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Posted April 27, 2013
While the language is a bit wild, the story is captivating and most enjoyable. Has the second book been published? I want to follow up as soon as possible!!! Bob
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Posted March 16, 2014
.It is very seldom that I do not finish a book, but this book was one that I couldn't bring myself to finish. This book was good and it had some really hot scenes, but it didn't really gel with what I like to read. The characters were unbelievable and ridiculous at some points. The idea that a young girl in college is so naïve that she would faint because someone put a plastic tie around her wrists in an art gallery is unbelievable.
The dialogue was very awkward and the idea that an adult would have problems referring to her vagina is definitely too far fetched. The book starts off with the exact same plot as Fifty Shades trilogy. I wonder why the author would try to imitate such a popular book. Especially since the plot has been so over-done. In order to pull another copy cat book off successfully it would have to be better than FS or a vey good spoof. This book was neither.
While I'm sure that many readers will like this book, it just wasn't enough to make me want to read more. However, I would like to know what the book would have been like if it had an original story. I will be looking for the next book in the series. I hope that it is an easier read.
I received an advanced review copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.
Posted February 16, 2014
**3 1/2 stars** This is a BDSM thriller with the main characters, Nancy Delaney and Peter Rostovich. Nancy is a college student/freelance reporter who, as a favor to her friend, Hannah, attends a gallery opening featuring renowned Ukrainian artist, Peter Rostovich, to review his work. Peter is generally reclusive and doesn't like reporters of any kind, however, a bond forms quickly between himself and Nancy. Nancy is torn between her job as reporter and wanting to know Peter personally. Peter, as a dominant, knows that Nancy would be a great submissive to him sexually and wants her desperately, but also knows he must allow her to ask questions and get to know more about him and his past for her job. Peter tries to warn Nancy away from him due to people and things from his past that may put her in danger, but Nancy refuses to stay away. Just as Nancy is uncovering more of the mystery that is Peter Rostovich, something shocking occurs that changes Nancy's world. Just as this story builds to a crescendo, it ends with a huge cliffhanger that will leave you wanting more. I enjoyed Nancy and Peter's dominant/submissive relationship and watching their connection to each other grow. I loved Jill Elaine Hughes descriptive writing that helps the reader to understand how the characters are feeling. I look forward to seeing what happens in the next book of this trilogy, Butterfly Effect. I would recommend this book to others, especially if they enjoy BDSM stories.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 15, 2014
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* Nancy Delaney is a journalism student with big dreams of one day being a reporter. While covering an art exhibit for her best friend, Nancy is introduced to the exhibits artist Peter Rostovich. Normally not a social person, Peter is drawn to Nancy, yet his intentions are not clear and he is ever illusive and mysterious.
Half way through Domino Effect I was teetering between not liking it and continuing the book because I really just wanted to know what happened. The beginning is slow and Nancy has a lot of internal dialogue where she questions everything and at times goes on tangents about random incidences from her past that, in my opinion, really had no importance to the story. She was also very redundant, often times repeating that same information, like her prom date and the fact that whatever was going on could be her big break as a reporter. While this somewhat turned me off from the book, I pressed on because it is very well written and I knew it was leading to something good, and it did. WOW. I had an idea where the information regarding Rostovich and Bluschencko was going, BUT I did not see what happened to Nancy actually happening. The reader is brought into a very dark world that is a reality in many countries and for many women. Nancy took her situation and went with it while figuring out ways to protect herself, and I loved how she handled all of it! There is a cliffhanger, but it also doesn’t leave the reader hanging completely. I cannot wait for book 2 Butterfly Effect. This story is going to dig deeper into a very dark world, and can’t wait to see what happens!
Posted January 5, 2014
Now waiting for part 2
Spoilers! Alright, there are painfully obvious similarities to Fifty Shades of Grey. The book opens with Nancy being asked to do a favor for her friend, Hannah. There are mentions of journalism, reading old Victorian literature (even mentioning Tess of the d’Urbervilles), borrowing clothes. All very in the same vein as FSOG's Ana and Kate and the setup of how Ana met Christian.
Nancy even has an old Volkswagen named Ginger. Remember Ana’s beetle, Wanda? There are also awkward first time encounters, using “pizza” as a safeword and Peter (he plays Christian in this book) admitting he prefers to sleep alone.
Aside from those similarities, the story picks up when Peter enlists Nancy’s help in investigating something that happened while Peter was commissioned for a work in Sevastopol. The plot thickens when Nancy starts getting stalked and kidnapped by someone from Peter’s past.
The novel completely changes gears as Nancy is flown overseas and becomes a concubine slave. Cue dramatic rescue, but wait, the rescue is cut short just as Peter swears he will share his backstory and overall connection to the “goons” if they don’t get caught. They were caught.
I wasn’t a fan of making Nancy/Domino seem like she could fathom living as a slave or enjoying her first client experience. It seemed wholly unrealistic, but my interest is piqued enough to see what happens in part two.
