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Domino Effect

(The Domino Trilogy #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Start of Domino series

Peter Rostovich is an enigmatic international artist with ties to the Russian mafia. He manipulates everyone he comes in contract with and nobody can figure him out—not even himself. More than that, he has a taste for bondage, which he infuses into his art.
Virginal Nancy Delaney is an aspiring reporter who tries to crack Peter’s shell. His work is lik
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 296 pages
Published December 13th 2013 by Ellora's Cave (first published March 24th 2013)
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Beatrice ~ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic
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 h
Quick review for a not so quick read. I really don't have much to say about "Domino Effect." Really, I don't, and that's a bad thing. Usually, I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt to a book if it manages to engage me on some levels of the read, but my first read from Jill Elaine Hughes had me wondering how on earth this got published by Ellora's Cave, let alone by any publisher at all of romance. It's like it wasn't even from a veteran writer of erotica - this managed to cram every singl ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received The Domino Effect as an ARC via Netgalley through Hackberry Books.

I still cannot decide whether this first trilogy is a 3.5 or 4 star!

We have a 21 year old, Nancy Delaney an aspiring ambitious Journalist, in her final year of college. Studying Renaissance and Victorian art, but not really into contemporary art. An only child from Boston of college-professor parents, both broke and unable to support Nancy financially through her college days. Nancy a bit of a loner, determined to sty &am
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, loved-it
My naughty side really enjoyed this read. I loved the storyline and thought it was really well written. If your looking for a BDSM thriller then I’d definitely recommend this read.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely breeds my inner dominant begging to get out! Not only are the BDSM sex scenes enough to make you feel the crack of the leather whip *thwack* OHH God, but there’s also quite a mystery brewing in here. Nancy is a 21 year old hard working, virgin with no fashion sense that rooms with Hannah her sexy, rich, promiscuous best friend born with a silver spoon in her mouth. They are both aspiring writers, but Hannah already has a job writing art reviews for a small magazine publicati ...more
Jan 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
I've have tried and tried to read more of this book but to no avail it's just not catching me at all. Nancy is just so bland and her room mate is no better. There are details upon details that just make it a hard slog to read. Over a quarter of the way through and nothing has caught my attention at all so I'm afraid I have given up, I've seen lots of 4 and 5 star reviews for this book but it has done nothing for me, can't win them all I guess.
Dec 29, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc


Unfortunately, I simply can not read any further. I can't wait any longer for the heroine to stop getting on my nerves. It's not fun that the person that annoys me most is the one telling the story. I just can't stand it.

This felt like I was reading Fifty Shades of Grey all over again. Even worse, because I'm so over books like that. The heroine, Nancy Delaney, might as well be called Anastasia Steele. She's a 21-year-old virgin who has never masturbated (and apparently wouldn't even know how s
See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

I suppose when I was going into this, I should have expected the story to be a little over-the-top. I guess I always like to be in anticipation for something, I don't know, more worthwhile, to come from reading. This one kinda just irritated me.

The story itself was interesting, but it was the matter of Nancy and her desires. She was that girl who although she was a virgin wanted to just dive straight into the deep end of the pool a
Dec 19, 2013 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: arcs
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not going to give this one a star rating because I'm giving up at 11% with no intention to finish it at a later date. This early on, the characters are so similar to Ana and Christian from 50 Shades of Grey that it's ridiculous. On top of that, I don't like how it's written and so far, the story is just flat out ridiculous.

Here's what happens in the first 11%:

Nancy (come on, NANCY???) is about 22. She lives with her uber we
Ryan Field
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started to read Domino by Jill Elaine Hughes I figured I knew what I would be getting because I've read a few of her other published works from e-publishers. I liked her work before and I've always considered her clean, tight writing style to be the ultimate antithisis of what so many others do in the romance genre. To read a style like this is an editor's dream come true. That's just my personal taste. In other words, I like romance and erotica written as neatly and tightly as The ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I gave this book 4 stars. Why? it had so much promise! I really wish I got this to Beta read.

I loved the normal name, Nancy Delaney. How refreshing, I am tired of the familiar and trendy names. Overall the overuse of Alexa and Lexie/Lexi is getting to me. The meeting and work for a review of a semi erotic art exhibit was a little different. I liked the relationship to her room mate and best friend, Hannah. Of course they are like night and day extreme and total opposites. Nancy was so na
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 h
Jennifer Hines
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely loved this book, but if the second book doesn't come out really soon I'm going to go insane because that cliffhanger ending was just cruel and unusual punishment!

Nancy may not have grown up with a life like her mother, but she is a determined young woman who will do what she needs to succeed. She's kind person who seems to get overwhelmed by art and artists.

An artist and shifty businessman known as
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 s ...more
Johanna Sawyer

The story is about Nancy, a college student, who fills in at an art gallery for an opening night review which her roommate Hannah was supposed to go to. (Sort of fifty shades!) Nancy meets Peter, a Ukrianian artist, and within 30 seconds of meeting him, he ziptie's her wrists together and she passes out. When she comes to he has stolen her press pass, and recorder. She gets up and tries to find someone to cut the zip tie off, and no ones seems to blink at the man's oddity. She wants to leave but
AJ Fairchild
Jan 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: egalley
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was my thought process while reading this Domino Effect:
"Hmm...did this start out as 50 Shades fanfiction? .....This is REALLY similar to 50 Shades.....HE DID WHAT!?....Awe he's a nice guy, in a way...Russian Bodyguards, yikes!....HE DID WHAT?!...THEY ARE TAKING HER WHERE?!!!...That would never happen in real life...Wait...she's okay with it?...NO WAY that would ever happen in real life...."

annnnd....CLIFFHANGER, in a major way.

