The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: February 28, 2016
Genre: Sports Romance
Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.
But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.
For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.
What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?
Rating: 5/5 Stars!!
Okay. I will admit it. I am late to the game on this book. For months now, I have seen the book show up in my Amazon suggested reads. I’ve seen my friends on Facebook raving about it. I’ve seen five star reviews from my favorite bloggers. You can ask me why I didn’t jump on this before now, but I will have no good answers for you.
I’m kicking myself for it now.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is one of my top reads for 2016!
Vanessa Mazur has worked as Pro Football player, Aiden Graves’s assistant for two years. For two years, Vanessa has put her life on hold to be at his beck and call and not once has he made her feel appreciated. Now, fully fed up with Aiden and his lack of appreciation and after he doesn’t defend her to his agent, she has had enough and she tells him she is quitting. Those two, little words are the catalyst for Aiden finally realizing that he might actually need her and he does need.
Aiden is one of the most complex, minimally verbal characters I have ever read. He is frustrating and complicated, but as the book moves along, we get to see another side of him, one that is slowly, but surely revealed.
Vanessa is kick-butt. She takes no flack from Aiden or his manager. She wants to grow her graphic design business and has been working for Aiden because he pays her well and she has been saving up to be able be her own boss. She wasn’t ready, but Aiden’s sucky attitude forced her hand. Aiden finds her and repeatedly asks her to come back, well, more like orders her, but Vanessa stands strong. She handles Aiden with no fear and no shame. I loved that about her.
Aiden wants Vanessa to come back to work for him, but he needs her for something and I won’t tell you what that something is, because I don’t spoil. Vanessa has a hard time saying no to Aiden, so she agrees to come back, but her offer has an expiration date.
When the two of them finally start to admit their feelings for each other (but not too each other, only to themselves), the story just blossoms into this really lovely, sometimes frustrating, and always heavy on the feels romance that had me reading the entire 673 page book in twelve hours. It was that good.
Admittedly, the book is long and at sometimes slow and repetitive, but honestly, that’s okay. Zapata probably could have made this into two books and gotten more money out of me (I would have totally bought a second book), but instead, she stayed with the story and gave us this beautiful, romantic and satisfying story of two people who don’t thing they need anyone, but ultimately need each other.
About the Author
Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt. (Don’t tell her mom.) Luckily, she learned to love the process of two people falling in love instead of all the other juicy stuff.
Mariana is a native Texan living in a small town in Colorado with her husband and two beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Danes, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading. You can usually find her burning somewhat edible experiments in the kitchen or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.
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