Mariana Zapata’s books continue to give me an experience of diminishing returns. If I had just stopped at Kulti, I would still love it, but now having read three of her books, and seen that all three of them feel like basically the same book with the covers and names swapped out, I have been enjoying them less and less (and retroactively enjoy Kulti less, too, which is sad). This book is about Jasmine Santos, a pairs skater without a partner, whose mortal enemy, Ivan Lukov, offers to be her partner for a year. Lukov is a famous skater, he’s […]
I should have stopped reading Mariana Zapata a long time ago. All of her books have elements of internalized misogyny that make me uncomfortable. Her heroines tend to be “not like the other girls” and the other girls are “whores” or bitches. Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin adds in some gross gay panic and transphobia to the self hatred. And I read the whole thing. I feel like shit.
So I actually finished this book almost a week ago but I’ve been sitting on the rating and review because I’m torn. Conflicting thoughts, hate those. Plot: Vanessa Mazur has just quit her job after two years of being a personal assistant to famous professional football player Aiden Graves. He didn’t treat her very well, and she wants to start her own graphic design business, so she’s out. But he shows up at her door after she quits, begging her to come back. I won’t say any more of the plot from there. In this book’s favor, I couldn’t stop […]
I’m having a hard time focusing on reading. It’s not that things are bad. Things are stressful in a way that uses up a lot of my mental and emotional energy. I’m working on a couple of books I received as gifts over the holidays (one from my uncle and fellow Cannonballer, degregorious), but the focus isn’t there. Beth Ellen’s review of From Lukov With Love plus the Olympic figure skating on my tv and all over my social media feeds gave me an urge to read it. I have a similar relationship with Zapata. The woman does need an editor. […]
Oh Mariana Zapata, I have such a love/please for the love of god find an editor relationship with you. She wrote my favorite slow burn romance ever, Kulti, and is back this time with a different set of athletes. Jasmine Santos is a world class figure skater trying to decide if it’s time to end her career after her pairs partner bailed a year before. Ivan Lukov is the current reigning pairs figure skating champion and all around taunting pain in Jasmine’s backside at their shared training facility. When Ivan offers her the spot of partner for a season Jasmine […]
This book is not really one I’d pick up, except for the rave reviews I was reading about it. So I decided to give it (and soccer lit) a go. Is that a thing? Soccer lit? Well, it is now. I liked the narrator. Sal Casillas is strong, funny, and swears appropriately. But she’s also a bit annoying, in a righteously indignant way. And let me tell you, she. has. done. nothing. wrong. If there is a takeaway from this book, let it be that. Because she will remind you every flipping day. So I guess I didn’t like this one […]
Mariana Zapata is very good writer who specializes in slow burn contemporary romance. She doesn’t necessarily drag out the timeline, but she takes her time building characters, especially the heroine, into well-rounded people. Her heroes then match up to these strong women really well. While the men in each of her novels may not be dreamy to the reader, they are clearly excellent partners for the women. The first book of hers I read, Kulti, is a classic and I also recommend Wait For It. My feelings are not as warm for Dear Aaron. Ruby has volunteered to be the […]
I am in the middle of struggling through a review of a graphic novel that I didn’t like. I didn’t hate it, so I don’t have hate fueling my words. I have 96 more words to find. With 96 words still eluding me, I took a break to read Mrs. Julien’s review of Wait For It, and now here I am, 24 hours later, writing my own review of Wait For It. Mrs. Julien, being the lovely human being and inveterate book pusher that she is, loaned the book to me. I have since discovered that if you are signed […]