RELEASE DATE: February 28th 2016
AUTHOR: Mariana Zapata
GENRE: New-Adult, Contemporary, Sports, Romance.
PUBLISHER: 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?
I’m not really into Sports romance, but I finally decided to give this a shot after a lot of people recommended it to me because I love slow burn romances. Well, this book was so much fun to read but I hated its huge length. It’s my first Mariana Zapata book and I wanted to give it a five star but damn this book dragged on so many scenes. It honestly could’ve been finished in less than 400 pages. It’s your typical sports romance novel and it’s not that hard to predict the entire story. Anyways, the reason I still gave it a four stars because I absolutely loved the characters and their slow burn relationship.
The story follows Vanessa Mazur who worked as an assistant to a broody star football player Aiden Graves. For two years, she worked as his house keeper and assistant but he never felt the need to greet her or congratulate her on her birthdays. After having enough of him, she finally decides to quit, and months later she finds the star player on the footsteps of her dingy apartment. Vanessa can’t believe that the great Aiden Graves wants her back but this time he asks for something impossible that will change her fate.
This book has two main characters Vanessa, and Aiden. I honestly enjoyed both of them. They’re quite opposite of each other. Vanessa is a strong character who’s independent, sweet, and caring. Aiden is a broody and aloof character who has trust issues. He’s quite an ass and a jerk towards Vanessa at the beginning. He doesn’t acknowledge her importance until she quits. The romance between them was very very much a slow burn. They don’t kiss until the second half. I quite enjoyed their clashes and the banters. Their chemistry was sizzling hot. The secondary characters were also pretty good. I loved Aiden’s flatmate Zac who’s also a football player. He and Vanessa quickly becomes friends and I absolutely adored their friendship. It’s one of the things I loved in this book. I’m glad there’s no triangle between the three of them because it would ruin the book for me because I’m definitely going to root for the other guy who’s so much better than the main hero. I also liked Vanessa’s friend Diana. My least favorites are Aiden’s manager Trevor and Vanessa’s whole family especially Susie.
The story was easy to predict but it was a pretty fun to read about the characters. I mostly stay away from the contemporary books that are more than 500+ long because they always tend to bore me. I honestly hesitated to pick this up because of its length but now I’m glad that I gave it a shot. It was a good read but it was too slow for my taste. I have skipped some parts that didn’t interest me. The author’s writing was addicting. I quite enjoyed Vanessa’s POV, I just wish we also had some glimpses of Aiden’s POV too. I’m glad the sports element in this book is not too heavy because I’m really not fan of them.
Overall, I really liked it! I loved the characters and the slow burn romance. Now I can’t wait to check out the author’s other works. I’ve heard Kulti was amazing so it’s going to be my next Mariana’s book.
I highly recommend it if you’re into new adult or adult contemporary books with slow burn romance but be warned that it’s a long book.
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