Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

Title : The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
Author : Mariana Zapata
Edition : Kindle (February 2016)
Page counts : 673 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sport
Average Rating : 4.37 (per May 10, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : April 20, 2016
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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 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?

Mariana Zapata's first book I've read was Under Locke. I wasn't particularly impressed TBH, but then I read Lingus and I was hooked. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me had me addicted to Mariana's brand of humor and quirks.

Aiden Graves is a football star and The Wall of Winnipeg is his nickname. Well, because he's built like a wall. The silent, sometimes intimidating man is an interesting character. Though he doesn't treat Vanessa Mazur badly, he doesn't particularly care about her either. When Vanessa has enough to start on her own dreams and she quits, Aiden finds himself in need of her help, Vanessa isn't sure helping him is a good idea for her own sake--and her heart.

Love was a dream. And just like a dream, there were no assurances behind it. It didn't grow on its own. It didn't blossom without food to feed it. It was the greatest in its subtleties.

The title was kinda wacky, at my first thought. Why The Wall of Winnipeg? What's going on with Winnipeg? And I actually thought we're going to visit Canada this time *banging my head on the table* Boy I was wrong. We're still on the ground of ole' USA.

Because this is football, and if you need a visual for how huge football players in general:
Huge chest, huge arms, huge thighs. You got your Google Image open on new tab? Run a search. I can only imagine how big is Aiden IRL. But inside, he's a softie and more, he's quiet. Not a guy who talks a lot, though he exudes utter confidence. Aiden talks no more than necessary, and throughout the book, I found his brand of caring is endearing.

Vanessa herself is a girl who doesn't give up. Her dysfunctional family made her a fighter. She's funny--not as funny as Gaby though--and when she cares about someone, she giver her all. I like her determination to make her situation with Aiden bearable, and later, enjoyable. Frankly, she's not boring at all and I enjoyed seeing her flustered, annoyed, happy, and sad.

As I'm already familiar with Mariana's sense of humor, I liked this book very much. The jokes are fresh, often hilarious, sometimes inappropriate. The characters are very deep, from Vanessa to Trevor, Aiden's asshole-y manager. Not like the other books, the characters are more intense and more deep. The issues are more serious, and Aiden himself is pretty intense.

I wouldn't say this is a sport romance because to be honest, the elements of football are just basic. Just something to give a background for. But the plot is pretty simple and elegantly written. The sexy parts are few but the heat presents all throughout the entire story. So far, from all of Mariana's works, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is my top favorite.

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