The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Published by Mariana Zapata on February 28, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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 even 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?
I loved this book!
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me took “slow burn” to new and unforeseen heights!
Aiden Graves is…hot but difficult. By the end of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me I saw Aiden as a cross between the hotness of Tom Brady, the superstar defensive (and hotness) abilities of J.J. Watts with the attitude problem and immense will (and hotness) of running back Marshawn “Beastmode” Lynch. If you know anything about football…that’s a potent combination. Cause all of that are things I like. Gaaaaaah. Those who know me know that – while I am NOT a Patriots fan…I love some Tommy Terrific. And there are few words to describe my love for J.J. Watts (totally giving thought to getting his jersey even though I’m a Redskins fan) nor my respect for Marshawn “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” Lynch.
There was just so much to like while reading The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. I really liked the slow burn of the book: everything was drawn out to the nth degree. There was so much tension as I got towards the 50% mark and afterwards that my read really slowed down. I…just felt so much tension I was never sure what was going to happen next.
I loved how they slowly got to know each other on a more personal basis. And how Aiden had to learn to make time for other things (read: people and love) instead of just football. I loved Aiden’s lack of ego and his quietness. Ugh. I loved Aiden so much. I want one! *whines*
And yet, even with all of that, there was not even a kiss between the two MCs until well after the 80% mark. Sex didn’t happen until the end. None of that bothered me because the emotional tension between the two was a little overwhelming. What did bother me was…the lack of communication between Aiden and Vanessa. I understand that both Aiden and Vanessa are uniquely situated to be closed mouthed…but that doesn’t make for great plot fodder.
So, I’m sure you’re wondering why only 4 stars. Well, slow burn is great for the present but leaves little for the re-reading unless you go for the whole kit n’ kaboodle. Which I do not always do. I don’t know if I want a book with as slow of a burn like this again anytime soon…but damn I did enjoy it!