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Luna and the Lie

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  21,789 ratings  ·  2,367 reviews
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 ha
Kindle Edition, 628 pages
Published December 12th 2018
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5+ stars!!

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Mariana Zapata is one of my favorite authors. I've loved most of her books, but her last few haven't been five star favorites for me. That fact made Luna and the Lie that much sweeter. I have to say, this is one of her very best books and Rip is an amazing hero! I loved Luna as well. Together... they were just everything! It's been a while since I've had an epic 5+ star read from this author and this book really hit the spot for me! 

Luna is the only woman working in the auto shop
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
4 Stars

Mariana Zapata is the Queen of the Slow Burn, and this book was no exception.

In fact, this book is VERY slow burn and what some might call super - super - slow in the extreme, but I personally love it.

Zapata authored one of my favorite books of ALL time, The Wall of Winnipeg, and if you haven't read that book yet, I encourage you check out my review on it and then read said masterpiece ASAP.


No, seriously, go read (or re-read) that review really quick so I don't have to repeat myself.
Penny Reid
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought it as soon as it released. I read it in two days while hiding from my family. I have NO REGRETS!

Loved it. Every single minute.
DNF @80%

I am so PROUD of myself. This time I made it to 80%.

Not that I wasn’t tempted to quit it sooner. Because I so was. I wanted to ditch it more times that I can count. But I sucked it up and kept going. I was desperate to see what was so special about Zapata's books.

I still am. Sadly, I’m not even curious enough to see how this one ends. You see, I don’t have a problem with the number of pages. I prefer longer books. I don’t have a problem with the slow burn either. The slower the better.
bella farren
5 / 5 stars

"You want someone to be your best friend and your fucking partner? I'm right fucking here, baby girl."


I feel the need to preface this by stating that I am, and have been for a while, a die hard Mariana Zapata fan, and would feel generously blessed to read her grocery list. But I’ll let you know, this was a lot more interesting than a grocery list.

This book blew me out of the park, from the first chapter I knew without a doubt this would be
Em Lost In Books
Dec 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ms. Zapata is one of my favorite romance author. I usually read her books as soon as they are released and I also keep rereading my favorites by her. She announce her books out of nowhere and I keep checking her page regularly for these announcements. So I was so happy when I saw this on her page, kept checking the releasing date and read it as soon as it got out. Such is admiration for her stories but this book was such a disappointment for me.

This book is very much similar to her previous boo
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slow-burn
3.5 stars

Having to admit it out loud hurts - but Luna and the Lie didn't work for me as much as I hoped it would. Let's be honest here, I hoped for a five star read. Nothing else would have satisfied me. Maybe I need to stop putting poor Mariana on this insanely high pedestal, but who am I kidding - I love MZ!!! I'm also not giving up on her just because Luna wasn't THE book for me.

It’s going to be hard to pinpoint exactly what didn’t work for me. I think it was mostly the plot. I didn’t get eno
Nov 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The only book I enjoyed by Zapata because of the romantic relationship between MCs, was The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (the first I read by her), I gave it four stars. I can't say the same about her other books because even though the characters and the no-romance elements, like sports, fighting for something, friendships and family bonds were good, there was always little to no romance. And that's ok, there are many books I rated higher because of the no-romance elements. Still, I always struggled ...more
Alexandria  St Delphi
Okay okay, I've been trying to avoid making the review but I guess I have to come out of hiding now
and, I didn't like it

I know I know, *groan* how could I, a die-hard MZ fan not like the book I had been eager anticipation? Here's why.

Luna is unlike any of her other heroines MZ has written, she was a doormat heroine and I wanted the claw my eyes out after the 3rd time she said "I was loved" I hated the fact that she was nice to people who clearly didn't return the favor.

I figured out the plot t
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a fan of Zapata, but I have to say that I'm so fed up with all the repetitive plot lines. Her recent releases haven't been the greatest and are all the same. It's a combination of her previous books. Luna and the Lie is all of her books combined. It might sound like a joke, but it's actually the same thing over and over and over and over again. Like seriously, Zapata, can't you think of something a little more different? I mean, I get it. She's well-known for her slow-burn romances, but damn ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, slow-burn
I have a love-hate relationship with Mariana Zapata. I enjoyed some of her books, such as Dear Aaron, From Lukov with Love, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, and Lingus... but I hated the rest.

She is known as the queen of slow-burn (which is my favorite type of romance), but she is also known for doormat-ish and pathetic heroines. Sometimes she doesn't go overboard so I don't really mind, but sometimes I just can't stand it.
For example, does this ring a bell? The hero acts like a real asshole and t
Tianna✸loves books✸
Slow Burn romance ...
Old man young woman romance...
Boss romance....

Don’t read this review if you intend to read this book. It might spoil your mood. I am not a fan of slow burn romance. So don’t let my taste ruin your excitement.

Luna (h), 27, works in custom car shop doing auto body paint, detailing and bodywork. Lucas Ripley (H), nearly 41, is her boss.

H is the awkward brooding type of guy. He rarely smiles while the h is the cheerful one.

All we get in the book is that the h works on cars. She
h o l l i s
Take a shot for every time you see the word sighs (seventy four), blink (ninety one), boss (one hundred fifty eight), smile (two hundred seventy four).. yeah, eventually I stopped word searching. Also thank goodness I wasn't drinking or I would be dead.

Ohhh this was bad. We didn't like this, fam. We actually hated it. The struggle was forking real. I almost DNF'd ten different times.

These aren't short books. We all know it. So I knew for every inch I still had a hundred miles to go -- and every
✰ Liz ✰
"Life was a gift—sometimes one you wanted to return, and other times one you’d want to keep forever, but it was still a gift."

