Unorthodox Therapy (The Unorthodox Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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!
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!
This is a story of BDSM, of a Slave/Master relationship and yet it is so much more. I found the characters, Lina, the successful, entrepreneurial businesswoman and Thomas, the slightly geeky employee with a hidden secret, to be incredibly compelling.
I'm not an enormous fan of erotica but I loved this book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to lovers of a good story and/or erotica.
The initial hook is that Lina, a tightly wound Silicon Valley CEO, falters in the latest of her string of attempts to quit smoking. Her sky-high personal expectations simply keep her under too much pressure for her to ignore the temptation of her one weakness, nicotine. Enter Thomas, a longtime employee of the firm who started as Lina's personal assistant years ago and therefore knows her much better than she realizes. He offers her an "unorthodox therapy" that he has used to help others overcome their weaknesses in the past, and despite her misgivings at their age difference and employer-employee relationship, she takes him up on it.
His method, naturally, involves drawing her into the world of dominance and submission, inverting their power roles from years as boss and subordinate.
Lilah Noir warns us in an up-front author's note that this will be a challenging and sometimes dark story, and the faint-hearted should take her at her word. Although the early part of the novel provides only occasional foreshadowing of the perils that await both Thomas and Lina in their exploration, by the end, the book will take them both well past their breaking points.
Both Thomas and Lina intrigued me with their complexities, and their relationship feels real because both characters are so well drawn, and because Noir cunningly alternates the narration between their two perspectives. Since we see with both characters' eyes, we get the full depth of tension between them, and understand as the story unfolds why each of them holds back with a certain reserve -- and how that mutual reserve leaves them both vulnerable to dangers within and outside of their secret relationship.
A variety of satellite characters play roles in the action too ... but these I found less compelling. The ambitious vice president who wants to overthrow Lina as CEO comes off as little more than a leering, moustache-twirling villain, and there's an angry, abrasive programmer who takes it upon himself to become Thomas's nemesis in a thoroughly over-the-top manner. Within a story that's anything but straightforward, these antagonists felt out of place to me in their singular fixations. Inevitably, they threaten the main characters with catastrophe, though, which provides for some of the most gripping twists in Lina and Thomas's relationship.
The book is the start of a trilogy, but it's a satifying read on its own, and definitely delivered enough that I want to see where Noir takes the story from here.
Throw into the mix two personal preferences of mine, dual POVs and a strong, vibrant woman Ms. Noir never once diminished to make her male lead appear more dominant, and you have a recipe for one amazing read. I eagerly await the next book in what promises to be a first-class trilogy.
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