Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: February 28, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Sports

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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 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?

A while ago, I read Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata and loved it. I wanted to read more from her, so after I made it through a bunch of books I had to review I picked up The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. To say I loved this book would be an understatement. I can’t really even describe how much I enjoyed it.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me starred Vanessa, a woman trying to get ahead in life. In order to do so, she took a job working for football player Aiden “The Wall of Winnipeg” Graves. Aiden isn’t the bright and cheery type. He’s quiet and stoic. The only thing Aiden’s passionate about is his football career. Working for him is difficult, so when the opportunity arises for Vanessa to quit, she does. It doesn’t take long for Aiden to show up on Vanessa’s doorstep begging for her to come back — only he wants her to be more than just his assistant.

Once again, I absolutely adored Mariana Zapata’s writing style. Normally, I like the romances I read to have first person dual point of view. I love getting to know both party’s thoughts and feelings. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was written in first person, but was solely in Vanessa’s point of view. I wasn’t let down by the fact that I didn’t get Aiden’s in this book. In fact, I really liked that I didn’t. It made more sense to me because he was so quiet and held things so closely. I loved trying to figure out what he was thinking right along with Vanessa. Vanessa was such a vivid character that she didn’t the help of his perspective at all.

Another great thing about the way the story was written was the build up. Vanessa and Aiden didn’t immediately fall in love. There may have been feelings there, but they were built over time. The progression of all the events and emotions felt like it happened in real-time. It was such a great slow burn romance.

Obviously, I loved Vanessa and Aiden. Vanessa had spunk and a ton of patience. She loved how she dealt with Aiden and his personality. Aiden was the strong silent type. He didn’t are about many people, but when he did it was amazing. I adored Vanessa and Aiden’s relationship and everything about it.

I’m so happy I read this book. It was pure perfection. The Wall of Winnipeg had me even more excited to go on and read more of Mariana Zapata’s books. In fact, I think I am going to be doing a little binge reading now. If you haven’t read anything by this author, you need to add her to your TBR.

22 thoughts on “Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata”

  1. I’ve been keeping my eye on this book for a while now and I am so glad you enjoyed it. I’m definitely intrigued by Aiden and while I love a dual narrative I think having Vanessa’s sole POV will be interesting. I’ll definitely add this to the must read list next year.

  2. I need to read more by Zapata. Her books are so good, but I only wish they weren’t so long. This one sounds fabulous. I love the sound of the dynamic between the couple.
    Lovely review, Deanna!

        1. That’s awesome! I know what you mean, though. I want to save those gift cards for really special books!

    1. Awe! Thank you so much! I have been loving reading through her back list. I can’t wait for her next release either! 🙂

  3. I am not always a fan of first person but some authors just work it so very well and it sounds like this author succeeded. Glad you enjoyed this one so much. Great thoughts. 🙂

    1. Thank you!
      This author is such a great writer. I would tell you to give her a try, even if first person is not your favorite.

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