The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata ~ Review (@marianazapata_)

After I finished my first Mariana Zapata read, I decided I needed more. I can tell you that I wasn't disappointed! It was another fabulous read, where this marriage of convenience developed into something real!
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Title: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author: Mariana Zapata
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 28th 2016

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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?

After reading my first Mariana Zapata book, I had to read more, so I picked up The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, which is Vanessa and Aidan’s story. I briefly met Vanessa and Aiden in Wait for It, so I was curious to see how they fell for one another. It certainly was an interesting ride: acquaintances to friends to lovers. It was frustrating at times, but definitely sweet too.

Vanessa actually worked for Aiden to begin with, and when she had enough she decided to branch out to work for herself. I loved that she was so determined to succeed in her new business and even set personal goals for herself. When Aiden approached her with a business proposal, she thought carefully before accepting, knowing it was going to help her moving forward.

Aiden was really hard to get to know. He was focused on his career: training hard and eating well. He didn’t have time for relationships, and he came across quite abrupt. He really didn’t like a lot of people, and very few people that he trusted were in his inner circle. However, those who made it were his closest friends that he would do anything for. I loved watching Vanessa and Aiden as their relationship grew into friendship and more, how they skirted around their feelings and neither of them were willing to make the first move.

I loved that Van had a great relationship with Aiden’s roommate Zac, who she convinced to train with her to do a marathon. She was able to turn to her best friend Diana when she needed to talk or vent. Aiden had a close group of friends that meant a lot to him, that I met briefly too. They both had great support when they needed it.

I really enjoyed this story, how it was shaped, and how the characters blossomed when together. The tender moments between Van and Aiden made me swoon, and I liked how comfortable they became together. Van and Aiden both had issues with their family, and found people that were able to help them and shape them into the amazing adults that they became. I've only just begun reading Mariana Zapata's books, and I know I'm going to read more soon! 

I really like both these teasers... It was sweet to see Aiden finally show some emotion when it came to the arrangement between them.
The second tease *fans self*

Aiden was pissed. Pissed. The king of control looked like he wanted to rip apart my sister’s boyfriend/ husband/ whatever the hell he was.
And it was what he said next that tore me in half.
The Wall of Winnipeg stared down at the much smaller man, and in a voice that was as close to a cool, unattached statement as possible, he said, “Touch my wife again, and I’ll break every bone in your goddamn body.”
My wife. Not Vanessa. He’d gone with my wife.

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One of Aiden’s palms slid down the length of my spine, ending at the small of my back. He seemed to talk into my hair. “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.”

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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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