Hands Down



Hands DownBefore He Was Big Texas, He Was Zac The Snack PackBianca 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

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[Reading] ➻ Hands Down Author Mariana Zapata – Bluevapours.co.uk
  • Kindle Edition
  • 529 pages
  • Hands Down
  • Mariana Zapata
  • 11 October 2019

10 thoughts on “Hands Down

  1. Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ says:

    3.75 StarsThis was my ninth read from Mariana Zapata and, unsurprisingly, I enjoyed it In fact, here was my status update at 46% throughI m smiling like a jackass as I read this right now And being that I suffer from chronic resting bitch face we are talking cement grade resting bitch face, people that s quite a feat, lemme tell youBut anyway Suffice it to say, I actually giggled out loud AND felt my mouth open and twist upward smileforrealBut I digress.If you ve read any Mariana Z 3.75 StarsThis was my ninth read from Mariana Zapata and, unsurprisingly, I enjoyed it In fact, here was my status update at 46% throughI m smiling like a jackass as I read this right now And being that I suffer from chronic resting bitch face we are talking cement grade resting bitch face, people that s quite a feat, lemme tell youBut anyway Suffice it to say, I actually giggled out loud AND felt my mouth open and twist upward smileforrealBut I digress.If you ve read any Mariana Zapata before or read any other reviews of any of her books, ever , you know that she is the slow burn Queen Everything is just slooooooow The romance developmentthe story.everything There is never any insta anything Her scenes and characters are detailed and sometimes seemingly superfluousand yet, just REAL And this book was no different.Did I love it as much as my beloved Winnipeg People are already asking me No But then again, I don t think that perfection will ever be met or surpassed and I try not to go into MZ s new books expecting that I mean, that book is truly in my top five favorites of ALL time It s like a unicorn, really But back to this book I didn t like that so much hinged on what amounted to a bigmiscommunication of sorts it felt a little contrived for an MZ book, if I m honest Bianca s refusal to stand up for herself so often annoyed meand Zac and his charming flightiness weren t really my jam but I tend to like sterner,enigmatic male leads, so that s totally on me But anyway Still a decent read from one of my favorite authors I think most other MZ fans will enjoy this tooalthough I can also righteously see it not hitting the spot for many others as well

  2. Eva says:

    This book is gold I had the biggest smile on my face the entire time I read it.

  3. Giorgia ~ Reads says:

    4 Stars Where do I even start I ve been wanting a book about Zac ever since I ve read and re read The wall of Winnipeg too many times to count Overall I m happy to have read this story but to be completely honest I wanted somethingand for lack of a better word. better As per usual, I liked the writing style, the slow burn, the very real feel to the characters, their inner musings and rationalisations BUT that being said, just like in her last book before this one The best thing, ther 4 Stars Where do I even start I ve been wanting a book about Zac ever since I ve read and re read The wall of Winnipeg too many times to count Overall I m happy to have read this story but to be completely honest I wanted somethingand for lack of a better word. better As per usual, I liked the writing style, the slow burn, the very real feel to the characters, their inner musings and rationalisations BUT that being said, just like in her last book before this one The best thing, there was a lot of repetitiveness The number of times Bianca was talking about letting go, forgiveness, forgetting her bitterness and resentment as well as her reasons for it. my God, I kept getting dizzy spells She was also very insecure in her friendship with him and with people in general Whenever he asked her to spend time together, her first response would always be you don t really have to if you want to do something else or if you re too busy I understandGIRL, he is the one that keeps asking you She also does this with others who offer to do things with her or for her She kept saying to herself how she is so muchconfident and loves herself and her life but her actions speak to a deeper insecurity that even she isn t aware of Another thing to mention is that I felt there could have beento the story I didn t feel as though there really was any kind of conflict there and while I m fine with the small slice of life moments, conversations and actions, I did need just a little somethingA spike in heart rate, an emotional reaction that touches deeper than just surface level, I don t know. I m left feeling unsatisfied in that regard Now onto Zac, he was a sweetheart A genuinely good guy, and if he did something unpleasant at any point it was very clear that it was never his intention or that he clearly recognises his actions and apologises accordingly I liked his personality and easygoing attitude even when we can clearly deduce that he is unfulfilled in a way and even he doesn t understand why or what he can change I got the feeling that his mantra in life is going with the flow, doing your best, be a nice, honest person and see where it all takes you We didn t get his point of view and unfortunately, I have to admit that throughout the whole book I was eagerly wantingof Zac To get into his head , to understand him better I don t know why, which is absurd because he was the main character so of course he was heavily featured But this wasBianca s book than anything else and there s nothing wrong with that, but I didn t love her as much as him, not even close Some other things I liked were the side characters As per usual, we got some great interactions and were introduced to other people who might be featured in future books, who knows Trevor was redeemed in a way and I loved his parts in this book He was the same surly, no nonsense, type of guy but here we got to see that he does have feelings. shocker For a while, I thought Gunner was gonna be a potential Aiden type, for a future book And I still think he might not have been that bad because we didn t get his side of things and thought process Some people can appear outwardly mean and act unpleasantly but that doesn t make them bad people His refusal to leave the hospital when he drove Bianca there, tells me he s got his own set of morals CJ and Amari, were again featured quite a bit and I liked their parts not so much to say I m as intrigued as with Gunner, but I would like to readof them.Now Bianca s family was hilarious and I loved their interactions The book wouldn t have been the same without them We also got a small appearance from the Graves team so that was a plus Overall, there were a lot of good things to love and enjoy in this one And also, a lot of laugh out loud or at least giggle to yourself type of scenes and dialogue I honestly loved reading it, although it will not feature among my favourites from Zapata To conclude, I would say you d enjoy thisif you were are a fan of The Wall of Winnipeg and loved Zac in that book, otherwise, this might not live up to whatever expectations we usually have from Zapatathis is a standalone so there s no need to have read the book I mentioned, I m only saying that because if I hadn t, I probably wouldn t have given this one a 4 star rating

