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?


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, but was a strong and hardworking normal woman. After two years of working as an assistant to one of the best defensive players in the NFO, she decides to leave her post as right-hand woman to the man who rarely even acknowledges her existence.

“He was lucky I had a tiny, itty, bitty crush on him; otherwise, he would have got the shank years ago.”

Aiden Graves is completely focused on his career, he is like a machine and doesn’t do anything other than what is best for him. He is a loner who is not looking for a relationship of any kind. He is aloof and often dismissive, but under the many layers, lies a deep and complex man, and I found it very easy to love him despite his flaws.

“A demanding, cranky, perfectionist, workaholic, arrogant, aloof, clean freak of a boss. No biggie.”

For a book that is slow to get going on the romance, I sure did get a lot of butterflies throughout because I appreciated all the subtle moments that they shared – it really is a feat that is hard to pull off and I commend Mariana Zapata for being able to write such a delicate love story.

For someone who has the attention span of a goldfish, I can honestly say that for the ten hours or so I was reading it, I was never once bored and whilst I would have liked things to move a little bit quicker, I didn’t really mind the wait at all – it was well worth it.

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About the Author

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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24th April 2016

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata REVIEW