The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Published by Self-published on February 28th 2016
Narrator: Callie Dalton
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 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?
Why did I wait so long to read this!
The Wall of Winnipeg and Me has been on my TBR list for a while. My main reason for not reaching for it sooner is because it is not a genre I would usually read. Well, let me tell you, this story is much more than the sport our hero, Aiden Graves, excels at or his sporting achievements. It centres around his learning to balance living a life outside of playing his sport.
Told from Vanessa’s POV, we learn of her frustrations with an arrogant boss and his manager who dictate her daily life. Vanessa is no pushover, far from it. She has goals that drive her to continue putting up with the drudgery of her current employment. Fortunately, the interaction of Aiden’s housemate Zack and her good friend Diana lighten up her taxing work schedule.
Just when Vanessa is ready to make her move and venture out on her own, she is made an offer that is too hard to overlook. So begins the juggle between working out how to manage the situation she places herself in, with the constant hope she has done the right thing. Should her decision not be the right one, the ramifications will have meant all her previous efforts would be for nought.
This book stood up to one of the toughest tests of all – listening to the written word and not cringing in the slightest. I accidentally purchased both the eBook and audio versions of this book, but it turned out to be a perfect mistake. I had a busy week and was able to make the most of my hectic travelling about town by listening in the car when the opportunity presented itself (when I was on my own of course). All of a sudden running around was no longer a chore, and the transition between listening and reading was effortless through the beautiful way the story was written.
My genre preference is dark suspense, so I was pleasantly surprised when I enjoyed this contemporary romance so much. It is a testament that for a good story to stand out, it only needs to be told well. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is the second book of Mariana Zapata’s I’ve read, and I’ll be shuffling my virtual TBR tower to see what other gems I should bump up the list!
What I struggled with:
- The unexplored personality of their manager – he couldn’t have been that obnoxious without a reason, or was he?
- Diana, at times she came across as less than she could have been, even considering her circumstances
- Her family
What I loved:
- Vanessa’s patience
- Vanessa and Zac’s friendship
- Aiden stepping up slowly when he realised what was at stake
- Halloween, Christmas
Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars
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