by Mariana Zapata
Slow Burn. I believe this book is the very definition of it. Sixteen sweet full hours of Vanessa Mazur and the Wall of Winnipeg finding their way towards each other.
Now, for a while there in the beginning, I wasn’t sure whether this love story would work for me. The Wall of Winnipeg – Aiden – is not a likeable man. At all. For a very long time there is really nothing redeeming about him. I have had my share of dealings with uncommunicative men who are brusk and don’t seem to care for anyone around them and it’s not something I find particularly appealing. Of course, there’s the inner huntress who says “Come oooon, you can change him!” but how realistic is that really? And how do you know whether it is worth it? I was wondering about all these things while listening to Aiden being a dick by actually saying dick-ish things or by not saying anything at all when it would have been a good time for a “Good Morning!” or “Thank you!”.
But again, this is 16 hours of audiobook. That’s a whole lot of time for Aiden to come around. BUT…. just when you think “now it’s happening, IT’S HAPPENING” *excited emoji face* , he’s a dick again *sad emoji face*. There are more and more situations though when Aiden, in his very dick-ish way, is actually accidentally kind of okay… or maybe even awesome. And he grew on me more and more. Vanessa’s feelings for him became more and more understandable, and I started to root for them.
Vanessa, so wonderfully portrayed by Callie Dalton who also narrated Lingus, is a thoroughly awesome heroine. She has goals, she has feelings, she is relatable. She is my new book-girlfriend! And while I might not have been a fan of Aiden at the beginning, I was instantly a fan of hers. Mariana Zapata has chosen the perfect narrator for her heroines with Callie Dalton. She’s a bit sassy, a bit funny and a whole lot likeable. It’s easy to listen to her for hours on end because of her fantastic, captivating intonation and voices.
I will definitely listen to more audiobooks of this narrator and author pair and I wholeheartedly recommend them to you, too. Mariana Zapata doesn’t go for stereotypes. Aiden, who is an alpha through and through, is not at all a man-whore (and while I’m not judging anyone for their sexual choices, the stereotypical alpha who slept his way all over town just gets kind of boring). She also includes a fair share of diversity in her stories which is something I feel strongly about.
So, bottom line: start listening!
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?
3 out of 5 heart-wrenching stars
It’s a slow burn and you’ll have to wait for a looooong time, but… there sure will be some action between the sheets!
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