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The Best Thing

Written by: Mariana Zapata
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Some things are easily forgiven. Other things...not so much.

Lenny DeMaio made herself a promise: She was done.

Done thinking about him.

Done worrying about him.

Done reaching out to a man who clearly didn’t want to be found.

Too bad no one gave Jonah Collins the memo.

©2019 Mariana Zapata (P)2020 Mariana Zapata

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-09

An outstanding read AND listen.

The best audiobooks are ones where the book itself is excellent and with that in hand voice talent is engaged that not only sounds like the characters but reads with perfect pacing, inflection, and clear diction. The Best Thing has it all. The story is a beautiful slow-burn that puts us inside the head of Lenny as she makes a difficult emotional journey from justifiable anger, mistrust and resentment to fully realized love. And the reader is given the chance to see that the love surrounding Lenny supports her journey in very real ways. It’s so refreshing to experience characters whose trials and uncertainty are completely realistic and have them respond with logic, maturity and strength rather than flailing drama. As for the narration, this is one of the best I have encountered and I’ve listened to hundreds of books. The male voices are spot on including the true male voice of “Jonah”. And the timing was superb. Good job all. Enjoy!

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  • Brittany M
  • 2020-02-11

Where Has Calum Been all my Life!

The phrase "all the feels" is tossed around a lot when reviewing the romance genre, but I honestly had NEVER used it until I read my first Mariana Zapata novel. MZ is the queen of the feels. It takes a very talented author to be able to write characters that will have you so vested in their story, that you will laugh, ugly cry, get angry, and then laugh some more all in the same book. Without a doubt - "The Best Thing" which is her best thing she has written to date.

Lenny and Jonah's story was SO incredibly sweet. I had liked Lenny in MZ's previous release, "Luna and the Lie" - but getting a chance to really get to explore her background and that of her inner circle was an absolute joy. I went from despising Jonah to being 110% on team Jonah (big and little "J"). As I am not the talented Ms. Zapata, I don't have the literary prose to express how thoroughly I enjoyed the experience of reading this book. Don't even get me started on how amazing the narration was on the audio version - which I waited with baited breath for before I allowed myself to read it. My only criticism for this book, was that it had to end... which is always the saddest part of an amazing read. 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ or rugby balls, whichever you like - it was totally #SweetAs

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  • Tracy Gory
  • 2020-02-18

So boring I couldn’t finish

This is a very long story about basically nothing and nothing happens. The entire story is pretty much internal dialogue of the heroine. You don’t get to know the hero at all. It’s only from the POV of the heroine. No character development of the hero what so ever. The story is sooo slow. I couldn’t finish so maybe it gets better but I doubt it.

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  • keltz92
  • 2020-02-14

She did it again (like I knew she would)

Mariana Zapata never has disappointed me with a book! I have been waiting to read this one on audiobook for a few months and let me tell you it was worth the wait! Callie (and now Calum) brought this book to life in an amazing way!! This book had such a great storyline and even better characters!! If I could give it more than 5 stars I would have! READ THIS BOOK! You won’t be disappointed!

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  • My Audio Romance Blog
  • 2020-02-11

CINNAMON BUN ALERT - with a Kiwi accent!

Wow I loved this book. This is still all MZ, slow burn and all. But it felt a little different. Some of her slow burns can be really frustrating and by the end you don’t feel like the couple got any time actually BEING a couple. Not so here for some reason... sure the book starts with Lenny thoroughly pissed off at Jonah (for a really good reason) but the man is just such a sweetheart cinnamon bun of a man that she had absolutely no chance standing against him. And it is his steadfastness and no BS or games that makes this feel even better than the usual MZ (sometimes I just want to yell: TELL EACHOTHER HOW YOU FEEL FFS!!!). I loved it and I think you will too!
Some spoilers to follow:
I don’t think there is anything more ovary exploding than a hot dad doting on his baby and that’s what we get here. Jonah is thrown to find out that he is a new dad considering he hadn’t heard from Lenny for months. Except... she had tried to contact him constantly and he had written her often... but somehow they missed each other and Jonah did ignore her calls and remain willfully ignorant of her wellbeing. That is a hard thing to come back from or forgive. I know a lot of people don’t like the surprise pregnancy/baby plot as it takes away from the romance and feels like obligation if he sticks around. I occasionally agree with this but if the writing is good enough and there is more between the couple as in this case I’m ok with it.
I loved grandpa Gus and his Peter. The side characters were as full bodied and well developed as Lenny and Jonah. And uuuhhhhhhgggg that accent! Swoon!
Worth a credit for sure!

