If you have a spare few reading days and love a book with a huge amount of build up, a delicious slow burn (and I mean slow), great depth to the characters, and an admiration for sexy and brooding football players, then The Wall of Winnipeg is the PERFECT choice.
TWoW is told solely from the point of view of our endearing heroine Vanessa, she was a fantastic character who had been through some hardships as a child, but was a strong and hardworking normal woman. After two years of working as an assistant to one of the best defensive players in the NFO, she decides to leave her post as right-hand woman to the man who rarely even acknowledges her existence.
“He was lucky I had a tiny, itty, bitty crush on him; otherwise, he would have got the shank years ago.”
Aiden Graves is completely focused on his career, he is like a machine and doesn’t do anything other than what is best for him. He is a loner who is not looking for a relationship of any kind. He is aloof and often dismissive, but under the many layers, lies a deep and complex man, and I found it very easy to love him despite his flaws.
“A demanding, cranky, perfectionist, workaholic, arrogant, aloof, clean freak of a boss. No biggie.”
For a book that is slow to get going on the romance, I sure did get a lot of butterflies throughout because I appreciated all the subtle moments that they shared – it really is a feat that is hard to pull off and I commend Mariana Zapata for being able to write such a delicate love story.
For someone who has the attention span of a goldfish, I can honestly say that for the ten hours or so I was reading it, I was never once bored and whilst I would have liked things to move a little bit quicker, I didn’t really mind the wait at all – it was well worth it.