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 even 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?
5 “Take One for the Team” Stars.
The Wall of Winnipeg is like cooking a food in a crockpot. It might take long as it is a slow cooker but in the end you know that you will have eaten or in this instance read something fantastic. With a title like that you can’t help but not pick the book up.
I loved, no I frigging adored every single moment of this book. I can see it being a re-read in the future.
At first when it came to Aidan I was thinking dude what is wrong with you? I then gave it some time to settle in, shrugged my shoulders and continued. I am enthralled with what I have read and I’m still on my book high. It is funny, entertaining and well just read it, peeps.
There are so many laugh out loud moments as well as I’m smiling like the Cheshire cat moments as well. I’ve picked out some of my favorites.
Vanessa Mazur is the personal assistant to Aiden ‘The Wall of Winnipeg’ Graves. For two years she has been at his beck and call. Her goal was to save enough money to fulfill her dream of being a graphic designer and maybe run a marathon. So she quits and it is quite the spectacular exit.
“Dinner Roll is leaving now. Please make sure to tell Aidan later on when no one is around that I said that he can he eat shit.”
It continues with “I deserve better, asshole” and flipping the bird.
I really think that she needs to see a therapist what with her obsession with all things muscular.
4 weeks later
How Aidan tries to win her back. Where they come to an arrangement because he needs a green card and how he tries to convince Vanessa to help him out and his reasoning is out of this world.
“You don’t get on my nerves,” he noted almost as if I’d cured cancer.
“Marry me” “Marry someone who can do all your assistant stuff, too. It makes perfect sense.” He’d started nodding when I….”It’s perfect,” he agreed. “You can do it.”
It gets better, “I like you as much as I like anyone,” “I don’t mind you.” “You’re the most even tempered woman that I have ever met”
Bless his cotton socks he is such an adorable loner, like a puppy you just want to take home with you.
As he is very career orientated he is lacking the social department. You could say that at some point he has the social skills of a hamster but they do get better.
“I don’t have time to bother, trying to have a relationship, and I don’t like most people. Women included.” I wrung my hands which were still between our bodies. “You like me a little.” “A little” he repeated with only a mall curve to the corners of his mouth.”
Ladies if you don’t love Aidan because he is the silent, strong, overprotective, hermit that he is then you don’t have ovaries. There I’ve said it. Yes you don’t have ovaries. Right from the beginning I had to give Ms. Zapata the benefit of the doubt that there is more to Aidan that meets the eye. That he is astute, that there is a deepness to him that he shows very few people. He might be stubborn but he can be stubborn with me any day.
They get to know one another more and the banter between them is great.
“Mr. Graves, I can settle your visit with your assistant if you’d like to take a seat,”
“She’s my wife.” Time stopped. What the hell did he just say? “Handle it for me, would you, Muffin?”
“Aiden…uh…, did you just call me muffin?”
“I figured it was too soon to call you Dinner Roll.
They are similar ways but in others they are completely opposite on who they are and what they experienced. Vanessa became out going whereas Aidan turned into a hermit because of the experiences they have had. Aidan realizes that he has made mistakes.
“I’ve let you down too many times. I won’t do it again.”
Vanessa begins to see things clearer. That more has developed and that she was wrong. That Aidan is a good hearted, sweet guy with some insecurities.
“Did you and Cain date?” My sock fell out of my hand. “What?”
Come on Vanessa you really need to keep up here. He frigging loves you! And she has that Moment.
ONE OF THE BEST MOMENTS IN THE BOOK EVER.
I woke up with my hand in Aidan’s pants. In his boxer briefs to be specific. “Are you groping me?” he asked, his voice sand scratched.
“I wasn’t groping you,” I whispered. “I was just making sure none of the guys sneaked in and tried to get you.” His sleepy gaze widened. “That’s why you grabbed it all night?” “No I didn’t.” “Yes, you did,” the man who never lied claimed.
And with very few words, Aidan can rock a girl’s world.
But he can also be a dirty talker.
“You have no idea what you do to me, Van. No idea.” He repeated the motion “Do you want to know how many times I’ve jerked off to you in this bed? In the shower? Every day I wanted a little more, and it hasn’t been enough.”
