The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

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 d...

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Title:The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author:Mariana Zapata
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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me Reviews

  • Jennifer Kyle

    In the same vein as her hit book Kulti, Mariana Zapata delivers a SLOW BURN story of a personal assistant, Vanessa Mazur who has finally saved enough over the two years of working for the NFO’s best defenseman, Aiden “The Wall of Winnipeg” Graves to quit.

    Throughout her two years of working for Aiden, he doesn’t even return a hello or appreciate her in slightest. To her surprise, when this man of few words shows at her doorstep asking for her to return working for him and then furSTARS[image

    In the same vein as her hit book Kulti, Mariana Zapata delivers a SLOW BURN story of a personal assistant, Vanessa Mazur who has finally saved enough over the two years of working for the NFO’s best defenseman, Aiden “The Wall of Winnipeg” Graves to quit.

    Throughout her two years of working for Aiden, he doesn’t even return a hello or appreciate her in slightest. To her surprise, when this man of few words shows at her doorstep asking for her to return working for him and then further presents a deal to pay off her overwhelming about school loans to pose in the eyes of the law as his wife, she more than taken back. Still, the arrangement is too good to pass up especially nixing the aspect of being his personal assistant and letting her focus on her own career. Vanessa's feelings of hurt over their non relationship is sad to face.

    Aiden isn’t what readers are used to encountering and he's not a man whore at all. In fact, he actually hasn’t bother with women (messy) since his high school years. He’s been one hundred percent focused on his career and ignores woman fans and really lives up to the comparison of a wall. Marrying Vanessa to him makes the most sense and this is how he woos her.

    Moving into his home for the next five years while she builds her career from her computer has these two characters falling for one another, slow but believable. I loved both of their characters, Leo the puppy, Halloween, Christmas, the elevator scene and I adored the fierce way Aiden protects Vanessa and how they become a team. Vanessa’s family aspect of the storyline was well done and quite frankly she was a terrific main character that friends will surely love. Aiden’s a man of few words but just like with the book Kulti, the story comes together in the end!!

  • Christy

    was a seriously addictive slow burn romance. Once I started the audio, I couldn’t stop listening. It was over 16 hours long, but I finished it within 48 hours. There was nothing about this book I didn’t love!

    Vanessa Mazur has worked for pro football player, Aiden Graves for

    was a seriously addictive slow burn romance. Once I started the audio, I couldn’t stop listening. It was over 16 hours long, but I finished it within 48 hours. There was nothing about this book I didn’t love!

    Vanessa Mazur has worked for pro football player, Aiden Graves for 2 years. Aides is quiet, curt, and drives Vanessa crazy. She’s his assistant, but she wants more than that. So, she decides to quit and follow her real passion. Aides is a bit lost without Vanessa. When he shows up at her door weeks after she quit, Vanessa is in shock. But that shock becomes even more shocking when she finds out the favor he needs. Vanessa is torn. Help Aiden, or not… He didn’t treat her the best when they worked together, but the stakes are high for her here….

    As I said before, the story is a slow burn romance, but the pace is fast. The story between Aiden and Vanessa had such a great and natural flow. I loved watching them turn into friends, trusted confidants, and so much more. This book was seriously perfect. Aiden is the strong and silent type. He’s not close to anyone, really, but he slowly lets Vanessa in.

    There were a few moments between them that left the biggest smile on my face. When Aiden showed up at a certain convention to support Vanessa, I had a perma-grin and happy tears! Both of these characters were completely fantastic. I can’t even tell you who I loved more.

    I feel so gushy about this book right now! I read

    over a year ago and adored it as well. It’s apparent to me that Zapata is not a one-hit wonder. I’ll definitely be auto-buying every book of hers from here on out! A for sure favorite of mine this year,

    is one you don’t want to miss out on!

  • Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    So many re-reads, it's not even funny...

    After reading 2014's

    and 2015's

    , I knew I enjoyed Mariana Zapata's shit.

