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?
©2016 Mariana Zapata (P)2016 Tantor
All of her books are so well written with engaging stories and loveable, developed characters. Such a delight. Perfectly narrated. She's becoming one of my favorites...up there with Kristen Ashley and Rachel Gibson. High praise.
If my friend enjoyed a slow build up with a hot football player and a take no crap girl...yes. I loved it.
I don't want to say too much and give it away but I'll say Leo the dog.
Of course but I can't give it away and spoil it.
I wish there was more time spent with them as a couple but the slow burn of them falling for each other made up for it. This was a wonderful story.
I am an avid reader, not a professional book reviewer. I gladly offer my opinion of the books I read/listen to.
Mariana Zapta has a devoted fan in me. Her stories are relevant, interesting and more importantly very well written! The story of Vanessa and Aiden is not a love at first sight story. It is what she referred to once as a "slow burn". Non-the-less you will love this story if you are a die hard reader and love a good story based upon a solid relationship that was not easily built and not based on sexual attraction alone.
Many hours into this and I had to check to see that yes, I did buy it from the romance section. The relationship doesn't change to romantic until the very end, which for me, made the story drag. I did like it, but certainly didn't love it.
At first I was a little annoyed by this book because I felt there was a lot of unnecessary blah blah; but as I kept listening it won me over, for a couple of reasons:
Aiden is a very believable character and well-written, Vanessa's friendship with zack is so cute and Vanessa is relatable.
There were some passages that I didn't like, "once more" being used way to often in them and it just gets on one's nerves like it does in Fifty shades of Grey.
But the story is freaking cute and I really enjoyed this book so much that I'm going to listen to another one from this author.
I like Mariana Zapata very much. This book was very good, kept me up at night for hours wanting to reach the part were H/h came together finally, but it seemed never to get there...
Vanessa and her "big guy" started out on the wrong foot. She was his assistant and he treated her like s*'t.
Only after she quit to pursue her dream, he realized he needed her. It was a business deal at first but things got really fun and sweet after that.
I have to say, Van bored me sometimes, she is the kind of girl that lives too much in her own head, 2k words per second and you do not know if she is talking or thinking those things at times.
MZ other books had this too...I do not dig that...
I also felt left hanging at the end of the chapters. She cut the scene and then flip the page literally, changing the subject. Sometimes I wanted more and just did not have.
Finally, their time together, really together only happened half an hour before the end of the book. That was cruel... Short epilogue as well...
But, even after saying all this, I recommend you listen to this sweet, funny book that put your thoughts at easy...
I feel like this story could have been told in half the time. There was too much time spent inside the narrator's head. The story is good, and the main character is engaging and humorous, but at times it just seems like she is spending too much time thinking and you just want the story to get on with it.
I am the definition of a contradiction. I am a tomboy but just can't seem to get enough of romance books!
I am starting to love Zapata's writing! If there was ever doubt about how captivating her books are, well the doubt is gone now! This is my second book written by Zapata and I am happy I got it.
When I first read the summary, I thought this would probably be predictable, boy how I was wrong. It's not the typical romance either....it is a love story built from essentially nothing. Like seriously, these two main characters had no chemistry in the beginning. Not even a hint of hidden emotions! That is possibly why I stuck with this book. I wanted to see how Zapata would make this work. Needless to say, the epilogue was the highlight of the book for me!
The book tugs on emotions but it has humor and some great second characters. I will also say that 12 hrs in, I was almost tempted to fast forward! Luckily, I was able to exercise some patience and finished the book.
I like Callie Dalton's narration.. there were some instances where she was inconsistent in her narration but not enough to disrupt the book.
Overall, I would definitely keep this book. It was a a nice break from my usual types of reads.It is memorable and one I will re-visit in a few years.
I have mixed feelings about this book. It isn’t a bad book, it’s simple and not too complicated; but after so many hours, you do start to wonder why it has to be so long. It’s not like a lot of books where two people meet, fall in love and marry within a month; it truly takes you through the daily lives of the characters in the book. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s just after a point, you find yourself thinking “get on with it!!” There aren’t any kidnappings, high speed car chases, helicopter crashes or anything like that; so if you like a lot of action, this isn’t going to be the book for you. There is very little swearing and almost no sex; so if you're looking for a fairly clean book, this may be what you're looking for. The lead female character has a backbone, which is nice; and the lead male character isn’t completely horrible. The rambling and inner monologs are a bit much at times and the fact the characters don’t completely connect until the last chapter was a little annoying. On the good side, the book is complete and is not a cliffhanger.
At first, it was really hard for me to listen to the narrator. Listening with ear buds, it sounded like she has a lisp and the extra saliva thing going on which is annoying for me; but it isn’t as noticeable when listening through a computer. I guess I’m just indifferent about this story. It wasn’t necessarily bad, but I don’t think it’s something I’ll want to listen to more than once either.
Such an incredible build up! The characters were believable and endearing. They each had their own struggles and victories, making the story fill and blossom at every turn. The storyline was attention grabbing, sweet and wrapped me in from the first minute.
When listening to audio books the narration can either make or break the story. Callie Dalton did a spectacular job bringing live voice that draws you in and keeps your attention throughout! Especially with such a long novel.
Mariana Zapata, I am a fan for sure and will be reading all your other books now. You have a talent that goes beyond words!
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