2021 · romance

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

Title: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Author: Mariana Zapata


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?


Rating: 3 out of 5.

I couldn’t wait to read another Mariana Zapata’s book after I finished Kulti. However, I can’t lie, I was a bit disappointed with this one.

First half of the book – absolutely loved it! It went from acquaintances to friends to lovers and it was soo cute. I absolutely adored Aiden and Vanessa’s relationship and couldn’t get enough of them.

Going into this, I knew this was a slow burn, but man, I didn’t expect it to be that slow. The fact that we had to wait until the LAST chapter before Epilogue to witness a sex scene was just crazy to me. Especially when the attraction between the main characters was over the top. It’s safe to say that ruined it for me. When I have to wait until the end to get at least some kind of action, it’s hard not to be disappointed.

Thinking back to other good slow burn romances I’ve read, I feel like the best time to do a spicy scene is around 65-70% into the book. At that point I feel like we’ve gotten into the storyline enough but it’s not so far where it just starts to feel unimportant. This is the first book I read when it was literally at the end, and I wasn’t even interested in it at that point.

One more thing, I don’t really know much about green cards, but the way he wanted to maintain one was so odd to me. Like when you’re a millionaire and are working in the US isn’t there any other way? I know it was just brought up for the sake of trope but I wasn’t feeling it.

I’m kind of sad that I had issues with this book because I really enjoy Mariana Zapata’s writing style but I can’t get over how slow these books are. I’m not sure if I’ll be continuing on with her books, especially if they are this slow. If you are a lover of her books and know if any of her books are slow-burns (but not snail-slow as this one) please let me know!

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