Wait For It

Wait For It

by Mariana Zapata

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Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990429258
Publisher: Mariana Zapata
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 294,493
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.48(d)

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Wait for It 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
This is a total standalone book, however, if you have read/listened to some of Zapata’s books you will discover overlapping characters.  Diana is the cousin to Sal from Kulti and the BFF of Vanessa from The Wall of Winnipeg.  It was awesome to get little views of those characters lives.   Once again Zapata is the Queen of the Slow Burn, but unlike Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg, it wasn’t a love/hate relationship.  Dallas was into Diana and dropped so many hints; it was annoying that she didn’t see it.  I don’t know how more obvious the guy could be.  But Diana doesn’t have a lot of self-esteem from a bad relationship and her relationship with her mother.  OMG, I hated Diana’s mom, like seriously hated!  I am still not over how much I hated that woman.   The story is entertaining but tends to be repetitive at times which can grate.  But, I still really enjoyed listening to this single mom find love again.  It was sweet, funny, full of heart and loads of charm.  I am giving it 4.5 Boundless Stars. 
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
I’ll admit that I’m a pretty recent convert to Mariana Zapata’s style of writing. She believes in the build up of a relationship more than the outcome, the cake more than the frosting if you will. Her strength is in character development and this novel Wait for It delivers because by the time Diana and Dallas get together, we are so enmeshed in their strengths and weaknesses, so taken with their feelings, that we are sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for that moment to happen. Diana’s story was unique. It wasn’t until about a 1/3 of the way into the novel that we finally realize that she is raising her brothers two sons and not her own. I mean, I know enough Spanish to know Tia is Aunt, so I got that clue, but I didn’t know the story of why she was raising these two boys, and when we find out, it is devastating. Diana, isn’t very old, maybe 26 if I’m remembering correctly? To raise two kids, juggle her life and job, as well as getting them to school and practice is an amazing feat that a lot of single parents face. Score one for Ms. Zapata in reaching into our hearts and giving it a good squeeze and also for humanizing Diana, making her easily identifiable. Dallas is pretty similar to some of Ms. Zapata’s other male characters. Stoic, kind of surly and very good looking. A true Alpha male. However, in Wait for It, the author uses those traits as a shield for Dallas to protect himself just as much as that wedding ring on his finger. When he finally decides to go all in. that shield expands to protect not only himself, but Diana and the boys. Score two for Ms. Zapata! I love to read about a man protecting his woman, even if its from catty remarks and not gunfire! I don’t want to give away any more of this story because it is deftly told and even though long, the pivotal moments are intertwined so that I would fear giving one moment away would unravel the mystery of how they fall in love. I will say that their story made me laugh, touched my heart and made me feel. What more do you want in a love story?
FantasyRaider More than 1 year ago
Usually slow burn romance is not my first choice when it comes to contemporary but if it’s written by Mariana Zapata then I’m all in. I just love her books. I feel like nowadays I start all of my review like this but if it fits. I didn’t know what this story is about but after I read Dear Aaron I got a serious craving for more of the author books. I started with this one. This story is not just a slow burn romance but a pretty long at that, still I loved every minute of it. It’s not my favorite topic but in Mariana Zapata’s stories I don’t mind because she creates such a great background and amazing characters around it that you particularly don’t even notice the slow progression of the romantic relationship. The author has a really hand with her stories and its amazing how she can make the most mundane and everyday tasks interesting and engaging that you are glued to the book over 600+ pages reading about them. I loved this story it put a huge smile on my face and made me feel really good. The plot is basically showcases the everyday life of a young woman with two kids that she got thanks to some pretty serious and tragic events. It’s a life she didn’t expect to lead but puts her everything in it. I adored the characters. Diana is strong, snarky, compassionate and loving. She is not ashamed to admit her shortcomings but evens so she tries her best and she does pretty great even if not everybody around her sees it like that. She has a lot of things she internally struggles with, mainly other people opinions about her, but she mostly keeps it inside. I think she is a beautiful person. Dallas on the other hand is more closed off and mysterious but as the story progresses he shows how