Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
by Mariana Zapata

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?

Top defensive football key player Aiden Graves was all-smiles in the football field whenever he scored and won a game. But when it’s over in the field and once he’s in his house, you’d barely see him grin. Vanessa Mazur “endured” two years being Aiden’s personal assistant and housekeeper. While he didn’t hurt her physically, Vanessa didn’t get the proper treatment she needed. Enough was enough, and finally she got out and quit. Aiden didn’t give a damn when she left his premises, and Vanessa finally felt free!

Until the tables turned and Aiden found himself standing in front of Vanessa’s apartment, begging her to return; asking her to take him back. With some kind of ridiculous but very valuable compensation. Could she really go back to her old despicable job?

I want to scream and shout and sigh and sing at the same time while reading this book. OMG, I don’t know why, but there was something about The Big Guy with Surly Attitude that made me like him, despite all his unattractive characteristics. I know, it’s so silly, right? But I felt right rooting for him. I must be insane.

This is definitely the best romance book I’ve read this year and I want to pull my hair for not reading this immediately when I got this book last year. Why did I have to wait this long to meet Aiden Graves? Sure, he’s not Mr. Congeniality but this giant of a man has a giant heart, if you just know where to look.

The Wall of Winnipeg himself rocked my world in more ways than one, and Vanessa Mazur is just as interesting as the man of the hour. I like how she was strong and funny at the same time. She was reasonable enough to agree to a contract that would benefit her and Aiden. She was also a great friend and a confidant, and I am pleased that she wasn’t the kind of girl who got easily distracted by men. Her friendship with another football player was commendable and adorable, and her relationship with Aiden, though quite one-sided at the beginning, bloomed into something so precious and magical.

The two of them together was priceless. I love their slow-burn romance and would you believe that this is the first time I’ve encountered an Alpha male who isn’t a playboy who stumbles from one bed to another? OMG, another reason for me to fall in love with Aiden Graves.

I can’t fully articulate how much I love this book. Mariana Zapata is such an awesome writer and bedazzler. She’s my newest favorite author and I can’t wait to read all her other masterpieces!

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