Arizona Vengeance, Book #6
by Sawyer Bennett
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.
Willow Monahan… I’m coming for you.
(*WARNING: REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SLIGHT SPOILERS*)
I’m not a fan of romances that involve commitment-phobic characters but I think that Bennett does a decent job with both Dominik and Willow. With Dominik’s past in foster care you can understand his difficulty in making a connection with others. (Although, I was a little turned off with the way the story begins since he is actively pursuing Willow but sleeping with other women … I mean I get that they both have the whole “it’s just sex” mentality buuuut that’s a bit of a turn-off in a romance for me, which may be why I have problems with these kinds of books.) While Willow’s issues seem a bit more everyday, that doesn’t make them any less real for her. No one likes to be hurt and she’s still young, with a busy life, so a relationship probably isn’t high on her list regardless.
Even though it may have taken me a bit of time to get into their relationship (since early on, it revolves around “just” sex – albeit HAWT sex), once they start to actually get to know each other a little more and make that deeper connection, it definitely picks up for me. I enjoy Dominik as a dominant but caring person. He may be a bit Alpha but it works for him and he tempers it with moments of giving, of himself and his power/money. Willow is a little more prickly, and may be a little off-putting for some, but once you accept that about her all the decisions she makes works for her character.
Not my favorite of the Vengeance stories, but definitely one that should be read (and based on the reviews, will appeal to many). I especially enjoyed the opportunity to see more of the guys, their SOs, and how they are become a family not just a team.