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The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
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it was amazing
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Read 2 times. Last read July 2, 2017 to July 3, 2017.

***ONE OF MY TOP FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME***

So many re-reads, it's not even funny...

REVIEW:

5 "I Would Lick the Sweat Off Aiden's B@lls All Day, Every Day" Stars

After reading 2014's Under Locke and 2015's Kulti, I knew I enjoyed Mariana Zapata's shit.

But after reading this one I am officially so fucking #TeamZapata #TeamAiden #TeamMuscledHunkofSexyManMeat #RidiculousInstagram-likeParagraphofIdioticHastags that I'm going to make up my own nationally organized sport league (cause you know NFL...NFO...who even cares) activity I shall hereafter refer to as...

...drum roll please...

STEALTH CHASE

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Or perhaps...

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But we don't let felonies get us down here at the Stealth Chase Organization.

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And at least in prison we could have unlimited Zapata reading time.

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Anyprisonrape, if you aren't familiar with Zapata's work, bear this in mind:

***Pay attentions smut scalers***

Zapata's books are very slow burn. In fact, some might consider them plain slow moving as a whole, especially considering the smexy times are always a looooong time coming (haha! pun!).

Now this is usually a HUGE problem for me.

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I have no shame in my game, so I will plainly state:

1) As I get older, I seem to have the attention span of a fruit fly.

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I swear I'm like Benjamin Fucking Button, maturity-wise. I get more childish the older I get. Life's too short. So slower reads are not usually my bag.

2) I get blue balls in my girls parts like a priest at a Playboy party if I don't get any smexy times by the 50% mark.

Which makes me, well, cue tantrum.

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But with Zapata - especially in this one - the trade-off is SO worth it.

The richness of this story is so hard to explain and the time she takes to build the relationship between Aiden and Vanessa makes it so beautiful.

Also, even though the pace of the story is slow, it doesn't feel slow. Something about the way Zapata writes makes it seem like really big stuff is happeneing during really small moments - because it is.

I remember reading a scene where Aiden is holding Vanessa in his lap and the way Zapata wrote about how his arms hung over her thighs and his hands wrapped around her knees had me fucking enthralled. Honestly, I found that scene (and other scenes in this book) more sensual than 90% of the sex scenes I've read. And you know I've read a-fucking-LOT of those.

Something I also love about Zapata's writing style (which others might not) is that she only gives the h's POV. We never get Aiden's POV.

And I dig it.

It made him so enigmatic and interesting that it made this story even richer for me in much the same way that the details and the pacing does. You have to read to get to know the characters. You have to read to get to the love story. It's not handed to you within 50 pages, there is no insta-ANYTHING.

It's almost like you have to earn it in Zapata's books. And, like anything in life, the things you earn are the things you appreciate the most. And you seriously appreciate this love story by the time you get to end.

I adored this book and I adore Zapata's writing style. Everything is shown to you. Not told. And to me that's the sign of a truly talented author. She has easily become one of my top authors and I will forever hereafter be the front runner in the Stealth Chase games to stalk her whenever she releases anything new.

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DUDE!

I have seen this bad boy ALL over my newsfeed. But because of the kinda wackadoo title, I didn't pay much attention. Until I finally clicked on it to see what all the fuss was about and realized...

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Because it's by the awesome Mariana Zapata. And sounds fucking awesome.

WTF was I thinking not grabbing this sooner?!?!?!

Lesson here:

My GR friends are smart.
Listen to my GR friends.
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“What if everyone hates me and no one talks to me? What if someone throws something at me?” Aiden snorted, setting the shirt he’d been holding aside and picking up the next one on the pile. “What are they going to throw? Bookmarks?”
Mariana Zapata, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me


Reading Progress

Started Reading
March 5, 2016 – Shelved
March 5, 2016 – Finished Reading
July 2, 2017 – Started Reading
July 3, 2017 – Finished Reading

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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth OH! And happy reading for this one too!


Parvathy Happy reading hun...xoxo


Maria I agree with the "wackadoodle" title, but I couldn't put it down.


ReadandWeep Even i started this today. Currently at 10%. Enjoy girl!


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Paige *takes a look and adds to 10 mile long reading list* Enjoy!


Jen LOVED it! Have fun :))


Gemma Lol! With you dry humping the air


Sunny I just finished this one, it was great . I love all Mariana Zapata's books!


Linda ❤️ Sassy, Classy && a Little Bit of Nasty Haha! Well with that being said, *add*! ;)


message 11: by Mo (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mo Ya fecking eejit. LOL. Reading it at the moment.


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Astrid wrote: "OH! And happy reading for this one too!"

Thanks Astrid!


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Parvathy wrote: "Happy reading hun...xoxo"

Thanks Parvathy <3


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Maria wrote: "I agree with the "wackadoodle" title, but I couldn't put it down."

Lol, I usually can't put her stuff down either, Maria, thank you!


