book review

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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Be still, my heart, I think I found one of the best Sports Romances out there.

Goodreads description:

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?

There’s so much to love about this story!

1. The main characters, Aiden and Vanessa. Such solid characters, both with rich back stories that make their decisions easy to accept. There’s really nothing better than reading how both of these characters grow into their own.

2. Super slow burn. Which is not to say that this story is slow. The chemistry between the two main characters starts off as subtle tingles that gradually grow into flashing sparks. And when they finally come together, it’s explosive. It’s a very natural progression, especially with a great set-up to the story.

3. Zapata’s writing style. It’s a massive book — 673 pages to be exact. Not a lot of romances can span that much pages and hold my attention. This one did, and I really didn’t want it to end! She knows how to keep her readers engaged, knows which stories will keep them devouring every word. The internal monologues, the interactions between characters, they all fit nicely into the story. It had a natural flow, and I admit, I’d had to skip a day of work because I just could not put it down.

4. The moments. Halloween. Christmas. The elevator scene. You need to pick up a copy to understand what I’m saying. Some may be seemingly small, but they all pack a punch. And it just makes you want to hug the book even tighter.

I could go on and on, but I’ll cut to the chase — it’s a great story. It’s meaty, at times heavy, but I guarantee you’ll have no regrets at the end of the book. Just warm and fuzzies all over.

Rating: 5 scorching stars

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