Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
Dominik is the owner of the expansion team the Arizona Vengeance, who we have come to get to know quite well through the series. For all his power and authority, Dominik is extremely compassionate and generous; having had a rough time growing up in foster care, Dominik does his best to pay his good fortune forward. He is also extremely attracted to Willow, Dax‘s little sister, and he isn’t discreet about his intent to court her. It is really funny watching Dominik tease Dax about his interest in his sister.
Willow is a bit of a conundrum; while she is independent and courageous, she is also insecure, hence her attempts to push Dominik away. Having been hurt in a previous relationship and with the nature of her profession, Willow has vowed to avoid serious relationships.
While Dominik agrees to Willow’s demand for a no-strings-attached fling, he plans to ingratiate himself into her life so well that she can’t help but fall for him. You have got to love a man with a plan.
The chemistry is off the charts between Willow and Dominik, however, there is a strong element of compatibility and ease with each other that is a special and rare element to most relationships. They compliment each other and fit seamlessly together. Unfortunately, there is still the issue of Willow’s very dangerous job as a photo-journalist; something which causes a rift between Willow and Dominik making Willow react rashly.
The photo-journalist element of the plot was very thought-provoking; world news is a staple of modern life and something I, for one, take for granted, not fully accepting that people are literally putting their lives in danger to bring us this news. I have to say my eyes have definitely been opened and I now appreciate journalists a lot more, although not the gossip hounds.
I adored the cross-over plot with Sawyer’s other series Jameson Force Security adding depth and insight into the continuing plots in both series.
Not only does Dominik provide a heart-warming romance it also re-enforces the notion that family is not only about those related by blood but by the way in which you look after and care about each other.