  4. mel says:

    3.25 starsever since i read wall of winnipeg and we were introduced to Zac, i humbly proclaimed him as the chosen one i knew i just knew that he was gonna be a future MZ hero so i was so excited to read this.though, since y all know this book long af, this was me for the past few days trying to finish this participating on team no sleepbut anyways as with any MZ book, y all ready know that this is gonna be a slow slow burn where you know, they don t become a couple till the very end but hon 3.25 starsever since i read wall of winnipeg and we were introduced to Zac, i humbly proclaimed him as the chosen one i knew i just knew that he was gonna be a future MZ hero so i was so excited to read this.though, since y all know this book long af, this was me for the past few days trying to finish this participating on team no sleepbut anyways as with any MZ book, y all ready know that this is gonna be a slow slow burn where you know, they don t become a couple till the very end but honestly, i was all for it because emotional connection with good development physical attraction and relationship that only focuses on sex is superior okay so a little backstory, Bianca Brannen haven t seen Zac Travis for 10 years or so because Bianca thought Zac wanted nothing to do with her any as he ignored her texts back when she was 17 and he was busy because he was a professional american football player they were both childhood best friends, though, there is a 7 year age gap and her cousin is also Zac s best friend and now 10 years later Bianca 27 Zac 34 they have reunited once again, though, Bianca is still a bit salty since she thinks Zac didn t want to be friends with her any so that s why he ignored her aaand because she was also in love with him for a couple of years back then so she was extra hurt but after a while Bianca slowly let Zac in her life and once again become best friends.so as y all can see from above, this has the childhood bffs, friends to lovers, unrequited love, slowburn with a little bit of forbidden romance characters i honestly liked both characters MZ is really good at writing realistic characters and this is one of the reasons why i love her books i actually liked reading about Bianca s vlogger she has youtube sorry i mean watchtube channel where she cooks and bakes food lifestyle because she was so ambitious and she s so goal oriented and then there s me likeadd this with a book in my hand and that s 100% accurate as i was saying, i felt connected with Bianca but not with Zac and it s mainly because she just went on and on and on about herself, especially in the beginning no shade tho i just felt like i don t really know Zac i feel like i knew himin wall of winnipeg as he seemed like he haddepth there than in this book he seemed kinda dull here but like, the goofy, sweet kind of dull character he stood out for me in wall of winnipeg but not in his own book i don t know why romance ehhh this is where it gets iffy even though im used to the whole heroine not knowing hero has feelings for them but we readers know they re crazy about them that MZ does, i just did not feel anything im sorry but their relationship felt really platonic andof a sibling type of relationship which felt weird y all wanna know why i feel this way hmm well, it s because Zac keeps calling her kiddo like come on that s not romantic at all my own father calls me that which makes me feel evenweird i don t know i just didn t feel any chemistry sometimes i did, but most of the time i didn t i guess i just wish there werescenes where they actually have romantic sexual tension without Zac calling her kiddo.i did like some scenes where i felt some sexual tension tho i liked the haunted house scene, the whole quince chapter with the whole back scratch, the part where Zac was a part of her video, and the last 90% when he finally confessed i thought those were cute but yeah sometimes i really did cringe with how their banter was especially when that fart bomb attack came up drama spoilers there was a bit of OW drama here where Bianca thought Zac ditched her to go to a club and she saw a picture online where a woman was sitting on his lap but it was fake also, there were times when Bianca felt jealous insecure about other women because Zac was kind of a playboy back then also, there was a confrontation with one of his exes that basically ruined their friendship this wasn t bad in any sense as i did like some parts but yeah it took me till after Bianca finally confronted him about how hurt she was 35% ish about him ignoring her to get into the book i just didn t feel the romance, wasn t connected to Zac, the writing in the beginning was repetitive because Bianca went on and on about their past, and the kiddo nickname threw me off as it wasn t romantic in the slightest all in all, i just neededfrom these two i guess.also seeing my babies Aiden and Vanessa with their kids and them talking about Zac s ass which made me think about captain america s ass was reading this in 4th of july which then made me think of chris evans my husband and him and Zac have similar features and now i can t unsee chris my husband gotta mention this twice as zac well, this revived 2020 for me ___________________________________07 05 2020 currently reading this book 3 10 page paper that s due next week worth it tho ___________________________________06 22 2020OHHHH MYYY GOD ITS ZAC excuse me ms zapata but