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  • Michael J. Yanochik
  • 2020-02-20

Enough with the introspective man hating already!

I have a one hour commute twice a day and usually enjoy a light romance to pass the time. Each chapter of this story seemed a rehashing of the EXACT SAME INNER DIALOGUE of the female protagonist.

I absolutely detested her whiney, expletive rich inner dialogue and diatribe against the male character. It is a lazy cop out authors use as shorthand for "see...my heroin is an independent, empowered woman"! I didn't buy her as a loving mother. I didn't buy her as having any maturity whatsoever. And ultimately, I did not give a flip whether she had any kind of happy ending.

I endured seven chapters of nothingness thinking that surely SOMETHING...anything...would happen. It didn't. I am sorry for the performers, who gamely tried to bring the story to life. But even quality verbal performances cannot make a silk purse from a sow's ear (as my Great Grandmother, who really was a quintessential strong woman, would have said).

The best gift to myself? Deleting this book from my device unfinished...a first.

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  • Lisa M DaCunha
  • 2020-02-16

Lenny ❤ Dimples

I'm not crying. You're crying. This is my third time through-2x reading, 1st time listening-and crying through the heartfelt epilogue. I thought Kulti was my favorite Mariana Zapata book (I love them all) but this might take over the top spot.
Mariana's female characters are always strong, witty and sassy. Lenny doesn't disappoint. Some of the comments, especially the vampire references, had me LOLing! I loved Jonah's earnest pursuit to win Lenny back. And his connection to Mo will "slip under your ribs" Also, Calum Gittins narration brings Jonah to life! I wish I could give this more than 5 stars🤩

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  • Lorraine
  • 2020-02-13

MZ With Respect. This is a Home Run!

Mariana Zapata is one of the few writers that I eagerly await her next book. I know there are women who are fanatical fans of MZ. I come to MZ with respect. WOW, this woman has done it again. This book The Best Thing was an absolute great gut wrenching wild ride. Just when I was in such despair with her main character, MZ turns the direction of the roller coaster and here we go flying high again. MZ knows the art of making me feel despair and anger then on the next page forgiveness and fortitude. I just finished the last page. The tears are still flowing, I can’t seem to get my crying under control. This is an absolutely beautiful story from beginning to end. The tears only flow at the end so don’t let me turn you off of this journey. Don’t be afraid. Hop on the MZ roller coaster and enjoy the journey. There is one Hysterical scene that you don’t want to miss. You will know it when you find it. Picture this, I’m driving my 18 wheeler on I-65S in Indiana at 4am. This scene starts with just a little preamble. Now, I’m laughing so hard I’m trying desperately to catch my breath. I’m trying with all of my might not to pee in my seat. I can’t breath. I might pee myself. And I’m trying diligently to not crash off the Interstate. That is the sign that this is a GREAT Mariana Zapata book. I am giving MZ a standing ovation. I am grateful that MZ uses her superpower for good. I am so proud for YOU Mariana Zapata. You hit it out of the ballpark. Thank You!

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  • beereadsalot
  • 2020-02-12

Excellent!

Phenomenal narration & beautiful story! Unique plot and some of the best characters
Callie Dalton does most of MZ’s audiobooks and seriously slays them all!
Calum Gittins was new to me and did an excellent job as Jonah! Bravo!

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  • KC Cook
  • 2020-02-21

Love the author, love the narrator. Book is meh

I read and reread Mariana Zapata's books all the time. She is the master of the slow burn. I couldn't wait for this to come out on audible b/c Callie Dalton is the GOAT of all things Zapata. I felt like this story debuted a new type of relationship for this author. It was almost a slow burn in reverse, with an awkward 3 point turn in the middle. The family secret wasn't really a secret....but left me confused as to why in the lead characters inner dialogue didn't mention it. It was obvious....but revealed late in the story as a big family secret. I love how Mariana has unique careers for her characters. I can imagine the research that she puts in to her stories and character building. I'm always so impressed. This was an okay read/listen. I love how Mariana tries to be creative and different, but this book lacked a unique chemistry that I have come to expect and instead focused more on how much Lenny loved her grandfather than her actual love interest.