on February 28, 2016
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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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?
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.