The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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 door wanting her to come back, she's beyond shocked.For two years, the man known as The ...

Details The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

TitleThe Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Release DateFeb 28th, 2016
Number of pages673 pages
GenreRomance, Sports and Games, Sports, Contemporary

Reviews The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    5 "I Would Lick the Sweat Off Aiden's [email protected] All Day, Every Day" StarsAfter reading 2014's Under Locke and 2015's Kulti, 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 my own nationally organized sport league (cause you know NFL...NFO...who even cares) activity I shall here...
  • Jennifer Kyle
    5 "TEAM GRAVES" STARSIn 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 he...
  • Anna's Ramblings ツ
    3.5 STARS!OK, I have some good news and some bad news. Let's start with the good news, shall we?The theme. 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. The characters. 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 ...
  • TheCrazyWorldOfABookLover
    Five words can sum up this book for me… “Ovaries. Where are my ovaries?” – Vanessa 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 reco...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amy (Foxy)
    YES! Loved this one! Two things got me to read this book: 1) I received a tweet from my best friend Sara telling me that said she had read this book and I needed to read it. The last time she said that to me was for a book I had passed over because the cover didn’t catch my eye. The original cover of 'The Hook Up' didn’t do it for me. Luckily, she told me to read it because it became one of my favorite reads of 2014. 2) Book Babes Unite had ...
  • Jen
    5 Big Guy StarsI don’t even know where to start with this review. The tale of Vanessa and Aiden snuck up on me and for that I’m forever grateful. “You can’t live your life bottling everything up. You need people, even if it’s only one or two, to believe in you, and as smart as that boy is, he doesn’t understand that.” The slowish start to this story has Vanessa working as an assistant to Aiden’s pro football playing self, a job sh...
  • Wendy'sThoughts
    4 The Best Becoming the Best Stars* * * *For those who may not be familiar with the writings of Marina Zapata...reading the blurb could lead you to believe this was another romance book of "football player needing a pretend wife" and after 200 pages.... they admit they are in love ... the end. This book in nothing like that and this is due to the style of Zapata's writing. She never does anything easy... or glossed over.This is the premise, a sor...
  • XxTainaxX
    If you're looking for a super sexy read? Well, can't say you'll find it here. Sweet? Well... eventually. Here you will find a very slow simmer. Very slow indeed. There's a lot of monologue and internalizing coming from the heroine. I won't lie and say I loved it all, but I will say that she had an interesting voice. She can be pretty hilarious at times, too. The hero, Aidan, is kind of (or maybe a lotta bit) a douche at first but the characteriza...
  • UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
    There's just something about the strong, silent type that draws me in and melts my heart. Aiden is that kind of guy. This physically intimidating 'wall' of a man has a stubbornness about him that made me want to kick him in the nads - hard - and a vulnerability about him that, at times, made me want to weep and to bring him home and love him until neither of us remembered that a world outside of ourselves existed.So, so good!I might write a more ...
  • Parvathy
    5 'Wall of Winnipeg' Stars... An amazing, beautiful, scintillating and unforgettable love story which will hold your heart captive forever... Vanessa Mazur is the personal assistant/housekeeper for the top defensive end of National Football Organisation, Aiden Graves. After working for him for two years she feels it's high time that she quits her job to follow her dream. But when Aiden wants her to come back and work for him, she is shocked bey...
  • Natasha Polis
    FEEL THE BURNSlow burn. So good. Didn't want it to end. What a romance! I feel like I could watch more football now, I've researched it so much from this book.
  • Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
    LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!! Can you believe it had running in it and I still loved it???? :P
  • Stacey is Sassy
    I couldn’t help myself…I buy audio books for my in-between reads. I like to listen to audiobooks when I’m catching the train to work, baking or exercising (which I should do more of). Well, there was a slight problem with The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, it was too good. I couldn’t bring myself to stop listening. What normally would have lasted me a couple of weeks lasted me a couple of days. I was sucked into the story from the very first mi...
  • 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 fucking hell I can...
  • Mo
    3.5 stars.I liked it but I didn't love it. Maybe my expectations were way too high as Kulti was one of my favourite reads from last year.I know her books are a slow burn but this one was a bit too slow. I sort of felt their relationship didn't develop that much throughout the book and some parts of the book felt repetitive. "I like you as much as I like anyone." "We're partners. We're a team. You said it." "I'm starting to understand that you c...
  • Ivy Deluca
