Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Posted July 3, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 8 Comments

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

3.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: February 28th 2016
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Callie Dalton
Length: 16 hrs
Pages: 673
Format: Audiobook
 

“THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME takes slow burn to new heights!”
~ Under the Covers

This is my second read by Mariana Zapata and I knew going in that her thing is the slow burn.  And I actually enjoyed that in the previous book I read by her (Kulti).  But THE WALL OF WINNIPEG AND ME takes slow burn to new heights!  Clawing at the walls, asking for something to happen already heights.  To the point up that up until about 30% I thought maybe I was wrong and there was no romance!  And then even after it was sooooooo slow to build up…. You get the point.

So my enjoyment of this story is because I generally liked the heroine, Vanessa, and we are really just following along with her through the mess of her life.  She was the cook and personal assistant to football superstar Aiden Graves, better known as the Wall of Winnipeg, for years.  After one too many rude circumstances, Vanessa realizes it’s time she pursue her dreams of doing her own thing (graphic design work mostly) and leave this cook thing in the dust.  But Aiden has other plans for her.  And just when I thought his plans were of the somewhat romantic kind… No!  He needs someone to marry him so he can get his residence to stay in the US.  I kept looking for the double intentions, or the hints that Aiden was really over the moon in love with her, but this is all very straight forward.  What you see if what you get.  However, this arrangement gives them time to connect more than they had a chance to in the years prior while working together and the romance blossoms from that.  I both liked and hated that.  And then when things finally come to a head…. it feels like it’s all over and you don’t really get that much enjoyment of them as a couple, together.

That is not to say it’s not well written, or not a fun story.  But it has to be the right fit for your taste.  So yes, there were things about this book that made it enjoyable for me but after all that is said and done I think this style of story may just not be for me.  I don’t think I’ll be picking up another because of that reason alone.

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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. Luckily, she stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while.
In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words.
Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

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Elizabeth

May be too slow for me….I think I’ll pass.. thanks

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Timitra

That’s unfortunate. I own this one so I’ll read it eventually…thanks for sharing your thoughts Francesca

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I gave this book a try recently and although I did manage to finish it, I should have just DNF’ed it. Honestly, I thought Vanessa would have been better off with Zac. She seemed to have a real connection with him and he actually seemed to like her, unlike Aiden who pretty much ignored her for most of the book. I like slow burn romances, but the author needs to show some sort of attraction on both sides to make it believable. Aiden barely even spoke to Vanessa until about the 50% mark, and never touched her until about 75%… Read more »

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Fully agree with you: too slow; too little, too late on the romance; and everything was dragged out to the nth degree.

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I have this on my TBR pile but I’m not a big fan of the slow burn.

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Just finished this 100% agree with your review….in fact I wish I would have read your review prior to save myself the time and energy I spent on this. A lot of potential but ultimately a huge let down.

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