by Sawyer Bennett
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Book #6 in the Arizona Vengeance series
Number of pages: 322
Source: Amazon Pre-Order
Contemporary Romance/Sports M/F
Read 2/21/20 to 2/23/20
I built myself up from nothing. A product of the foster care system, I learned early on how to fight hard to get what I want. Whether it was starting my first company in college, earning my first billion, or buying my first professional sports team, I know how to get what I want, when I want it.
Willow Monahan is fierce, independent, and hot as hell. She also takes great pleasure in shutting down my advances. The younger sister of one of my star players, Willow intrigues me to my very core. And while she may have willingly given me her body, she is hesitant to offer up more. Now I’m on a mission to find out why.
I’ve decided to approach my desire for Willow like I’ve approached much of my life; with persistence, determination, and a whole lot of that Dominik Carlson alpha charm. Buying a hockey expansion team, building the Arizona Vengeance from the ground up, and bringing home a championship may prove to be an easier feat than winning Willow’s heart.
But I’ve never been a quitter.
This poor book is a victim of me having a very bad reading dip. To be honest, I actually started reading this book in order to get through another book I felt I needed to finish. I would allow myself two chapters of this book if I’d read one of the other book. I know, I know…I need to learn to put a book down when it’s not working for me. There was a particular reason I felt I needed to finish that one, so used this one to get me through. Therefore, this story wasn’t able to totally capture me as most of the others in this series have. But it was an amazing book. I know that because it got me through. I just wish I could have read this book without interruption.
Of course, I’ve been waiting to read about Dominik and Willow for a while now. There interactions, brief as they were, in the other books spoke of their obvious chemistry. This is the story of two lone wolves, people not used to having to answer to anyone else, finding themselves drawn together. Sure, Willow has a tight family…but she doesn’t answer to them. She makes sure of that by keeping certain things to herself. In fact, Dominik admits to himself that he needs Willow long before Willow admits how drawn she is to Dominik on more than a sexual level.
For some reason, Willow’s resistance to a real relationship and her reasons seemed a bit shallow. I don’t think I’m explaining that correctly. She has a very good reason to keep her heart closed off from romantic entanglements, but I didn’t feel her actual pain from that incident from earlier in her life. More like it hurt her ego than broke her heart.
There’s a definite and intense fire between these two. I love how the head strong and always in control Willow is a totally different person when it comes to sex. Which works out well since Dominik always is such an alpha male. Yet he learns that, out of the bedroom, he has to cede to Willow once in a while. He is able to find the give and take. Again, it seems Willow is the holdout here.
I love Willow and Dominik together, but I’m not a huge Willow fan. I found her to be a bit selfish when it came to certain things. I like her, just don’t love her. But Dominik is the perfect match for her to keep her calm in certain situations.
One thing that I absolutely loved was a small crossover between this series and this author’s Jameson Force Security series. It makes me eager for a certain story in that series so I can see how it all plays out.
Although I had my issues as stated at the beginning, I know how I would have felt about this story had I been in a clearer state of mind. Therefore, I’m not taking it out on this book that it took me longer than you would think to get through it all. Like all of the other hockey stories by Sawyer Bennett, this was sexy and fun.