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- Publication Date: June 30, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01H49EHGM
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"Amazon needs to up the stars on this one."
"There is so much substance in this book, it far passes just an erotic read. The author dives into the human psychology and spirit of each character and leaves us wondering about ourselves as well. If this is any indication of how this trilogy is going play out, I think we have found a serious top five series."
"Unorthodox Therapy is like nothing I've ever read in this genre. It transcends erotica. Beautifully crafted characters. Emotional. Heart-pounding suspense. Lilah E. Noir has proven she should be among the great erotic writers of our pasts."
"What a rollercoaster ride! This book was fascinating to read. The complexity of the story line along with well-developed characters was predictable and unpredictable at the same time."
"I had a love/hate relationship with the story. It drew out some very strong and sometimes very raw emotions. The writing is excellent and the plot so strong. The characters are so strong and well developed. The super strong heroine submissive and the strong hero Dom who must deal with his own insecurities and compassion in order to be what he feels his partner needs."
"Intelligently-written, well-drawn characters and an original premise top the list but only scratch the surface."
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One of the most refreshing and notable things about Unorthodox Therapy—which Noir states is not a romance, though it certainly leans that way—is that her goal is to subvert and invert many of those tired tropes, while still telling a love story.
For starters, the female main character, Lena, is no innocent, inexperienced fragile flower who seems to have never even met a boy in all four years of college or since. She is a high-powered, in-charge and in-control head of a software company, which she herself founded and built from the ground up. We meet her in full-scale nicotine withdrawal, sweating and shaking and head pounding, all just before a big meeting with a new client. She is neither as in control as we’d been led to believe, nor as she likes to think of herself as being.
Breaking down—just this once, of course—for a cigarette out on the fire escape, she is joined by her employee Thomas, a younger software engineer who she’d hired years ago as an inarticulate but promising programming nerd, but who has recently been getting it together both at work and in his personal life.
He lights her cigarette, invites her to dinner at his house, and they are off. His plan is twofold: to replace her need for tobacco with a need for dominating and submissive sex, because he suspects she is far kinkier than she lets on. Carrot and stick, as Thomas says.
And he is right about her desires, of course.
What I like about this book is that we have here the rarity, in erotic fiction, of a dominant female at work wanting to submit in bed (or the dungeon, more accurately). Although, as in most erotica, this book can be a bit fantastical, I find that premise wonderfully realistic. By that certainly I don't mean that all powerful career women secretly want to be dominated, but that you just never know by looking, or working with someone, what they really want inside.
The sex is good—very good—in this book, as is the writing. I’ll admit there are one or two chapters that I wish had been revised one more time, or had undergone a bit more thorough beta reading—one in particular feels more like a summary of the day’s events, that I kept waiting to catch up to the current narrative, while in the rest of the chapters Noir gets us inside both characters’ heads wonderfully well.
It should be mentioned that Unorthodox Therapy ends in a cliffhanger; I’ve always believed it’s only fair to let people know if a novel is part of an ongoing series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I do look forward to reading its sequel, Unorthodox Chemistry.
The result, as I'm sure you can imagine, is all kinds of hot.
I will say that the BSDM relationship here is intense. It goes way beyond the erotic, and into the depths of visceral, painful humiliation. Also sex. Lots of great sex. So if you like your sweets with a generous helping of sour spice, then this might be your cup of tea! I, alas, am vanilla, in my heart of hearts. (It should also be noted that some scenes could be triggers for anyone having experienced physical abuse.)
The Master/pet relationship goes beyond the bedroom, though, and what comes out is the story of two people drawn to one another, but with so many barriers in between. That's the stuff romance is made of, and I can't wait for more!
When he witnesses Lina Riley succumbing to her addictive nicotine habit, shaky and nervous, Thomas takes matters into his own hands. It doesn’t matter Lina is his boss who mentored him from being her PA to one of the most dedicated software engineers in her company, but now, he is determined to finally claim Lina and help her kick smoking once and for all. It is an unorthodox therapy, but one that may help Lina.
First, Thomas needs to break Lina down and build her back up. Their mutual agreement of a two month “business contract” has Thomas being her Dom, 24/7. It becomes a very intense, Master/pet relationship that goes beyond the bedroom, one that tests Lina’s limits and brings some her fantasies to fruition. I had to chuckle over her snarky, bratty ways, but Thomas is ever patient, pondering ways to punish her.
Although, keeping their relationship secret becomes a complication when one of Lina’s employees is bent on retaliation. The story takes a turn that had my heart pumping and my mind racing with emotion. Unorthodox Therapy is not an easy book for me, and at 401 pages it is quite intense and complex. Beware, the story continues in the next book, Unorthodox Chemistry. Great job, Ms. Noir. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book.
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Thomas initially offers help Lina give up her addiction to cigarettes by involving her in a D/s relationship. He senses in Lina a woman who craves to be controlled in her private life, yet remain in control of her company at the same time.
The author is extremely good at exploring the characters in depth, so we feel we know all aspects of them, flaws and all. We feel the pain and the doubt, the emotion and the lustful cravings, as the two come to terms with the deep, dark needs that each of them possess. The story is harsh at times, but also contains elements of tenderness as the two characters develop a warm attachment and tender feelings for each other.
The author takes us on a passionate ride through the ups and downs of a powerful BDSM story and all of its emotional and erotic content, and with plenty of twists and turns as other complex characters are introduced. The book was difficult to put down at times, and I found myself reading long into the night. The author has produced a masterful novel and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.