Dance with Destiny by Sloan Johnson
Tony DeLuca has to get to New York, nor’easter be damned. His older sister is getting married and it won’t matter to her if the entire east coast is shut down if it means she’s short a groomsman. She’s the only reason he’s willing to make the trip home to face a father who’s never forgiven him for wasting a perfectly good degree to become a firefighter. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything about Tony that his father will never accept.
Dominic Tricoli’s living his dream. He’s spent the past few years working to mesh his business degree and love of the outdoors into a thriving company, providing team building retreats for some of the country’s largest corporations. Unfortunately, there’s a price to pay for happiness, and having someone to come home to at night is the sacrifice Dominic made.
When Dominic overhears Tony’s plight, he’s drawn to help the man get to New York City. Little does Dominic know that one kind gesture will awaken a side of him he’s ignored for far too long. Against his better judgment, he gives in to his desires and Tony’s advances. Just for the night.
When destiny steps in, giving him another chance with the charismatic man who saved his hide, Tony’s willing to do whatever it takes to earn Dominic’s forgiveness and understanding. There may not be forever, but Tony’s determined to enjoy every single minute he’s given with Dominic.
Call it fate, call it destiny, call it chance. Dominic (Dom) and Anthony (Tony) meet at an airport when their flight is cancelled and share a rental car as they have the same destination. The seat heaters are on full blast as their attraction to each other can not be fought for long. We have the benefit of hearing both Dom and Tony’s POVs throughout the novel, giving us unlimited access to their every thought and feeling. Dom suppresses his emotions from a grief-ridden past on a journey of adrenaline that isn’t his to claim. Tony hides his true self from his family because he feels like he’s already let down his father with his chosen profession. These struggles Dom and Tony face stews a heavy pot. The progression was a bit fast-paced for me and some of the interactions between not only the main characters but also with secondary characters seemed too surface-level for me. Issues that needed addressed kept being set to the side, which became frustrating and when they were discussed it felt like a fast forward button was being pressed. What I absolutely loved is the support, acceptance and blunt guidance Dom and Tony received from Andrew’s parents. I also will admit my favorite part was the garter/bouquet toss scene and dance…funny and sweet. The ending wrapped up nicely with an HEA for Dom and Tony. Give this a try and find your next book crush! Rating: 3 stars