Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hands Down by Mariana Zapata

Before he was Big Texas, he was Zac the Snack Pack.

Bianca Brannen knows time—mostly—heals all wounds. Including those your once loved ones might have unintentionally given you. (Those just take longer.)

She thinks she’s ready when a call has her walking back into her old friend’s life. Or at least as prepared as possible to see the starting quarterback in the National Football Organization. Before the lights, the fans, and the millions, he’d been a skinny kid with a heart of gold.

Waltzing out of Zac Travis’s life should be easy. Just as easy as he walked out of hers.


Y’all know I love Mariana Zapata, she is my favorite romance author so when I found out she had a new book out, I read it immediately. This book didn’t disappoint. Zapata has a way of writing her characters that feel genuine and natural and she slow burns like no other. She really makes her readers feel the anticipation and I just wanted to be able to read faster so I could know what was going to happen.

I am so glad we got a book on Zac, and of course some of her characters from other books made an appearance. The story is told from Bianca’s perspective only, which I prefer over a dual perspective book. I do wish Bianca had a bit of a stronger backbone at points, but she was relatable and honest and I enjoyed her stance on family and her vulnerability.

The book is long, well over 500 pages, so if you are looking for a quick, light read this isn’t for you. However, I don’t think the length is a hindrance, it lets you really get into the story more. Hands Down is friends to lovers at its finest. I definitely recommend you read this book and you’ll be hooked on MZ just like I am. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited.

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Book and Travel blog. I am an avid reader who enjoys many different genres including fiction, fantasy, mystery, thriller, science fiction, nonfiction, and more. I have spent the past few years living and travelling around the world and I want to share my experience with you! This blog combines the best of both worlds.

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