Tuesday, March 13, 2018

All About the Books March 2018

Life According to Steph

This post is going to be a HOT mess, but I like sharing what I read, especially for my own benefit when I'm like "Did I read that?" and it didn't make it on Goodreads, know what I mean?

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata was recommended HIGHLY by Kristen and romance and only had little smut so I immediately put it on my list. Since I was between books from the library I had complete freedom to read and it was on my phone so whenever I had downtime I was reading. I loved it! I wasn't sure what to expect and when they talk about a slow burn I really thought the feelings were going to be all one sided and just a crush but boy was I wrong. Vanessa being a designer really connected with me, working second jobs and getting to do something you love for authors...hello, I've been there. The deep character developments help carry through the lack of romance until the last 1/4 of the book and it works!

Wait for It by Mariana Zapata - I really enjoyed Wait for It. this was my second book by Mariana Zapata and I think the dynamic between Dallas and Diana was such a slow build but man when it got there it was THERE. I loved getting to see Van's appearance. I'm a sucker for a good story with kids and all the adults that care about them.

From Lukov With Love
is the most recently released Mariana Zapata book and when it went on semi-sale I had to get it since my library doesn't have her books. I loved seeing the comeback that Jasmine is able to make with the help of what starts out as an enemy. When enemies become close, what's there to stop the inevitable?

I read like I watch Netflix series, BINGE-Y. There was a series I knew I had the first three books in a bundle and while I knew I had started the Beneath series by Meghan March, I never got around to finishing it. Now, I'm 4 books in and I'm hoping the next few go on sale, lol. Set in the middle of New Orleans, Beneath this Mask (which is free right now) starts the series off with a girl that seems like she's from the wrong side of town and the son of a political figure that could be the next to run for his father's seat. You get introduced to a lot of characters in the series that end up getting their own books.

Previous reads worth mentioning:

The Fatal Series by Marie Force is very much like a mystery soap or night time drama and I loved the whole series!

In August I discovered the author I liked that wrote Lost Stars, part of the Star Wars canon of stories, was coming out with a Princess Leia story. Bloodline was also good.

Currently reading:

In Bloom: Trading Restless Insecurity for Abiding Confidence by Kayla Aimee

What's been your favorite book recently? What are you currently reading?


  1. Thanks to Kristen I have read and loved most of Mariana Zapata's books now too. She writes the slow burn SO well!

  2. I said this to someone else: I love finding a good series! And when you find it when it's 3 books or so in, that's even better.

  3. So is the Princess Leia story like a set aside story just on her? interesting!
    I love your variety of books!!!

  4. I am a Zapata fan but From Lukov just wasnt that great to me

  5. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! i am so so so glad you liked all of the mariana zapata books you read. i am craving a re-read of all of them haha. so good!

  6. The Winnipeg book is on my TBR. Romance is not one of my go-to genres but I like to keep a few on my TBR for times when I need to change things up a bit. And I trust Kristen too. :D

  7. So... you're saying you like Mariana Zapata, then?! I haven't read anything by her, but since I'm not really into sports romance, I'll have to check out Wait For It. I'm the same way with these posts- I mostly write them up for myself, like "did I read that? Did I like it? Why/why not?"

  8. I put pretty much all of Mariana Zapata's books on my TBR after seeing Kristen and the other Heather raving about them. I am so glad you liked them too. I need to just go purchase them since my library doesn't carry them either. So rude.

  9. I think I am going to pick up In Bloom. This year I'm trying to read more self-help. Pam :)

  10. I downloaded Wall of Winnipeg at Kristin's suggestion but have not read it yet. I did read From Lukov with Love in January though, and quite enjoyed it. Cute. :) I am looking into Beneath this Mask, because I am all about NOLA! Have you read The Beau and the Belle?! Also takes place in NOLA and is pretty cute. Big age difference, the one that got away, etc. but it's similar -- slow burn and only a little smutty. hehe XO - Alexandra

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