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(Maestra #2)

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Judith Rashleigh has made it. Living in luxury amidst the splendours of Venice, she's finally enjoying the life she killed for.

But someone knows what Judith's done.

Judith can only save herself by finding a priceless painting - unfortunately, one that she's convinced doesn't even exist.

And she's not the only one seeking it.

This time, Judith isn't in control. Outflanked and
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Zaffre Publishing
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Sidney Yes. I suspect Domina is actually better than Maestra! Domina is such a turn-off, especially after the failed hot-deviant-sex in the first few pages.…moreYes. I suspect Domina is actually better than Maestra! Domina is such a turn-off, especially after the failed hot-deviant-sex in the first few pages.
Coupled with the echt ephemeral view of the world of art and its denizens. The heroine is a smarmy philistine in the world of art, and in sensuous matters.(less)
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Kevin Ansbro
Oh, the unremitting dangers of snatching an eye-catching, last-minute book at an airport!
"Rip-roaring" cheered the Daily Mail.
"Fantastic" exclaimed the Sunday Times.
"A masterpiece" proclaimed the Sunday Mirror.
"You'll love this" promised Grazia magazine (I really didn't).

Opting for this paperback, instead of a fencepost-sized Toblerone, when I already had a suitcase full of books, proved to be a regrettable mistake.
Awaiting me was a serving of gossamer thin characterisation, clichéd dialogue, a
Liz Barnsley
I was one of the fans of Maestra, for which I gave 5* and a good review, because Maestra, for all its faults, was one of the most fun books I read last year and had a main protagonist who I really engaged with, the murderous, witty, sexy Judith.

Well now Judith is living under an alias and for me in Domina lost all her pizzazz. It was relatively dull in places and the story this time didn't, for me anyway, have that edginess and full on feeling that Maestra had provided. I kind of enjoyed it in
I seem to be in the minority of readers who are actually enjoying L.S. Hilton's erotic thriller trilogy titled Maestra. It is a series about a driven woman who manipulates, lies, steals, seduces, kills, and cheats to get what she wants: a rich life that she can control instead of the other way around.
"Becoming Elisabeth had taken so much more than an expensive wardrobe, in the end. Armor truly protects only if it's invisible, and that was where the real struggle had lain. Not just the study
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who love thrillers and can keep an open mind
This series has become my latest obsession!! It embodies many things I enjoy: travel, art/art history, fashion, kick ass female leads and well written thrillers, just to name a few. For the last week or so, I was lost to the world because I was too busy basking in the beauty of L.S. Hilton's magnificent storytelling and am now counting days till I can get my hands on the conclusion of this amazing trilogy in April! I am also nursing one hell of a book hangover and don't even care for a cure ... ...more
Maria Espadinha
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Por Trás do Belo Está o Feio

A vida é uma dança intemporal de contrastes -- claro e escuro, mau e bom, belo e feio...bailam e rodopiam, sucedendo-se e alternando-se num equilíbrio dinâmico.
E por onde anda o belo, o feio paira perto. Mesmo invisível, está lá, latente e pronto a emergir em qualquer instante.

É pois no Mundo do Belo que esta história acontece -- no Mundo da Arte e dos seus acólitos, dos apreciadores da Beleza, dos cobiçosos que a sobrevalorizam e que dela carecem!...
A Arte é um mundo
Joanne Robertson
I'm so disappointed!! I was really excited about this sequel to Maestra which I really enjoyed last year but having now read Domina I wish that L.S.Hilton had just left Judith back there, saving me from having to admit that I didn't like it!

