Friday 31 March 2023

Gracie and The Grump by Mariana Zapata

Of all the things that could have landed in her yard… it had to be him.
For most people, finding a half-naked superbeing in their yard might be a dream come true.
Unfortunately for Gracie Castro, it’s the exact opposite.
Especially when he’s grouchy, rude, and shows no signs of leaving anytime soon.
But when a hero of mankind needs you, you do what you have to.
Even if it compromises everything you know.
And totally changes your life.

Mariana Zapata has been a favourite of mine for a long time but some of her books just fail to hit the mark. Gracie and The Grump is definitely a book that people are going to love or hate.
I personally enjoyed it but I'm not going to lie and say it wasn't a slog to get through the first half. 
OMG, it was so slow - even by MZ standards!!
It took forever for the story to go anywhere! Then it went somewhere I really wasn't expecting - or enjoying much - before swinging in a slightly different - but very much related - direction that I absolutely loved and could have read about forever... So yeah. A mixed bag for sure!

I liked the character of Gracie but found her a little too self-sacrificing which was annoying. 
I really liked Alex the more we got to know him but sweet baby J in the first half of the story he was even more uncommunicative and grunty than MZ's fellas usually are! Seriously, he was defensive, grumpy and almost mute for the entire first half of the book!

And that's the thing, this book really is a book of two halves. The first half is painful in so many ways but the second? Oh, I loved it. We got answers, we got communication, we got other characters and connections and all the good things that MZ can bring to a story.
The second half saved this book.
I ended up adoring Alex, liking Gracie and absolutely loving them together. 
I loved the superhero premise and I always enjoy grumpy x sunshine pairings so... Overall, it was a win for me. Although if I ever re-read I'll be skimming/skipping huge chunks at the beginning.



  1. Oof! Sorry it was almost a miss for you, being a fave author and all but at least you rebounded int he second half!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  2. Oh well, on to other books!

  3. I am glad that you enjoyed this one despite the incredibly slow start. I do want to try this author but I think that I might start with a different title.

  4. Oh boy, when you say it's slow even for Zapata standards... now that's SLOW! There are some aspects here that sound right up my alley and others that really give me pause. I have several others by Zapata to get to before this one. I'm sure I'll read it eventually, though. Glad the second half saved it!


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