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

Posted January 11, 2017 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 4 Comments

In Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana ZapataThe Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 29, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: eBook, 673 pages
How I got it: I bought it!
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
My 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?

Despite my passion for reading and how many books I read in a year, it takes a VERY special book to keep me up late and/or get me up early. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me did BOTH — so you can say this one was VERY VERY special. Honestly, I can’t tell you the last time a book did that. It was totally worth missing out on some sleep to be able to binge the hell out of this book. I regret nothing. I’m not sure what I can say about this book that hasn’t been said a thousand times already, but I can’t NOT review it.

You know how they say “you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone”? That could be the subtitle of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. When Vanessa quit her job as Aiden’s assistant, to pursue her dream of owning her own business — and, quite frankly, to NOT have to deal with his crap anymore, it didn’t take Aiden long to realize he couldn’t live without her. Or, more specifically, that he didn’t want to.

Vanessa and Aiden, y’all. They were something special. I can’t tell you just how much I loved them. They gave me ALL THE FEELS. This wasn’t your typical romance and that’s what I loved the most about it. If you love a good, S L O W burn, then look no further. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough, but I also didn’t want to rush the story because it — and the words — were just so freaking good. These two though. They were such wonderfully complex characters, especially Aiden. Yes, I have a new book boyfriend. I love me a good grumpy guy — even if he took it to an extreme sometimes — but it was what was underneath that grumpy exterior that made him so special. And Vanessa? She wasn’t one to put up with Aiden’s crap. (Well, after she quit the job anyhow.) I love a heroine with a backbone. She was spunky. Her inner dialogue was a treat. (As was everything about this book, honestly.)

Slow burn romances aren’t *always* my favorite, but that’s because more often than not I feel like they aren’t done all that well. Well, Mariana gives GREAT slow burn romance. There might not’ve been all that much kissing in the book, but it didn’t even matter to me. (And that says A LOT because I LOVE kissing books.) The real treat here was falling into Vanessa’s world and falling for Aiden right along with her. It was such a treat to get to know both of them. But when the sexy times happened? *fans self* Hotness for days.

It might only be the first half of January, but I can already tell you one book that will be on my “best of 2017” list. It was totally perfect and exactly what I needed when I read it. If I could give it more than five stars, I totally would. I’m adding The Wall of Winnipeg and Me to my “must reread a thousand times” list, because that’s exactly what I want to do. *happy sigh*


What no one tells you is that the road to accomplishing your goals isn’t a straight line; it looks more like a corn maze. You stopped, you went, you backed up, and took a few wrong turns along the way, but the important thing you had to remember was that there was an exit. Somewhere.

When life gives you lemons, you get to choose what you make out of them; it doesn’t always have to be lemonade. 

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

“You’re not my friend; you’ve never tried to be my friend. You haven’t once given a shit about me until you needed something, and now for some strange reason, you’re making it seem like you can’t live without me. And we both know that’s bullshit.”

Life was all about choices. You chose what to make out of what you had. And I wasn’t going to let it make me its bitch.

His forehead tipped forward, and before I could react, before he said another word to me, he leaned forward, forward, forward and pressed his mouth just to the side of my mouth. A peck. A shot better than tequila, make up of friendship and affection and organic sugar.”

“I’m starting to understand that you can always make time for the things that matter.”

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.) She is a New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, and reached #7 on Amazon's Author Ranking in 2016. Her book The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was a #1 Amazon Overall Best Seller, and was chosen as a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award Nominee and also included on Amazon's Best Books of 2016 for Romance.

Mariana is a native Texan living in a small town in Colorado with her husband and two beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Danes, Dorian and Kaiser. When she's not pretending to write, she's reading. You can usually find her burning somewhat edible experiments in the kitchen or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

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4 responses to “In Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

  1. Lindsay

    You posted this and Kulti in your Best of 2017 review, and I was HOOKED. I immediately devoured everything Mariana wrote in the next three days. I blame you for my new slow burn obsession.

    • Kim

      Ahhhhhhh! I’m so happy to hear that! I will glady take responsibility for your Mariana Zapata binge. I love her books so much!