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?
Being a big fan of Mariana Zapata’s writing, I was really excited about the release of The Wall Of Winnipeg and Me, especially since her other sports romance, Kulti, was a big hit with me. The Wall Of Winnipeg and Me certainly didn’t disappoint and it might actually be my new favorite by this author.
All Adrian Graves wants to do and focus on is his football career. As one of the best defensive ends in the NFO, he wants to get the most out of the game he loves. That’s where Vanessa comes in. As his assistant, Vanessa takes care of Adrian’s life, from making appintments, running his social media and cooking his meals. But Vanessa has her own dreams and they don’t include running after a moody, distant boss who hardly even says ‘hello’ to her. Social skills are not Adrian’s forte, that’s for sure. When Vanessa quits to fully dedicate herself to growing her graphic design business, she doesn’t expect to ever see Adrian again…until he shows up at her door to get his assistant back .
Adrian is a very unique hero in that he defies every cliche apart from being handsome. Adrian doesn’t have time for friends or forming relationships. People mostly annoy him and he is very set in his ways, but he needs Vanessa and, at the beginning, that need is purely on a professional basis. This book sets itself apart in its characters and the bond they have with each other. While every reader hopes for a secret long-time love here, Adrian truly doesn’t pay much attention to Vanessa at the beginning. As the story continues, they become friends first, really getting to know everything about each other, before any romantic love develops. This was by far my favorite aspect of The Wall of Winnipeg and Me. Seeing how Adrian comes out of his shell and takes in the world and people around him was hilarious and endearing. As always, Mariana Zapata spices up this story with her trademark sense of humor which never fails to makes me laugh.
I truly can’t recommend this author’s books enough, but The Wall Of Winnipeg and Me has a special place in my heart and will surely be re-read many times to come.