Luna and the Lie is a masterpiece. A slow burn romance featuring a spunky heroine and a tattooed alpha male. Luna Allen, a car painter, has done everything she can to raise her three sisters by giving them love and a safe place to live. Working hard to escape the demons of her past, Luna has found solace in a mechanic shop where she paints cars. Her boss Rip is gruff
chan ☆
me big sad

i think this is going to go down as my least favorite mariana zapata book. i've read all but 2 of her books, and they were all (i think) 4+ stars. she writes really romantic slow burns with hyper realistic main characters.

but this book was just fucking sad. luna, our heroine, had the worst back story of any of zapata's previous characters. while each of her previous heroine's had flaws and sometimes had lives that weren't perfect... it seemed like she was really going out of her way t
• Jodi Bibliophile •
I loved it, but I didn't LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it like I always do when it comes to Mariana Zapata's books, but I still loved it...if that makes sense LOL ...more
I guess at this point I need to call myself a Mariana Zapata fan. I've read a bunch of her books and whenever I happen to see a new one, I immediately download it. (That means "fan" right?)

This book though. Omg. It was like Zapata went on Goodreads, read all the 1 star critical reviews for her books, and then wrote THIS book as a big "Fuck you" to all those readers.

-Like, you think my MC heroines all have exhaustingly repetitive inner voices? Well fuck you I'm gonna write a heroine with the MOS
Screw it, I’m DNFing this because GOOD GOD, is this shit boring and repetitive. I’ve struggled with Zapata’s writing before and how she tends to repeat the most random, minuscule details over and over and over again but I don’t think it has ever been this bad.

The writing is somewhat like this:
I sat down with the container full of food my sister had prepared for me this morning and snuck a peek at Rip. He pressed his lips together. I stabbed my fork into the food my sister had prepared for me thi
Wendys Wycked Words
The Bronx- The Bronx (IV)

I absolutely ADORE this author. Ever since reading one of my all-time favorites " Kulti ". I have been a big fan. Doesn't matter what she writes...I will always give it a go. So I have been on pins and needles ever since this new book was announced. Marianna Zapata doesn't give out publishing dates, so there was a lot of amazon page refreshing going on :P

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When it finally showed up, I knew I was in it for the long haul...because you know what else Marianna Zapata doesn't do...short books...thank
TheBibliotheque ♡
That time of the year when a Zapata reread is the only thing that can appease your soul.

(in all honesty, this may be my second most reread Zapata. Funny, because when I first finished it I thought it fell right after another three of her titles, but I think the facts speak for themselves.)


"I'm done standing around trying to suck up all the goodness you make me feel without you even knowing, Luna. You are my girl. Just you. Nobody else."

Oh hell. If there is one thing Zapata is good at besides
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦
I'll be honest here and just say that if I didn't know what to expect from Mariana Zapata's books... if I didn't know that she could bring all the feels with her slow burn... I would have probably dropped this book before I got to all the good parts. :| But bring it she did. But I feel like perhaps this book could have used better editing... maybe?
I don't know what happened but while a lot of sentences are a bit long-winded (albeit flow pretty well), some were just silly and some plainly didn't
Rachel Reads Ravenously
I love Mariana Zapata, but I don't love everything she writes. Luna and the Lie was such a slow start. I don't mind slow starts, but the main characters literally didn't even become friends until 60% into the book. 60% INTO A 600 PAGE BOOK!!! Are you friggin kidding me? Then, the characters kept having the same conversations not once, not twice, but THREE times!!! Why did I had to read several conversations over and over again????

The positives and what saved this to be a three for me was the las
Reread 09/04/19 - 09/07/19💗💗💗💗💗
Yeah, this one just really gets to me!!!
It is such an emotional read and I love, love, love this story.
Luna and Rip are two of my most favorite among MZ's cast of characters.


5 "well-earned" stars. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I was feeling so emotional after I finished reading this, still am.
I love this woman's writing. She gets to me all the time with her stunning slow burns.
I am so affected by the characters in all of her stories but Luna and Rip, well they real
May 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
It's always a hit or miss with Zapata's books and this one was a huge damn miss for me.
I couldn't connect to any of the characters, the romance seemed forced and the story wasn't memorable in any way. In short, no MZness to make this a tolerable read.
2 stars.
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
MZ’s slowest slow burn yet! We’ve got an older, tattooed hero who is also the heroine’s boss, and a heroine who will do anything for her family. It was torture waiting for Luna and Rip to get together, but a good kind of torture. The ending was definitely my favorite part of the book - it was angsty, romantic, and heartwarming. I’m definitely rereading this soon!

Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
<3 5 stars <3

I devour it in one sitting, omg why I haven't read her books sooner???This is my first book and definitely not my last.I was hooked and I just couldn't put it down!Now I can see why all my friends love her books!

"I'm done standing around trying to suck up all the goodness you make me feel without you even knowing, Luna. You are my girl. Just you. Nobody else."

I loved the slow burn and the intensity between the characters.I found both characters complex, and I truly wanted them to b
Bindi Boo
2 stars

500 plus pages of absolute boredom. I skimmed nearly half of this book as I got so sick of reading EVERY.DAMN.THOUGHT this heroine had. Some of her thoughts could have been summarized, if not missed completely. Not sure I understood this book? Heroine seemed pretty immature for a 27 year old. Major tantrum after the hero says 'leave me alone' when someone important to him ends up in hospital.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I have a serious love-hate relationship with Zapata's works but this sounds interesting ...more


Here are first two chapters!!!
Thanks Natasha!!


Before reading this I haven't read much of the reviews and I think I skimmed trough the blurb.
I am that kind of Mariana Zapata fan. I have read all of her books... ALL.
Some even more then once or twice. That is my admiration...Strong ya'll.

Okay I don't think I can pull of
Jennifer Kyle
3 Stars
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