    But after reading this one I am officially so fucking #TeamZapata #TeamAiden #TeamMuscledHunkofSexyManMeat #RidiculousInstagram-likeParagraphofIdioticHastags that I'm going to make up

    own nationally organized sport league (cause you know NFL...NFO...who

    cares) activity I shall hereafter reffunny...5

    So many re-reads, it's not even funny...

    After reading 2014's

    and 2015's

    , I knew I enjoyed Mariana Zapata's shit.

    But after reading this one I am officially so fucking #TeamZapata #TeamAiden #TeamMuscledHunkofSexyManMeat #RidiculousInstagram-likeParagraphofIdioticHastags that I'm going to make up

    own nationally organized sport league (cause you know NFL...NFO...who

    cares) activity I shall hereafter refer to as...

    ...drum roll please...

    And at least in prison we could have unlimited Zapata reading time.

    Anyprisonrape, if you aren't familiar with Zapata's work, bear this in mind:

    ***Pay attentions smut scalers***

    Zapata's books are

    slow burn. In fact, some might consider them plain slow moving as a whole, especially considering the smexy times are always a looooong time coming (haha! pun!).

    Now this is usually a HUGE problem for me.

    I have no shame in my game, so I will plainly state:

    1) As I get older, I seem to have the attention span of a fruit fly.

    I swear I'm like Benjamin Fucking Button, maturity-wise. I get more childish the older I get. Life's too short. So slower reads are not usually my bag.

    2) I get blue balls in my girls parts like a priest at a Playboy party if I don't get any smexy times by the 50% mark.

    Which makes me, well, cue tantrum.

    But with Zapata -

    in this one - the trade-off is SO worth it.

    The richness of this story is so hard to explain and the time she takes to build the relationship between Aiden and Vanessa makes it so beautiful.

    I remember reading a scene where Aiden is holding Vanessa in his lap and the way Zapata wrote about how his arms hung over her thighs and his hands wrapped around her knees had me fucking enthralled.

    And you know I've read a-fucking-LOT of those.

    Something I also love about Zapata's writing style (which others might not) is that she only gives the h's POV. We never get Aiden's POV.

    And I dig it.

    It made him so enigmatic and interesting that it made this story even richer for me in much the same way that the details and the pacing does. You have to

    to get to know the characters. You have to

    to get to the love story. It's not handed to you within 50 pages, there is no insta-ANYTHING.

    It's almost like you have to earn it in Zapata's books. And, like anything in life, the things you earn are the things you appreciate the most. And you seriously appreciate this love story by the time you get to end.

    I adored this book and I adore Zapata's writing style.

    is shown to you. Not told. And to me that's the sign of a truly talented author. She has easily become one of my top authors and I will forever hereafter be the front runner in the Stealth Chase games to stalk her whenever she releases anything new.

    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    DUDE!

    I have seen this bad boy ALL over my newsfeed. But because of the kinda wackadoo title, I didn't pay much attention. Until I finally clicked on it to see what all the fuss was about and realized...

    Because it's by the awesome Mariana Zapata. And sounds fucking awesome.

    WTF was I thinking not grabbing this sooner?!?!?!

    Lesson here:

    My GR friends are smart.

    Listen to my GR friends.

  • Brandi

    I really enjoyed this slow burn romance. And it was a SLOW burn, but the payoff was perfect - I constantly had a cheesy grin on my face. The characters, the story, it was all simply wonderful.

  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover

    Five words can sum up this book for me…

    Usually, when a book is recommended to me and a lot of people seem to love it, 95% of the time I’m like the black sheep of the group, the one who doesn’t understand the hype. So I was a little reluctant to try this one out. But I am so freaking happy to say I loved this and completely get why it has been all over my Instagram and Goodreads feed and recommended multiple times.

    I’m usually not a fan of slow burning books. Mainly becausme…

    Five words can sum up this book for me…

    Usually, when a book is recommended to me and a lot of people seem to love it, 95% of the time I’m like the black sheep of the group, the one who doesn’t understand the hype. So I was a little reluctant to try this one out. But I am so freaking happy to say I loved this and completely get why it has been all over my Instagram and Goodreads feed and recommended multiple times.

