The Wall of Winnipeg and Me (670)

I really, really want to like Mariana Zapata but I just don’t seem to mesh with her. This absolutely sucks because I feel like absolutely everyone else loves her.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Author: Mariana Zapata
Series: N/A
Length: 537
Published: 28th February 2016
Date Read: 15th October 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Review from 2016:

Hmmmmm I’m not really sure about this. On the one hand it was cute and I really did enjoy parts of it and on the other I thought it would never end.

The major problem I had was the fact that this is a book with over 600 pages in it, but realistically it’s a book with 300 pages.

Now, this book took me an absolute age to read and the reason for that was because this was a holiday read, so there was a lot of dipping in and out as swimming/sleeping/drinking cocktails ate up most of my time so in reality the fact that every time I dipped in Vanessa was repeating EVERY DETAIL OF HER LIFE (I may be exaggerating) was kind of helpful. I’m pretty sure had I been reading this as normal I would have given up halfway through.

And Vanessa/Van/Vanny hmmmmmm…

Vanessa had a fairly terrible childhood and her family are all a bit insane and awful to be honest. I felt sorry for her, I really did, but I just got so fed up with her moaning about how much she didn’t moan. Her motto? ‘What’s the point in moaning, I just needs to get on with it.’ But you know what? She was still moaning constantly about having to get on with it. And how did she manage to make her best friend getting beat up by the boyfriend all about her? I just found myself liking her less and less to be honest.

Now Aiden!! Aiden was a bit of a tool at the start but I actually still liked him. His motto? ‘Work fucking hard. Concentrate on his goals and DON’T FUCKING MOAN!!!’ He is a man of few words and has zero social skills but he was focused and I respected that. And then he got all sweet and lovely and well it’s hard not to fall a little bit in love with him. Especially when he gets all protective and enlightened.

“I’m starting to understand that you can always make time for the things that matter.”

So it wasn’t my favourite. I didn’t love Vanessa. It was repetitive as fook and to be totally honest the plot was really weak BUT it was a holiday read. It took no brain power, Aiden and Zac were nice to imagine while lying by the pool and I actually really enjoyed the slow build up between Aiden and Vanessa in terms of the nooky. Also, I loved the epilogue, I’m kind of a sucker for an EPIC-logue!!


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?

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