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She was his boss at work and his submissive at all times.LINAI'd never noticed him before.He was just a lonely, scared boy when I hired him.I was too busy to notice the lust in his eyes.Now I'm at his feet begging for every bit of pleasure and pain he'll unleash on me.THOMASShe enthralled me.Her body. Her mind. Her wicked laughter and unreadable eyes.She was out of my leagShe was his boss at work and his submissive at all times.LINAI'd never noticed him before.He was just a lonely, scared boy when I hired him.I was too busy to notice the lust in his eyes.Now I'm at his feet begging for every bit of pleasure and pain he'll unleash on me.THOMASShe enthralled me.Her body. Her mind. Her wicked laughter and unreadable eyes.She was out of my league yet I knew what she longed for.I only had two months to kill her nicotine addiction and make her crave me.I'd use every trick I had to claim her as mine....

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  • Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
    2018-11-10 00:00

    🌟🌟🌟 1/2 STARS Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.beckiebookworm.com/So Unorthodox Therapy By Lilah Noir was very much swings and roundabouts for me.Some things I loved and others, well not so much.Because of this, I struggled with my rating a wee bit. The first half of this for me was definitely Four material, then much to my disappointment, the second half I struggled with, pulling this four down to a three for me.So I have settled somewhere in the middle of these two ratings at a three 1/2.So the plot goes that Lina, CEO of her own software company is desperately trying to ditch the old cancer sticks. (Cigs) (without much success, I might add.)Enter Thomas Much younger than our lovely Lady Boss, eleven years to be precise, he sees something in Lina that she hasn't even recognised herself, a submissive nature, now Thomas is all raring to cure Lina's smoking addiction with very unconventional methods.He's had fantasies about his sexy boss for years and plans to replace it with a different habit, a craving for the kind of control only he can offer Lina as beloved and adored Pet.Thomas & Lina entering into this partnership agree to keep their arrangement on the low. Lina is Thomas's boss which makes it difficult to openly fraternise with each other outside of work, also the nature of their involvement as master and pet is something Lina really doesn't want to advertise.So what did I think of our leading Man & Lady?Well, This is where some of my grievances start to rear their head.We have Thomas, twenty-Five, a bit geeky in a sexy lovable way but also surprisingly to Lina a Dom in all his personal involvements. I found him an extremely affable character, very well liked by his co-workers and an all round nice guy.I personally loved Thomas, I adored how human and unsure he could be, in my eyes this only made him seem so much more real A genuine, human persona behind the Dom mask.This contrast to his Dom personality, made for intense sexy reading, the softness and humour towards his Sub only adding to Thomas's very unique charm.I suppose this is why I was so shocked when all hell broke loose and he broke all the rules and went Psycho on his pet.So Bar that one instance where Thomas went crazy with his jealousy, Our leading man tries to be a calm, methodical fun master.And about that one episode, Thomas indulges in, A tantrum if you must call it something, well it really didn't sit quite right with me.I have read some extreme stuff over the years so I'm really not that shockable, but this occurrence, well it really smacked of abuse rather than control and humiliation, and I suppose that's what made it so extreme in my eyes as it was quite tame in nature. I think this was because it didn't seem quite consensual at all.and the golden rule when it comes to kink is SAFE, SANE, CONSENSUAL.Thankfully there is only this one scene from Thomas.A bit like the Hulk ay! ANGRY!!!! You Wouldnt Like me when I'm angry!Lina, Well all I can say here is I really found It difficult to understand how she has got to the grand old age of 36 while still being completely naive about the so-called characters of others. Lina was a very hard woman to relate to, I really wouldn't have blamed Thomas for dumping her irritating ass at all, that girl could seriously give you whiplash with her lack of trust and issues to commitment.Personally, I am also seriously offended on Thomas's behalf at Lina's disbelief of His overall character. this is what I mean by lack of judgement and respect she says she loves him dearly but believes he would actually do awful things to her, WTF so not LOVE!!! Whatever has poor Thomas done Lina to make you lump him in such an unflattering category? Also, D/S is all about the trust, there is no trust on Lina's part for poor Thomas, she automatically thinks the worst of him every single time, when he's done nothing to warrant this.So what worked for me and what didn't float my boat 1/ I loved the overall concept, the age-gap and boss status of lina and then the balance of power switching towards Thomas as the Dom outside of workplace was a stroke of genius, this really worked with Thomas although younger really holding his own.2/ I found the added tension and angst was not needed and in my opinion detracted from the story.There doesn't always have to be DUH DUH DUH Moment!!!! sometimes simple is best.3/ Lina was not a very nice character NO LIKEABILITY FOLKS!!4/Without giving away any spoilers I think her reactions to her " experience" we shall call it, with Seth, were was a little extreme, yeh I get it traumatising, but Lina was meant to be made of stronger stuff, I just found it a touch let's add some drama here to Jazz it up a bit.5/ Trust! Trust! Trust! THIS IS AIMED AT YOU LINA!!!!6/I loved this until all the angst came into play, for me exploring the connection between these age gap lovers was intriguing, you don't always need big plot swings to attract and connect with readers, simple concepts can work just as well.I would have much preferred unorthodox Therapy to continue more along this vein.7/And finally those Red leather boots, OMG!!! The mind visuals these gave me, way hot!!! Fanning myself here folks, Kinky Boots for sure !!!So, in conclusion, I did enjoy this, It was very well written and the interaction between Lina and Thomas was off the hook in terms of the heat factor.it just sometimes failed to connect with me and there were a few little niggles that bothered me some. Like not being able to stand Lina at all, Now, Thomas, I loved him, well most of the time, so overall in the grand scheme of things, this was a fascinating read that kept my interest and I would definitely recommend this to my fellow readers who like this type of genre.So I have tried to be as fair as possible with this review, I will say that some of the initial D/S scenes between Lina and Thomas were some of my faves in as far as kink play is concerned,really hot and beautifully written, so when this worked for me it really pushed my buttons in all the right ways.I received a free Readers copy of Unorthodox Therapy By Lilah E. Noir from the authorThis is my own personal opinion.Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm https://www.beckiebookworm.com/https://www.facebook.com/beckiebookworm/