    I’m usually not a fan of slow burning books. Mainly because I find the ‘in between’ just full of fluff and nonsense. But not this book! As my friend/buddy-reader Cynthia said, this book is sweet torture.

    So slow that I thought I was going to have a damn stroke by the time these two actually kissed. But it worked. It worked because everything is SHOWN to the reader, not told. (And even though there was some repetition and a lot of inner monologue that would usually annoy me, this book sucked me in so much that I just didn’t mind at all.) It worked SO WELL that even the smallest gesture or simplest line from Aiden had me weeping like a child.

    I don’t want to say a word on the plot. Mainly because the “twist” in here drives the plot and I loved where it took the story and was glad I didn’t know beforehand.

    Vanessa was a hysterical spitfire, and Aiden was like this huge, sometimes (

    ) grumpy teddy bear you just want to hug. And hump. The character development and the build of the relationship between these two were done perfectly.

    It was all just beautiful. Intense and passionate and sensual and hysterical and beautiful.

    READ IT!!!!!!!!

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  • ☽ jodi bibliophile ♥

    It's 3:39am and I've just finished one of the best books I've EVER read.

    Seriously, I'm laying in bed bawling my fucking eyes out because I'm so fucking happy and so fucking sad at the same time cause it's all over.

    Since October I never thought I would feel this way about a book again.

    I don't even have the right words to express my feelings because my words just won't do this beautiful story justice.

    Van & Aiden are EVERYTHING.

    Oh fuck

    It's 3:39am and I've just finished one of the best books I've EVER read.

    Seriously, I'm laying in bed bawling my fucking eyes out because I'm so fucking happy and so fucking sad at the same time cause it's all over.

    Since October I never thought I would feel this way about a book again.

    I don't even have the right words to express my feelings because my words just won't do this beautiful story justice.

    Van & Aiden are EVERYTHING.

    Oh fucking hell I can't fucking stop!!!

    And seriously what twat fucking cries during a sex scene -----> THIS dick head!

    I want to say all the disgusting things I want to do to Aiden's body but I'm far too emotional but note I would ride that fuckers face reverse cowgirl style into next week.

    GOOD LORD!

    Vanessa, by far one of the BEST heroine I've ever met in my fucking life!!

    She is up there with Ruthie! I love her so hard!

    Fuck, there is so much I want to fucking say but I can't find the bloody words!!

    I normally have verbal diarrhoea when it comes to my reviews but this fucker has left me speechless.

    This story not only consumed my whole life from start to finish but also made it into my all-time favourite books list and let me tell you that's a tough list to get on.

    I laughed. I cried. I laughed some more. I cried even harder. I swooned and cried some more.

    I will miss it more than you'll ever know and I will never forget Aiden & Van and their amazing and beautiful love story for aslong as life.

    This author has giving me back my love for reading and I couldn't thank her enough.

    The Wall of Winnipeg and Me <3

    Here come the water works...AGAIN.

  • Amy Harmon

    This one just really hit the spot for me. Great characters, slow burn romance, funny interactions, and when the heat finally hits, it's delicious. I read straight through the night and have thought about Aidan all day.

  • Em Lost In Books

    Scratch four, this deserve five stars. Third reading and nothing has changed. Magic is intact and if possible I am in love with this story more than ever.

    Scratch four, this deserve five stars. Third reading and nothing has changed. Magic is intact and if possible I am in love with this story more than ever.

    My feelings exactly after reading the last sentence of this book. Just replace that little with completely in above lines.

  • Candace

    I listened to the audiobook version of 'The Wall of Winnipeg and Me' and it was fantastic! Talk about a terrific, slow-burn romance! I was completely sucked in to this story, little by little.

    Aiden Graves is the formidable top defensive player in the National Football Organization. His single-minded focus on the sport has made him the best. He eats, lives and breathes football, paying little mind to anything or anyone else.

    Accordingly, he is kind of oblivious to the goings on around

    I listened to the audiobook version of 'The Wall of Winnipeg and Me' and it was fantastic! Talk about a terrific, slow-burn romance! I was completely sucked in to this story, little by little.

