The Art of D/s Trilogy

Rated 3.60/5 based on 7 reviews
This is the tale Isabel and Dylan, their journey into self-awareness in the world of BDSM, their love for each other, their unbreakable bond, their trials in a world that offers nothing but obstacles, and the collision of two dynamic characters who struggle with their dominant and submissive tendencies and seek control in all things as their pasts come back to haunt them in spectacular fashion. More

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Words: 317,400
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301854585
About Ella Dominguez

Silly, thoughtful, sympathetic, naughty, delusional, moody, loving, begrudging... that's me in a nutshell.

I'm a full-time mom, wifey, healthcare worker, and wanna be switch. I was born and raised in a sexually repressed, strict Christian household in the bible belt of the USA. This upbringing and repression contributed to my wicked imagination and writing has been my only outlet for my sexual fantasies. Finally at the ripe old age of 40, I've mustered up enough courage to share my naughty thoughts and put pen to paper. I sincerely hope to find my niche in writing erotica in all forms, be it romance or paranormal.

I don't consider myself an author. I consider myself an avid reader above all else, and someone who simply writes the stories that the voices in my head tell me to.

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Review by: E. M. Katherine on Nov. 10, 2013 :
Through this trilogy I found out about Ella's books and she became my friend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: WesternWayDomesticGoddess on July 09, 2013 :
This review is for the last book in the series. I have reviewed the 1st and 2nd books seperately. Well there is not alot I can say that has not already been said by previous reviewers but I will try to add my opinion here goes...

Well Ms Dominguez has done it again. The story started in 'The Art of Submission' comes to an exhilarating end in 'The Art of Control'.
Isa and Dylan are both wonderfully complex and awfully damaged characters but this final book in the trilogy gives the reader true insight in to the reasons behind their demons.

I must admit that the ending of 'The Art of Domination' really sent shivers up my spine and I just knew that the final part was going to be a rollercoaster ride, and boy was I right. The first scenes in the book give the reader some insight into the changing nature of Isla and Dylans relationship and are increadibly sexy without being smutty. But just as you wonder where Ms Dominguez is going to go with the characters she ups the action stakes with the introduction of Isa's father, and boy what a piece of work he is.

I do not want to say much else about the story except to say from thereonin it was a fast paced thriller with a hint of spice - and plenty of 'vanilla with a twist':)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sonia Tigol on June 20, 2013 : (no rating)
WOW. What an incredible ride this series was. The Art of D/s Trilogy is the story of Isa and Dylan. Isa, whom was raised by an abusive father, ues her art as a form of escape. Isa is feisty and endearing. Dylan, is an intense millionaire who purchases is paintings by accident. Upon meeting the two become obsessed with each other but their journey will not be easy. The Dom in Dylan wants full control but Isa although a Submissive yearns for control as well. This is a 5 Star series I would definitely recommend!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jamie Kimok on June 17, 2013 :
I was intrigued when I read the description of the series, but as I began reading, I was less and less enchanted. I did not even bother to finish the trilogy at all.

I hate leaving a story untold, and because of that, I do not normally stop reading a series or a book. However, I just could not continue this one.

First, I understand that I'm picky. I prefer to read books where the author has taken the time to grammar check and spell check for the reader. For example, EXCEPT is NOT the same as ACCEPT.

Second, I felt like the whole thing was pretty juvenile and written either by a teenager or a very young adult.

The characters were not developed. Their interactions were stiff and surface deep. Not only was it difficult to relate to or connect with the characters, I just didn't want to.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Collette Wester on June 17, 2013 :
I loved all these books. I think Ella is an amzing writer and will continue to read all her books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Leslie Serrano on June 10, 2013 :
I am bound to come across books in which it's blurb will pique my interest, make me want to put it on my TBR list, set my expectations fairly high, but then upon reading discover myself being disappointed in what I am reading. Fortunately, it doesn't happen often. But when it does, it makes me wince knowing the kind of review I will have to post.

Now I understand that I can be picky in what I want in the books I read. I have a specific taste in terms of the writing/narrative style. That aspect of a book plays a part in how much I enjoy it. In this trilogy, the writing is not what I like especially certain choices in words and phrasing. Someone once told me that I like my writing to have a "poetic" flow to it. I other words, I like a book's writing/narrative to have a rhythm and natural storytelling flow. In this trilogy, it felt more as if I was being told what was going on. It was very simple, straightforward narrative that just told the surface of the story. I didn't feel it went in depth enough. I was being told what was going on and I didn't feel anything deeper with the story.

I also had problems with the certain word choices and the phrasing of scenes. At times, I felt like I was reading a narrative from a teenager instead of an adult. There were words that felt out of place and didn't belong coming from an adult couple. It really annoyed me Isabel's penchant to use her "Holy..." phrases. It felt childish and it seemingly happens every other paragraph. I found myself rolling my eyes every time she does it and it didn't help when Dylan started doing it too. I understand that maybe the author wanted to add spicy dialogue, dirty talk, but it just felt off. Using the word f*ck and slang terms does not make it good dirty talk. For myself, it left me with the overall impression I had with the main characters, Dylan and Isabel.

I really wished that I felt something with these characters, the way I usually do with the books I really enjoyed. Sadly, I didn't form that connection with either Dylan or Isabel. All I can think of was how juvenile they seemed. I questioned whether they should be together, or be in any kind of relationship. They both have deep issues which constantly interfered in their relationship. Just when I thought they got it together, someone says/does something and the other will immediately take it personally and then act impulsively and then they have a talk and they would decided stick it out. It seemed like they spent the majority of the trilogy, especially the first 2 books, fighting. They also have a tendency to be overly melodramatic, especially Isabel. There were a few lines/dialogue where I found my wincing a little.

As much problems I had with the book, it had its moments. Out of the two, I felt Dylan grew the most in the trilogy. He went from being this very strong minded, confident businessman, to a complete jerk, to an uncommunicative boyfriend, to a deeply loving husband. He has potential to be a wonderful character. I also wished Dylan's right hand man, Sawyer, had more of a part. He takes a more front and center role in the third book. Although when his POV started appearing, it kind of threw me for a loop considering there was never any sign of it in the previous 2 books. However, when they started showing up often, I liked reading his perspective. He's a character I would've liked reading more of.

I also liked the pictures of Isabel's painting, which are done by an actual artist friend of the author. They were beautiful and added a little pop to the book. Helped bring a picture of what Isabel's painting were to have looked like.

This whole trilogy had a flavoring of the 50 SOG trilogy. The more I read, the more that thought came to mind. But, in my opinion, the former was written better with more of a clearer illustration of its main couple. With The Art of D/s trilogy, I wasn't as taken with the writing or the main couple. I feel if the writing was polished a little more and the characters' behavior/attitudes and dramatics were toned down a couple of degrees, the book could have been better.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: dawn colson on June 08, 2013 : (no rating)
I love all of these books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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