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ ReadandWeep wrote: "Even i started this today. Currently at 10%. Enjoy girl!"

Thanks you too lady!


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Paige wrote: "*takes a look and adds to 10 mile long reading list* Enjoy!"

Thanks Paige!


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Jen wrote: "LOVED it! Have fun :))"

Yay, thanks Jen. Really loving it so far <3


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Gemma wrote: "Lol! With you dry humping the air"

Ohhhh yeah!


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Linda ❤️ SassyClassyNasty wrote: "Haha! Well with that being said, *add*! ;)"

Good choice! lol


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Sunny wrote: "I just finished this one, it was great . I love all Mariana Zapata's books!"

Me too Sunny, thanks!


Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️ Mo wrote: "Ya fecking eejit. LOL. Reading it at the moment."

Me: Hey, God?
God: Yes, Valerie.
Me: I have a sincere request.
God: Yes?
Me: I'd love an Irish accent. Please. Like, stat.
God: Lemme get this straight? Not world peace, a cure for Cancer, AIDS, or the eradication of all pollution? Just an Irish accent?
Me: *pauses* Yup.


Aisling Zena Reading this atm too! Loving it so far! :)


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Becky If God answers, tell him me too!!!


Karina Great review Val! I love MZ - my fav author at the moment! :)


Olga therebelreader Awesome review, Val !!!


ValerieC Ok... I got it (the book). I have 'Under Locke' but haven't read it yet (in fact it's been sitting on the Kindle for over a year). Maybe I need to check out this author...


❥Lil Awesome review, Val :)) I haven't finished yet but I agree with everything! I even love her weird titles!


**Vee** Awesome review!! You put into words exactly how I feel about her slow burn and writing, perfect!!!


Wendy Amazing review ;) I loved this one !!


message 31: by Mo (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mo Val⚜Shameless, Bitchy, Skanky, & Not Sorry⚜ wrote: "Mo wrote: "Ya fecking eejit. LOL. Reading it at the moment."

Me: Hey, God?
God: Yes, Valerie.
Me: I have a sincere request.
God: Yes?
Me: I'd love an Irish accent. Please. Like, stat.
God: Lemme ..."


LOL!! I wish I could share my accent with you!


Bev Fantastic review Val, you say it so bloody well. I agree, to get the Zapata goodies you need to work for it, and it's so worth it.


message 33: by Didi (new) - rated it 5 stars

Didi Awesome review, spot on Val!


message 34: by Loz (new) - rated it 5 stars

Loz yes!! so agree with you. excellent review, val. loved this one as well. mariana is definitely one of my faves!


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CC Fabulous review!


message 36: by Judith (new)

Judith Wonderful review,darling,xx


Wendy'sThoughts Mo wrote: "Val⚜Shameless, Bitchy, Skanky, & Not Sorry⚜ wrote: "Mo wrote: "Ya fecking eejit. LOL. Reading it at the moment."

Me: Hey, God?
God: Yes, Valerie.
Me: I have a sincere request.
God: Yes?
Me: I'd lo..."


Val...you have risen to new feckin heights with this review...no shite!
This compliment has been brought to you by Mo's Irish tutoring....
Hahaha, snort, giggle, hahahaha. ..
Couldn’t resist...love the review and author and agree the desire to have an Irish accent is right up there with World Peace ;D


message 38: by Mo (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mo Wendy'sThoughts wrote: "Mo wrote: "Val⚜Shameless, Bitchy, Skanky, & Not Sorry⚜ wrote: "Mo wrote: "Ya fecking eejit. LOL. Reading it at the moment."

Me: Hey, God?
God: Yes, Valerie.
Me: I have a sincere request.
God: Yes?..."


I am so glad my Irish influence is paying off here on Goodreads. All "bad language" I see!!!


Molly Well, now I have to get this. Honestly, since I've started to follow you my TBR has expended exponentially. I have mixed feelings about that, but your reviews are additive and I cant see myself giving them up. Ahh, the dilemma...


message 40: by Leigh (new)

Leigh Awesome review Val.


Candace Fabulous review, Val! :)


message 42: by destini mia (new)

destini mia Fabulous review, Val!! :)


message 43: by Vieira (new)

Vieira Great review I may consider this one even though I too get blue balls if there isn't sexy times by 50% lol


Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer LOVED your review!!
I am totally like you on items 1 & 2.
Anyhow your initial blurb had me convinced and I did buy the book.
Hopefully I find some time after I get through all my arcs to read it.
xoxoxo


message 45: by Pam (new)

Pam Awesome review, Val :)


Mysza Kickass review Val!


Frankly Frankie Let me know when the Stealth Chase try-outs are because I am allll over that. I'm so book hungover from this one.


Jennifer Kyle Fab review Val! xo


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Maya Fantastic review, love!!! :)


Katariina I must read this. I loved Kulti.


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