3 starsContemporary RomanceFriends to LoversMilitary RomanceSizzlerSlow Burn

Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata

Dear Aaron Book Cover Dear Aaron
Mariana Zapata
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
June 16th 2017

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.

Maria’s Review

➦Mariana Zapata certainly knows how to write a slow burn friends to lovers romance and while I enjoyed this one, it’s not going to be on my ‘Zapata favorites’ shelf.

➦I think the premise is pretty interesting – a girl writing to a soldier overseas. They get to know each other through the e-mails and later on chatting online. Marina Zapata builds up the characters through their letters to each other. The problem for me (and to some other people, I imagine) was the format of this repetitive delivery. While I do love character interactions through text/emails/online chats, there’s only so much I can handle until I start thinking thoughts like…

➦About half way into the book the letters finally stop but the characters switch to online chatting. At that point I was just ready for some in-person interaction. But all things aside, I think I didn’t love this novel as much as I was hoping because of the hero. He was very secretive and even by the end of the book he barely shared anything with the heroine. And somehow I was left slightly unsatisfied after finishing the book. *shrug again*

➦If you’re a fan of the slow burn definitely give this one a look. Mariana Zapata is one of my favorite authors and I’m always curious about all her stories. Some books work better than others for me, but I enjoy them all nonetheless!

P.S. I did give this book a sizzler rating due to the fact that it was super slow burn BUT there are explicit sex scenes at the end of the book.