Alwaysreadingbooks - Reading Drinking and Relaxing
I was given this book for my honest review

I really enjoyed this book. The title had me thinking it was one thing but it was not what I expected. I enjoyed the main character Nancy and seeing the things that she went through. The fact that she was this shy girl who shied away from relationships without ever really having one and then she meet Ro and things change for her. She starts seeing things differently and she starts feeling things that are new and strange to her and she becomes this whole
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of lost innocence, passion, bondage, intrigue, and kidnapping.  Throw in the likes of the Russian mafia types with human trafficking and you have a wonderful story.  Although the story starts out very similar to other novels I have read recently, the author adds in a few twists and turns that makes it original. The main character, nancy, is a journalist wanna be finishing her last few months of college.  Her roommate, Hanna, asks nancy to cover an art opening thus opening the chain of ev ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
I decided to read this book for leisure; additionally, it was noted that Domino Effect was a New Adult book on NetGalley, so I thought I would give the genre another try. I feel like New Adult books are very formulaic, which I don't tend to be a huge fan of and I was hoping this book would be different.

I thought Domino Effect was really well written (thumbs up to the author and editor), but the characters and their motives/behaviors mimicked those found in James' Fifty Shades trilogy. The book
Kimberly Morris
Ok, so this book was really strange for me. I'm not sure that I really liked it much but I didn't hate it either. First of all,I don't know why she keeps saying that Rostovich got her into the mess she was in, when her captor said he had been watching her friend then her for months, so where does she get off saying its his fault?That kept annoying me! All the history background in the book got on my nerves because I can't stand history. I wasn't impressed by the characters at all. Nancy was kind ...more
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A quick fast paced read with never a boring moment to be found but could have been better if more thought had gone into some of the smaller details. There were a few contradictions in the story and the fact that Nancy has gone from Virgin to Dominatrix in just a matter of a few days was just unbelievable and the fact that there is no real emotion to being taken against her will into the sex trade was disappointing. I also thought Julian the Navy Seal Concierge would have helped Peter save the da ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review will be ready soon, smiles enjoy

here's the review enjoy!
Fiona (Titch) Hunt
I've had this book for a few years and would like to thank Netgalley and Jill Elaine Hughes for their patience in waiting for this review.

Well, where do I start??? Well Peter Rostovich isn't a man I thought he was going to be. Strange and mysterious comes to mind as well as naughty thoughts (his words not mine). Nancy Delaney is a classy woman, who is also a virgin but who has fantasies that you would never of thought of from a straight A student, but she's also a journalist. When her best frien
Roses Book Blog
Jun 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this story and found out it was revolved around Art I almost, and I mean almost turned my Kindle off. It just seems that there are so many stories out there that revolve around artists. I'm glad I didn't turn it off let me tell you because as this story went on, it just drew me in deeper and deeper into the story. By the very end of it I was left wanting more of the story and anticipating book 2. Quite a turnaround from when I first started reading this story let me ...more
(nb: I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley)

Be forewarned: "Domino" has some very erotic scenes.

I mean, seriously, SERIOUSLY, capital-E erotic, complete with BDSM elements (BDSM=Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism).

It's not just an idle experiment in literary erotica, though. "Domino" ends up being an engaging thriller as well.

Nancy Delaney is a Senior English major at Case-Western in Cleveland. Her dream is to make her mark as a journalist.

One night, her roommate Hannah--
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Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
My star rating for 'DOMINO EFFECT' is: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars! :)

My ‘Blogging Reader’s Review’ after reading ‘DOMINO EFFECT’ by Author Jill Elaine Hughes (via:

This is the first novel of the Domino Trilogy Series by Jill Elaine Hughes. It is of the New Adult genre as well as the erotica section because of it's risque feel due to some BDSM situations by some of the characters in the story. Don't let that scare you away because it's not solely what the story is abou
So, I did not like this book. Actually, I found it kind of ridiculous. Which sucks because I was really looking forward to reading this. The summary of the book made it sound like this book was going to be an awesome thriller. Sadly I was disappointed. Here's the summary of the book according to goodreads:

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 intern
Actual rating: 3.5

Okay, here's the deal. I've seen countless posts where fans of NA say that they're over the whole innocent virgin thing. I'm right there with them; there is a lot of the same, twenty something shy, virgin/damsel in distress, going on in New Adult books. Although I don't mind the fact that the heroine's are virgins, I do care that they all seem absolutely clueless about sex. That is just not realistic at all. Sure it's possible, but not as common
Lydia Lynn
Domino by Jill Hughes. I received a copy of this ebook by the Author through BDSM group TPE BAR Read2Review.

I would first like to say that I actually thought this book was pretty decent. So its more of a 3 and half stars but since Goodreads doesn't offer half stars I'll just round it up to 4. When I first got sucked into the world of Domino, it seemed like any normal BDSM/Erotica book, but I was wrong. I loved the whole background plot. That's what really held me captive in the story and the fac
Roni Guzman
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book caught me by surprise. At first the beginning of the story starts off with Nancy who is a normal struggling college girl majoring in journalism who is only two months away from graduating. She lives with her roommate/best friend by the name of Hannah. Hannah works for a magazine and asked Nancy to fill in for her and cover an art exhibit as a personal favor. The exhibit was not suppose to be anything big or special. So of course this is where Nancy meets Peter Rostovich who is this ver ...more
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