Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on December 12, 2018
Source: Kindle Unlimited
A lonely woman, one with a horrible past not of her own making, crushes on one of her bosses at work. An equally lonely man, one with a horrible past, finally pushes past his own self imposed exile from anything good in order to help a coworker. This slow burn romance gave me all the ‘feels” and then some.
Luna works at a body shop and classic car restoring business. She’s been there for nine years, although she’s only twenty six. Her boss, Mr. Cooper, hired her because she was desperate and also took her into his and his wife’s home when she was seventeen and a runaway. Now she’s very good at her job, owns her own home and has raised her three younger sisters on her own. Six years into her job there, a new boss is brought into her work out of the blue. Rip is everything Mr. Cooper isn’t. He is not the kind, caring type to put it mildly. While Luna is a friend to everyone at her work, he is shut down and has no friends. He is what her coworkers call, a hard ass. Luna pretty much falls for him immediately, but knows better than to ever think he would look at her that way. It’s three years later and they rarely speak until one day she needs a big favor.
Both of the main characters were very complex. Luna always tries to be the optimist, spends her time reiterating to herself that she is loved, that she has a home, a good job, all while bad things are happening around her concerning the people she loves or to herself. She’s has a horrible past to get over, but that’s extra hard to do when her past comes back to haunt her. Rip lost his mother while he was still a teenager and that event changed his whole life. Angry at the loss, he fell in with a bad group, but has finally dug himself out for a new life. Only he no longer knows how to be a better more caring person. While Luna is a sweetheart, one that he knows he can never have, his only life is his work. Besides the main characters, Luna’s sister Lily is a wonderful addition to the story. Her other sisters, not so much. She has a best friend, Lennie, who I also enjoyed. Of course there are villains in this story and they were the worse.
Rarely do I cry while reading, but this book did me in. I read the last twenty percent of the book with tears in my eyes. I was so involved in Luna’s story and her feelings, I just can’t even describe how I felt. Having said that, It does have a happily ever after, but boy just getting there…phew!
I discovered this authors books a year or so ago and have now read all but one of them. I loved every last one of them. Zapata is the queen of slow burn romances as far as I am concerned and evidently she is known for that. To me, she is now known as one of my favorite romance writers, one that will be an automatic buy for me from now on. If you are looking for a book that is full of sex scenes, these books aren’t for you. But if you are looking for a book with all the “feels,” romance, a bit of angst, and just an all around good story, you can’t go wrong with any of her books. Don’t get me wrong, these books are definitely adult reads, they just have more substance than the sex scene filling of some books.
Highly recommended to adult contemporary romance fans. All of this author’s books are standalones and should be must reads for all lovers of romance.