Posted December 16, 2013
When Nancy is asked by her roommate to stand in for her and review an art opening in Cleveland, little did she suspect what she was getting herself into. The art is like nothing she had encountered before nor is the eccentric artist. As Nancy finds herself and her sexual awakenings drawn into his world, she discovers there’s more to him than just art. The attraction is mutual but the danger she finds herself into may be more than what her aspiring journalistic nose is ready for.
I would like to have given this book a higher rating except two things held me back. First, I didn’t like Nancy. Not only could I not connect to her but I found her train of thought to be very outlandish. She’s supposed to be an innocent virgin who doesn’t even masturbate and yet her first sexual encounter she wants to be tied up and dominated. Really??? Second thing was, frankly, there were too many similarities between this book and FSoG. Way. Too. Many. Once. Once Nancy’s inner ‘alter ego’ made its appearance, I was ready to throw in the towel. The saving grace for me that had me wanting to give this story a high rating was Peter. Him I liked! I found Peter to be such an enigma. My curiosity was definitely piqued and thankfully, I found refreshingly original. Actually, there are several characters that really I really enjoyed but it was primarily Peter who kept me riveted.
The outlandish Ms. Delaney aside, I did enjoy this book. The sexual heat was good, the plot was interesting with a lot of interesting unanswered twist, and, of course, there has to be a crazy ‘Oh No!’ cliffhanger that will guarantee to have me coming back for the next book. Frankly, with the last few chapters freshest in my mind, I find despite not liking Nancy, I find I can’t wait for the next book. If I was asked if I would recommend reading The Domino Trilogy my answer would be yes.
I received this book from JeepDiva for the express purposes of an honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
Stars – 3.5, Flames - 4
Posted June 27, 2013
One Hell Of A Sexy Read!
The Domino Effect is definitely an erotica read that has twists and turns that had me at the edge of my seat. I will say that when I read the blurb I said oh no not Fifty Shades because I love my Fifty Shades I know I am in the minority but that is okay. What I did love about The Domino Effect was that it had a serious thriller piece to it and it kept you guessing the entire time to see if Nancy one of the main characters would survive what she was going through.
Nancy is in her junior year of college when he friend and roommate Hannah asks her to cover a story for the newspaper. Yes yes I know what you are thinking but Nancy is a journal major so get your head out of fifty shades...... so Hannah asks Nancy to interview the elusive mysterious Peter who is known to be a playboy. Nancy agrees to do the story and when she goes to Cleveland to meet Peter. Once there she runs into instant trouble and to make things crazier the exhibit is being shut down by The Cleveland Police.
Nancy being Nancy ever the journalist sniffs out a great story when she sees one and starts to build a friendship with Peter. As soon as Peter sets eyes on Nancy he must have her and when he finds out she is a virgin he sets out to conquer her and show how what sex is like. Once Peter has sex with Nancy he awakens in her a desire she never knew she had and that is that she desire the bondage. She has never craved something like that in all her life but she craves the bondage and Peter gives it to her.
But then Nancy finds herself in a bit of a pickle when she is kidnapped and taken to the Soviet Union to serve as a private Dominate for hire. She realizes that Peter is into some serious criminal activities and she is not sure if she is cut out for this lifestyle. Will she escape the Soviet Union and the clutches of these criminals or will Peter leave her there to fend for herself? This is a very interesting read and I want to say that this is not a book for young adults but rather 18+ due to sexual content.
Posted June 19, 2013
*Copy received by author in exchange for an honest review*
~3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars~
Wow! What a surprise! When I first started reading this book, I expected to give it two stars at the end, it seemed to be very much Fifty Shades of Grey in a different writing style and a slightly different context. The review therefore does loose a star for the first 25% which, to me, did not do the book justice, they just did not seem very original. From then on however The Domino Effect developed into an exciting story with various twists and turns - a thriller and an erotica novel to an equal balance. Overall I have to say that the heroine Nancy was a little irritating to me - the constant referral to her identity as a reporter, her inability to call her sexual organ a vagina and the going from virgin to switch like from 0 to 100, I would have wished for some of these things to be a little more realistic. Nevertheless I enjoyed it and am excited to see what the next installment will bring.
Posted May 16, 2013
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book, but I was wrong. It builds from a slow start to a crescendo that has you yelling nooooooo. There are several BDSM scenes described and some sexual slavery issues. Don’t let that detract from the story. The sex is just another layer that adds to the complexity of the characters. They are so well developed that I began to read certain ones with as foreign accent in my head. This story describes the sexual awakening of Nancy Delaney, but more than that she also finds her inner strength in adversity. She starts out as naïve, but she learns quickly that there are evils in the world that she can’t begin to imagine and she learns on the fly how to try and outsmart them. Peter Rostovich is a mysterious wealthy artist known to be very illusive. He meets Nancy and she causes him to re-think all of the rules that he has lived by up until now. He knows that he isn’t good for her, but he doesn’t want to let her go. This book is thoroughly entertaining and it doesn’t just rely on the explicit sex to do it. There is plenty of intrigue and drama to keep you on your toes. I was so glad that there was a preview of the first chapter of book 2 at the end. I never read those when they are included because I want to wait till I can read the whole thing. I was compelled to break that habit with this book. I can’t wait until The Butterfly Effect.