Title: The Domino Effect
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?
An erotic thriller
Author: Jill Elaine Hughes
Series: The Domino Trilogy
Published: December 13, 2013
Genres: Erotic Romance
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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.