REVIEW : 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 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?

Goodreads rating : 4.34/5🌟

My rating : 4.6/5🌟

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me is a story about Aiden Graves, one of the biggest (and most popular) American football player and his assistant, Vanessa Mazur. Aiden’s cocky and cold personality drives Vanessa mad all the time that she flips him off whenever he’s not looking. Vanessa has the tiniest–bit crush on him even though he is frustrating as hell because who would not love Aiden Graves? He’s huge, muscular, athletic, good-looking (did I say very?) and money is never a problem to him. One flaw though, he’s heartless.

For two years, Vanessa endures all the pain of working with someone who is even more ‘machine’ than an android. He’s stubborn, cold-hearted, and doesn’t care about whatever people think of him. She’s annoyed, but having him pay a good enough of money for her to do her job even including washing his underwear silences her. She needs money to pay off her student loans.

So one day, she quits. With one last flip off for The Wall of Winnipeg, she walks out of the house, determined that she’s not going back there no matter what happens. She has had enough, and she has her dream job to work on.

Aiden, for sure, is shocked. So after two months, he goes to Vanessa’s apartment and begs her to come back because the only person who can actually bear with his attitude is Vanessa. He has lost a gem, and he realizes it. I need to remind you that Aiden Graves isn’t the type of person to beg others. Much to every reader’s surprise, he needs Vanessa not only to be his assistant but also, to be his wife. His freaking wife. Aiden needs a US citizenship because of some reasons and he needs to marry an American. In return, he will pay all her student debts and buy her a house. So Vanessa agrees.

*SPOILERS* (kinda)

As their story goes, I find myself falling in love with Aiden more and more. He is a jackass, but he’s cute. I fangirl way too much reading this book that my cheeks hurt all the time.

Vanessa is not a hateful character too. She’s average, not near perfect, but lovable. She loves Aiden with all her heart, and thinking that Aiden will never love her hurts so bad. She keeps repeating in her head that the marriage is going to be over in 5 years, and that she doesn’t have a right to love him.

Aiden starts to show some interest in Vanessa, little by little as the story flows. This is one good progressive  book. Aiden’s character development is the most crucial part of all. Bit by bit, he starts to care about Vanessa. He stands up for her. Vanessa has his back through and through. They are both lucky to have each other. Their relationship gradually builds up with trust. They start sharing some secrets, about Vanessa’s devilish sisters (I want to kill them all) and about Aiden’s asshole father. They trust each other.

“The only people in the world who can hurt you are those you let have that ability, Van.” – Aiden

Zac, he’s a very fun character, and so lovable. He’s adorable.

Aiden and Vanessa are a perfect couple, and Aiden Graves is definitely one of my fictional boyfriends. Like seriously, he’s so charming. Lord, I love him.

One thing I don’t enjoy is the sex scene. Isn’t it a bit too long? I need to skip it because I’ve always been uncomfortable with steamy scenes (and try to avoid them). Oh and plus, there aren’t really conflicts between Vanessa and Aiden. They fight once, but that’s it. People don’t like it, but that is what I like about the book. It’s so light and it doesn’t stress you out. Perfect for me.


If you’re looking for something fluffy that will cause butterflies in your stomach and light, you’d have to pick this up. It’ll make you fangirl so hard till your jaw hurts. Building friendship and budding relationship, this book is near perfect for me. Good stuff.

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