Two for One Book review: Mariana Zapata

All Hail the Slow Burn queen!

Last month, I finally got around to reading the last two books of Mariana Zapata’s collection. It was a bittersweet moment, knowing that I had finally read everything she’s published and that I wouldn’t have anything from her to read moving forward….

Thank goodness I was wrong, right?

The Queen of Slow Burn romance released her brand-new book, The Best Thing, on the 7th; giving us slow burners the fix we needed!

It’s honestly been a great start to Slow Burn August and while I add her newest release to my August TBR completely ignoring all the other books I have to read, I thought I’d review the ones I had just recently devoured finished.

Title: From Lukov with Love

Author: Mariana Zapata

Pages: 493 pages

Format: Ebook


If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one.

After seventeen years—and countless broken bones and broken promises—she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close.

But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she’s spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything.

Including Ivan Lukov.

Remember how I’ve mentioned that I am a sucker for Enemies to Lovers romance? Especially when they make deals to help each other out of convinience?

Ladies and Gents. Gents and Ladies. People. This book hit that spot!

Mariana Zapata writes slow burn like no other author. While there are many out there and they’re great, Mariana has a gift for it. The angst, the tension, the hatred! *Swoon*

Nobody writes a likeable asshole like Mariana….(okay maybe Sarah J Maas does and Holly Black but STILL).

Jasmine Santos easily became a favorite of mine. Her hard work and perseverance was admirable. Despite not liking her partner, she put up with it so that she could still live out her dream.

Ivan Lukov was the pompous asshole you can’t help but love. Literally, Mariana does grumpy grumps like no other. He was arrogant and immature. Yet his love for his craft and his work ethic was something that had you rethinking your ill opinion of him.

Jasmine’s and Ivan’s dynamic worked so well. They fed off each other and each had flaws that the other could mend.

4/5 stars for me.

Title: Dear Aaron

Author: Mariana Zapata

Pages: 485 pages

Format: Ebook


Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.
The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.
Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.
What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.

I totally read these two books backwards but as they don’t follow each other, it’s okay! Dear Aaron is the story of Jasmine’s sister Ruby.

Where Jasmine’s story centers around Enemies to Lovers, Ruby’s story centers around the penpal to lover troupe.


The interesting thing about this book is that the majority of it is written as if we were reading the chat/email transcripts between Ruby and Aaron!

The style was something I have never come across before. Completely different and utterly interesting all the same. My heart strings were tugged throughout the entire book. Such a contrast to Jasmine’s book were the mood was tense and angry, Ruby’s story is much calmer.

She is so sweet and awkward….ugh. I empathized with her throughout the entire book.

Aaron was perfect.

I think he’s the only one of Mariana’s male leads that wasn’t mr. Mcgrumps which fit the book so well.

5/5 for me.

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