Review: Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

Posted June 15th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / 0 Comments


Dear Aaron

Review: Dear Aaron by Mariana ZapataAuthor: Mariana Zapata
Release date: June 10th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 485
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
Add to TBR: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Star rating:
Heat rating: two-half-flames

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.


The Faerie Queen’s review

I LOVED THIS BOOK. The timing of its release was perfect. I had a group project to work on and was getting stressed, and this helped me to escape into romantic lalaland. I found myself drawn to my Kindle any time I had a free moment to spare, and I sure as hell did not get as much sleep as I could have.

I found Ruby relatable as a 23/24yo. She had certain skills, but she didn’t really believe in herself or have it all together. She was ok-ish with her looks, not hating them but not thinking she was Hot Stuff. There was just enough clumsiness and funny reactions to make her believable without her being The Clumsy Stereotype. I could also understand Ruby’s relationships with family members, and how living at home made her feel and behave like a kid, as even though I don’t live with my mom, it’s normal for people to revert back to old behaviours when around people from their past. I loved her jokes, moments of sass, and the fact that she made costumes for ComicCon!

Aaron was a Dreamboat. Ok, this is where the book went into fantasyland. He was honestly perfect. Yeah, he was good-looking, but OMG HE WAS SO SWEET. The SWEETEST. I love my boyfriend, but I want to make him read this book to learn how to communicate long-distance. (He is on a 9-week holiday in South America and is still learning that the increase in distance means an increase in written declarations of love.)

There wasn’t much in the way of plot. The exchange of letter and then messages made this more about being a relationship voyeur. You could see their connection grow and the moments when feelings began to shift. My heart, guys.

It wasn’t perfect, don’t get me wrong. Aside from the low-key plot, secondary characters weren’t completely developed. There were also some clichés. But I didn’t care because I was too involved in the romance. What can I say?

If you want a completely realistic drama, this isn’t the book for you, but if you just want to feel warm and fuzzy and all those giddy feelings that two characters with great chemistry bring, get yourself a copy of DEAR AARON!


I would recommend this book to…

…anyone who just wants to see two people fall in love.


About Mariana Zapata

Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt… don’t tell her mom.

Luckily, she stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while.
In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words.

Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

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