The Wall of Winnipeg and Me By Mariana Zapata [Review]

The Wall of Winnipeg and MeRELEASE DATE: February 28th 2016 
Mariana Zapata
    New-Adult, Contemporary, Sports, Romance.
PUBLISHER: 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?


MY REV (Copy)

I’m not really into Sports romance, but I finally decided to give this a shot after a lot of people recommended it to me because I love slow burn romances. Well, this book was so much fun to read but I hated its huge length. It’s my first Mariana Zapata book and I wanted to give it a five star but damn this book dragged on so many scenes. It honestly could’ve been finished in less than 400 pages. It’s your typical sports romance novel and it’s not that hard to predict the entire story. Anyways, the reason I still gave it a four stars because I absolutely loved the characters and their slow burn relationship.

The story follows Vanessa Mazur who worked as an assistant to a broody star football player Aiden Graves. For two years, she worked as his house keeper and assistant but he never felt the need to greet her or congratulate her on her birthdays. After having enough of him, she finally decides to quit, and months later she finds the star player on the footsteps of her dingy apartment. Vanessa  can’t believe that the great Aiden Graves wants her back but this time he asks for something impossible that will change her fate.

This book has two main characters Vanessa, and Aiden. I honestly enjoyed both of them. They’re quite opposite of each other. Vanessa is a strong character who’s independent, sweet, and caring. Aiden is a broody and aloof character who has trust issues. He’s quite an ass and a jerk towards Vanessa at the beginning. He doesn’t acknowledge her importance until she quits. The romance between them was very very much a slow burn. They don’t kiss until the second half. I quite enjoyed their clashes and the banters. Their chemistry was sizzling hot. The secondary characters were also pretty good. I loved Aiden’s flatmate Zac who’s also a football player. He and Vanessa quickly becomes friends and I absolutely adored their friendship. It’s one of the things I loved in this book. I’m glad there’s no triangle between the three of them because it would ruin the book for me because I’m definitely going to root for the other guy who’s so much better than the main hero. I also liked Vanessa’s friend Diana. My least favorites are Aiden’s manager Trevor and Vanessa’s whole family especially Susie.

The story was easy to predict but it was a pretty fun to read about the characters. I mostly stay away from the contemporary books that are more than 500+ long because they always tend to bore me. I  honestly hesitated to pick this up because of its length but now I’m glad that I gave it a shot. It was a good read but it was too slow for my taste. I have skipped some parts that didn’t interest me. The author’s writing was addicting. I quite enjoyed Vanessa’s POV, I just wish we also had some glimpses of Aiden’s POV too. I’m glad the sports element in this book is not too heavy because I’m really not fan of them.

 Overall, I really liked it! I loved the characters and the slow burn romance. Now I can’t wait to check out the author’s other works. I’ve heard Kulti was amazing so it’s going to be my next Mariana’s book.

Recommend it?

I highly recommend it if you’re into new adult or adult contemporary books with slow burn romance but be warned that it’s a long book.


[4/5 Stars]

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22 thoughts on “The Wall of Winnipeg and Me By Mariana Zapata [Review]

  1. anovelglimpse August 28, 2019 / 1:08 am

    I love Mariana Zapata’s books! They are long, though. You need to read Worth the Wait next. It’s her friend Diana’s book. 😉

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  2. Kayla @ Books and Blends August 28, 2019 / 2:58 am

    Great review Raven! I can understand you saying that this could have been shorter. I enjoyed this one when I read it last year, but I can’t make myself pick up anything else by her since all her books are super long and super slow burn.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions September 8, 2019 / 11:39 pm

      Thank you, Kayla! Yeah I’ve observed that all of her books are pretty long. I think you need to be in a good mood to read them because I definitely wouldn’t pick them if I’m on a book slump 😂

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  3. stephaniesbookreviews August 28, 2019 / 7:12 am

    This was my first Zapata book, too! I agree with you that it was way too long. That’s a complaint I have with all of her books, though. They could all literally be half the length they are. My favorite of hers are Dear Aaron and From Lukov with Love.

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions September 8, 2019 / 11:57 pm

      I’m glad you agree with me! I hate long books 😂 I’ve heard great things about From Lukov With Love. I want to check it out after I’ve read Kulti.

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  4. Beware Of The Reader August 29, 2019 / 12:41 am

    Well Raven I know that Mariana Zapata is known to take her time 😉 But I am so happy that you loved it nonetheless

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  5. Trang August 29, 2019 / 10:15 am

    I’ve got the feedback that Mariana Zapata books are quite long indeed 😂 I haven’t experienced it myself though! Great review 💕

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  6. The Candid Cover August 29, 2019 / 5:23 pm

    This book does sound like it is going to be a fun read! I always love a great sports romance, so it sounds like one for me. I am so happy that you enjoyed it so much. 🙂

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  7. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer August 30, 2019 / 10:20 am

    WOW… a 400+ romance novel is not for me. I’m balking at fantasy that are that long. I do love slow burn romance like you Raven. I’m so glad you enjoyed that and that the romance didn’t get messy just to be a love triangle. I hate that. ❤️

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions September 9, 2019 / 12:05 am

      Me too! I usually don’t pick romance books that has more than 400+ pages. I gave this a shot because it was one of the most hyped slow burn romance novels. I’m glad it wasn’t a disappointment 😊

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  8. Jen September 3, 2019 / 6:15 am

    I just got this as a belated birthday present from Chelsea and I couldn’t believe how HUGE the paperback is, like OH MY GOSH it’s HUGE lol! I’m excited to dive into it once I get through a few arcs. Slow-burn romance is my fave so I have a feeling I’ll love. And now knowing in advance it has some slow parts, I’ll start it when I’m ready for a book like that, thanks for the heads up!

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