Also by this author: Under Locke, Luna and the Lie
on February 28th 2016 / October 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, sports romance
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Narrator: Callie Dalton
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?
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
by Mariana Zapata
There are certainly longer, more detailed and better reviews for The Wall of Winnipeg and Me out there. When I finished Under Locke I knew it wouldn’t be my last experience with Mariana Zapata. She just has this way of building up the chemistry between the main characters, from an ultra-slow burn romance into a sensual fire in the end. There is also her incredible talent to make the reader fall in love with an at first unlikable character. All these elements can be found in this story.
Both Vanessa and Aiden didn’t disappoint. I loved how they started out as strangers, despite their work relationship of two years. I loved Vanessa for giving it straight to Aiden, for standing up for herself and not letting the force that is Aiden roll over her.
Just as I opened the door, and before I could talk myself out of it, I mouthed, “I deserve better, asshole,” making sure he read my lips as I did it. Then I raised my middle finger up at him and waved good-bye with it. I hope they both got syphilis.
Aiden’s loneliness and tendency to keep people at a distance was exacerbated by his taciturn nature. But Vanessa’s honest and sweet character got under his skin and soon their acquaintance grew into friendship and ultimately in the love of a lifetime. They were prefect for each other – it was sweet and beautiful to see him opening up to Vanny.
“Home is where you are. I would go anywhere for you if you wanted me there.”
Mariana Zapata is an amazing storyteller. She has a wonderful talent of making me see the hero fall in love with the heroine although we only get a single point of view! The audiobook was around 16 hours and the time flew by so that it didn’t seem that long at all. Callie Dalton contributes to the ease of listening to this story – she is amazing at doing both male and female voices and the characters she narrates feel natural.
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is one of my top favorite books and I’m sure I’ll re-read and listen to it multiple times in the future.
A peck. A shot better than tequila, made up of friendship and affection and organic sugar.