Thursday, February 12, 2015

Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway for Domino Effect by Kristin Mayer

There was something about the stark cover that appealed to me and the blurb only enhanced my desire to read the story.  I really enjoyed the book. Make sure you enter the contest to win an ebook copy for yourself!

Domino Effect Synopsis:
One 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?
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 ★★★★ stars

So the cover is what first caught my attention.  I thought it was stark and probably hid a fabulous story inside its covers, and I was right.  Domino Effect started off slow for me.  I wasn't aware this was the second book in a series, but that became clear in the initial pages and very shortly thereafter my fear of being perpetually lost while reading this book ended as well.  Kristin Mayer brilliantly slid in a small recap that didn't spoil anything from book one that featured different characters, but still caught me up with everything I might have missed.

Part of what I really liked about this book was how the story line was fluid and shifted. Initially the book was focused on Nikola and Brandt reconnecting and trying to renew their relationship, but soon shifted to other issues they'd face, and then other things going on in their lives.  I loved how supportive Brandt was of Nikola.  He made sure to put her first.  I guess having lost her once, he knew what he could lose again and was willing to do whatever it took to make sure that didn't happen.

While the story may have started out slowly, around 10% is picked up and took off.  I read the remainder of the book in almost 2 hours.  I love how carefully and diligently Kristin treated the issues the characters in this book faced.  Wesley's situation broke my heart.  As did what happened with Anne.  I will admit to breaking down and sobbing at certain points. I couldn't help myself.  There were also certain parts of the book when I anxious and my heart was beating fast.  I'm surprised and impressed at how seamlessly Kristin Mayer weaved romance, life, and suspense all together.

The journey Brandt had to redeem himself with Nikola and the journey Nikola took to trust Brandt again wasn't easy.  They had many hurdles to face.  However with the love and support of one another and friends they managed to overcome it all.  I do hope Kristin continues this series.  I would love to see Wesley find happiness and see how Brandt and Nikola are doing in the future.

*Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

Kristin Mayer Bio:
Kristin 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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    1. I think so too, but I know many people judge books based on covers and might miss out on how awesome this book is!



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