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  • Lisette Kristensen
    2018-11-21 04:52

    Enthralling read! Everything that FSOG wished it could be. A wonderful tale of power exchange, muddied by love and a woman's spiral into the darkest reaches of BDSM without losing herself. Some dynamic twist and turns and well-crafted story that is loaded with suspense.

  • Sara
    2018-11-19 05:01

    4 stars, Review to follow on Boundless book reviews.

  • Monica
    2018-11-06 01:36

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.Let me begin by saying this is my first BDSM novel. In fact it is rare to see erotica in full length. That in itself is a plus, like getting the entire show and not just the trailor.The authots writing style is intoxicating and draws you in instantly. I had such a hard time putting this book down. I adore strong female leads and was not let down with Lina. She is a confident woman with the power of being CEO and owner of a company. Enter Thomas, geeky nerd programmer with hidden physique and a Dominant side.I loved being able to read in a sense that I was there experiencing it along with them. The dual narration was spot on. Fair warning, it ends with a cliffhanger that makes you wanna beg for more...

  • Krystal Amora Book Reviews
    2018-10-22 20:49

    Unorthodox Therapy (The Unorthodox Trilogy Book 1) by Lilah E. NoirWhat a rollercoaster ride! As a professional woman who happens to work with technology 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.We meet a Lina who is CEO and founder of ChaosTech Solutions. She is independent, headstrong, overworked and driven to be successful in a man’s world. Her relationships have been less than spectacular and she has an addiction to smoking.Meet Thomas programmer at ChaosTech Solutions. We learn Thomas started at the company at a very young age (18-19) as Lina’s personal assistant with very little knowledge in the technology world. He is now 25-26, has gone to college, proven himself and moved into a developer role within the company. Oh and he is a Dom.From the beginning it was evident these two had feelings for one another. Thomas catches Lina on the fire escape smoking in the first chapter and offers to help her break her bad smoking habit. How do you ask? Well let’s just say it sexy, panty melting and HOT!!! Thomas convinces Lina to enter into a D/s arrangement for two months to help her forget about her smoking and other bad habits that she has.Lina naturally has reservations about his arrangement but agrees to give it a try. She has a great deal to learn and denies she is submissive. Their first session was very intense and a really big shock to Lina. Thomas on the other hand is finally able to get the women he has dreamed about for 7 years.Behind closed doors (in the office and home) their relationship grows. There are times when they are both immature and decide to call it quits. As CEO Lina worries about her image and ChaosTechs. She stands to lose it all if anyone where to find out. Keeping the balance has taken its toll. The relationship is moving along until photographs taken during a session have been emailed to all employees, board of directors and some high profile clients at ChaosTech. This is where I said the book was predictable. When you are in the high a profile and we see that she is constantly worried you had to know something like this happened. So with that said the mystery comes in when we learn who the perpetrator of the email blast is a Senior Level Developer Sam Anderson. Why would Sam do this? Excellent question and I won’t be the one to spill the beans. Let’s just say he is not firing on all cylinders. The book takes an unexpected turn at this point. The emotions now are running high and I found myself anxious and eager to get to the next page.The last thing I will say about this book is I cried during the last part of the book. I had been a such a rollercoaster and to have these two lovers………made me cry. Ha! I am not spilling the beans here either. Just know that this story came to a conclusion (notice I didn’t say I liked the ending) and let the door open for book 2.I highly recommend this book for any women who wants to read about a highly successful submissive and her journey.https://www.amazon.com/Unorthodox-The...

