Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Art of Submission (The Art of... #1) by Ella Dominguez

The Art of Submission (The Art of... #1) by Ella Dominguez
This is an adult erotica novel. (Rated NC-17)

(Three and a half Yes Sir Hearts)
Book Summary
 Written in 1st person from both his and her perspective.

Warning: Written for mature audiences and includes profanity, graphic sexual encounters and mild BDSM themes.

Romantic, erotic, deeply emotional and humorous.

Isabel is a shy artist with an abusive past who has a very vivid fantasy life and unexplored unusual sexual tastes. When her very private and naughty-natured artwork is sold without her permission, she sets out to try and retrieve her precious paintings, unaware that the buyer has dark sexual tendencies.

Dylan Young is an eccentric businessman and art collector with very specific tastes in women and sex, and serious trust issues. When he comes upon a very erotic set of paintings, he purchases them and they ignite a want and need for the alternative lifestyle he was forced to give up.

When the two meet, Dylan immediately picks up on Isabel's submissive nature and hatches a wicked plan to teach Isabel about his alternative lifestyle. He wants nothing more than to get his hands on more of her paintings and to dominate the submissive beauty.

Their affair is intensely physical and despite Dylan's wanting only a sexual relationship with distinct boundaries, he can't resist her spirited nature, her eagerness and lack of fear to learn BDSM, and most of all - her immense talent. But Isabel has a hidden dominant streak of her own that only Dylan brings out and as they're drawn closer together, their unconventional relationship is threatened as they each struggle with their pasts and for control.


My Review

For the lovers of the Fifty Shades of Grey series, you are sure to like this one. Like the Crossfire series, there is a strong Fifty feel here. The one thing I do think separates this one from Fifty is the changing of POVs and the dive into the BDSM lifestyle is much stronger here.
Isa is a true submissive when we meet her. Very meek and doesn’t really stand up to herself. However, she’s not as meek as we might think which is a contradiction to the girl we first meet.

Dylan is a true dominant when we meet him. Very type A personality and all alpha male. However, when it comes to Isa, some of his barriers will fall.
Very interesting story despite its likeness to the master Fifty Shades of Grey. As you all know, that is my favorite book. So I tend to come down hard on imitators. But I will say this, as much as I like the Crossfire series, I find I like this series more. The characters aren’t one dimensional and this story is its own.

So why the rating. Let me tell you. The major flaw in this story is the two POV. While it’s always great to get in the mind of our guys, the POV were basically repeats of the other. I understand that the author was trying to give us both sides of the situation, but a lot of times, we didn’t learn anything new. And then there was the half of the conversation we would get in one POV and have to read the other to get the other half.
Still despite that, I did enjoy. And I’ll let you in on a secret. I have it on good authority that the flaws from this book will not be flaws in the second. So don’t let that stop you from reading.

Overall, really good.
My book boyfriend Dylan.

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  1. I am reading it now and while I love Dylan and his raunchy mouth and Isabel's switch persona, this dang dern repetitious POV is killing. I have almost stopped reading Isabel all together. The story is good write it in 3rd person and show what they going through. (Constantly going backwards, I throw my hands up every time I see Isabel POV start.) I stopped reading just to see your review and make sure it wasn't just me. Great story but let's keep it moving forward. (VENT) whooo saahhh

    1. Love the whooo saahh! LOL! Yes, it is repetative. But I will say book two won't be like that at all and soooo worth it.

  2. hot Dylan Image too. who is that???

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