Friday, November 11, 2016

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata




 
 
 
 
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 even 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?
 
 
 
 
 
5 “Take One for the Team” Stars.

The Wall of Winnipeg is like cooking a food in a crockpot. It might take long as it is a slow cooker but in the end you know that you will have eaten or in this instance read something fantastic. With a title like that you can’t help but not pick the book up.

I loved, no I frigging adored every single moment of this book. I can see it being a re-read in the future.

At first when it came to Aidan I was thinking dude what is wrong with you? I then gave it some time to settle in, shrugged my shoulders and continued. I am enthralled with what I have read and I’m still on my book high. It is funny, entertaining and well just read it, peeps.

There are so many laugh out loud moments as well as I’m smiling like the Cheshire cat moments as well. I’ve picked out some of my favorites.

Vanessa Mazur is the personal assistant to Aiden ‘The Wall of Winnipeg’ Graves. For two years she has been at his beck and call. Her goal was to save enough money to fulfill her dream of being a graphic designer and maybe run a marathon. So she quits and it is quite the spectacular exit.

“Dinner Roll is leaving now. Please make sure to tell Aidan later on when no one is around that I said that he can he eat shit.”

It continues with “I deserve better, asshole” and flipping the bird.

I really think that she needs to see a therapist what with her obsession with all things muscular.

4 weeks later

How Aidan tries to win her back. Where they come to an arrangement because he needs a green card and how he tries to convince Vanessa to help him out and his reasoning is out of this world.

“Come back”
“No”

“You don’t get on my nerves,” he noted almost as if I’d cured cancer.

“Marry me” “Marry someone who can do all your assistant stuff, too. It makes perfect sense.” He’d started nodding when I….”It’s perfect,” he agreed. “You can do it.”

It gets better, “I like you as much as I like anyone,” “I don’t mind you.” “You’re the most even tempered woman that I have ever met”

Bless his cotton socks he is such an adorable loner, like a puppy you just want to take home with you.


As he is very career orientated he is lacking the social department. You could say that at some point he has the social skills of a hamster but they do get better.

“I don’t have time to bother, trying to have a relationship, and I don’t like most people. Women included.” I wrung my hands which were still between our bodies. “You like me a little.” “A little” he repeated with only a mall curve to the corners of his mouth.”

Ladies if you don’t love Aidan because he is the silent, strong, overprotective, hermit that he is then you don’t have ovaries. There I’ve said it. Yes you don’t have ovaries. Right from the beginning I had to give Ms. Zapata the benefit of the doubt that there is more to Aidan that meets the eye. That he is astute, that there is a deepness to him that he shows very few people. He might be stubborn but he can be stubborn with me any day.

They get to know one another more and the banter between them is great.

“Mr. Graves, I can settle your visit with your assistant if you’d like to take a seat,”
“She’s my wife.” Time stopped. What the hell did he just say? “Handle it for me, would you, Muffin?”
“Aiden…uh…, did you just call me muffin?”
“I figured it was too soon to call you Dinner Roll.

They are similar ways but in others they are completely opposite on who they are and what they experienced. Vanessa became out going whereas Aidan turned into a hermit because of the experiences they have had. Aidan realizes that he has made mistakes.

“I’ve let you down too many times. I won’t do it again.”

Vanessa begins to see things clearer. That more has developed and that she was wrong. That Aidan is a good hearted, sweet guy with some insecurities.

“Did you and Cain date?” My sock fell out of my hand. “What?”

Come on Vanessa you really need to keep up here. He frigging loves you! And she has that Moment.
 
 
ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS IN THE BOOK EVER.

I woke up with my hand in Aidan’s pants. In his boxer briefs to be specific. “Are you groping me?” he asked, his voice sand scratched.
“I wasn’t groping you,” I whispered. “I was just making sure none of the guys sneaked in and tried to get you.” His sleepy gaze widened. “That’s why you grabbed it all night?” “No I didn’t.” “Yes, you did,” the man who never lied claimed.

And with very few words, Aidan can rock a girl’s world.
 
 
 
 
But he can also be a dirty talker.

“You have no idea what you do to me, Van. No idea.” He repeated the motion “Do you want to know how many times I’ve jerked off to you in this bed? In the shower? Every day I wanted a little more, and it hasn’t been enough.”

This is my first book by this author, yes I know shocker. I did try Under Locke but I wasn’t feeling it. I also love football well ok that might be pushing it. I watch the World Cup & the European Cup. And I’m for Southampton. Swaying here I also have favorite football players, Alan Sheeran is one (although he is slightly older now) but my whole point is that I couldn’t read Kulti, I have it so I might go back to it. Basically I prefer American Football themes to football themed books.

I wasn’t in the mood for writing reviews as I need a break sometimes and well how could I not write a review?

Don’t get me wrong I love Vanessa apart from the whole thanking thing going on but I love Aidan more and that is why it is an Aidan review.

I just know that after this it’s going to be hard for the next book to come.