  • Ian Saul
    2018-11-10 22:01

    BDSM (I gather, from reading) is very much about one person putting themselves in the capable, careful hands of another. Unorthodox Therapy presents the same basic situation, with author Lilah E. Noir playing the dominant role and the reader submitting to the various pains and pleasures she chooses to inflict on us for our own ultimate enjoyment. Two lead characters, Lina and Thomas, bind us to the narrative with their intense personalities, and once she has us caught securely in place through the characters, she proceeds to lash and tantalize our senses with sensuously crafted erotic scenes and a sometimes-stinging whip of a plot.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.

  • Kim
    2018-10-28 00:46

    Lina is the founder and CEO of a successful computer software development company in California and doesn't suffer fools lightly. She recruits talented people but expects loyalty and commitment and rewards them accordingly. One of her employees is Thomas, some ten years her junior, who suggests one day that he can cure her of her tobacco addiction, which she has tried to give up on several occasions. However, his course of action is unorthodox to say the least, (hence the title of the book) as he is a Dom who assures Lina that, if she submits to him, he can cure her. Thus begins a BDSM relationship with potentially romantic strings and much angst between Lina and Thomas and a violent episode when one of her employees takes exception to Thomas getting promoted. The BDSM episodes were excellent, not only because of the descriptions but also the way they blended into and were part of the storyline rather than being just added in. The characters of Lina and Thomas were great, as was the way each character was allowed to tell parts of the story in their own way. The book did reach a conclusion of sorts but was 'to be continued'; however it was not really a cliffhanger as such so can certainly be appreciated as a stand-alone. There was a minor point which I felt could be improved - there were several 'text notes' numbered in the story but the explanations of these were at the end of the book rather than at the foot of the relevant page - I wasn't even sure where these were and not sure how easy it would be to access them in the course of reading the book. All that said, this is one of the best BDSM tales I have read and accordingly happy to award it 5 stars - 9.5/10.This book was received in exchange for a review from BDSM on Goodreads TPE BAR Program.

  • Ashlee Shades
    2018-11-10 01:03

    A dark, emotional story worthy of more than 5-stars! Incredible literary journey.What can I say, and where do I start? I finished this story a while ago but didn't know how to even begin with writing a review that would let the author know just how much I enjoyed it. This is one story that has taken me on a journey in a way that only Lilah can. Her writing is phenomenal. It isn't a light read. The story and characters are deep and complex. Through the sharing and revealing of the characters' lives, you can tell Ms. Noir is knowledgeable in the topics she covers.Ms. Noir takes you into the world that is a more realistic version of what "real life" is/can be like. It isn't always rainbows and unicorns. It isn't always sweet and sappy with an HEA wrapped up in a neat little bow. There is another side that is not as easily spoken of or written about in such a skillful way as this story is done.Can a strong, independent woman submit without losing her sense of self, without losing her strength?Can a talented and masterful man dominate a woman without losing control of himself?Does it always have to be hard? Is it possible to submit, or control, without crossing a line? One of the greatest aspects of this story (believe me, there are many) is that you aren't told what the characters are thinking or feeling, you are there. You are in the minds of each one, experiencing the emotions and sensations with them. You feel their struggles, you see things through their eyes. You understand where they are coming from, why they are thinking what they are thinking - feeling, acting - because Ms. Noir's skillful writing allows us to put ourselves in the minds of the characters. Their situations are gritty, their dialogue: intelligent, their actions/behavior/decisions are understandable and real. The story isn't one of those you read quickly, enjoy, and then move on. It is one of those you want to both rush through and take your time to savor it; not wanting it to end. I had a hard time reading this story, not because of the content, but because I didn't want to miss anything. I wanted to take my time and understand what I was reading. I wanted to take a break and allow the scenes to sink in. My feelings and emotions were completely engaged from start to finish... and beyond.The premise of the story is a Lilah Noir original, with all the dark, twisted, enjoyable parts that are Lilah's writing style. The characters were multi-dimensional, making them more relatable. Add in some page-turning, palm-sweating, heart-pounding suspense with the erotic nature and you get one of the best stories of 2016 in this genre.Would I recommend this to other readers of this genre? Heck yes!Did I enjoy this story? More than I can say.Would I read another Lilah Noir book? Without hesitation. I look forward to reading another book by Lilah, and I can't wait for the next part of this story.

