Monday, November 14, 2016

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata [Review]

 The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: June 26, 2016

Mariana Zapata
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
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?
Thoughts on The Wall of Winnipeg and Me: Now, normally I'm all for flash fire attractions that burn hot and bright. I must say that the slow burn of Aiden and Vanessa's relationship thrilled me.

Frankly, Aiden is NOT a nice guy, at first. He's abrupt and not terribly considerate and he hides his emotions RIDICULOUSLY well. Basically, he makes Vanessa think she's just somebody he tolerates. And it's sort of true. Until Van leaves and Aiden has to chase her down to ask her to come back and help him, he takes her hard work for granted. I totally admired Vanessa for sticking to her guns about not falling back into their roles from before when she agreed to help him.

Speaking of which, her help went far above and beyond what any other personal assistant would do. I loved that they had to figure things out and work to make their quasi-relationship work. Until, you know, it actually clicked.

I liked watching Aiden make the attempt to change his ways. I liked that Vanessa tried her hardest not to fall for a guy who had been very upfront about his plans. I liked SO MUCH about this book. From Vanessa to Aiden to the supporting characters. As an aside, I absolutely wouldn't mind seeing how Zac found his footing. Absolutely.Wouldn't.Mind.

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