Book Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

This book was phenomenal! The Wall of Winnipeg and Me had the most delicious slow burn ever and I loved watching Vanessa and Aiden fall in love. I hung on every word, expression, and moment. This is a must-read!

Book Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mariana Zapata’s most beloved book, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me - now with new exclusive content!

Vanessa Mazur refuses to feel bad for quitting—she knows she’s doing the right thing. The thankless job of personal assistant to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans for her life, and none of them include washing extra-large underwear one more day for a man who could never find it in him to tell her good morning, congratulate her on a job well done, or wish her a happy birthday—even when she was spending it working for him.

The legendary “Wall of Winnipeg” may be adored by thousands, but after two years Van has had enough.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door begging her to come back, she’s beyond shocked. Mr. Walled-Off Emotions is actually letting his guard down for once. And she’s even more dumbstruck when he explains that her job description is about to become even more outrageous: something that takes the “personal” in personal assistant to a whole new level.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

5 out of 5 stars

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is officially one of my favorite books EVER! 6 stars! I loved it more than words can express. It’s a book that I never wanted to put down and the world around me faded away as I fell in love with Vanessa and Aiden. I thought the humor, internal dialogue, and simmering emotion were fantastic and the build was phenomenal. There is not one thing about it I would have done differently. Perfection!

I loved Vanessa. She had amazing strength, determination, and grit and I admired how hard she worked to accomplish her goals. I really liked her development over the course of the story and learning about her past. And Aiden? I loved this man just as much as I loved Vanessa. Even though he seemed grumpy and standoffish, there was so much to him. I loved his looks, eyebrow raises, and all the different nuances of him. I liked when his small micro expressions seemed to betray his feelings, those moments gave me butterflies. I think the author did an excellent job conveying Aiden’s feelings even though he wasn’t verbally sharing all of them, his looks and gestures spoke volumes. I liked learning about him, his difficult upbringing, and how hard he worked to persevere.

There were so many wonderful moments where I could feel there was more to Aiden than Vanessa realized. I thought there was great humor and I adored Vanessa’s thought process. I loved the sweet and subtle progression of their relationship and could feel the tension and emotion burning between them, it made the build to them falling in love that much more heartfelt. I loved what Aiden was proposing and how persistent he was to make that happen. I was filled with so much anticipation as I was reading, as more of their histories were learned, and they opened up and were vulnerable. My heart was all over the place and by the end, I had tears in my eyes and a huge smile on my face.

This was a well-executed story with a fantastic flow and timing. I am not someone who is drawn to slow burn romances but as I became absorbed in the story, it didn't even faze me that a slow burn was happening, it was all brilliantly done. There was also a well-rounded cast of characters and smaller stories involved that added a nice amount of tension and drama and it was all woven together nicely. This was my first Mariana Zapata book and I am so happy I decided to read it. Vanessa and Aiden basically killed me in the best possible way with their delicious slow burn. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me has my heart! 

Complimentary copy received from Avon Books.

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