The Wall Of Winnipeg By Mariana Zapata Book Review

The Wall Of Winnipeg And Me by Mariana Zapata

I was promised slow burn with The Wall Of Winnipeg and I sure got slow burn. One of the best slow burn romances that I’ve read.

Sports romances are in right now. Book Tok is all ablaze about them. The Wall Of Winnipeg And Me is enjoying a renaissance, and I’m here for it. It’s a beautifully executed slow burn that the Cheat Sheet could have learnt something from (maybe it was actually inspired by it?).

The Wall Of Winnipeg Plot

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?

The Wall Of Winnipeg Review

’m still amazed at how caught up by this book I was, and all you do is watch them slowly get to know each other. There’s no sudden spicy blaze, no pages of mouth watering sexual escapades, and yet I was engrossed. This is a slow burn in its true form. It’s very character focused.

Vanessa is firey and driven. I like that she’s not perfect, that she struggles with anger and forgiveness. Aidan, the love interest is such an interesting hero. Almost half way through the book I was wondering how this boring, uninteresting muscle of a human was going to get the girl. But his character is slow burn like the romance. He’s like an onion you might say.

I enjoyed some unique angles on the fake dating/marriage trope. The guy does not start out by being secretly in love with the girl from first sight, they both have to learn to appreciate each other before love can grow. He’s also got some unattractive single mindedness that he has to put aside for our heroine, which happens in a gradual, realistic way. I like that he learns to change for the better after his mistakes.

The unfolding character evolutions is driven by drama from both their pasts. Without this drama it would probably fall into the snooze fest that The Cheat Sheet was. But this drama moves the action, and most importantly drives our characters closer together.

Like most sports romances we do have a hero made of muscle and we do get reminded of this on a page by page basis thanks to Vanessa’s obsession. Also, by how tall he is (it is called the Wall Of Winnipeg). Unfortunately Vanessa does nickname Aidan Big Guy, and she uses it regularly, which made me cringe each time.

There is sex at the end, don’t worry. But there’s not a lot as it’s just the cherry on the top of this decadent dessert you’ve been nibbling away it.

The Wall Of Winnipeg Score


The Wall Of Winnipeg and Me is a slow burn romance from start to finish. It’s never a slow read though. The pacing is perfection, with each step closer to the end and the forming of the relationship captivating. Read it and relish the burn.


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