  5. Lacey (Booklovers For Life) says:

    Zac and Bianca were adorable Reading about them made my heart so happy They have such a wholesome reunited friends to lovers romance And I LOVED that Bianca is a famous youtuber I don t think I ve read that in a romance before Zac is the most precious guy cowboy hat and all, though I did get tired of him calling Bianca kiddo all the time and I was just so happy to read about him again And YES we do get Aiden and Vanessa cameos AND Jasmine and Ivan too They made my LIFE IT S Zac and Bianca were adorable Reading about them made my heart so happy They have such a wholesome reunited friends to lovers romance And I LOVED that Bianca is a famous youtuber I don t think I ve read that in a romance before Zac is the most precious guy cowboy hat and all, though I did get tired of him calling Bianca kiddo all the time and I was just so happy to read about him again And YES we do get Aiden and Vanessa cameos AND Jasmine and Ivan too They made my LIFE IT S OUT and I just started why I know I m going to love this book 1 Zac2 ZAC3 possible Vanessa and Aiden cameos 4 it s MZ5 FOOTBALL ROMANCE6 ZAC IS GETTING HIS BOOK

  6. Corina says:

    I somehow knew this was coming.My last MZ book was a 5 star, going by my track record, this one was destined to be just an ok read for me.I have a couple thoughts about this book, but I ll wait a few days until I know what I want to be saying.___________________________________I think part of the problem is that I m not a fan of the friends to lovers trope I don t know why it doesn t work for me, just that I don t enjoy it And I felt that Zac and Bianca were stuck in the never ending friends z I somehow knew this was coming.My last MZ book was a 5 star, going by my track record, this one was destined to be just an ok read for me.I have a couple thoughts about this book, but I ll wait a few days until I know what I want to be saying.___________________________________I think part of the problem is that I m not a fan of the friends to lovers trope I don t know why it doesn t work for me, just that I don t enjoy it And I felt that Zac and Bianca were stuck in the never ending friends zone.I also felt that there was not much happening in the novel, and I mean plot wise Most of the plot was about Bianca thinking about Zac, and then there was Bianca and Zac talking about the same things again and again They hashed it out mentally and verbally, then went over it a coupletimes but other than that nothing else happened Also I don t know why, but I was expecting a sports romance, but there was no sport in it And then there was kiddo And Snack Pack, Bibi, Big Texas, Little Texas Too many nicknames And I actually rolled my eyes every time Zack used kiddo It s like he was talking to a younger sister just NO I already had a hard time shipping these two, his usage of kiddo didn t help.The cameo of Aiden and Vanessa was GOLD Loved it to pieces.I actually warmed up to Trevor miracles happen DAnd I loved the idea of The Lazy Baker, would have loved to readabout it.So, all in all the book ended up just being a meh read I skipped and skimmed some of Bianca s many internal monologues And skimmed eventhe further I got into the book The result is a book that missed the spot BUT this is nothing new to me I love some of her books, and others are just ok I move on And honestly I m already excited about her next book, because sooner or later she ll write another 5 star for me D___________________________________Findreviews and book recommendations on my blogFollow me on Bookstagram

