Review + Giveaway: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Posted March 14, 2016 by Bethany in Giveaways, Recommendations, Reviews / 0 Comments

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me Review + Giveaway: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapataby Mariana Zapata
on February 28, 2016
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four-half-stars
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: ebook
Pages: 473

Vanessa Mazur knows she's doing the right thing. She shouldn't feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.
But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she's beyond shocked.
For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn't even find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He's asking for the unthinkable.
What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

Review

I finished Winnie last week, and I am still trying to decide if I love it more than Kulti. I give up! It’s such a close race, I’m going to go with loving them both equally.

In my opinion, no one writes slow-burn romances better than Mariana Zapata. She gives the reader the opportunity to really get to know her characters inside and out. The characters build their relationship more organically. The tension between the couple builds and multiplies, so when they finally come together, it is fireworks on the page.

I had never seen him so still. He was breathing out of his nose like a goddamn dragon. His biceps were so bunched and strained, I could tell from even under his hoodie, and he had the single cockiest expression on his face that I had ever seen, and that was saying something because I thought I’d witnessed the most annoying of all his expressions. But the one he had on right then, put all the rest to shame.

Romance readers are going to adore and swoon Aiden Graves. He’s this massive football player that is so tall and muscular and treats his body like the temple it is. He is a bit of a mystery, and he is an extremely private person. He doesn’t let many people into the fold, so when he does, it is a privilege. When Aiden finally lets Vanessa get to really know the person he is on the inside, it is so special because I had been rooting for them from the beginning.

“I don’t want someone new. I want you.”

Let me tell you a little secret. I’m not crazy about sports romances. Usually. But, you know what? I am over the top crazy about Mariana’s sports romances because they are not typical. Her stories are character driven and emotional and do not focus on how quickly the couple jumps into bed together.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is my favorite contemporary romance of 2016, thus far.

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About Mariana Zapata

Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt… don’t tell her mom. Luckily, she stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while.
In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words.
Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

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