  • Kimberly
    2018-11-01 21:42

    I received this book in exchange for a review from the BDSM TPE Bar program This book was good I really enjoyed it. The characters flowed well and so did the storyline. I will not include any spoilers because I don't like spoilers but I will say I enjoyed the story and I am happy I was given the opportunity to read the book and I will definitely read more from this author.

  • Tbird London
    2018-11-20 03:58

    Be prepared, this book will leave you in a hangover for days while begging for the next book. I admit, I was getting bored in the beginning as we learned how Lina and Thomas met, the beginning of their work relationship but just as I was at the point of wondering if I wanted to finish the book, BAM the author slapped me upside the head and showed me this was vital information to have for the rest of the story. Yes this was one of those moments when I had to admit, the author really did know more than I did when it comes to what I needed and liked in a story.Lina had proved to the world, she was capable, successful, intelligent and independent. Well she was all of those things as long as she had her cigarettes. Without them the inner witch came out and attacked anyone in her path. After two months of being a non-smoker she buckled and ended up on the fire escape with a pack of emergency cigs and a lighter that didn’t work.Thomas shows up with his magical Zippo lighter that he uses to make women “smile” and rescues her and society from her nicotine withdraws. The author explains to us the transformation of Thomas, from the young geek who showed up for a job interview, dressed in a t’shirt and jeans with nerd glasses to this semi handsome man who has the charm of a knight in shining armor, along with a theory on how he can help Lina stop her addiction to cigs. This background on him becomes important as you watch his confidence guide the story. Unfortunately, in order for her to give the BDSM therapy a chance, she is going to have to give up her controlling ways in life and hand it over to Thomas, a man she hired and is much younger than herself.This alone would make an interesting read, but with the knowledge of BDSM the author showed and the brilliant talent to bring in drama and massive suspense into the plot, you are about to encounter a story that will take you all over the map when it comes to emotions. I was left gasping and leaning in toward my kindle to not miss a single word, more times than I would like to admit. Let me repeat, this is NOT all about BDSM relationships, there is a dark evil lurking, waiting for his moment to enter the story.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.received copy in exchange for an honest review for Crystal's Many Reviewers

  • Boundless Book Reviews
    2018-11-12 21:42

    I was asked to read and Review Unorthodox Therapy and give it an honest review. I had a hard time getting into this book. I am not sure if it was because I didn’t care for the lead character Lina very much at first or my mind was just in other places.  But for whatever reason I had trouble staying engaged with the story. The writing style is very emotional and goes very in depth, with both Lina’s and Thomas’s inner thoughts and feelings. It was one aspect that I really liked but also found a bit sluggish.  There was just so much, the story just dragged to a point where I couldn’t stay engaged.  I also found with such a high level of intense emotions, I just needed a break. The BDSM aspect of the story was both beautiful and dark.  Yet, I found Lina’s reluctance to accept who she is distressing and that ultimately helped to destroy her.  The scenes between Lina and Thomas were written in a way that brought forth the erotic pain that Lina was experiencing. I was able to get a better understanding of how a misogynist’s mind works. The story was left with such a hook/cliffhanger, that I was left reeling at the end.  Both Lina and Thomas are left in such a state of total misery, but it is for the right reasons.  I am just left wondering what happens next.....Sarahttp://www.boundlessbookreviews.comhttps://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  • Emily Foxx
    2018-11-08 03:44

    A must read. A powerful dark BDSM story.A powerful story of Lina, a CEO and Thomas a Dom. I embraced this dark BDSM story from the moment; I​ read the first chapter. It is not for the faint-hearted. I thoroughly enjoyed reading how the characters developed within the story. Well written. Thank you, Lilah. I look forward to the next book.