  7. Christy says:

    5 starsI loved it so much 5 starsI loved it so much

  8. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Choo choo sound of disappointment train mixes with extremely mad red woman s screams yes, it s me or Jessica Chastain who plays my character You may ask the same question after reading this book what was dear Zapata s editor thinking And why the hell dear Zapata decide to write something as boring as last thirty minutes of Meet Joe Black at least we had young and hot Brad Pitt at those never ending, monotonous, soul torturous scenes At first when I realize this is spinoff of Wall of Win Choo choo sound of disappointment train mixes with extremely mad red woman s screams yes, it s me or Jessica Chastain who plays my character You may ask the same question after reading this book what was dear Zapata s editor thinking And why the hell dear Zapata decide to write something as boring as last thirty minutes of Meet Joe Black at least we had young and hot Brad Pitt at those never ending, monotonous, soul torturous scenes At first when I realize this is spinoff of Wall of Winnipeg and one of the adorable characters has its own book I liked Zac and I was so keen to read his own story But I think during the process of story building, something happened to him he lost his spine Nope, not literally, but metaphorically he turned into a man with no character Maybe he had a secret trauma that hasn t mentioned in book so he stuck in his early childhood times because his interactions with heroine reminded you of underage little boy s attitudes Yes, I m talking about those irritating, unstoppable, disastrous nicknames The author may have thought it was cute but unfortunately I m not laughing and gritting my teeth it s not good for cavity problems And Bianca oh boy she s jaw dropping heroine No, you got me wrong she s not thrilling or she doesn t have shocking personality She is just BORING I yawned so much when I read her parts and I thought because yawning too much, my jaw may drop at any second So the romance book you re looking for cannot be found this moment because.This is not slow burn romance, this is just slow, repetitive, flat story without romance.There is no chemistry, sexual tension or any affection, love, romantic interest between characters I force myself to read till the end but I was bored to death My eyes were keep closing so as result I offered my husband to solve his recent insomnia problem by reading me the last chapters aloud Thankfully we got the best sleep at night and the book finally finished I missed the kissing parts of the characters before I dozed off Thankfully my husband dearest who starts to hate bad romance books right now informed me about that meaningless kiss in and last blah blah parts in the morning Overall this is the first I m giving a Viva Zapata book two stars but I don t have another choice.Kulti is one of my all time best romance stories and I wish I will read something as good as that memorable book from the author But this book was one of the big romance books disappointments of the year

  9. EmBibliophile says:

    3.5 stars This book contained,68 kiddo80 darlin 14 honey10 little Texas57 peeweeAnd those numbers are accurate, So don t yell at me for not remembering the heroine s name, okay Now despite how frustrated I was with all those nicknames specially that kiddo thing that was driving me crazy, I have to say that I didn t hate this book It wasokay Kinda cute and enjoyable to read, Just not as great as I hoped it would be Comparing this book to the wall of Winnipeg and me wouldn t be fair, becaus 3.5 stars This book contained,68 kiddo80 darlin 14 honey10 little Texas57 peeweeAnd those numbers are accurate, So don t yell at me for not remembering the heroine s name, okay Now despite how frustrated I was with all those nicknames specially that kiddo thing that was driving me crazy, I have to say that I didn t hate this book It wasokay Kinda cute and enjoyable to read, Just not as great as I hoped it would be Comparing this book to the wall of Winnipeg and me wouldn t be fair, because that book is one of my all time favourites However, it was still kinda enjoyable to read despite a few issues.I don t mind slow moving romances, but the plot in this one was so repetitive with no real conflict and with them not having a real mature conversation Still this was a really decent read and I actually enjoyed reading it, even if I couldn t completely connect to the characters There were actually some cute parts that made me smile and I loved when Ivan and jasmine then Aiden and Vanessa made an appearance, because I freakin love those two couples And surprisingly, I think I won t mind having a Trevor s book Never thought I would like him but I think we are getting there

  10. Antonella says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I could dismiss the fact that nothing happens in this book if I cared about either of the characters Zac is flat and Bianca is exhausting But by the time they kiss, I wish they didn t because there is NO chemistry between them So that was cringeworthy Which negates all that is a slow burn romance A slow build uptension. and romance Nothing there is nothing of it here There were a lot of nicknames but that kiddo bullshit that Zac called her until the very last page drove me crazy I could dismiss the fact that nothing happens in this book if I cared about either of the characters Zac is flat and Bianca is exhausting But by the time they kiss, I wish they didn t because there is NO chemistry between them So that was cringeworthy Which negates all that is a slow burn romance A slow build uptension. and romance Nothing there is nothing of it here There were a lot of nicknames but that kiddo bullshit that Zac called her until the very last page drove me crazy

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