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Ulterior Designs

(House of Evans #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  70 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Book one of a new-adult romance duet.

Warning: This book is designed for readers 18+ due to language and graphic sexual content.

A blueprint for desire.

With a shared passion for breathing life into an unconventional dream home, the attraction between a struggling new grad of interior design and an award-winning architect with eclectic sexual tastes is irresistible. But wit
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published June 1st 2016
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3.5* frustrating man and his minou STARS!

I was intrigued by the cover and blurb. I enjoy how Ella Dominguez write about dominant man with bdsm or some kinks and submissive women. I was hooked with Altered State which is a dark romance with psychology and thriller. But this one is entirely different.

Logan Evans is a rising star and genius architect, searching for someone to design his masterpiece, House of Evans. Chloe Stephens is just an intern but inside, she's very talented designer. Logan cou
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.75 - Minou - Stars


It all started with a house... And an urge to decorate it...

And now, please, welcome to The House Of Evans, a place that will blow your mind and turn your on in a matter of a second (view spoiler)

A successful architect Logan Evansmeets a newbie but very talented interior designer Chloe Stephens. He cannot resist the pull and asks her not only to make his house beautiful but to give him a ride(v
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ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

3.75 to 4 Stars

Full review to come.
Tanaka The Bibliophile
Ella Dominguez is the queen of writing books about domination and control. Her books allow you to experience the honest and true form of sexual domination and submission that truly captivates you. Ulterior Designs was truly a masterpiece in my eyes. It brought emotions, a captivating story, honest chemistry between two characters and a true exploration of sexuality. I was in awe.

Ulterior Designs is about a man Logan Evans, an architect who wants his home to be decorated. He meets Chloe Stephens,
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4.5 stars

Ella Dominguez is one of those authors that I know to one-click. Her unique take on dominance and submission, her writing style, her strong heroines and slightly tarnished heroes all combine to make something special each and every time. Ulterior Motives just highlights what a fantastic story-teller she is.

When I read a book, I tend to base how much I enjoy it on how much I enjoy the hero. With Ulterior Motives, I was having a hard t
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

3.5 Stars

I have absolutely no argument about the author’s character and plot development which is nothing less than excellent. That being said, I'm not a great fan of third person but Ms Dominguez’s style of writing kept my attention. I had trouble connecting to the egocentric alpha protagonist who drove me up the wall and around the bend. Investing in the heroine was so much easier for me. Why then, did this man who would become so important t
Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥
Let's start this review off with, "I just want to bash Logan over the head!" There I said it ;) Man oh man, does Logan need a sprinkling of love dust, actually he needs smothering with it! There's being arrogant, dominant and sexy as hell and there's also being a dickhead and total prat! And Logan for me, hit the dickhead end of the scale a few times with his aversion to letting someone in. Isn't it great when a book character gets you yelling at them, frustrated at them and downright want to ki ...more
Marie Vasquez
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-reviewed
Poor Chloe. I felt her pain. Logan Evans was a hot, sexy and virile guy. And Chloe's innocent is intoxicating to him. Add her creativity and vision she has for his home to be decorated, she's one thing he can't resist. No matter how hard he tries. And that puts poor Chloe on a roller coaster ride she doesn't want to be on.

She may have been younger and a but naïve, but she was wise and mature in all the ways of how she handled Logan's constant push and pull. I heart broke for her hurt emotions.
Kathleen Burcham
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having never read any of Ella Dominguez's books before, I was in awe by her writing. I absolutely love this book. It took me a little bit to get into it but once I got going, I didn't want to put it down. I loved how the chemistry between Logan and Chloe is built throughout the whole book. Logan knows what he wants and Chloe is a newbie interior designer. Chloe learns that Logan isn't a good boy after she learns how Logan wants her to decorate his house.

This story is thoroughly written and does
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I beta read this book for the author while it was still being written and rewritten so I won’t comment on grammar or spelling errors or anything like that as I’m not sure what the final product presented.

I knew going into this story that it was going to be dark like Ella’s other work. There is definitely still angst and some hot BDSM sex but more than anything it’s about a man in his 30s who thinks he’s incapable of being in a committed relationship, and the 22 year old interior designer that ho
Crystal Solis
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ulterior Designs is unlike any of the books that Ella Dominguez has written before. This is the first in a duet titled The House of Evans, it's a love story about a stubborn man and a loving woman that is a delicate as a fabergé egg and has the patience of a saint. Logan Evans is an architect that recently saved an old church by moving it across the country to his vinyard in Napa Valley and restoring its pristine condition. Now that he's done with the restoration he needs an amazing interior de ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think Ella Dominguez is a master at getting you to fall hook, line and sinker for the characters she so masterfully develops. I finished the book a few days ago and put off writing my review because she truly ripped the scar tissue covering this heart of mine completely off. I am so darn grateful to have received an ARC of this wonderful book. If you're not acquainted with her work I encourage you to get to one- clicking asap!!! The House of Evans does not disappoint, I love all the details th ...more
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
'I want a genuine toe-curling, tongue-swirling, tonsil-probing, knee buckling, make-me-cream-my jeans, orgasmic mouth-t0-mouth lip lock - not a pity kiss...'

That is my favorite line from the book.

Now this is the story of two people who are extremely attracted to each other in every way possible. But the question is, is that strong attraction enough? They have both been hurt in their past which makes each guarded.

