Romance Books

Book Review – The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata

Goodreads Summary

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 wall of winnipegnecessary.

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?


4 1/2 out of 5 stars


The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is the story of Vanessa Mazur, who is the personal assistant to Aiden Graves, known as the Wall of Winnipeg.  Aiden is a defensive end for the Dallas Three Hundreds (dumb name) and has the social skills of Sheldon Cooper with JJ Watts body.

Vanessa worked for Aiden as his assistant for 2 years before saving up enough money and working up the courage to quit.  Aiden didn’t give Van the time of day when she worked for him.  His roommate, Zac, the quarterback on the football team, was nicer to Van than Aiden was.

Van and Aiden both had really rough childhoods.  Vanessa’s mother was an alcoholic and her older sisters were horrible to her.  Aiden suffered abuse at the hands of his father.  He threw himself completely into his work and only his work.  He didn’t have friends, relationships or basic human contact, really.  Vanessa was really the only friend he had, though he didn’t know it.

After Van quits, Aiden shows up to her with an offer.  He needs a green card and is willing to pay off her student loans and buy her a house – if she’ll marry him.

I liked Van a lot.  She was a cool chick and she stood up for herself.  She was very insecure though, and it sometimes got a little annoying.  Even when things were right in front of her face, she didn’t see them.

Aiden, on the other hand, was a pleasure to watch develop.  He really came out of his shell and opened up in a way that was really beautiful and believable. He was a really sweet guy.

Despite the fact that this book was a little too long and a few too many details, it was a good read and I enjoyed it.  I would recommend.

Happy reading.


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