There's nothing wrong with the writing, her style is still crisp, engaging and intelligent. But it was like watching an slightly off centre version of Maestra. The sex scenes seemed forced, the plot complex but lacking the bite of her previous misadventures a
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Domina' is the second installment of the 'Maestra' series. I thoroughly enjoyed both books, but possibly the first book, 'Maestra', slightly more than this one. The main character Judith is a woman with some major pent-up rage (putting it mildly). She seems to have a lot more control over her rage in this book than she did in the first. She has a great deal of... hmmm... how to put it.... sexual urges (again, putting it very mildly - these books are quite explicit in their detail), and the firs ...more
Phils Osophie
Jawohl... Aus irgendwelchen unlogischen Gründen hätte ich total bock, den zweiten Teil zu lesen.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, I’d like to thank Zaffre for granting my wish to read the book via NetGalley. I appreciate it. As always, my review will be honest, but this time it won’t be quite a positive one. The novel did not turn out to be what I had expected. I was quite disappointed. I never managed to delve into the story. I was expecting a thriller, a storyline focused on an investigation. But I felt as though I was reading an avatar of 50 shades of grey with a Russian mafia-like background story. I had the im ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads, mystery
I won this book in a goodreads drawing.

A con woman type book, something of a take of of the Talented Mr. Ripley books with a female protagonist.

It was okay, but without the twists and turns of a truly great novel of this type.
Aritri Chatterjee
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the trilogy, Domina sees Judith Rashleigh’s character transform and go through a new journey of thrill and danger. Judith, who has had a troubled and broken childhood gets entangled into a terrible mess and has to shed her identity. She miraculously transforms into Elisabeth Teerlinc, a suave and fashionable art gallerist and leads a luxurious life that Judith would never have dreamed of before. However, all is not hunky dory in Elisabeth’s newly tailored life. A sudden contac ...more
Marisa Fernandes
Gostei, mas não adorei....
Para mim, "Maestra", primeiro volume desta trilogia, foi sobejamente melhor, apesar das críticas desfavoráveis à frieza da personagem principal, a meu ver sem qualquer fundamento. Não é suposto um thriller ter personagens que são dignas de exemplo a seguir. Infelizmente, há no mundo gente com condutas menos próprias ou com patologias mentais passiveis de não sentir qualquer tipo de remorso ou compaixão quando praticam o mal. E convivem connosco na Terra, sendo que não
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the mixture of the art world and thriller all mixed in together. Judith Rashleigh's boss was involved in a faking scam. As time catches up with Judith she is asked a few questions. Why did she drown Alvin Spencer? Two years ago in Rome did she kill a man named Patrick? Did she take a painting that belonged to another man by the name of Moncada? It also appears that Moncada was murdered sometime later in Paris, the question is was Judith present? After Judith Rashleigh has been questioned ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Over on our blog, author L S Hilton shares her top tips for VENICE (one of several locations across Europe)

This is the second outing for the Judith Rashleigh, who first appeared in Maestra, which we reviewed here. There will be a third and final book in the series.

Judith had to abandon her art gallery – Gentileschi – in Paris in the last book for various reasons, and vanish from the art world. She has now popped up in Venice, running a gallery under t
Jun 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Absolutely awful. The worst book I have read in some time, even worse than Maestra, the prequel to this book. I read Maestra, didn't really enjoy it but hoped this would be better. It wasn't. The story was awful, it was appalling written (immature writing, use of language, felt like a GCSE assignment), the character was dull and flat. I had no feelings towards her of like or dislike; she was just a non entity. Gratuitous sex, multiple statements of designer clothes (was going to use the word, 'd ...more
Freesiab (Bookish Review)
I'm really bummed about this follow up to MAESTRA. It was like the carefully crafted protagonist turned into a big wuss. I still enjoyed the writing and the overall plot was interesting, if not really confusing at times. I'm not sure what to think since I loved the first book so much. It was unique but this wasn't.
I received this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Sadly, another book that is finding it's way to the DNF shelf. I am in a serious slump. I made it to about 15% and I just couldn't take any more. Which is really sad because Maestra was one of my favorite books from last year. I don't know what happened with Domina, but I just couldn't get into it.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
It worries me that I keep rooting for Judith. She may be a psychopath who uses and discards people and I still want her to get away with murder. Literally. She's just so smart, even when she's being played. She is funny and twisted and, even if I wouldn't invite her to tea, her obsession with beauty is so compelling. I love how this book talks about art, and takes place (mostly) in amazing places. The rhythm of the story feels like a locomotive that may be about to derail. The more things go wro ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
didn't enjoy this at all and didn't connect at all with this book
Mar 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. just awful
2.5 actually

This is no longer an art thriller about a Liverpudlian girl wanting to wear Prada naturally.

