Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Lingus by Mariana Zapata (Audiobook, purchased from Audible)
Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Find full book details here.
Most people would describe Katherine Berger as a responsible girl with a big heart, a loyal friend who takes care of those close to her, and the possessor of a wicked sense of humor. There was something about her that most people didn’t know. “My name is Kat Berger, and I love porn.”
When twenty-five-year-old Kat is dragged to a porn convention by her best friend, she’s both embarrassed and nervous. The last thing she ever expected was to meet someone who makes her laugh like no other. This is a story about acceptance and friendship, and a love born out of the most unexpected of places.
Lingus was my 3rd Mariana Zapata book that I’ve ever read. The first two, Kulti and The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, I also read this week. So, obviously, I’m a little obsessed with her books right now. Why? Because MZ (that’s what I call her in my head because, in my head, we are BFFs) has a way of not only bringing you into the lives of these characters she creates with such ease, but also gently tugging you down until you’ve fallen in love with everyone.
Lingus was no different.
This book caught my eye because of the plot. A romance between a girl and a porn star? I mean, come on! Of course, I wanted to read it!
And MZ didn’t disappoint. This was just as interesting and unique as I hoped it would be and it somehow had me considering dating a porn star, though that is definitely not something I otherwise ever would be comfortable with. (I’m so easy.)
Kat is quirky and funny without trying too hard. I love how she just brushes off embarrassing situations and knows how to laugh at herself. Her relationship with her friends is just as awesome as her relationship with Tristan.
And Tristan, he’d be a little too perfect if he wasn’t, you know, a porn star. It was a great balance.
I love this audiobook reader, Callie Dalton. She’s done the audiobooks for all byt one of MZ’s books, from what I’ve seen. (I should know because I just handed Audible all of my money so I could download all of MZ’s books.)
She is one of my new favorite readers. Her voice didn’t take me out of the story at all. She did a fantastic job. Her voice has been perfect for MZ’s characters. Almost as perfect as
Butterfly-Inducement rating: 4 Stars
This book is only getting 4 stars in the butterfly-inducement rating for me only because the bar was set so high with A Court of Mist and Fury. But, considering that, 4 stars is pretty darn good. My stomach wasn’t in knots, but I definitely had the giddy giggles during some parts.
Re-read worthiness: 3 Stars
I might consider skimming through the hardcopy version of this book and re-reading my favorite parts, but I don’t know that I’d take the time for a full re-read/listen. My one issue with re-reading MZ’s books is that she gives a ton of backstory in her books. It’s fine during the first read, but it can get snooze-worthy by the second read – you just want to get to the good parts!
Bookshelf Placement: YES!
When I love a book, I must have a hard copy of it, even if I own a digital copy. I’m very picky about what books I keep and display on my bookshelves because of limited real estate. Most 5-Star books that I rate are a hard copy must, and this is as well! I’ll be grabbing a hard copy ASAP!
New Top Book Boyfriend: Nah
I love Tristan, but I’m not obsessed with him. Meaning, I won’t make a whole secret Pinterest board full of pictures of guys that I think would look like him and do other weird obessive things that we won’t talk about right now.