The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Oh wow I wasn’t expecting that!
I downloaded this wondering if it would be any good as I didn’t know the author and hadn’t heard of the book, I took a chance because it was on the best Goodread books of the year. Well, it’s a terrific read, one of my 2016 favourites.
Sometimes it’s all about the slow burn, in this case a very slow burn. A dripping tap almost. It might have taken me a while to fall for Aiden Graves but I fell in love with this book by page two.
It’s so gorgeously written that the slow unwrapping of the story is like waiting for the best present ever. How the author holds back on the pace I will never know, but surprisingly you don’t want her to go any faster. And I normally like a heathy dose of pace with my stories. Not this time.
There’s something about the way Ms Zapata describes the growing physical closeness between Aiden and Vanessa. It’s not about sex because they aren’t getting down to it, but it’s so damn sensual and romantic. She sits on his knee in front of his friends and slowly gets so comfy that she falls asleep in his lap. I wasn’t reading what happened I was there watching it. It was so eloquently written that I wanted to frame the words – still might! Or at least fall asleep in Aiden’s lap.
The writing was romance at it’s best. It was like fabulous coffee, expensive chocolate, gorgeous silk and aromatic cognac it glided through my senses. Luxurious!
There’s plenty of friends to lovers books or the instant attraction or second chance romance. This is just so different, especially for a sports romance. Bravo Ms Zapata! I certainly know who you are now!