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New Autobuy Author: Mariana Zapata

28 Aug

I read Wall of Winnipeg (WoW) at the end of last year and all I could think was: How could I not have discovered Mariana Zapata before this?! Her writing style really, really works for me. In a few short months, I’ve bought her entire backlist including audiobooks and have read all of them – TWICE.

WoW is the story of a girl named Vanessa and it starts with her being the long suffering personal assistant of the greatest defensive player in the fictional NFO (An American Football League). Aiden Graves, the Wall of Winnipeg, is a fantastic football player but a really meh boss.

She resigns and he tries to get her back not as a personal assistant but as his wife because he’s Canadian and needs to marry an American to stay in the country and play. There are no big surprises in terms of the plot and it kind of sounds like that movie “The Proposal” with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds but with the roles reversed. But you know what? I picked up the book and could not for the life of me put it down.

This is the thing that I think many non –Romance readers don’t understand about the Romance genre; yes plot is important and a lot of them may seem similar but there are so many different ways to tell a story that even though things may look similar on the surface there are thousands of extraordinary journeys you can take to get to the end of the tale. MZ really delivers on the feels- the ups and downs and laughs and sighs- I actually hugged my iPad to my chest when I finished the book and then proceeded to text all the other romance readers in my life to tell them to buy it.

I went on to read Wait for Me and loved it even MORE than WoW and then I bought Kulti and was thrilled to see it was about a female soccer player. I could not have been happier. Many dollars and only a few days later I was very money and sleep deprived but boy did I have stars in my eyes. And all those people I texted? They also went out and started buying her back list.

I LOVE her slow burn style of asshat into swoon worthy hero. She builds the relationships between hero and heroine piece by piece and scene by scene until the sexual tension is screaming off the pages. At the same time, you see how much the main characters like and respect each other so genuinely that the HEA is a deep sigh, heart hurting kind of moment. And the dialogue? Laugh out loud, snort through your nose funny or heart wrenchingly real. This is an author whose work I will buy without even reading the back blurb on the book. It’s an A for all the books on her back list.

 

 

 

 

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