Wednesday, April 13, 2016

REVIEW: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata


OUR REVIEW:
Court: So, we'd been seeing this book making the rounds. It was gaining popularity. We tried to resist. We truly did. But...of course then we saw that Kate McCarthy (one of our favorite authors) was reading and loving it...so I broke down and bought it and said SHEL. We must read this immediately. So we did. And it was worth it! Shel: I'll admit that I wanted to stop EVERYTHING and read this when Court told me how good it was and having one of our favorite people, Kate McCarthy, recommending it too? Wellll, how could not read it?! 

Court: Since I have a job that has two men that I routinely want to punch in the junk (SIDE NOTE: I want to punch them in the junk for Court allllll the time), I was immediately hooked on their mostly hate relationship (on Vanessa's part anyways!) and the dialogue and her inner monologues are just hilarious (SO FUNNY!). So...then, she does the unthinkable and QUITS (gosh...pipe dream. I think I loved it so much because she QUITS! and I don't have near big enough balls to yet) and that's when things really start to go haywire in Aiden's world. Shel: Yep, I definitely loved that she took the plunge and decided to go for her dreams. Vanessa is funny and smart and strong and I liked that Zapata created her the way she did.

Court: For us to read a new author, and love it...we are so happy and excited to read more by Mariana Zapata. I thought her writing is witty, well plotted, and had a great pace. I didn't find anything wrong that I would've snarled at, and I hate to snarl, but I DID however stay up with my husband playing world of warcraft only to yell "DEREK, WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME IT'S 5 AM" so....as you can see, I devoured this book in one sitting. Stayed up all night. Didn't do anything else but read it. And then demand that Shelley do the same. Shel: I'm so glad she bossed me into reading it (truthfully, it didn't take much, if any bossing). 

Court: The tension and slow burn (OMGAHHH, the build up is ...wow) are legendary for this book, but I really felt that it was genuine. You never know if, when, how or what might happen between the characters of this one, and I thought that was a very good thing with this contemporary romance. Sports romances are some of our favorites, so that aspect hooked me too!!! This man is dedicated to his sport, and so very frustrating in the rest of his life. Gah. About killed me, that Aiden. But read it...Weep...enjoy! We think you'll love it! This is a definite one to put on your list if you're looking for a sports romance that is HUGE on character development/being character driven, is humorous, and has romantic sensibilities that aren't the sole purpose of the book and are instead there to enhance what's already there.


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 even 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?

Published February 29th 2016
Source: Purchased
Purchase a copy: Goodreads | Amazon

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