    Edited to add Mariana's inspiration for Aiden because...damn. Thank you Mariana.The Wall of Winnipeg, aka Aiden Graves, is the premier defensive end for the Three Hundreds, a team in the National Football Organization. Vanessa Mazur is his assistant. For two years, Vanessa has taken care of Aiden’s meals, his home, his emails and social media, everything. Until the day when she was ready to give it all up. She’d had enough. She quits to focus...
  • Alp
    “I don’t know anything about relationships, Van, but I know I love you. I know I’ve waited my entire life to love you, and I’ll do whatever I have to, to make this work.” There goes my heart… IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL!Mariana Zapata did this to me again! While reading this book...I laughed like a maniac.I cried like a baby.I smiled like a girl in love.I was angry like a mad bull.And I hurt… like my heart had been ripped out of my chest...
  • Bibi
    May 19, 2016 I loved the first 3 chapters and anticipated a swift escalation of Aiden and Vanessa's relationship but in the end, I gave up and chose to not finish the book.I will say that I did not like Vanessa AT ALL because she seemed angry perpetually, and her introspections were exasperating. Moreover, she goes from taking care of Aiden 24/7 to not caring if he had a decent meal and he, from a guy who needed sheets changed thrice weekly to no...
  •  ⊱✿⊰ Kat's Crazy About Books ⊱✿⊰
    TITLE: The Wall of Winnipeg and MeAUTHOR: Mariana ZapataGENRE: Contemporary RomanceRELEASE DATE: February 29th, 2016MY RATING Yes!! I've been eagerly waiting patiently (well not so patiently I've been stalking the author relentlessly for release day) to one click this bugga!! “What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?” Vanessa is the personal assistant/housekeeper/dogs body on beck and call 24/7 for Aiden Graves...
  • Aisling Zena
    5 Nightlight starsWhat can I say about this wonderful book? Except, read it! This slow build romance is totally worth your time. The writing is delicious, the wait for the couple to get together is sweetly frustrating and I enjoyed reading all of it immensely.We have Aiden Graves, a laconic football player that doesn't know what he has until the moment he loses it. And then we have Vanessa, a survivor, a soft heart wrapped in determination, tryin...
  • Rachel Reads Ravenously
    4.5 stars This book is:I enjoyed Kulti, but I frickin loved Aiden. One of the best "jerk" heroes out there and the female MC kicked ass. NOTE!! This is a SLOW BURN romance. So for all of you who like those stories where people lock eyes and then bone right away, this book ain't for you.
  • Arabella ~♡AB♡~
    ★★★★ 4 Stars ★★★★If you have a spare few reading days and love a book with a huge amount of build up, a delicious slow burn (and I mean slow), great depth to the characters, and an admiration for sexy and brooding football players, then The Wall of Winnipeg is the PERFECT choice.TWoW is told solely from the point of view of our endearing heroine Vanessa, she was a fantastic character who had been through some hardships as a child,...
  • Kate Phoenix
    5 “Take One for the Team” Stars. The Wall of Winnipeg is like cooking a food in a crockpot. It might take long as it is a slow cooker but in the end you know that you will have eaten or in this instance read something fantastic. With a title like that you can’t help but not pick the book up.I loved, no I frigging adored every single moment of this book. I can see it being a re-read in the future.At first when it came to Aidan I was thinking...
  • Nissa | Of Pens and Pages Book Blog
    Review at Of Pens and PagesBam! I'm pregnant. Slow romance + Sports + Marriage of Convenience + Me = Dead.I am warning you now. This review is going to be long!This book. This book. I have read Winnie (as Mariana Zapata likes to call The Wall of Winnipeg and Me) more times than I'm proud to admit. That is how much I love this book.Vanessa Mazur has been the assistant of The Three Hundreds' defensive end, Aiden "The Wall of Winnipeg" Graves, for ...
  • Snow
    re-read October 9-10, 2016*shakes her head* I dont quite understand the need for this experience myself, but i am a weak woman concerning Mariana Zapata's work, and i just HAD to do it!!!It was an urge i couldnt and, well in the end, wouldnt fight against!!!Besides... can always make time for the things that matter. Yeah, i still love this story...maybe even a little bit more than i started off with!My first review:OK, first of all I wan...
  • Wil Loves Books!
    Ahhh #TeamGraves this was so good. Slow burn fantastic. I don't know how she does it but Mariana always manages to keep me engaged even though these books are huge. Loved, loved, loved Aiden and Vanessa! The audiobook is also fantastic. Absolutely recommend!
  • Olga therebelreader
    P - E - R - F - E - C - T!!!!!!!Seriously I'm not getting enough stars to rate The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. This is my first time reading this author and she’s one that’ll definitely get a second read.Aiden is a professional football player, at the top of his athletic career. He is a successful, rich athlete with too many responsibilities and no love in his life. He is huge, good looking and a man of very few words. He has built a flawless ca...
  • Amanda
    Can this book be any more perfect? Is over 600+ pages and I seriously doesn't want it to end. Give me more! I was constantly having a huge grin on my face for the entire read, except for a few moments when I'm crying some happy and sappy tears. The surprising part is that this book is almost entirely clean. I can hardly remember loving a clean romance in years. I only got the dirty bits towards the end, and even if it didn't happen, I'm already h...