  • Patient Lee
    2018-11-08 22:58

    There are a lot of really interesting things going on in this novel. A strong woman discovering her submissiveness. A forbidden romance. Office politics. An exciting mystery toward the end. Suspense, love, ropes, canes, and hot, hot sex. I love Erotica that steps out of the box, and this one goes way beyond the sex. I was aroused for about 80% of the book, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. I would recommend this highly to people who enjoy reading hardcore BDSM.I wish half stars were an option, because this one deserves 4.5. My hesitation is the time spent in the characters' heads. Show me, don't tell me. That kind of thing.Truly an entertaining and arousing read. I need book 2. Soon.#recommendedbypl

  • Grant Leishman
    2018-10-24 02:00

    Unorthodox Therapy by Lilah E. Noir was so much more than I expected it to be. I've become very used to reading erotica, in short, sharp bursts, either through short stories or through novellas. Unorthodox Therapy, on the other hand, is a full-length novel. There's a reason why erotica tends to come in short bursts. It is very difficult to sustain reader interest in hot and steamy scenes over a full-length novel because the erotica itself tends to become fairly repetitive. I mean there are only so many ways you can describe a sex scene and an orgasm, right? Noir has managed to do this magnificently, in my opinion, and I applaud the author for that. This novel is squarely focused on the two principal characters and Noir shows us a depth and a multi-faceted pair of characters. Lina, the driven, sometimes bitchy, business woman and entrepreneur has so much more to her character than the facade she presents to her employees and clients. Thomas is your archetypal, software geek, with a hidden secret; his desire to dominate in a relationship - to be the master. Unorthodox Therapy is not for the faint of heart. It is consensual and very explicit, BDSM and Master/Slave role play, that may offend some, but if you like your romance with plenty of hot spice, I can totally recommend this book to you.I am a fan of Noir's style, of the extra dimensions she gave to her characters and really, this is so much more than just another erotic novel. It explores many elements of relationships and that age-old question; "what do you really, really want?" I really enjoyed this book and can highly recommend it. Five stars all the way for Unorthodox Therapy by Lilah E. Noir

  • Sonia Almeida Dias
    2018-10-24 21:02

    Not a bad one, the characters were relatable and the plot was interesting enough to keep me going till the end.

  • Victoria ~
    2018-10-27 04:49

    Four and a half stars“Unorthodox Therapy” by Lilah E. Noir is the first part of a yet released trilogy, but if you can forego a HEA, it can be read as a standalone. The book centers on the relationship between Lina, a powerful, driven executive in the grips of a nicotine addiction and her employee, Thomas and his offer of a unique 'therapy' to liberate Lina of her cigarettes. The book was well edited, but some judicious clips could have streamlined the story. To me, it felt repetitive in places and there were a few "not this again" eye rolls because the protagonists wore ruts in certain thought processes. I was impatient for the payoff and for the two main characters to deal with their issues. The sex and play scenes were hawt and well thought out. There was legitimate heat between the characters from the beginning and a twisty, turny romance.This is a well written book with BDSM themes but there is also other types of violent intents and actions that could disturb sensitive readers. Be warned.***I received a copy from the author through the BDSM group TPE bar, in exchange for an honest review***

