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Luna and the Lie

Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Gomez Pugh
Length: 17 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The problem with secrets is that they’re too easy to keep collecting. 

Luna Allen has done some things she would rather no one ever know about. She also knows that, if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t change a single thing. 

With three sisters she loves, a job she (mostly) adores, and a family built up of friends she’s made over the years, Luna figures everything has worked out the way it was supposed to. 

But when one of those secrets involves the man who signs her paycheck, she can’t find it in her to regret it. Despite the fact that he’s not the friendliest man in the world. Or the most patient.  

Sometimes there are things you’re better off keeping to yourself. 

Number one overall Amazon Kindle best seller.

©2018 Mariana Zapata (P)2019 Mariana Zapata

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Hmmmmmm!

I normally love her books but I found Luna to be a self deprecating, shot myself in the head whinger!
I’m only 4 hours in so I’m hoping I can update this post soon....fingers crossed 🤞🏼

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  • JM Saenz
  • 20-04-2019

😭

Bravo once again. Beautiful book. This book is quite a bit darker/somber overall compared to the other books that came before. I find myself feeling heavy of heart and spirit for our main characters especially because not all their bigger issues were resolved before the end of the book. I have a feeling that there is more to the sisters' story yet to be told in another book.

I love Callie Dalton and her narrative did not disappoint. Her partnership with Gomez Pugh was awesome.

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  • elizabeth rabe
  • 22-04-2019

Love Love Love!!!

Wow!! This is an amazing book! The narration was perfect!! This is the first book I have listened with this Male narrator, and I am hooked! Callie Dalton was of course flawless!
I love Mariana Zapata books. I truly enjoy the slow burn, and I love the development of character that she gives us. This book is definitely worth the credit!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-2019

Really good...but lacking

I’ve listened to all of Mariana Zapatas books and love them all including this one. Saying that Luna and the Lie seemed like there was potential for more that just didn’t happen. Luna’s relationship with Lenny and her sisters didn’t seem as involved as it could have been. I thought more was going to come out of Luna’s relationship with her dad, more conflict or more of a resolution. I liked Rips dialogue being read by a man it was distracting at first but after I got used to it I liked it a lot. It was a really good book and a great listen totally worth the credit but I wish there was more.

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  • Pam Audio-Fanatic
  • 29-04-2019

Slow Burns need Heat/Chemistry/Tension too.

Ok, I know this author is known for the slow burn and I completely went in know this. I loved Luna, her love for her sister’s shines through and she needs them because of her family past. But I don’t think they fully understand what she lived with if they did they might not have been the way they were.

Now for the heart of the matter, this is listed as a romance so where was the chemistry? I get the slow burn but there was no burning. Luna had a one-sided affection that she never showed hardly even in her head.
I was waiting and waiting for the long looks the tension the chemistry we get it at the very, very, end when it was too little too late.
I liked the characters overall but I also felt like this book was way too long, let’s be honest if something anything happened it would have been exciting. ANYTHING but we got like 1 thing and all the eluding to stuff and it just fell flat.

I kept with the book because I was hoping for something. And we got it at the end 17 hours, for 1 hour of the meat.

The narration was FREAKING AWESOME, this is probably why I kept with the book. I really enjoyed both narrators and will be looking for more by Gomez Pugh.

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  • T. Wells
  • 25-04-2019

Another favorite Mariana Zapata book!

As with the finish of every Zapata book, I am mourning that this one is over. I cried and sighed, grew angry and confused, and fell in love right along with Luna and Rip. I love how Zapata makes her characters relatable, but also so good and strong that I feel challenged to be a little better and stronger after getting to know them. This is a great read and well worth the credit.

