Luna and the Lie – Mariana Zapata

Reviews by Yael Waknin


The problem with secrets is that they’re too easy to keep collecting.

Luna Allen has done some things she would rather no one ever know about. She also knows that, if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t change a single thing.

With three sisters she loves, a job she (mostly) adores, and a family built up of friends she’s made over the years, Luna figures everything has worked out the way it was supposed to.

But when one of those secrets involves the man who signs her paycheck, she can’t find it in her to regret it. Despite the fact that he’s not the friendliest man in the world. Or the most patient.

Sometimes there are things you’re better off keeping to yourself

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My review

I love Mariana Zapata’s books, yet it took me a while to get to read this one. I was honestly afraid to be disappointed. I’ve read several of Zapata’s books, and those I loved were beyond good.

Luna has been working for Cooper for several years, and about three years ago, Lucas Ripley became a business partner with Cooper.

Rip is a huge guy full of tattoos that he hides with long sleeves shirts. He is 41 years old, and Luna is 27 years old and *looks* delicate.

Luna – wow, what a character! What strength! I really want to take into my personal life so many things that I want to be like her. Her inner voice. Her ability to take a deep breath and move on. Her giving. I think this is one of the characters I loved her inner self – the thoughts, reinforcements, joy, the love she has, and so many other feelings, decisions, and actions that made my heart smile. It made me want to hug her, be with her, get to know her, and be her!

I told my friend, and I say it here – at the same time, she was not perfect. With all the positivity she has and all the admiration I have for such a character (just like the admiration for a strong and true person), I felt the self-sacrifice and that with all her attempts to get stronger, she sometimes just diminishes herself.

Rip – OMG, Lucas Ripley. I don’t know how to describe it. I don’t know what not to write to ruin the feeling you’ll have when you get to know him. The most extreme in difficulty, in anger, in tattoos, and on the other hand, the most extreme in wanting to give, to love, to listen, and to help.

I think Zapata brought a perfect character in her imperfection. Perfect in its roughness and its tenderness. Perfect that he was so far from being perfect.

Sub-Figures – Mr. Cooper – This precious man was an angel. An angel in the form of a man. To think he’s a secondary character that entered my heart with the main characters. That doesn’t happen much, if at all.

There are other good sub-characters in this book. There are good ones because they are loved, and there are good ones because they are the worst, and fun to see that – Life is kicking them in the ass.

This book entered my heart, my veins, my thoughts, my voice, my desires. My everything.


So do yourself a favor and make room in your heart and mind and read it 😍

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