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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dominik (Arizona Vengeance #6) by Sawyer Bennett

A Review by Wendy 
3.5 Figuring Out Love Stars
* * * 1/2
Spoiler Free

Since the beginning of this series Dominik Carlson, who owns the Arizona Vengeance, has made his presence known. Like all successful series, having a character who is strong, alpha, sexy and highly intriguing causes readers a need to know more of this man.

In past entries, Dominik has made appearances, has given insightful advice and done over and above for his players when they needed it. He has shown concern for his players and with his determination and wealth, the team has had the best of everything in order to make their focus winning.

In the last entry, Dax, we were at the beginning of Willow's and Dominik's pairing. We saw how intense their interest was, how the chemistry was off the hook and how much Dominik was interested in Willow.

Now normally, Dominik would have had no obstacles in his pursuit of a woman. His power, wealth and physical appearance certainly made "dating" easy. Yet, with Willow, that was not the case.

Willow, Dax's sister, was a woman who led a very independent life.
She was a professional journalistic photographer going to wartorn locations and other areas of the world. She was aware of the danger, fed off of it but also was very careful with making sure she had the necessary security and protection needed.

Willow was a woman who had been burned by a past relationship and refused to allow herself to feel that type of pain again. She was a sexual person, enjoyed the physicality of being with someone but did not do repeats and relationships. Her one time with Dominik was off the charts but she was determined to keep it to that only.

However, it was amazing...and he brought out a different side of her...
But no, she would hold firm.

Dominik was breaking all his rules for Willow. He never pursued anyone unless it was for his team. He was having trouble compartmentalizing his time with Willow. It felt very different for there had been some base connection between them, more than just fantastic sex.

Dominik started to do the unthinkable...he would text Willow and get the other players on the team to give him updates on where Willow was and when she would be coming back to the States. He put up with her non-responses and finally was able to plan to see her again as she was coming back for the team's playoffs.

Now Dominik wasn't alone in realizing this coupling was more than the usual romp. Willow couldn't get Dominik out of her mind either. There was something about being with him, the feeling of safety and allowing him to take charge...Something she never had felt before. It scared her and intrigued her...she also never responded to the texts Dominik sent.

This tale was all about the coupling of Dominik and Willow. These two had very different backgrounds which formed them as people.

Dominik did not have a happy childhood and was in the foster system. This colored everything for him. He learned how to be determined, focused and fight for what he wanted. It did cloud his understanding though of feelings and love.

Willow had a terrific childhood of loving parents and a big brother so she was able to love but fought it as she had been hurt before. She was independent and comfortable in her own skin and did not want to be hampered by anyone.

When these two finally figured out their relationship it still took a hot minute for it to work. But when it finally was all systems go.

I had been waiting for Dominik for a very long time and it was interesting to learn his background and all he was. He was in his head most of the time, plotting and thinking...confused about feelings. That caused a bit of a wall for me...but at the same time, I still loved how he was able to learn to grow and let himself accept love. Willow was also a bit of a challenge for this romantic at heart reader...her walls were very high too and I wanted them down for Dominik sooner...but then there wouldn't have been the story we had.

If you have been an Arizona Vengeance reader you will enjoy all the past characters making their appearances. There are plenty more coming from the fruitful mind of Sawyer Bennett. 

About Sawyer Bennett

Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active daughter, as well as full-time servant to her adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or even better, both.

Sawyer also writes general and women’s fiction under the pen name S. Bennett and sweet romance under the name Juliette Poe.


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