Judith, aka Elizabeth, now has a small but mildly successful art gallery in Venice, a flat, a desk, and a Russian teacher, ex-opera singer. When she is invited to evaluate the private collection of Pavel Ermolov, formerly of Kislovodsk, now a world-notorious oligarch, she is both flattered and puzzled. It turns out that Ermolov's pet art expert, Dr Ivan Kazbich, is an an expert with yet anoth
Shreya Vaid
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judith Rashleigh, I met this lady last year when I read Maestra by L.S. Hilton. At that time, I wasn't that convinced with her, given her dangerous ways and murder trail that she left behind. Now this year, I met this woman under a different alias, Elisabeth Teerlinc in the book Domina. And I was simply mesmerized when I was finished with the book. The murder trails made more sense, her passion and dangerous ways were justified. All in all, Judith Rashleigh convinced me why she did what she did ...more
Jun 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: prh-firsttoread
No creo que fuera necesario un segundo libro, mucho menos creo acertado que haya un tercero.
En lo que a mi respecta, Domina es más de lo mismo del libro anterior, asesinato-sexo-asesinato-sexo, ese es el ciclo de ambas tramas, tanto así, que resulta predecible, monótono.
Todo es tan incongruente, desde el hecho de que una asesina inexperta sea capaz de viajar casi por todo el mundo y que pueda librarse de que la atrapen, hasta el punto de que en esta segunda entrega se meta con mafiosos y asesin
Marilina Fernandes
Gostei de o ler. Neste volume sabemos um pouco mais da vida infantil/Juvenil da Judith, a qual continua imparável mas desta vez com menos mortes a seu encargo.
Ainda continuo indecisa se fico admirada com as suas atitudes ou com uma certa pena. Terei de esperar pelo terceiro para saber o seu destino e formar a minha opinião.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Met dank aan uitgeverij The House of Books voor dit recensie-exemplaar
L.S. Hilton groeide op in Engeland en heeft in New York, Florence, Parijs en Milaan gewoond. Ze studeerde Engels en kunstgeschiedenis. Allemaal elementen die in ‘Maestra’ terug te vinden waren. Ze was eerder reeds bekend van historische fictie zoals ‘Elisabeth I’, maar met ‘Maestra’ gooide ze het over een andere boeg. ‘Maestra’, een boek dat veel stof deed opwaaien en een boek was ofwel waar je van hield, ofwel dat je verafsch
Domina is one of those novels I really wish I had not read. Whereas Maestra was compelling, Domina is just downright boring. There is a surprising amount of inaction in this book. One might even say Domina is more of an ode to art than it is a murder thriller.

There are more issues with the novel than the lack of action. The very first issue occurs immediately. The book starts under the assumption that you read the first novel so we get none of the character development that allows us to sink int
Shirley Bateman
Maestra was full-on raunchy and quite ridiculous but highly enjoyable. I thought I'd give Domina, the sequel, a try, just for entertainment value. I was disappointed though. There was far too much recapping of the first book and some parts just felt like they were copied and pasted from an art history book. It was also overly complicated; too many characters with such similar-sounding names that it was hard to keep track of who was who.

The only parts I really found interesting were those detail
Victoria Colotta
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: This follow-up novel is even better than the first. The pages are filled with intrigue, sensuality, and art.

The second book in the Maestra Series blew me away. DOMINA is a fast-paced thrill-ride filled with all the excess of wealth, deception, death, and an unapologetic sexual appetite from our female chameleon. L.S. Hilton brings it in this book. She takes what we already know about Judith and kicks it into high gear as you are thrust back into her crazy life. The
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L. S. Hilton grew up in England and has lived in Key West, New York City, Paris, and Milan. After graduating from Oxford, she studied art history in Paris and Florence. She has worked as a journalist, art critic, and broadcaster, and is presently based in London. ~ Penguin Books

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