This is my first book by this author, yes I know shocker. I did try Under Locke but I wasn’t feeling it. I also love football well ok that might be pushing it. I watch the World Cup & the European Cup. And I’m for Southampton. Swaying here I also have favorite football players, Alan Sheeran is one (although he is slightly older now) but my whole point is that I couldn’t read Kulti, I have it so I might go back to it. Basically I prefer American Football themes to football themed books.
I wasn’t in the mood for writing reviews as I need a break sometimes and well how could I not write a review?
Don’t get me wrong I love Vanessa apart from the whole thanking thing going on but I love Aidan more and that is why it is an Aidan review.
I just know that after this it’s going to be hard for the next book to come.
Isabella Colby has always yearned for normalcy. Now that she’s settled in LA, she finally has it. Good friends, a pretty home, and her thriving career as the Palisades’ top skincare specialist are a dream come true. Bella is content until she meets her hunky new neighbor, but her attraction to the blue-eyed cutie is the least of her worries when contacting her long-lost father threatens to destroy her happy life.
Reed McKinley is more than ready to forget the past. His seven-year stint as an NYPD detective nearly got him killed. His wounds have healed and he’s starting over as Ethan Cooke Security’s latest recruit. With sixty-hour workweeks and little time to himself, the last thing on his mind is a relationship. Then he bumps into the gorgeous woman next door.
Reed and Bella become fast friends. Before long, Reed discovers that Bella is keeping dangerous secrets. Bella may have the answers to decades-old questions he’s been searching for. Reed will risk it all to uncover the truth, but he soon realizes that the deeper he digs, the direr the consequences.
4.5 It’s a small world Stars.
With this series you always get your happily ever after.
What are the odds of moving all the way from NY to LA living next door to a beautiful woman? What the odds that your pa/ ex-partner from NY phones you up and lets you know that he has a lead on a former mafia man and that he needs to check out names in the LA area? What are the odds that after investigating said names you find out that your hot and beautiful neighbor is the long lost daughter of said mafia man? Pretty slim right? Ah not here it isn’t.
Yes I know with all these coincidences there wouldn’t have been an awesome book. But still. Just saying.
Bella Colby has a new neighbor one day her awesome Dane Lucy barges into his house. Reed McKinley former NYPD has moved to LA to start a new after a near death incident he has given in his badge and now works for Ethan Cooke Security.
Although there is a mutual attraction and they appreciate one another I liked how they both said that they weren’t really attracted to one another and that they started out as friends it really was refreshing.
They get to know one another and Reed goes behind Bella’s back on a lot of things. I didn’t want to like Reed but I got his reasoning for doing it. I just think he didn’t to have deceived Bella as much as he did. He knew he was lying, he knew it was a bad idea and yet he did it anyway.
Both of the experienced tragic events at the age of five. But those events led them both in different directions. Reed nearly lost his way and became a coldhearted, cynical, heartless men but Bella managed to thaw him out. Bella found someone she could rely on. Bella has my deepest respect when Reed screwed up she didn’t just take him back no she tried to keep her distance and stuck it out for a good couple of weeks if not longer.
There is a fantastic plot. Nothing is predictable with twists and turns. We see previous characters turn up in the book and hopefully new ones to come. Fingers crossed Skylar gets a book. I would love to see a strong heroine in law enforcement get a HEA. The book is just too long. About 50 pages less would have been fine.
Bella constantly cried which irritated me so that is why I docked half a star.
Ms. Beauman sure knows how to write gut-wrenching prologues that pull on all your heart strings it is really quite annoying. The constant sappiness of I love you made me want to puke. I’m just not sappy and my eyes hurt after all of it.
In saying all that this is a series that has improved over time and it is always a pleasure to read.
You don’t have to read the books in order I haven’t and it worked for me. I’ve read the first three and the last three. I’ll then continue with book 4.
Can we please have at least one person in the book that is gorgeous, beautiful or totally handsome?
Sunshine by Nikki Rae
July 18, 2013
Title : Sunshine
Author : Nikki Rae
Series : Sunshine #1
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Sophie Jean is pretty good at acting normal. She can pretend she’s not allergic to the sun. She can hide what her ex-boyfriend did to her. She can cover up the scars she’s made for herself. Ignore anything. Forget anything.
Then Myles enters her life, and he has more than a few secrets of his own. Sophie discovers that when she’s with him she is feeling too much. Remembering too much.
It’s one thing covering up her own dark past, but does she really need to worry about people finding out just how much Myles likes her? Or that despite how much she doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes, she kind of likes him back? Not to mention the fact that she now has to conceal that Myles drinks blood-that he says he’s about four hundred years old.
