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April 2, 2015

Liked It: The Delivery by Mara White

Series: Stand-alone
Format: Mobi
Release Date: January 28, 2015 
Publisher: Heightsbound
Source: Author 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Lana Finch is a twenty-five-year-old social worker. She believes wholeheartedly in saving the world—one broken kid at a time. Lana is headstrong, she’s righteous and she’ll let nothing stand in her way. Except for maybe her entire family that’s financially dependent on her.

Enter Mozey Cruz, the eighteen-year-old juvenile delinquent assigned to her charge. He’s an illusive artist, he’s misunderstood, and he’s a natural born troublemaker.

Their love is illegal, much like Mozey’s undocumented status in the States. So Lana lets him go even though it might be the worst mistake she’ll ever make.

But destiny has a way of catching up with us even when we run from it.

Los Angeles------------
------------Detroit
Tijuana------------
------------Mexico City

But first, Lana has to find him before she can deliver him.


Mara White. She's one of those authors whose work I can't help but read because she doesn't give two cents about conventions and comfort zones. And when you've read more romance novels then you can count, tales of HEA become monochromatic. So I sometimes tend to take on the opposite ends of the spectrum to sensitize my heartstrings again: either I read something that is super light, bubbly, even clean or silly; or I go dark and pick up something offbeat with themes and situations you're more likely to see in the news than in a romance novel. 

THE DELIVERY is tamer than MWhite's debut series in that the heat is low, but fully compensated by tight sexual tension. However the themes are still provocative: a social worker, Lana Finch, falls for her case, 18yo hot Mexican delinquent and graffiti artist, Mozley deal Cruz, seven years her junior. Forbidden love, ageist issues, citizenship and deportation problems, cross country love affair, THE DELIVERY promises quite the romance adventure. 

0%-35%: I loved the beginning. The premise was set perfectly, the conflict was stated, and the relationship between Lana and Mozley is tense due to their strong sexual attraction to each other. For the most part I was waiting for these two to mess up and start complicating things already. Then surprise! Surprise! Lana and Mozley parted ways way before anything can happen between them. They moved on with their lives, got into relationships that's more appropriate for them. Totally unexpected and had me blurting out What's next?!

Part 2 35%-60%: Things went South. Meaning the chase between Lana and Mozley moved to Mexico as the latter searched for his long lost sister and got into even more trouble with the law. Moz then called Lana for help, naturally Lana went because she's been waiting for the perfect excuse to see Mozley again under official business pretenses even if she's no longer his social worker. 

And this is where Lana lost me. She's always been this level headed, ambitious, goal oriented lady so I was so disappointed when she started acting like one of her cases on a situation where she needs to be in her best form! Also, I didn't find enough justification for her juvenile behavior with people she barely knew. Speaking of people, Lana met these crazy gay couple while she's in Mexico. I also didn't know how to feel about these characters and failed to grasp what their purpose is in the story. Were they supposed to bring comedic relief? 

60%-90%: Lana and Mozley reunited but the quest is far from over. They're now on the hunt to find Moz's long lost sister. Who they eventually found, but not without major complications. The whole thing became national news, and our couple became front page celebrities. This reunion also shed light on Moz's backstory, much to Lana's disappointment. Her hero isn't the mad she thought he was, giving her pause and questioning the entire thing.

90%-HEA: Naturally things were set to right and all is forgiven. I'm happy that Lana and Moz's odyssey was finished and it seems Moz finally found a family in Lana. Still there are some loose strings, but I'll just assume that with Lana's problem solving skills, it will also be set to right.

Overall, I liked THE DELIVERY. It was very low angst given the very complicated situation and the hurdles Lana and Moz went through. I also enjoyed how the story wasn't about sex, MWhite really explored the depth and different factes of Lana and Moz's relationship, if they survived this type of odyssey, I'm sure they'll survive everything else. And as I stated above, the themes incorporated in the story are not the norm so if you're looking for diversity, THIS IS IT! 



THIRSTY THURSDAY & HUNGRY HEARTS 
A weekly meme hosted by Lexie at (Un)Conventional Reviews.

I love Mexican food, the spicier the better.  That said, the scene below had me laughing hard. Lava chips anyone?








28 comments:

  1. This sounds like an interesting read! I have never heard of this author before but I know what you mean by wanting something different every now and then with either super fluffy or way dark just to shake things up.

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    1. I get so disensitized lately I need a shot of something strong to wake me up

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  2. I like that this one isn't about the sex. I'm pretty curious now. I like the forbidden love thing too.

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    1. Sex is getting so overrated for me now. Something clean is the thing to go.

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  3. I'm intrigued. I've never read this author before, so I don't know how her other stories compare against this one, but this one ... wow. It's got all the right ingredients for memorability. If the execution is even half as good, I'm pretty sure I won't be disappointed. Thanks for sharing this, Braine, it was nowhere near my radar :)

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    1. Oh man! her debut series was.... ahhh! It'll poke you until you're both mad and in awe.

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    1. I know. Hopefully I can give you something you'll like next week :D

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  5. This another new-to-me author, and the cover already says this is not a sweet, meet-cute romance. I like to read things that are different just as much as I like to read sweet romances. I'm big fan Karina Halle's romances b/c they are different and a little risky.
    Thanks for the introduction :)

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    1. Ooh I love risky. No wonder she has such a huge following! I have her Love in English book, I should give that a go next time.

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  6. Hmmmmmmmm
    I love my HEAs so at first, when you were talking about this book, I thought there wouldn't be an HEA but I am glad to hear there is one!

    I do like the sound of it (i mean how many times do we get to see a relationship where the female is older?) so I am definitely going to go look into this one!

    Thanks for sharing, Braine! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. Cougar stories are interesting because it's the kind of tale that keeps on giving lol

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  7. Hmmm you're probably a stronger person than I am. If it was that long of things going south I'd probably DNF...

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    1. At that point, it was hard for me to DNF because I need to know how they're going to pull it off!

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  8. Ah sorry it wasn't as good as you thought even if in the end it's still good too. I'll read first the one I won on your blog. I'm sooooooooooo late... But I'll do it!!!! thanks for the review!

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    1. Let me know! That one's harder than this.

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  9. I've not tried hers and can't remember seeing them before. I do like being pushed a bit though :) Not sure about her behavior though. I think that would bother me. Maybe one of her others first :)

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  10. eeek, what a concept. A little awkward but I think I could try it out.

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  11. Mmmmm, it's probably not for me, though diversity is good !

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  12. Great review. I kept flip flopping on whether it was something I would like to read or not lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  13. I like stories about forbidden relationships. This sounds interesting. Great review Braine.

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  14. Ugh. That's usually what happens for me too with books, meaning they usually start out well and then go downhill. VERY rarely the contrary, unfortunately. :( HA, that rhymed. ^^ Anyway, great review!!

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  15. The last thing that cover says is "contemporary romance".
    After reading your review I think I should keep away from this book. The things that bothered you are things that bother me too. So... next.

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  16. I'm all for diversity but I'm not a fan of the age difference

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  17. You had me at the themes incorporated in The Delivery. I'll be sure to check out Mara White just for that, Braine. I'm glad you liked this overall although I would also have been annoyed at Lana when her behavior became out of character. I don't like it when an author does that. And that quote! I love spicy foods too, especially Mexican so I was giggling over the lava chips! :)

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