I love slow burn romances. For one thing, the author needs to be clever enough to weave a fantastic story around two characters who are not going to hit the sack anytime soon. You need a fabulous plot to hold the reader’s interest or make the characters so interesting that one has to follow them until the end.
Wall of Winnipeg and Me is an excellent example of a slow burn romance. The story is narrated from the point of view of Vanessa, the personal assistant to a football player. Though he is easy on the eye, his indifference annoys her to no end, so much so that she saves up enough money to pursue her own dreams. She is so angry with him that she quits the job and is happy to be on her own. At this point, one actually wonders how these two would ever come together and how Aiden could ever redeem himself after treating Vanessa with such annoying indifference.
And that’s why you can’t really put down this book.
Vanessa is my girl. I have long been an admirer of strong women characters and she certainly is one gutsy girl who overcomes all the challenges that life throws at her. She is strong, lovable and kind and after reading the book from her POV, I really wish I could meet her.
I found Aidan very cute. At first, his indifference seems almost Autistic but as we progress with the story, we see that he just doesn’t give a damn about people he doesn’t like. By the end of the story, you actually admire his fortitude and many of the stuff that he does makes sense. He is not your quintessential romance hero but he is stoic, stubborn and committed to his girl. The secondary characters were equally adorable, especially Zac and Diana.
One of my favourite scenes in the novel was the elevator where Vanessa totally loses it with a panic attack and Aidan holds her together. That and the scene where he sleeps next to her just so that she is not scared of the dark. Really, who needs smouldering glances and heated kisses when one can have a guy like Aidan to call you Muffin.
What didn’t work for me?
Hmmm… I have been thinking about this for a very long time today but couldn’t really find anything that seemed out of place. That said, the length of the book slightly bigger than an average romance novel so those who are used to shorter reads might be shouting themselves hoarse to pick up the pace. But it really worked for me and I couldn’t put it down (so much so that I had to forgo my work today just to read the book.
Would I recommend this book?
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