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  • Kellee
  • 24-04-2019

Slow Build

This was a great story. You sorta have to be prepared for M. Zapata style of writing. It can be long, drawn out and sometimes repetitive. But the stories are always good, loving and realistic. The narrators were GREAT. I like Callie but I LOVE Gomez Pugh. He has the right amount of raspy in his deep voice. This story is a slow build of two characters and learning about their backgrounds. A grumpy hot tatted dude and an annoying but sweet woman slowly acknowledging their feelings for each other. If you can get pass how mean Rip is to her, you can push through. He eventually comes around, like towards the end. And if you are looking for hot sex, this is not the book for you. There is really only one sex scene but this audible is really good. I would have loved to hear more about the couples time together once they got together. Hopefully, we will get to hear about her sister, her friend and maybe some of the guys that work at the shop.

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  • Lauren Safranek
  • 11-05-2019

A bunch of words does not make a good story

I'm so disappointed in Mariana Zapata latest books. I enjoyed the wall of Winnipeg and me and Kulti, at least they had some humor with all of the constant analyzing in the character's head that happened but I've given up with the last several books including Dear Aaron, With Love, and Luna and the LIE. there's no quick-witted banter or insightful dialogue or much in the way of character development it's just a bunch of words over and over. it's just very disappointing for what I thought was an entertaining author.

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  • Sara
  • 29-04-2019

I liked it, but I enjoy Zapata's others better

First off, I really enjoy listening to Callie Dalton and Gomez Pugh was the perfect voice for the the gruff Rip.

I always enjoy reading Zapata's books, but for me, this one did not resonate the same feelings and want as her other books have. I really thought there was going to be more depth into the lie. Towards the end I started to get annoyed of Luna, once at the hospital for pushing Rip and then after that anything to do with Rip and him feeling "guilty".
I did like when she stood up for herself and took charge of the situation she was put in. That was awesome.
It was a good book, but not one of hers that I would listen to again like I do the other ones I own.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-04-2019

EH. I wouldn't rush to listen

I normally love Zapata's books but this only is just only okay. It is starting to feel like her main character is the same person over and over. normally I read and listen to her stuff over and over and but her last 3 books have just been okay. I rated it more than one star only because it is still a well written book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-05-2019

Triggered

I like Zapata's ruministic style of writing, but this story was a miss for me. The two main characters participate in some highly dysfunctional behavior, then try to rationalize that behavior in a way that perpetuates it, rather than identifying it as manipulative and destructive.

It's not unrealistic, for the most part. Thus, two stars.

However, the realism doesn't really add to the overall value of the story. Yes, people who grow up in dysfunctional families tend to act like this. But... this story acts as validation for the resulting abusive behavior in the victims, and I just can't feel supportive of it.

Luna and Rip don't give each other what they say they need. Instead, they insist multiple times that their partner has no idea what they actually need in a way that denies them their experiences, feelings, and perspectives.

Sometimes, it's true that people don't see what they need. But to force your help on someone without regard for their wants, or to keep pushing someone when they're in a vulnerable state until they are provoked into a response, to harbor resentments without ever actually stepping up and communicating what hurts you, to use verbal "traps" over and over to set yourself up for a claim to victimhood, to completely disrespect someone's request for space, to forgive a pattern of behavior that is absolutely negative without any clear indication that a person has developed beyond their knee-jerk unhealthy reactions or has identified a flaw in their belief system....

No. Just no.

So, with 45 minutes left on the book, I've decided that I no longer care about this couple. I can see them heading into a cycle of psychological/emotional abuse, and I'm not about all that.

The real lie of this story is the happy ending I see looming. Luna is still a victim. She seems to want to stay that way. I think the most disturbing part of this whole book for me is how it celebrates Luna's lack of insight. And because I was so intolerant of the dysfunctional aspects of her behavior, the constant rationalization really started to grate on my nerves. Make no mistake, she's the person that should be apologizing for her behavior throughout most of this story - - a sincere appology, not one that just sets her up to make demands of others from the role of victim, or that sets her up to be coddled and gain attention.

Also, having the male narrator only voice part of the main male character's speaking lines has some weird rhetorical effects. It accentuated some saccharine phrases in a way that crossed over into sappy territory, and it really highlighted some unrealistic dialogue.

Hopefully, Zapata's next book won't be such a trigger for me. If you have a history of abuse in your life, you may want to be wary.