Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Reviewed by Joanna

Slooowwww book here, probably the slowest start I’ve read yet by this author, but as usual it’s always worth the wait.

Kulti is a German football player (soccer to all you across the pond), and he was the world’s greatest player. Now aged 39, he’s retired and for unknown reasons come to work as an assistant coach at Salome’s Texan women’s premier league team, the Pipers. I know, I didn’t get it either; dude could’ve gone anywhere. But the reason he eventually gives Sal is perfect, so bear with it, reader. [Read more…]

Review: Under Locke by Mariana Zapata

Reviewed by Joanna

Another slow burn romance from the queen of the genre, in the theme of the meek gentling the angry beast. Not my favorite of the three I’ve read by this author, but a good yarn and a touch different to other motorcycle club stories I’ve picked up.

Iris has upped sticks and moved in with her half-brother Sonny, a guy she saw sporadically when they were kids, but who now offers her shelter following problems at her home. He gets her a job in a tattoo parlor, owned and managed by one of his MC club buddies – Dex. Dex is a mean SoB, tattooed, massive and cross with everyone, and meek little Iris is scared stiff of him. She’s a funny creature, timid and damaged by illness but loyal and funny too, and when faced with Dex, does all she can not to piss him off all the more. Including not actually learning how to do her job properly as she’s too afraid to ask twice. [Read more…]

Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Reviewed by Joanna

This is the second book I’ve read by this author, the master of slow burn romance, and she’s introduced me to another heroine I want to hug – and hero I want to throttle (before I kidnap him and run away with him forever). Vanessa is the personal assistant to the Wall of Winnipeg – aka Aiden, a huge quarterback for the Three Hundreds. She’s worked for him for 2 years and this big-hearted woman has had it. Aiden isn’t a bad boss, but he’s as warm as an ice block and barely grunts his replies when she asks him a question. Vanessa manages his social media, cooks his 7-10,000 calorie vegan meal plans, cleans, travels with him, and she’s the caring type, so she can’t get by on grunts alone. [Read more…]

Review: Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

Reviewed by Joanna

This is such a slow burn romance I almost threw a fit as the main characters avoided a kiss for the fiftieth time. So. Frustrating. But this is the nature of the book and thus it’s very well named. Plus it’s well written, has great characters, and I was getting all the lovely stomach flips every time our hero and heroine got close.

Diana, who is awesome, is raising her two nephews – left to her when her brother died. She moves the boys to a new town and works as a hairdresser to make ends meet. She’s slightly crazy, Mexican and fiesty, and I loved her lots.

Meet Dallas, her new neighbor. He’s older (40~ to her 29), tall, tattooed and with a shaven head, and is probably the sweetest and most steadfast man I’ve read in a long time. Seriously, this guy has it going on. Ex-military, he coaches the baseball team Diana’s eldest son enrolls with, and our H&H start seeing each other regularly in the street and at games. [Read more…]