“There was a lot of things about love that you could only learn after you’d faced the real kind. The best kind wasn’t this soft, sweet thing of hearts and picnics. It wasn’t flowery and divine. Real love was gritty. The real kind of love never quit. Someone who loved you would do what’s best for you; they’d stand up for you and sacrifice. Someone who loved you would face any inconvenience willingly. You didn’t know what love was until someone was willing to give up what they loved the most for you. But it was also never letting them make that choice, either.”
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?
This. Book. Was. Everything. Honestly, Mariana Zapata has become an auto-buy author for me just based on this book. Wait for It is a heartbreaking, yet heartwarming story that left me hanging on every word. This book gave me such warm and fuzzies!
The Story. The story opens up with Diana moving into a new house with her two boys, Josh and Louie. She meets her neighbor, Dallas, in the most unexpected way, but is only focused on raising her boys. Diana and Dallas start off on a rocky foot, but their lives become intertwined in various ways, and they become friends. I loved how well written this story was. Everything flowed so well and I truly got to see the ins and outs of Diana’s life as well as her relationships with various characters. I felt the author truly gave me an accurate description of the emotions that Diana felt having to raise two nephews whom she took in in the most devastating way. I wanted to sit in on their lives and watch Josh running around collecting the stuff he is always forgetting, Louie beaming his best smile at me, and Diana trying her best to stop cussing in front of the boys. I loved everything about this story.
Diana. The story is told from Diana’s POV and her head was the best place to be. She is so witty, sarcastic, strong, funny, vulnerable, and doing everything in her power for her two boys. I loved how she kept the boys’ memories alive the best she could. I could feel how much she was trying to be the best role model she could be and try and do everything on her own. Because of this, she has a hard time letting Dallas help her when he comes around. Diana has matured enough to where she finds the value of things like patience and steadfastness instead of how hot the neighbor is. Diana has a hard time determining where things are with Dallas, but she becomes very good friends with him, and reluctantly gives him her trust.
Dallas. Dallas is such an honorable, strong, swoon worthy man. Dallas was a hard character to figure out at first because he was so closed off, but the more layers that were peeled away the more I fell in love with him. He has such a beautiful soul, and the way he was with Josh and Louie was amazing.
The Relationship. This was definitely a slow burn romance that started off as friends before becoming more. Usually, I am too impatient for slow burn because I want to see the couple in a relationship for at least a good portion of the book, but I did not have a problem with the slow burn in this case. It was achingly beautiful because we got to truly see how they all fell in love with each other. It was gradual and it didn’t happen overnight, but, when it did, it was oh so sweet. Their banter together was on point as well as their vulnerabilities together. The way Dallas was with Diana was so tender and loving, even when they were only friends. I absolutely loved this relationship.
I highly highly highly recommend this book for those who love: slow burn romance, single parent households, sweet little boys, strong, independent women, and patient, steadfast men.
Overall Rating: ★★★★★/★★★★★