Unorthodox Therapy (The Unorthodox Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
Thomas Jett, formerly her personal assistant and currently a rising software developer within her company, has an unusual solution for the one vice Lina can't seem to control. All she has to do is submit to his Dominance and he'll guide her to replace the nasty habit with new thoughts and behaviors. She's at once repelled and intrigued by the idea. Could it possibly work? And is it really about the cigarettes? Or does she have a deep need to relinquish control to someone stronger?
As the Unorthodox Therapy progresses, Lina's shocked to realize how much she craves Thomas's control, but she's terrified--what if the company or their clients find out about her private predilections?
I love the way we get a sense not only of Lina's misgivings about giving up control to Thomas, but we also understand his concerns and fears about being the kind of Dom Lina needs. The BDSM sex is hot and steamy, but let me tell you, about 3/4 of the way through, a sudden turn of events had me flipping pages so fast I nearly blew up my Kindle. By the end, I was breathless and dying to read the next installment.
Don't miss Unorthodox Therapy! Lilah E. Noir, write like the wind! I need to know what happens next for Lina and Thomas. 5 HUGE STARS!