He's asking for the unthinkable. What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants? She makes any slow-burn romance not written by her look like insta-love.
So let us just call her books ultra slow-burn. This is one of the examples of this. The main characters - Vanessa and Aiden - carry the story. They are so interesting you kind of going with the flow and just keep reading. Some of the secondary characters were good, but they did not get as much time as the heroes. You read expecting something Earth-shaking happen; it never does, but for some reason you do not care.
Story: while it took forever and then some for the relationship between Vanessa and Aiden to start moving with the glacial speed their efforts to conquer their own personal demons - they both came from broken families - made the story exiting and fun to follow. In other words, at least in my case I did not want to put the book down. So the rating is 5 stars - I honestly did not expect the book to be so good when I started reading.
I would not hesitate to call it a must for any fan of slow-burn romances: drop everything and read it; it is well worth it. View all 18 comments. Mar 14, mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-favorites , enemies-to-lovers , favorite-heroines , fake-relationship , rereads , favorites , favorite-heroes , shy-dorky-heroines , fave-couple , favorites.
Mariana, girl, you've ruined with me for every other slow burn books. Cynema mel wrote: "Cynema wrote: "Oh yeah! My one and only fave by this author. It never gets old. From reviews of her latest book, it seems even diehard fans are tiring of that trend.
I bowed out awhile ago, and apparently haven't missed anything if she's still stuck on the same formula. Everyone raves about Kulti though. Maybe I'll cave and give it a shot. There's just something about the strong, silent type that draws me in and melts my heart. Aiden is that kind of guy. This physically intimidating 'wall' of a man has a stubbornness about him that made me want to kick him in the nads - hard - and a vulnerability about him that, at times, made me want to weep and to bring him home and love him until neither of us remembered that a world outside of ourselves existed.
So, so good! I might write a more in depth review later, or I might not, but I will There's just something about the strong, silent type that draws me in and melts my heart. I might write a more in depth review later, or I might not, but I will be rereading this again and again. View all 22 comments. Mar 01, Pearl Angeli rated it really liked it Shelves: reads , damn-this-guy-is-perfect , hot-male-characters , likeable-heroines , sports-romance , new-adult-contemporary , strong-female-characters , adult-romance , new-adult , boss-employee-romance.
What an amazing slow burn romance. If there's one thing that's truly apparent in this book, it's the spot-on perfect writing style of Mariana Zapata. I loved every single one of her lines, her characters' snappy dialogues, and the humor that she incorporated.
She has truly brought out all the very best elements of a sports romance to keep the readers engaged. Vanessa has worked for Aiden as a personal assistant for about 2 years already and within those years, she didn't exactly have a good relationship with him. Aiden is the type of man who doesn't like to talk or even give a damn about her so after she quit her job, she was surprised when he came into her house, asking her to come back and even propose to her a marriage of convenience.
I'm an avid fan of sports romance so this wasn't difficult to love. For being such a long book, I enjoyed every bit of it because there wasn't a single chapter that bored me.
Both characters are also easy to love. I admired their raw honesty with each other and how the romance simmered slowly while they carefully explored their bitter past and family issues. At no point their relationship felt forced. I also loved the fact that they both started as strangers and then eventually became best of friends. Stories like this are the type that you couldn't help but be drawn to. His character development amazed me. And the way he cared for Vanessa-- ahhh I really bought his affection!
Also, can I swoon over Zac? He's such a bae and his friendship with Vanessa is goals! All in all, this book was yet another enjoyable read. It was sweet and full of depth and surprises. Definitely a must read for fans of slow burn and sports-themed romances. Vanessa Mazur has been a personal assistant to Aiden Graves a professional football player with a huge ego.
Aiden doesn't appreciate all that Vanessa does for him and when she finally gets up enough courage to quit, he is stunned. When Aiden finds himself in a unique predicament only Vanessa can help him out.
