The Domino Effect by Jill Elaine Hughes @JillEHughes #review @Literati_Books

The Domino Effect (The Domino Series)

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?


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 naive to me it was a little hard to deal with. She immediately fell for Peter Rostovich. I mean he was intriguing and famous in the art world, so she jusmped on that train in a New York minute, or do I say Ohio minute? The setting in Ohio was a little different and although Cleveland is pretty big it doesn’t compare lifestyle wise with the likes of New York, Miami and Chicago, not to mention LA.

What was juicy was the relationship and how it started with Peter and Nancy. Innocent, well told and juicy. There was a lot of expression from Nancy that was out of character. She knew what she wanted and even when she sort of revealed to Hannah what happened, she was a lady about it.

lots of steam

The thrilling part was the difference in the Ukrainian mob and how they operate. The organization and how they use technology and surveillance, in my opinion was great! For some reason I thought they were not as savvy as others groups using intelligence. When things were discovered it was already a few days too late. Like for instance, having a monitor or gps on someone and them finding out it was true and has been going on a few days already.

You think about how two dueling enemies are and that is Rostovich and Bluschencko.  I really wanted more of them. I hope in the next book they are brought to the center.  Along with the ramifications of Bluschencko’s men and the nasty way they roughed people up.

I thought the similarities to another book were there. I wont say anything else on the matter. If you have not read the other book, then this will be a great read for you.

 I’ll be waiting for the next book and to check out what else she writes.

4 stars

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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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9 thoughts on “The Domino Effect by Jill Elaine Hughes @JillEHughes #review @Literati_Books

  1. WOW I am so happy! and I think we need a cast especially my Peter who would play him? and I want to know if there is an Italian belt that inspired you? Now after that I am hiding cause I have to be bold

    • I would pick Jennifer Lawrence to play Nancy. She’s the right age, the right look, and has the right combination of grit and small-town pluckiness. Peter is a little tougher to nail down. He’s of indeterminate age—he could be anywhere from 25-45, the ambiguity and mystery is part of his appeal. If you wanted to guess him older, you could cast Daniel Craig or Hugh Jackman. If you were leaning younger, I’d choose Bradley Cooper or Chris Pine. Cooper would be especially good paired with Lawrence.

      As far as the belt goes, I am a sucker for fine Italian leather goods. Think Ferragamo or Bellini. I knew that Rostovich would want his custom-made bondage implements created of only the finest materials. On a personal note, I once dated a German physicist who was into bondage. He lived here in the States working for a university, and kept a closet full of freaky stuff he’d brought over from Europe, all of the highest quality—no cheap vinyl/PVC! Classy is the key!

      What else does everyone want to know? I had three great reviews come out today on three different blogs, I hope that readers will take a chance on me, an unknown indie writer, and get to know these characters.

      Jill Elaine Hughes

    • It’s hard to say exactly when. THE DOMINO EFFECT took me a full year to write and revise. Thrillers are tough to plot. I expect it will be 6-12 months at least before I can have the next one out. Especially since I also work full-time as a reporter and have two small children. Of course, if book sales on this title take off, I won’t have to work the day job as much, freeing up more time to work on writing this series. (hint, hint, readers—do a gal a favor and pick up a copy. Only $2.99. It’s for a good cause!)

  2. Any readers following the thread? Any questions I can answer? I’m curious what readers think of Bluschencko. And what about Hannah? She has the potential to figure big in the next book.

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