Published by Self-Published on February 28, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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 is known in the book community as the Queen of Slow Burn and that’s a title rightly earned. I’ve only read two of her titles but both books had romances that burned so slowly I was dying for the characters to just kiss already. Really, it’s the best kind of torture.
The Wall of Winnipeg is a book that consumed my entire being. I spent an entire night reading this 673 page hunker and it was one of the best nights spent in 2017, so far. I mean, I spent the night with Aiden Graves, how could it have not been memorable?
The book starts out with Vanessa working as Aiden’s assistant. AKA the job of either a saint or an extremely patient person. She’s worked for him for a few years now after finally has saved up enough money to pursue her dream of owning her own graphic design business. She’s been nervously waiting to tell Aiden because she doesn’t want to upset him, but homeboy acted like he didn’t even care which makes Vanessa question their entire relationship. Did he even care about her as a person, at all?
Vanessa thinks she has the answer to her question when she overhears Aiden’s agent saying some hideous things about her, to Aiden, and Aiden does the worst thing possible.
He does nothing.
That was it for Vanessa. Despite her promise to stay until she was able to help her replacement, after having do nothing about the words being thrown her way, she leaves her keys on the counter and walks out the door–flipping him off as she goes! (YAS VANESSA!)
That should’ve been the last time she’d see Aiden. And it was. Until he shows up at her apartment asking her for the most ridiculous request ever. He wants her to marry him so he can stay in the country (but is that the only reason? Hmmmm, Aiden, hmmm?)
These two killed me. I think I almost cried (because it takes a lot to have me cry) about five or six times during this book. I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this story and these characters as much as I did. I didn’t think I would love Aiden after reading him in the first few chapters but OH BOY DOES THIS MAN REDEEM HIMSELF IN MY EYES!
By the halfway point I was head over heels in love with The Wall of Winnipeg (Aiden’s nickname). It’s not easy for him to open up, talking doesn’t come easily to him, but he pays attention. He always pays attention and after all the crap he put Vanessa through, he’s trying his hardest to make up for it and Vanessa, despite not wanting to, is falling for this man. Slowly (because slow burn, remember?). I can’t even articulate how consuming this book is unless you’ve read it because reading this book was an experience. One that everyone should go through. If you want to be blown away by one of the best romances than pick up this book right now!