Published by Tantor Audio on February 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Audio book
Narrator: Callie Dalton
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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?
In an era when insta-love tends to be the norm rather than the exception, I really appreciate romances that deliver a slow burn. Kulti—which I adored— has that in spades, and now with The Wall of Winnipeg and Me I think it’s safe to say that Mariana Zapata is the queen of slow burn.
Vanessa is a woman I can strongly identify with. She’s resilient and determined, and kind without being a pushover. The fact that Aiden is a self-absorbed a jerk is well established. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the two, but where the story could have improved is in developing their relationship more fully. The way in which Vanessa influences Aiden’s transformation seemed lacking. I wanted them to spend more time together when Aiden wasn’t being completely self-absorbed.
The developing romance borders on being too slow, and the dialog is a tad repetitive at times, but I never felt bored. The characters are completely engaging and the story is entertaining. I’m officially a fan of Mariana Zapata, and I’ll definitely be reading more of her books.
I listened to the audio book version, and Callie Dalton nails the narration just as she does with Kulti. I can’t sing her praises highly enough.
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