  • Tiffany Lynn
    2018-11-03 00:54

    NOTE: I received the book from the author in exchange for review from BDSM on Goodreads TPE BAR Program. Lina Riley, CEO of ChaosTech Solutions, has always been tough and independent, but has long relied on cigarettes to help her through the stress. She's tried everything to curb the addiction, but nothing sticks until Thomas Jett, a valuable employee who started in the company as her personal assistant, offers her some very unconventional help.Unorthodox Therapy made some major changes to the dark erotica that I am used to reading. Lina is ten years older than Thomas and their relationship is constantly challenged by the age difference and the fear that discovery could affect their work. While the power dynamic exists due to the employment, it is a relief to see both on solid and mostly equal financial ground. The older male billionaire shtick was beginning to get rather repetitive. Neither of our protagonists are sexually inexperienced, though Lina is new to most of the BDSM lifestyle. Though the first half of the book takes us through Lina's introduction to the lifestyle and features some punishments, anal sex, and general naughtiness, there is a sweetness to it. For a moment, I even questioned why the "dark erotica" label was tacked on.After a night out causes some jealousy and misunderstanding, a shift occurs in the storytelling. Thomas gets a little too worked up, Lina places all her defenses up, and complications arise at ChaosTech. Just when the two find solid ground to stand on, everything is shaken up. The final third act is shattering and impossible to put down and left me anxious to find out what happens next. Unfortunately, the book ended with big questions hanging in the air. Is it too early to plan on stalking Lilah Noir's page for the sequel? Because I'm ready for the sequel.I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of BDSM and dark erotica, though I will warn that the realism to the character's personalities and emotions can make some of the darker parts more triggering than a lot of the erotica I've read thus far.

  • Sharon
    2018-10-24 04:43

    On one hand I loved it but at times it was a bit slow. Overall though I loved the BDSM elements and the rollercoaster ride. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 2!I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book for the Goodreads TPE Bar.

  • R.B. O'Brien
    2018-11-20 23:36

    Lilah E. Noir is the writer of our generation to keep an eye on who writes smart, sexy prose, unlike many of her contemporaries. Her work is profound and takes trendy tropes and flips them upside down. Noir’s writing is titillating but that’s not its main or core purpose. 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.An interesting premise, Unorthodox Therapy explores addiction and the effects BDSM can have on psychological outcomes through punishments and rewards and a deep acceptance of trust. Noir paints her characters vividly, flawed, real, and gritty at times. This is a psychological study of characters, emotional and poignant. A strong woman and an at-heart kind Dom, discover themselves as they explore their desire and secrets. It’s Noir’s adept writing that shows us into the minds of each character, through a dual POV. We see things as they unfold. We feel them. We are there, watching each nuance through the imagery and dialogue and beautifully-constructed sentences Noir weaves.But this isn’t just erotic, though it very much is. The kink is high and harsh at times. This is no light BDSM, tie-me-up –with-a-soft-silk-tie kind of thing. It also isn’t quick I-want-to-be-aroused-in-the-bathroom-before-work kind of erotica either. Instead, it also comes with a killer story, a twist, and a thriller aspect reminiscent of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The characters have obstacles to overcome, demons to face, and choices to make about forgiveness.I am a reader, always have been since I was very young. I love the classics and yearn for all things erotic. Unorthodox Therapy is a powerful read. It will leave you glued to the pages, perhaps having to break occasionally to let the ideas and writing sit for a bit. It has restored my faith in this genre, this genre that is beginning to be equated with silliness, titillation-only writing, lack of depth or meaning. There is a place for all of that. But that’s not why I began reading erotica early on with the likes of Anais Nin and Henry Miller. I read for the emotional pull I feel to characters, their growth and development. I like character-driven plots, and sexual awareness and exploration are a huge part of that. To ignore sexuality in writing is a ludicrous notion, as it is one of the things that truly connects the human spirit. Lilah E. Noir has created all that and more here, and I expect she will continue to do so in the sequel, which I eagerly await

  • Jackie
    2018-11-11 02:55

    2.5 The author gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I was intrigued by the premise of this book: Lina Riley is a strong, older woman (36) who is the owner/director of her own software company. Thomas Jett, Lina's former assistant, who has now been promoted to the tech side of the company, offers to help Lina with the one area in her life over which she seems to have no control: her nasty smoking habit. His method: draw out Lina's inherent submissive qualities and teach her to satisfy her urges through BDSM rather than through smoking.I enjoyed the first two thirds of the book, with its younger man (Thomas is in his 20's)/older woman dynamic, and its unusual suggestion that BDSM could be a far healthier replacement for Lina's more destructive psychological outlet of cigarettes. But when wary Lina rejects Thomas's attempts to move their relationship from dom/sub to boyfriend/girlfriend, the two act and react in an overly melodramatic fashion; Thomas in particular does some pretty unforgivable things.The two patch things up, but just in time for the book to take an even uglier turn towards what is meant to be romantic suspense, but just ends up feeling like a convenient plot-device (view spoiler)[she is kidnapped and abused by a coworker; having to witness this abuse first-hand is a super turn-off, and Lina's subsequent emotional breakdown is painfully icky to read(hide spoiler)]. Though the author probably did not intend it, this plot shift also read like Lina was being punished for not allowing Thomas into her life earlier. Yuck!Also, as a lot of romances do, the book mentions feminism in negative ways. In one offhand comment, Lina mentions a young woman whom Lina didn't hire because she's wasn't competent, and who subsequently accuses Lina of not being a feminist because of her action. More troubling, Thomas's mother (whom we never see in the book) is cast as an anti-porn feminist who was overly controlling of her son's life growing up. Both depictions present women who identify as feminists as the bad guys, something that really pissed me off.

