The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The Wall of Winnipeg and MeVanessa 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 includes 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?

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I really loved this book. If all romance books were like this, I would die happy. It was slow burn but in the best way possible. It felt like the romance was actually developing in the book, not just drawing it out unnecessarily to increase word count and to stick the ‘slow burn’ label on it. Valid reasons were keeping the two of them apart until the end and it really worked. Neither of them would have done well to get together at the start of the book and Zapata showed that so well. Aiden and Vanessa needed to develop and learn to talk with each other before you could actually believe them as a couple and Zapata really puts the work into making you believe they won’t get divorced as soon as the sexual attraction goes away like some other books I can mention. I also really love how the sexual attraction was done, it was obvious Vanessa was attracted to Aiden right from the start (apart from her telling us about it) but she didn’t harp on about it, again like other books I could mention.

Vanessa and Aiden, while they worked as a couple, they also worked as their own characters. They both had wants and dreams outside of each other and though Aiden was an arsehole, he was the best kind (at least for most of the book) in which he is very honest and blunt, he tells the truth a lot because he doesn’t think it worth it for him to lie but he never really hurts people’s feelings with it. When he hurt Vanessa, that was when he was being an arsehole and we were supposed to think that he had gone over a line and he had to apologise for it. Vanessa’s childhood was shitty and she had believable hang-ups over it as well, as did Aiden. I love how their crappy childhoods weren’t the focus of their relationship, they didn’t bond over it as such as shared a painful fact with someone they trusted and while it had made them the people they were today, it didn’t define them.

Speaking of, I really liked the minor characters as well. Again, they were all so three dimensional, especially Zac, and I completely adored how Vanessa and Zac’s relationship never turned romantic. I was worried but none of the reviews had mentioned a love triangle or unrequited love, so I carried on and was so glad I did. Diana and Vanessa’s brother (whose name I cannot remember) were more side characters than minor characters, but I liked them being in the story all the same.

I just really love this book and I can’t wait to get it in paperback (although maybe I’ll wait when it doesn’t cost £16). Five stars, completely earned!

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