But Sophie can deal with this little glitch, no problem. Even if she’s putting the few people she loves at risk. Suddenly, those who were monsters before are just people, and the monsters? They’re real. Now being a normal human being is the least of her problems. Now she has to stay alive.
Review : After having a little trouble in the Beginning to follow the story into it’s telling
I noticed its a real nice and new point of view onto a vampire & human relationship.
With both beeing kind of broken. I really like Myles – he is so kind and loving ! Sophie gave me a hard time in the beginning – which made the revaling of what had happend to her in the past even more beliveable.
I will continue now with part two – but before starting my feeling would be
Basically the story could have endet with this beeing just one book – but maybe book two reveals more about myles – i would like that!
So lets see what i think after reading it
-thank you for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review –
HEA? : Series still continues
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
July 28, 2013
Title : Me Before You
Author : Jojo Moyes
Series : Me Before You, #1
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.
What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.
Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.
What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.
Review : OMG
Promissing myself to always review directly after reading
Sorry i can not as i am still crying
Imstead i simply read other review and liked the ones nearest to my opinion
#Crying somewhat more
Banish the Darkness by Holly Blackstone
September 25, 2013
Title : Banish the Darkness
Author : Holly Blackstone
Series : Liliana Batchelor, #4
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Despite early setbacks, things are now progressing between Lily and Stuart. Not only is their relationship made official when she attends a public fundraiser on Stuart’s arm but he finally introduces her to the exclusive and mysterious club ‘The Powerhouse’. Things initially seem idyllic until events take a violent turn and their future seems under siege. Progress is made when an arrest puts one dangerous character behind bars and they face one of the ghosts of Lily’s past and the cause of much of her self doubt – her mother.
PUBLISHER’S NOTE: This book contains explicit depictions of BDSM related activities and strong language. (100,000+ words)
Review : There are those books that tend to get boring the longer the story progresses and then there are books like this.
I could not wait to get my Hands on it and I was proven right.
To make a long story short …These books are really good ! They may contain many of the known elements of other storys –
the strong dominating male/ceo
the submissive female
the fact that at least one of them has binding issures
the running away / breakup thing
the strange/crazy boss/ ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend/ex-wife factors
But it became different in the moment when the relationship between Stuart and Lily hit the bottom of what Stuart actually wants and what he is willing to do to get it.
At the beginning I thought this is too much how could he actually expect that from her ??
But reading further and further – the story made it really believable . I could relate to what he was thinking and how Lily was feeling about it. And believe me if you would just state here now the plain cold facts of what Stuart wants you would consider it/him crazy and the whole story totally nuts ….
But the miracle itself is how Holly Blackstone made it possible that you actually move on with the persons and start to relate to their thinking and somehow it suddenly makes sense (at least to me)
PLEASE hurry up … I need to read more …
Die for Her by Amy Plum
September 1, 2013
Title : Die for Her
Author : Amy Plum
Series : Revenants, #2.5
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend. Jules Marchenoir is a revenant—an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.
Review : There is no real need for this book but if you loved the series as much as I did – you will want to read this one to – so enjoy
Unteachable by Leah Raeder
June 28, 2013
Title : Unteachable
Author : Leah Reader
Series : N/A
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.
But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.
When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.
That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.
Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.
Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.
Review : I received an e-arc for an honest review. Thank you for giving me that chance! Review might contain spoilers
Even for me as native german speaker it was easy to follow the well written story line
At first thinking the age difference between them was going to be too big i had little hope for a good ending . This made me hesitate in reading at first!
But the really good writing made me go on page after page …
And I am happy I did.
I agree with other reviewers that M. point of view of herself is a little “bitter” in the beginning – putting herself in the middle of all the attention around her. But if we honestly try to remember us beeing her age – didn’t we feel the same ? Like everybody only staring at you? (In a good or bad way – depending if you were/felt beautiful or ugly)
Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
June 15, 2013
Title : Naked in Death
Author : J.D. Robb
Series : In Death, #1
Rating : 5 Stars
Blurb : In hardcover for the first time, here is the novel that started it all-the first book in J. D. Robb’s number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York City homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke. It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion. When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.
Review : I just loved it – it was the start of my addiction to Eve and all the people arround her.
I own all the books and re-read them often …