complex his personality is. He keeps other out, especially women but he couldn’t keep Diana afar too long. Their relationship starts on a rocky ground but they quickly discus their misgivings and start anew. The mutual attraction aside they build a great and understanding friendship. And in my opinion even without the flirting and getting to the physical stage of things they get into a dynamic and serious relationship they just don’t say it out loud. I really liked their interactions and the natural bond they formed. They form a great duo and work well together. Then there are the kids whom are both adorable but Louie just took the cake for me. That little boy provides such a humorous and cute element to the whole story. He was my absolute favorite. I adored Wait for it but I still couldn’t give it 5 stars because I feel some parts were not exactly overlooked but something like that. For example the story behind the deaths of the boys’ parents, the relationship between Diana and her mother, Jackson side or the trouble with Josh’s mom, around all of these there was either a big mystery build or were just really intense and pretty much neither of them got the deserved attention or an advocate explanation. And it all left me hanging. P.S. Extra points for the cameo of characters from other books of the author, I always love those.
BreeLauren More than 1 year ago
It’s official. Mariana Zapata (or as I like to call her, MZ, because I’m lazy) is the queen of slow burns. Though this wasn’t my favorite book out of all that I’ve read already (The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, Kulti, and Lingus so far), I still very much enjoyed the story. I didn’t get bored, which is something I tend to do when I’m on one of my obsessive author binges. I do notice a trend in her books because they all follow that slow burn prototype and all of the female characters are very similar, which makes the narrating sound like it is the same character telling all the stories, but it isn’t annoying or a deal breaker by any stretch. This novel received 4 stars instead of 5 for me mostly because there were a couple parts within that really annoyed me. Like how a woman that is responsible for two kids — two kids who already lost their mother and father — went back into a burning house for an old cat. Listen, I get that Diana is selfless. I think MZ did a good job of showing that subtly throughout the novel, she didn’t really need the dramatic fire rescue to prove it. And I actually think that makes Diana just seem stupid as opposed to selfless. And while I think Miss Pearl is supposed to be eye-roll worthy and endearing, she mostly just annoyed me with her racist comments and rude behavior. I get that we tend to give older people a pass for that type of behavior and I get that she is Dallas’s grandmother (or whatever she was), but all of that just didn’t make her any less annoying. I could’ve done without her character in the novel at all. Other than those two issues, the relationships (between Diana and her family as well as Diana and Dallas) were just as wonderful as the rest of her books. My favorite thing of all, however, was that I totally didn’t realize that Diana was Vanessa’s Diana until Vanessa was mentioned! I also loved the parallels drawn between Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me without it being a series. It was just a nice surprise. And I am definitely curious about Jackson and wonder if he will make an appearance in another novel. Shhh! Don’t tell me! Like I mentioned above, though I didn’t love this book as much as the others I’ve read, this has, by far, the best epilogue.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
Wait for It  Mariana Zapata Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  Romance,  My first MZ read....and what a cracker it was. I really didn't expect to love it as much as I did. Its got great day to day scenes that really let me get to know the characters, not just Diana and Dallas but the two little boys and the rest of her family, his cousin ( I think it was cousin, I'm writing this about 4 weeks after reading it) and family, so many interesting characters.  The plot is solid, full of interest, dilemmas, fun bits of humour, sadness when the kids are having issues, and of course the growing relationship between Dallas and Diana, which doesn't really start off well. Its a lovely looonng book too, and its great to find  an author who doesn't try yo cram everything into 200 pages or less. I looked at one story on KU yesterday and it was 26 pages...that's not a book but a short story, and there are even ones shorter than that masquerading as books!  Stars: five, a fabulous read, and its on KU, as are a couple of others from MZ. I've just borrowed Under Locke, which is on KU and downloaded the sample of Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin, which isn't on KU but appeals to me. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every bit of this book! Gave you evrtything and more. One of my new favories. Couldn't put it down but now sad that its over. A must " read again" for me. Love this author. A big fan of the " slow burn." One click thisone. You wont be sorry!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Mariana-ama?ing author-another great book.