Talk about a sloooooow burn.

Talk about a sloooooow burn.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

I guess Zapata is known for her slow burn romances? I did not know that going into this book. So when I get to the 80% mark and I can count the number of kisses with one hand, minus a few fingers, I should have been peeved, right? Except I wasn’t! I was totally into it! Wow, Zapata is good!

Vanessa is the put upon, totally undervalued assistant to the famous football player, Aiden Graves. She’s scrimped and saved and done everything in her power to be able to pursue her dreams. So, even though she was planning to quit, when Aiden pushes her over the edge with some real shitty behavior, she decides it’s time to burn some bridges. Guess what happens? Aiden shows up at her door and demands that she marry him so he can get his greencard! And he’s willing to pay her quite a lot to do it!

Heck yeah, Zapata uses that forced proximity trope to push her characters together! But once they are in the same house, there are a lot of little, quiet scenes, moments really, where Aiden and Vanessa connect or exchange a touch, a look, that builds the tension and romance between them. I lived and died for these moments. I loved them so much, I wasn’t even that mad that because of the first person POV, Aiden remains a bit of a brick wall (pun!) even through the end of the book. 4 stars.