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The Best Thing Kindle Edition
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.
- ASIN : B07W6WJG7Z
- Publication date : August 7, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4908 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 480 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0990429296
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,611 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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1. There are not a lot of details. We are told Lenny used to compete at an Olympic level in Judo, and that Jonah is supposedly one of the best rugby players in the world, but we get very little of what this sort of life entails. In Kulti, the character's lives revolve around the world of soccer (futbol) and we are immersed in their world throughout the story, seeing the details of what that world entails. In Lukov, we have the same with skating. In Wall of Winnipeg, we have the same with American football. In RC&M, we have the same with the music world. In The Best Thing, it's mentioned almost in passing that the two main characters are both world-class athletes, but other than the fact that they interact in a gym and we hear about Jonah working out, that's the extent the reader gets of this world. With so few details about the world of elite sports to which both Lenny and Jonah supposedly belong, they may as well have worked in the insurance industry or owned a book store. If it was only going to mentioned ("Oh, by the way, Jonah is one of the best rugby players in the world" and "Lenny almost went to the Olympics") without any details or showing that part of their lives, what's the point?
2. And then there's Jonah. He's very big. He's very strong. Perhaps my assessment is unfair, but Jonah does not come across as particularly bright, and despite his physical strength, he seems to be something of a (mental) weakling. When the reader finally gets to hear why Jonah disappeared from the face of the earth for so long, I thought to myself, "That's it?" Honestly, I thought it made him kind of a baby. I was already picturing other scenarios so when we're told he was essentially off being a little hysterical, and for a considerable amount of time, I found that to be a little diva-ish.
And this is random, but I didn't find Jonah's "accent" to be portrayed very well. Having him use a little lingo here and there just seemed a little awkward and stilted. His phrasing didn't feel particularly organic in the text. It felt more like the conversation had been written and then a few NZ phrases had been Googled and inserted after the fact.
Jonah just comes across (to me) as a bit of a simpleton. He spends so much time looking to Lenny to see what to do that I found myself thinking HIS name should have been Lenny, and the heroine should have been called George.
2. Grandpa Gus was pretty amusing, but his "secret" wasn't very secret. Since he and Pete were constantly referred to as a unit by Lenny, I just assumed from the start that they were a couple. When the fact that he is gay was revealed, I just thought, "Well, no kidding." I did think the relationship between him and Pete was very sweet, and I genuinely felt bad for Pete at the end of the book (Lenny too, but more so for Pete). Grandpa Gus was a force to be reckoned with, and his character seemed to be more vivid and fleshed out sometimes than either Lenny or Jonah.
3. Lenny was a little over the top. I came to the determination that there must be a child before it was actually officially revealed. Since the reader didn't get to "meet" Mo for a while, I was starting to think perhaps Lenny had had a miscarriage or some other tragedy had taken place, but the fact that there was a pregnancy was not a surprise. Lenny is also strong-willed and (rightfully) angry at Jonah, but her stubbornness was carried a little too far for me. We get chapters of:
Jonah, "Let me tell you what happened."
Jonah, "But I really want to tell you..."
Jonah, "I'm going to -"
Jonah, "I'm telling you now."
After a bit, I stopped seeing Lenny as strong and just thought she was a little foolish. The whole section of her refusing to listen to Jonah's tale of woe drug out too long. And then, when Jonah finally spills his guts about why he dropped off the face of the earth, Lenny becomes too understanding a little too fast (in my opinion). Because. let's face it, his reason was pretty wussy.
4. And what was up with Noah? What purpose did he serve? He seemed to be a long-time former friend who served no other purpose than to be someone to cause a problem so Jonah could step in and protect his woman and be the hero. Noah didn't even have a concrete reason to be there. He suddenly shows up and irrationally expresses his love for Lenny, but that's it. He's disposed of before the reader gets to see what his motive was.
I didn't hate the book. There's just a lot of telling rather than showing. In Zapata's other books, the reader gets to live in the worlds of her different characters. In The Best Thing, we're just told about the world the characters supposedly belong to without being immersed in it. This particular reader misses the amount of detail that most of Zapata's other books have had but isn't present in this title.
