Heat Factor: It’s on fire to the MAX.
Character Chemistry: Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my. Waiting for these two to get it going was like waiting to turn 6 when you’re 5.
Plot: So. Dominic takes over for his philandering, sexual assault-y lump of a father at his mother’s company. Ally is barely keeping it together trying to take care of her father, who has Alzheimer’s and needs to stay in his very expensive care facility. Dominic gets Ally fired from her job in a pizzeria, and Dominic’s mother hires Ally to work at their very intense fashion house.
Overall: This book was absolutely mind-bogglingly good.
This book is just…proof authors think of everything.
Dominic and his mother are basically running Vogue. When his mom hires Ally after Dominic gets her fired (quite purposefully, he was a real dingus), it’s frankly because Ally is the only person willing to serve it straight up to her unbearably aloof son. Ally pretty much needs this job because she’s found herself in an impossible situation–working as many jobs as she can while renovating her father’s house, so that she can sell it and keep her father in his care facility. It’s a relatable and genuine pickle.
Here’s what’s pure magic about this book: Ally’s entire life is dependent upon her employment at Dominic’s company. The author weaves it so that it’s very clear that Ally needs this job. However, instead of tip-toeing around the potentially litigious power dynamic here, the author flips it and unravels it. This is what I mean by that: Dominic is completely against crossing ANY lines (romantically) in the workplace because he has seen the damage that causes and is somewhat traumatized by his father’s behavior. But he keeps getting really close to the line because he’s completely enamored by Ally (even though he’s like the grumpiest man I’ve ever seen on a page). And Ally is a very straightforward woman who lives very boldly and handles her crap even when it’s falling down around her, who is willing to take chances on the things she believes in. Like Dominic.
At one point, there’s a strip scene, and then another time Dominic gets super tipsy and it turns out he goes full cinnamon roll after a few too many drinks?? I couldn’t put this book down, and I fell so hard for this book I wanted to marry it.
Grumpy/sunshine, guys….at Vogue. Go read it.
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