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I really enjoyed so much about the story of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me, it was a total slow burn with enough sexual tension to stretch across numerous football fields and had me wanting to jump inside the book to shove Vanessa & Aiden (the Big Guy) into each other arms and force them to get it on already LOL!! All in all I couldn't put it down because I desperately needed to these two to get where they needed to be and even though it felt like it dragged a bit to much in the end it was worth every extra page it took to get there!
“I wasn’t groping you,” I whispered. “I was just… making sure none of the guys sneaked in and tried to get you.”
His sleepy gaze widened. “That’s why you grabbed it all night?”
I enjoyed the heck out of this book! Vanessa was so good for Aiden, the girl didn't let her man get away with crap.
Van and Aiden were just too cute sometimes. Loved all the names Vanessa had for A, just so hilarious at times. I also adored Aiden's slow growth of true and genuine feelings toward Van. I felt a true connection between the characters, which made this book even more special.
Rereading it already, didn't take long, less than two month.;-) That means something.
What is so great about this book is that the characters story line sticks with you. I've probably re-read it at least 4 times now...because each time I go back I find something new I didn't notice before. I also really appreciate that her conflicts are not based on some crazy jealous ex girlfriend that seduces the H or some other crazy misunderstanding that could be easily resolved if the main characters just actually TALKED about it. No...her writing tracks the ebb and flow of two people growing to know and understand each other and we get to watch them work through their issues and move forward.
But, just because it is a slow burn, doesn't make it any less gripping. I read it cover to cover in one sitting because the story pulled me into their lives and I wanted to keep going. Buy this book. Read it. Read it again and again and welcome these beautifully normal and beautifully real characters in your heart.
What I love about her novels is that unlike many novels where Latinx families are big, loud and full of personalities, she shows a variety of Latinx families: in Kulti we saw a family of five that's loving and pretty close-knit, whereas in Winnipeg we see a dysfunctional family that's broken and will never be mended. There is also a small nod to the Casillas family which I found very endearing.
As always, Zapata writes chemistry oh, so well! Aiden is like a more improved version of Kulti since he's a brute in many ways, like Kulti, but when he finally starts to open up more, he sure has a way with words, not going to lie. The man can speak, hah! While Aiden and Vanessa aren't necessarily the most memorable characters, they grew on me with time and I have a big amount of love for them both.
Winnipeg also discusses physical abuse and how it affects people who have been brought up in an abusive environment or people who are in an abusive relationship. However, while this book issues emotional and physical abuse as bad, there's one particular moment where violence is romanticized (view spoiler); it's actually quite disturbing? And I've noticed that in the three Zapata's books that I've read, the guy always uses fists at least once to defend the honor of the heroine, so I'll let that speak for itself.
The thing that keeps me from giving this 5 stars besides the not-so-memorable-characters part is that while the author's writing is thorough, and there are some really good lines, it's so super repetitive. I really don't need to read 30 page swipes of the same thing a la describing how much and what exactly and when and in which clothes etc Aiden is eating or have Vanessa and every other character describe multiple times how big he is in person compared to TV/photos. Three times during a 600 page book is enough, there's no need to describe it in every other chapter, especially when the guy's nickname in Vanessa's POV is "big guy". There is world building and characterization, and then there's unnecessarily lengthy descriptions that only offer word count and not much else. Also, note that this novel is extremely character driven. There is a significant lack of dynamic plot which also affected world-building in some ways such as other teams, games etc since most of it takes place inside Aiden and Zac's house.
Even though it did have some problems, it won't be the last I'll read by Ms. Zapata. I kept re-reading my favorite parts the next day after finishing it and still think about all the cute. I'm suddenly very excited about her next release which I hope will arrive soon!