Domino Effect by Jill Elaine Hughes

DEPages: 430

Goodreads Rating: 3.39 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Erotica

Publication Date: March 24, 2013

Publisher: Self Published


21-year-old Nancy Delaney is finishing up her third year of college when her magazine-editor roommate asks her to go review an art opening in downtown Cleveland. The artist is mysterious international playboy and eccentric Peter Rostovich, and the art is like nothing innocent, virginal Nancy has ever encountered before. Multimedia artist Rostovich has created an erotic art installation all about S&M bondage — complete with a live sculpture that’s so realistic, it gets the whole exhibit shut down by the Cleveland police.

Aspiring journalist Nancy’s nose for news smells a hot story idea, which she sells to the Cleveland Plan Dealer. But as she works to get her story, she soon becomes intimately entangled with Rostovich, who finds her irresistible. Rostovich becomes Nancy’s ticket to sexual awakening, and she soon discovers she has an appetite for bondage, too.

And there’s far more to Rostovich than just his art — he’s involved in a strange, violent criminal underworld that kidnaps Nancy and spirits her halfway around the world, where she’s held prisoner and made to serve as private Dominant-for-hire somewhere in the former Soviet Union. Will the sexual powers Rostovich helped awaken in her be Nancy’s only hope for escape?

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

Domino Effect is a good start for this series. The author’s writing style is great and the romance scenes are well written. It’s quite sexy..

Nancy Delaney is a college student who is covering a story on an art gallery in behalf of her roommate, Hannah. She’s not really an art critic but it was something that is out of her comfort zone. The art pieces are erotic, sensual and BDSM-related. The artist is a mysterious, hot Ukranian guy named Peter Rostovich and he’s not a fan of reporters because he holds many secrets. Except for Nancy, whom he find fascinating, smart and demure.

When the gallery was shut down by the police due to the public indecency. Nancy knew it will be a good, juicy story and the challenge is to get as many information as she can from Rostovich. Rumor has it he is part of Russian mob and crimes. To be involved with him is dangerous but she can’t stay away from him. (She trust him on kinky stuffs too.) The ending is a cliffhanger and I’m curious what happens next.

The things that I didn’t enjoyed in this book are:
– Nancy is too forward to engage with all those kinky stuffs. Given that she’s a virgin and doesn’t have any orientation with BDSM until she saw erotic stuffs on the art gallery. Tbh, I find her too aggressive.
– Some parts are quite repetitive.
– The characters fell flat. Peter Rostovich is too mellow.
– The suspense aspect lacked the thrill and it somewhat confused me

I hope the next one is better. I’m crossing my fingers because this has a potential.



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