Chloe is a young, naive, beautiful woman. Logan is experienced, sexy and what else
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Architect Logan Evans wanted to hire one of the biggest interior designer to help make his house perfect. Money was no object so he requested the most highly sought after designers to come to his house to lay out his vision.
A knock on the door presents a young woman with gorgeous eyes who introduces herself as Ms. Stephens. Later she revealed herself to be a graduate student and not the designer's assistant, but Logan is intrigued. Ms. Stephens seems to share his vision and has a perspective lea
Sylvie Lapensee
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I caught myself not being able to put this book down. Seriously, I was blow drying my long hair & just had to read through my hair because I couldn't put it down for two minutes! There are three sayings that captured me so much I had to write them down. ( Might be spoiler alert... just had to share my fav.)

#1. " While you've been busy imagining ways to make my home beautiful, I've been envisioning ways to make you come."
#2. " Anything in life worth having requires a plan of action."
#3. " ... I d
Teresa Juckett (Give Me All The Book's)
Wow is all I can say I absolutely loved this book its actually the 1st book I've read by Ella Dominguez and it won't be my last. This is a story about Logan Evans who's an architect that has hired a interior designer Chloe Stephens to decorate his new home and it's her first day on the job and she soon finds out that Logan is a dirty boy by the furniture he's wanting her to decorate his home with, but what she doesn't know is that he has plans to train her in the tastes he has the only thing is ...more
Lynde Shaw
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
After a slow start, the story picks up quickly. Too quickly if Logan has anything to say about. Because, you see he needs Chloe to slow down on the interior design of his house. He's fighting tooth and nail his desire for more than just sex. He's lost his trust in love and relationships. Better to remain emotionally uninvolved and just keep it sexual. And just as equally, Chloe is fighting just as hard to show Logan that she can be trusted. She gives him numerous chances to realize she isn't goi ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Once again, I had the pleasure of beta reading another book for Ella Dominguez. I cannot say enough good things about the first book in the House of Evans duet. Over the past four years, Ella has perfected her writing style and the results shine through in Ulterior Designs. She draws you in, keeps you engaged and leaves you wanting more. I absolutely cannot wait to read the conclusion to Chloe and Logan's love story. ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Grab a drink, lock the doors, shut your phone off. Ready?? Dive into this sexy, mind blowing, hottness of a book. The story itself is fabulous, the sexy scenes make it out of this world.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, kindle-books
Good story, but a pile of typos.
Lita Thomas
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ulterior Designs (House of Evans, #1) by Ella Dominquez tells the story of Chloe. A recent graduate with a degree in interior design. She is new to the field and works several jobs to keep a room over her head, clothes on her back and food in her stomach. She is a very creative young lady who just wants a chance to prove herself and do what she loves. While interning for a famous designer she meets Logan an up and coming architect who has a church he has converted into his home. Logan has a true ...more
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This is the first book of this author that I have read, and the first book in the House of Evens duet. As much as I liked this book and truly want to read the next installment to see how it all pans out, I really did struggle to get to grips with it. The story is very similar to other books that I have read and I felt that some scenes were too short and others far too long. The beginning was drawn out too much and got confusing as to whose POV it was from. I did like the development of
Ulterior Designs
I just want to say to Ella Dominguez that you wrote one hell of a book with this story! I love Chloe, she's so fresh and bright, but with a naïveté you can't help but to embrace, because it's not that she's pretending to be something she's not, she's genuinely curious about that side of Logan.

On the subject of Logan, he's a whole bucket of sexy, but I wanted to use one of his floggers or paddles and knock some sense into him, when it comes to his behavior with Chloe. He wants he
Amy Harrison
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: smut
Oh Logan..... This man is a panty-scorcher, dear readers. Watch out.....

Two very creative people whose paths cross through a shared project discover that their shared chemistry is off the charts.... But he's a little skittish, and she is a little naive.... However, don't count Chloe out. She's a smart, no-bullshit kinda girl and she does not give in to dramatics and ridiculousness that easily.

This Book One of Two has 1) super smokin' hot sexy times with some interesting details and equipment (I
Maureen Ames
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Can an over powering attraction between two people bring them together? Or will their past heartbreak and betrayals tear them apart?
Logan, sexy, controlling and experienced, Chloe, beautiful, young and naive, both drawn to each other in all ways possible. Will their attraction and desire for each other be enough to overcome the insecurities from the past. this first installment of Ulterior Design ( House of Evan) leave you wanting more.

May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
I am a long time fan of Ella Dominguez, so I jumped to get my hands on this book. I definitely didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed the characters abd rally thought it was a nice difference in an idea for the entire plot. It made the story unique. Of course it was sexy in true Ella fashion.
Overall, this was a nice sweet read.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica
Really fun, unexpected read. I liked their strange relationship, but I loved that the author chose to really show us how passionate the main characters could be through their work. Totally worked for me. Can't wait for the next installment. ...more
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Lover. Dreamer. Wanderer. Respiratory therapist by day, writer by night. Unequivocally obsessed with ukuleles and unicorns.

While Ella refuses to be confined by genre labels, she believes her talent best lies in writing passion-filled, ethnically diverse, suspenseful novels. More of an avid reader than an author, she is committed to writing the stories that the characters in her head tell her

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