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This is a review for The Domino Effect by Jill Elaine Hughes
This is an author requested review and an ARC was provided by the author as part of the blog tour hosted by Literati Literature Lovers Blog
21-year-old college student and aspiring journalist Nancy Delaney’s nose for news smells a hot story idea when it comes to international playboy and artist Peter Rostovich. But as she works to get her story, she soon becomes intimately entangled with the mysterious Rostovich, who finds her irresistible. He 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 rating – 3*
I gave this book 3* for several reasons. Mostly because it’s weirdly similar to 50SOG and actually reads almost like fanfiction for the first 2/3 of the book. From the bizarrely virginal young innocent with the rich housemate, to the journalism assignment to the ‘inner voice’, there are so many similarities that it’s eerie.
Nancy Delaney gets finagled into attending an art exhibition to do a critique of the show. She meets the mysterious Peter Rostovich, who turns out to be wildly attractive and dangerous to know.
They embark on something of a peculiar love affair, only for the plot to careen wildly out of course, with ghostly figures appearing in photographs, kidnappings and Russian/Ukranian mobsters getting involved.
It’s kind of a weird book. For the first two thirds it’s almost a carbon copy of 50SOG and then all of a sudden the plot changes course with a little mystery. I read the section where she was looking at the photographs in Peter’s hotel room, getting increasingly confused as to where the ghosts suddenly appeared from.
The writing is mostly good. There are a few wrong words here and there (consulted instead of consented being the one I remember off the top of my head) and sometimes the formatting is a little confusing. Most of the lines are indented but then you get one that isn’t and you get confused about who is speaking.
What really lets the story down are the continuity errors. Without really being picky I came across at least three glaring ones. She’s wearing perfume, she’s not wearing perfume…
Although the characters were mostly believable, there were several moments where they did things that were just so silly or unbelievable it was slightly jarring.
On a positive note, there were some spectacularly beautiful phrases. Ms Hughes really does have a way with words and the first love scene between Peter and Nancy is both sexy and incredibly well written. It’ll probably be one of my all time favourites because I love beautiful words 🙂
Overall 3*. It does have promise and I’ll be watching the author with interest to see what else she writes 🙂
For more information about the author, see here:
JILL ELAINE HUGHES is a professional journalist, playwright, memoirist, and fiction author. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Washington Post, Cat Fancy magazine, New Art Examiner, and numerous other media outlets. Her plays have been widely published and produced by theaters in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, the United Kingdom, and Australia. She is also the author of several New Adult fiction books. Ms. Hughes also writes erotic fiction under two pen names: Jamaica Layne and Jay E. Hughes.
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