Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

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Synopsis:

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?

Review:

Forever ago a bunch of people I know were talking about The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. How much they loved the story and how wonderful it was, but I don't know. I read the synopsis and thought eh. I don't think this will be for me. It doesn't sound like my kind of book. So I put it off and put it off. I eventually read Kulti by this author because she was going to a signing I went to, but I didn't think I would really enjoy it that much. Only I loved Kulti. So much. So I read another of her books and it was just a meh read for me so I thought yeah, I won't like The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. It just won't be for me which is fine.

Fast forward to a few days ago when I read again and again from new people how amazing this book is. How they are re-reading it and loving it so I thought I would check it out once and for all see if I enjoy it or not. And now I am kicking myself for putting it off so long. Because I loved this story. So much. I was so surprised when I was drawn in from the first pages and couldn't put it down. By how much I loved the characters and everything that happened. Oh, this story was amazing.

Vanessa works for Aiden aka The Wall of Winnipeg. He is a pro ball player and...well that is about all you really know about him except he keeps to himself and doesn't like dealing with other people. Of course she knows a bit more about him since she has been working for him forever, like what he eats and what he wears and such, but she doesn't really know him know him. At first she tried to be friendly and at least exchange hellos when they saw each other, but he never seemed to notice she was there. They never spoke unless it was about something he needed done, he never said good morning, nothing. But luckily for Vanessa this gig was always meant to be a temporary thing and she is ready to quit and go do her own thing...if she can get up the courage to actually put in her notice.

When she quits Aiden didn't seem to care and that was that. Or so she thought. So why does he start showing up at her door and wanting her to come back under whatever circumstances he can get? I loved these two. Now the reason why they had to do what they did, why she had to spend so much more time with him and how he gets her back in his life were a bit iffy to me. Like I am sure they could have gone about things differently, but I also see what Aiden did and oh, I loved him so so much. He is that quiet, super sweet, doesn't really know what he is doing when emotions are involved guy. The guy who would really do anything for you, he just doesn't always know how to show it or tell you how much you mean to him. I loved these two so much. Mariana Zapata is definitely the queen of the slow burn for a reason. There is no quickly falling in love and happily ever after. No, this takes time, this is that amazing anticipation for most of the book to see if these two will really find their way to caring about each other and falling in love. And I absolutely loved it. I really can't express adequately how amazing this story was. Aiden is one of my favorite men I have read which I wasn't expecting because I am not really into big giant football players. But this author made me love him because how can you not? And Vanessa was absolutely wonderful to read. I loved this story, I love how slow it moves, I love how they get to know each other before they fall for each other. I should really go read the rest of the author's works even if I don't think they will be for me. Because they could surprise me in the best of ways just as this book did.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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