Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review of 'Domino Effect (The Effect Series #2)' by Kristin Mayer

Domino Effect Synopsis:

Adobe Photoshop PDFOne small movement can impact the rest of your life, like a set of dominoes lined up one after another. It’s not until you step back and see the big picture that you realize the damage you’ve done…

Brandt Mattox had it all—love, success, and friends. One impulsive wrong decision led him down a path that ended in a prison of regrets. He now only dreams of the happiness he once had before the consequences of his actions cost him everything.

He lost his love—not just any love, but his soul mate.

Nikola Kingston has worked hard to keep the past in the past while she focuses on her career and spending time with her grandmother. On a random night, she runs into the one man who will forever hold her heart captive. Her heart knows she still loves Brandt, but her mind cannot forget the dreadful night that cost her the love of her life.

Will the domino effect of Brandt’s and Nikola’s decisions be too much to overcome? Or will the love they never thought they would get back have an everlasting effect?

**My thoughts**

Nikola is a very forgiving person. When I read the details of what Brandt did to her, I admit that I had a very hard time imagining taking him back. I know that he was all coked out and didn't realize what he was doing. I know that he has been sober for a year. I just don't know that I could have taken him back. I definitely would have forgiven him. Maybe I could have taken him back, but it would have taken me much longer than it took Nikola to even consider it.

Brandt really is a good person deep down. He did make some stupid decisions that cost him a lot. He has been very fortunate to be able to reclaim his life. I do like him.

This book was heavier on the sex than I thought it was going to be. Some readers are going to like that a lot. What got to me was that the characters kept insisting that they were more than just a sexual relationship, but I felt like that overpowered a lot of their relationship, particularly in the beginning.

It took until the second half of the book for more of a story to emerge. A lot of it I could see coming. It felt like it all happened quite quickly. There is a touch of suspense, which I do always enjoy on occasion in my romances. 

This book is the second one in the series. I found that it does read well as a standalone, because it focuses on the relationship between Nikola and Brandt. I discovered that the first book is about Adam and Ainsley, their two best friends. I would consider reading that one, as well. This one wasn't my favorite romance that I have read as of late. Many are going to enjoy it more than I did. But it wasn't horrible or anything like that. I will still check out Mayer's other books.

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Kristin Mayer Bio:

1453346_733703703310003_422813181_nKristin Mayer is a wife, a proud mother, and a full-time Analyst and Import Manager. Since an early age, she has always enjoyed reading and writing. While visiting her father one weekend, he suggested that she should take up writing again. With family and a career, she didn’t give it a lot of thought, until a story entered her mind and wouldn’t leave. It just kept forming and developing over a couple of months.

At the beginning of 2013, she decided to sit down and write it all down, but she kept it to herself. One sentence developed into two, and before she knew it, she had the makings of a novel.

Kristin tries to live life to the fullest during every moment. She loves to travel and meet new people. She holds a degree in International Business and uses it daily in her job. Kristin now adds “author” on her list of jobs, and feels very blessed and thankful.

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