But can he convince Vanessa to give him another chanc "I got you. But can he convince Vanessa to give him another chance? At least the kind of slow, intense sex I'd seen in porns before. Aiden and Vanessa are perfectly matched and the transformation they make from enemies, to friends, to lovers is truly remarkable. The dialogue between the two is witty and fun and the supporting characters enhance the plot greatly as they interact with Aiden and Van!
Although I never considered myself a fan of a slow-burn romance, the intensity and build up between Aiden and Vanessa is smoldering hot and the way in which Ms. Zapata has crafted the text immerses you in each moment and you feel every single emotion as it unfolds. I adore every single moment spent in this world! That's my fucking girl. Zapata has quickly become one of my absolute favorite authors and I look forward to reading more of her work!
There are 's of awesome reviews out there already, so I'll keep this simple and short. This is a beautifully written story. Let me repeat, it takes its time This book is an intense slow burn read, packed full of hair pulling and nail biting. I was cussing Aiden frequently and kicking Vanessa throughout most of this book.
All with good reason, trust me. So for those of you that are quite slow, like me, and haven't had a friend push you thankfully I did come here my dear GR friends In the end you are gifted with the greatest love story.
I can't wait to reread this one, already! View all 43 comments. Apr 27, Barbie rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. My thoughts in a nutshell I'm deeply in love with this book, Mariana Zapata's style, and Aiden. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is a perfect book! I'm serious. Believe me, because I say this very rarely! The story is about… Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek. A football player Aiden and his assistant Vanessa.
Their relationship is interesting. Aiden's moody personality is not easy, but Vanessa's nature includes some challenges. This book has over pages. It is a looooong book. Was I bored? Definitely not!
The romance is a slow-burn. Oh my god, I was frustrated in a good way when will something happen! When I was reading I talked to the characters when would they open up to each other? I love when the pair slowly get to know each other and, as they help each other overcome their problems, they fall in love.
This is a good way to build up a relationship. It's not hard to guess I hate insta love. The characters are incredible! Aiden is a vegan football player. How unique is this? I never read anything like this before. I'm also a vegan so I was happy when I realized this main fact!
If he came to my door I would marry him right away. Vanessa is a funny girl. I like her so much. She had a hard childhood, but she becomes a strong protagonist. I enjoyed Aiden's protective behavior.
I also loved the aspect of the story that Vanessa is living her dream job. I don't want to say more. Her and Aiden's relationship is just healthy and nice, and I appreciated it.
The story and its characters completely sucked me in and once I was there, I didn't want to leave. I'm perfectly connected with all of them. Mariana Zapata's writing style is flawless, so easy to read. I'm going to read her books. The ending was nice, and I was sad because I didn't want it to end.
Obviously, this is my new favorite book. Make a conclusion I gave it 5 stars because it's a perfect romance with a healthy relationship and a ton of humor. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read a slow-burn romance.
Please don't be afraid of the length. It's worth it, I promise. Atmosphere collage aka. View all 6 comments. Jan 12, Ivy Deluca rated it it was amazing Shelves: football-romance , marriage-of-convenience , slow-burn , latinx-heroine-heroes , latinx-authors.
Edited to add Mariana's inspiration for Aiden because Thank you Mariana. Vanessa Mazur is his assistant. Until the day when she was ready to give it all up. She quits to focus on her dreams and says no more. Then Aiden makes her Edited to add Mariana's inspiration for Aiden because The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is no different.
Vanessa and Aiden are the polar opposite of insta-love and the journey is the centerpiece. First person is particularly difficult to pull off well because you have to a connect with that narrator; and b she has to be able to deliver a full view of the world around her.
Additionally, alot of times in romances, the characters seem to exist almost in a vacuum. So not the case here. It was Aiden. Freaking Aiden, who was busy inhaling his second lunch of the day without a care in the world, was oblivious to the frustrations he was going to make me face when I called his agent.
My middle finger twitched. The fork he was holding hovered in the air a moment as he flicked that dark, stubborn gaze to meet mine. Cancel it. Have Rob cancel it. As if I loved calling his asshole agent to begin with, much less so he could cancel an appearance two days before it was supposed to take place. When things were tough, it was my aspirations and the hope they brought me, that kept me going.