Since her glory days of WoW and Kulti, MZ's books have fallen flat. In recent years, she's developed a habit of using overly long sentences and scenes that appear to be recycled from books. Even the characters feel like cardboard cutouts of the cast of previous books. The book definitely could have been trimmed down to half or 2/3 of its length. I had to push myself through the slog of the second half. Sigh.
I won't spoil it, but the eventual explanation of Jonah's disappearance and lack of contact is disappointing. The sub-plot with Noah was pretty pointless, and the setup for the second chance did not turn out to make any sense.
I gave up on MZ's books after Luna and the Lie. I thought this book had a lot of potential, but it seriously needed a fresh perspective and sharper editing.
Lenny is a badass! I adore her. She's tough with a heart of gold, and her need to do the right thing above her own feelings, hurt and anger just makes me love and respect her even more.
Jonah . . . OMG, a gentle giant hero. Le sigh. MZ nailed him. He's just, I want a Jonah of my own.
The rest of the cast of this book are fantastic. So many unique, interesting individuals that just add and build on this gorgeous story. All I'm going to say is the world doesn't deserve Peter ("who's Peter?" you're wondering . . . read and find out).
Just a gorgeous, soul-soothing read by Mariana Zapata.
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It was an easy read, funny at some parts and the epilogue made my cry, but it didn't move me like the other books written by Mariana Zapata. Where the others stayed with me long after I turned the last page, with this one I closed it and thought of what to read next. I read it on Unlimited and fully bought it for Kindle, but won't be buying it add to my physical library.
A little disappointed, but it will not keep me from reading the next book she publishes.
The Best Thing didn’t disappoint. Wonderful, smart-ass, imperfect Lenny and her beloveds really snuck into my heart. I cared so much for her and her family. It’s a fabulous story, gentle and heart-warming. FYI Jonah...oh sweet lawd there’s something wonderful about a giant handsome man being gentle. You’ll see. (Also, really loved the sweet nod to everyone’s fave vampire and his clan ;) a lovely touch, thanks xx )
I know I’m going to re-read, and looking forward to the audio book for car journeys.
Off to read the back catalogue on my kindle, I need some feel-good fiction.
The story is about Lenny, a former national champion of Judo and manager of the family mixed martial arts gym, and Jonah, a world famous rugby player from New Zealand. They met in Paris 18ish months ago and had a brief but fairly deep romance. Then, following a career threatening injury, Jonah disappeared off the face of the earth, ignoring all of Lenny's attempts to contact him.
Hurt and angry, Lenny has now reached a point of writing him off completely, when he walks into her workplace. Lenny hates him, Jonah is sorry, etc.
There are a couple of twists in the tale, one of which is pretty obvious. The story itself was a bit sparse, with more inner monologue than plot, and I found Lenny's transition from vengeful fury to forgiving acceptance a bit abrupt (particularly as she is a self-confessed grudge holder), but I really liked the characters - loads.
Lenny is edgy and angry and true to herself. She doesn't let anyone push her around. She's strong, honest, fiercely loyal and funny.
Jonah is gentle, shy and honest about his feelings - not your typical alpha with an attitude. I loved him!
I really liked their relationship, the way they were opposites on the same wavelength, and the way they treated each other.
And I loved the other characters too, they were lots of fun.
4 stars from me.
As always Mariana brings us a story that we can get lost in.. we have amazing characters.. a second chance romance... the slow burn as always.. but so much banter and emotional you cant help but know you are in a Zapata book!
So we have Lenny.. she lives with her Grandpa Gus and this pair are unbelievably amazing together.. the way they are makes me envious of them.. the love laughter and general day to day fun they have makes them the strongest relationship you could ever ever wish for with any family member.. then we have family friend Peter who is just as lovable thrown in too.
Then we get huge fantastic mountain of a man Jonah.. who wouldnt love this man??
After suffering an injury Jonah disappears leaving Lenny wondering just what happened between them and shes in shock when he pops back up nearly 2 years later.
I wont say anything else about the storyline but I can 100% say I LOVEDebery word.
Yet again I was hooked from start to end!