    Aiden Graves is the formidable top defensive player in the National Football Organization. His single-minded focus on the sport has made him the best. He eats, lives and breathes football, paying little mind to anything or anyone else.

    Accordingly, he is kind of oblivious to the goings on around him that don't directly impact his game. His personal assistant, Vanessa Mazur, is one such person. Aiden relies on her heavily for everything from his meals to updating his social media accounts, yet he hardly pays her any attention. He takes her completely for granted, not even giving her the most basic forms of acknowledgment like a "hello" in the morning. To say the least, he's very curt and kind of an ass.

    After working for Aiden for two years, Vanessa has finally saved enough money to quit her job and pursue her real passion in web design. Of course, this comes as a complete surprise to Aiden who had never bothered to get to know Vanessa. He was even unaware that she had designed websites for some of his teammates, focused entirely on himself and his own career.

    When Vanessa quits her job, Aiden gets a huge wake up call. He needs her back and is willing to do just about anything to have her. After the way he treated her, this will require some groveling and humbling on his part. Let me just say that there is nothing that I love more than some good old-fashioned groveling! I live for it in my stories.

    This time around, Aiden wants to up the ante. He faces deportation if he doesn't renew his contract soon, something that he doesn't plan to let happen. All he needs to secure his citizenship is a wife -- and we all know who he has in mind.

    What starts out as a tenuous work contract between Aiden and Vanessa soon morphs into more. For his part, Aiden was pretty clueless of how cold and indifferent he had been. Once Vanessa brings it to his attention, he really works at being a better person and treating her well. Even his lack of social graces was endearing. I fell in love with Aiden right along with Vanessa. He was just impossible to resist.

    As a heroine, Vanessa was also very personable. She was easy to relate to and I connected with her right away. She was a strong heroine, while not coming across as aggressive or heartless. Her character was perfectly balanced and really rounded out Aiden's personality.

    This is a story that will grab your attention early-on and hold it for the long haul. You won't find any insta-love here. This is a very slow-burn with a well-developed storyline and characters. Nothing feels rushed or implausible. It was simply beautiful! If you haven't read this one yet, I highly recommend it!

  • ~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~

    Okay, I have some good news and some bad news. Let's start with the good news, shall we?

    This is my first book by this author and I hope it won't be my last. I'm a sucker for romances where the couple starts out as friends or enemies. Combine that with a sports theme and I'm a goner.

    I really liked both the hero and the heroine. The character build up was fantastic.

    VANESSA. I think she’s awesome and I like her despite herclass="gr-hostedUserImg">The

    Okay, I have some good news and some bad news. Let's start with the good news, shall we?

    This is my first book by this author and I hope it won't be my last. I'm a sucker for romances where the couple starts out as friends or enemies. Combine that with a sports theme and I'm a goner.

    I really liked both the hero and the heroine. The character build up was fantastic.

    VANESSA. I think she’s awesome and I like her despite her constant insecurities about everything. She has a funny personality. Funny heroines usually tend to be annoying but Vanessa is lovable and compelling. She's smart, strong and independent.

    AIDEN. Gotta love assholes. You see, I have a thing for the big jerks who redeem themselves by the end of the book, especially if they are the brooding, grumpy and uncommunicative types. Aiden is a perfect combination of all of the above.

    I really liked the storyline. I learned from other reviews that this would be a slow burn romance so I went into this book completely prepared.

    Honestly, I'm sick and tired of insta-love. I believe that a slow build-up is what usually makes a romance good. It makes it somehow more believable and realistic.

    So if you like love-at-first-sight books or books where the heroine jumps into bed with the hero seconds after meeting him, then this book is not for you.

    Now... about the bad news.

    Don't get me wrong, this book is very well written and there were many funny parts which had me cracking up BUT there was too much repetition and internal monologue for my liking. I started off really enjoying this book but as it went on I started to lose interest and I found myself struggling.

    Overall, this book was a pretty good read. It just didn't wow me like I had hoped it would. So I'm giving it a solid 3 stars.

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