he completely throws another fit. You can’t have it both ways. This guy is so hot and cold. This guy is not boyfriend material. Heck, he’s not even friend material. Which explains why he literally HAS NO FRIENDS. Because he treats everyone like crap.
2. The Romance: Ugh, I honestly don’t buy into this romance and even if I did like Rip, this book does not transition well. Rip yells at her a lot and then suddenly out of the blue starts her calling her “baby girl”????? What?? And let's talk about how slow Luna was to realize that Rip liked her? Like seriously? HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THIS GUY LIKES YOU? He shows up during your dates, doesn’t accept the favours and keeps asking for new ones and sometimes calls you baby girl? I swear I’ve never read such a stupid character before. She’s acts all innocent and spends quite some time, wondering why he’s hanging around all the time? Like gee, Luna, maybe he likes you?! Like damn. How hard is that to comprehend?
3. The Obvious Plot Twist: Ripley is Mr. Cooper’s son?! *GASPS* This was literally so obvious from the beginning. Zapata kept dropping hint after hint. I don’t mind finding out the plot twist early on, but the way Zapata set it up, it was like she kept dropping it for us as if we’re I’m dumb or something? It’s literally so obvious that it’s almost impossible to miss.
4. Thea: There was part in the novel where Thea, Luna’s sister, was hiding a secret from Luna. I’m not going to say much, but the way Zapata solved it was through A LETTER. Not an actual conversation. No two-way communication. It was like Zapata was rushing to ties all the ends and decided to throw some crappy letter for the Thea issue. Yeah...no. That’s a cop-out at its finest.
Honestly, this book would’ve been a decent 2 stars - or maybe 3 stars if I'm being nice? - if I hadn’t seen this plot line before and Rip wasn't that much of a dick. I do not recommend this book at all. Especially if you’ve read Zapata’s previous books.
I want this book in and around my mouth. I CAN'T WAIT!!
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i think this is going to go down as my least favorite mariana zapata book. i've read all but 2 of her books, and they were all (i think) 4+ stars. she writes really romantic slow burns with hyper realistic main characters.
but this book was just fucking sad. luna, our heroine, had the worst back story of any of zapata's previous characters. while each of her previous heroine's had flaws and sometimes had lives that weren't perfect... it seemed like she was really going out of her way to make luna's like fucking suck. it wasn't in the past. it kept coming up to bite her. her family treated her like shit, her coworkers disrespected her and one of her two bosses was a complete jack ass. and he was supposed to be the love interest!!!
the romance here was the real deal breaker for me. i am able to overlook pretty much anything a douchebag guy does in a book if there's a good grovel or a good relationship being built. and neither things were palpable to me. rip was just a lugheaded dope. he was a complete ass to the co-owner of the shop, he wasn't EVER nice to luna until the very end of the book... and i wasn't here for it.
i notice similarities between zapata's books, obviously. there's always only like 1 sex scene and there's usually a "hero takes care of heroine scene" and usually i eat the latter up. but i still wanted to punch rip when he was taking care of luna.
you could definitely call this just a case of "it's not you, it's me" since i knew what to expect going into another zapata book. but since 90% of her books work for me...
it's not me. it's you. here's hoping the next one is better.
"Life was a gift—sometimes one you wanted to return, and other times one you’d want to keep forever, but it was still a gift."
Luna and the Lie is a masterpiece. A slow burn romance featuring a spunky heroine and a tattooed alpha male. Luna Allen, a car painter, has done everything she can to raise her three sisters by giving them love and a safe place to live. Working hard to escape the demons of her past, Luna has found solace in a mechanic shop where she paints cars. Her boss Rip is gruff and a man of few words and yet, he is quite protective of little Luna. When Luna finds herself in a disastrous web of trouble, Rip is quick to lend her a helping hand.
“I swear to God, you’re a fucking puzzle I thought was all in the box, but every damn day I find a piece or two hidden all over the place.”Told in multiple POV, Luna and the Lie is another Zapata five star read. A beautiful slow burn romance full of complex characters, a complex plot, and light action. The unique dynamics between Luna and Rip kept me glued to the pages and I absorbed each and every moment shared between them like it was a precious piece of perfection. Every single Zapata book is long and yet, when it is over, I always find myself desperate for more!
"Me and Rip. I’d take it. I’d take it every day of the year, forever.”Overall, Luna and the Lie would appeal to romance readers who enjoy a strong heroine and a tattooed alpha male whose friendship blossoms into a passionate romance! Luna is probably my favorite Zapata heroine to date and Rip and Luna together are EPIC! If you haven't read a Mariana Zapata book, I highly recommend checking her out. She is a brilliant storyteller who creates the most brilliant characters living and breathing in a flawed (and yet) beautiful world!
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