ARC Review: Altered State by Ella Dominguez

7 Jun 2015

Book Title: Altered State
Author: Ella Dominguez
Series: Standalone
Release Date: May 27th, 2015
Genres: Mystery/Suspense, Erotica, Dark/Mindfuck
An erotic psychological thriller. Stand-alone novel.

Warning: Contains detailed sexual encounters & profanity. Intended for readers aged 18+.

Beauty lies in the truth.

A wife with a thirst for revenge desperately trying to save her marriage while hiding in the shadows of her memories... A woman with questionable intentions, a sketchy past and a taste for unavailable men... A husband in love with his wife, a man mesmerized by his mistress, a willing hostage caught between two obsessive women.

A murderer, a liar and a cheater. You think you know which one is which, but nothing is as it seems. After all, everyone wears a mask. Some are just better at hiding the truth than others.

Lies will be exposed. Truths revealed. Blood shed. All in the name of something far more potent than love and much more toxic.


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 No? Then let Altered State be your first!

 Let me preface my review with one MAJOR thing- do NOT read any reviews of this book unless you know it's spoiler-free. Got it? Because, hole-eee-smokes, there's horribly plot-spoilered reviews out there. Like, "Why bother to read the book now?" reviews. Seriously people, go in as blind as possible. My review is going to be vague as heck because, yes, this is one crazy ride! In fact, it doesn't feel crazy at all as you're reading along...other than the preface, which makes you KNOW the shizzle will eventually hit zee fan! It seems like any other book where there's "another woman." A marriage failing, the spark fizzling. 

  Altered State is one of those books that, on the surface, feels like just about all the other romances we read. Married couple. He's a lawyer. She works in a bridal salon. Things have gotten a bit blasé between them but nothing horrible. Commence the roller coaster ride...


 When I'd saw the opportunity to read and review this, other than the blurb compelling me to sign up, I knew Ella Dominguez can write some seriously great books. I pretty much devoured her Art of D/s Series within days. Even more so, her artistic quality to her writing always created this mental picture with perfect clarity. 

  The full moon tugs at the waves making them crash loudly against the rocks, all the while shining brightly overhead and making the black water that ripples rhythmically below, take on a supernatural quality. The moon, the ocean… they smile knowingly, as if they’re inwardly laughing at me… as if they both know my secrets. I wish they would let me in on the joke. 

Altered State has all the elements of a fantastic mindf*ck read for me. Compelling plot, making the reader feel like all is normal in her reading world, then weirdness slowly seeps in. You're thinking, "Ah ha, I know the twist. I've figured it out!" Just for you to figure out that no, Allison, you didn't have it figured out. It's got mysterious elements, obviously suspense, a fairly decent dose of steam, and a love-story buried beneath the clusterf*ck of happenings. 

 Altered State is a book I'd highly recommend a buddy to read with. When the ride to Crazytown commences, a pal to bounce theories off of is a must. Or just someone to help you feel as if you're not  losing your marbles as well. Deep breaths!

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 I highly, highly recommend this for readers that crave mystery, intrigue, suspense, sexual fantasy within their reads. It had it all. I'd love to recommend this based on similar books I've read in the genre but even that will kind of give away plot spoilers. Go in blind. Take my word for it. You won't regret it.


  Altered State is currently .99 on AMZ for a limited time. So worth the 99 pennies! 

 Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review.

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