The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: February 19, 2016
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?
Ames and Rowena both recommended this to me. I haven’t been reading much in the the way of NA or contemporary rom lately, but I figured I’d give it a try. It was a cute story, though I felt it could have been about 150 pages shorter.
Vanessa has been professional football player Aiden “The Wall of Winnepeg” Graves’ personal assistant for two years. He isn’t a warm and fuzzy kind of guy, and they aren’t friends, really, but she’s enjoyed her position despite how cold he can be. She likes the challenge and order of it, but her dream is to run her own web design company. She’s been working on building her business on the side and finally feels like she has enough in savings to take the gamble and quit working for Aiden so she can focus on her dream. She’s nervous about telling him, but figures he’ll understand. She’s still kind of hurt when Aiden acts like he doesn’t even care that she’s leaving. Sure, they aren’t best friends, but she’s been with him for two years..a little surprise or sadness on his part would have been nice to see.
She’s willing to give him time to find a replacement until he ends up being downright cruel to her. Then she figures she can walk away and not feel guilty about it. Based on his reaction, she’s beyond surprised when he shows up on her doorstep asking her to come back. He’s no less cold as he was before, but she begins to realize there’s more to him than she thought. When he asks her to marry him, she’s shocked. She isn’t interested at all, until he offers to take care of the one thing she’s been stressing about more than anything: her student loans.
The story was cute and I liked both Vanessa and Aiden for the most part, though there were times I wanted to kill one, the other, or both of them. The story dragged here and there and I really think a good portion of it could have been cut out. Still, I liked the slow progression of the romance and the story. I’ll definitely try more by the author.