  • Linda Burson
    2018-11-09 23:38

    Unorthodox Therapy -- Great Title and it certainly is. Trying to stop an obsessive smoker into quitting completely, basically cold-turkey, was a fascinating concept to me. And I could actually see how this could work. Lina, a strong, confident, independent minded CEO in charge of a multi-million dollar business, which she started from nothing, and multiple employees, would be a hard nut to crack. However, this "therapy" works and works well.The relationship between the "boss" and her employee, Thomas, works. This "Dom" and his idea of turning Lina into his submissive to help her stop smoking is classic. He says he's done things like it before and he truly believes in it, even though that's not the only reason for his suggestion. He is attracted to Lina and has had the hots for her since she hired him to work for her seven years prior. The age difference, which Lina keeps mentioning, is nothing in my opinion. What's eleven years? It doesn't bother Thomas, but it bothers Lina to the point where she sabotages her relationship with Thomas over and over. This also leads me to believe she isn't so strong, confidant, and independent after-all.I don't know if the author intended for this powerhouse woman to be as weak as she was, but I hope she did, because this is how she is portrayed. The fierce Lina is anything but strong. She is like a little girl who is frightened and insecure about everything in life. She even made some poor choices with employees as well as her board of directors. That's okay, though. We all make mistakes, but when she mentions about firing a particular employee, she doesn't do it (This comes back to bite her in the ass).Then, anytime something is amiss with her Thomas affair/therapy, she immediately becomes paranoid about his motives. This woman is the antithesis of herself. If she is such an empowered executive, why does she question her choices and the motive of the only man who hasn't disappointed her! Later in the story, he does disappoint her greatly, as he does us, by becoming a crazy man. However, again, she instigated the whole situation. Not that I'm trying to defend his actions. They were out and out unacceptable, but it was her childish behavior that set him in motion. Also, the fact that he was trying to make the relationship into more, and she was battling him right and left and not being open and honest about her feelings, drove Thomas mad. I wanted to punch her, too.The first half of the book was outstanding. I enjoyed it and didn't want to stop reading. Towards the latter half, Lina's actions, again, disturbed me. Her paranoia took over when suggestive images of her popped up on everyone's computer screens. Instead of joining forces with Thomas, she again, blamed him and assumed he was the culprit--someone that was only loving and kind to her for weeks.The final part of the story was compelling again.The ending wasn't complete and I wasn't pleased, until I realized this was the first book in a series. In this case, she left it at a great place.All in all, it was worth the read. And as I said, Lilah made a fascinating character of a tragic woman. I hope this was her intention, because if it was, it was smart, indeed. Taking a so-called indestructible woman in business, but showing her weaknesses and flaws in the real world with others and her love interests was the interesting way to go even though she was annoying as hell at times. Thomas was the perfect love interest. He was easy to fall in love with, even with his anger issues. It's probably because he was aware of them and knew he had to do something about it.If you don't mind BDSM relations and some explicit violence, I think you'll enjoy "Unorthodox Therapy." Obviously, if sex and some abuse of women bothers you, I don't recommend this book for you. Don't read something that disturbs you and give it a bad review. This book is well-written and flows, and I love the alternating first person writing.

  • Reader B
    2018-10-31 20:54

    I’ve never really been as interested in “BDSM Romance” as I am straight-up kinky erotica, but I’ve also believed that the two obviously overlap, and that the lines between love and sex—and in the realm of kink, cruelty—can be quite blurry. What usually bores me about BDSM Romance is that so many authors in this recent wave of post-50 Shades, self-published erotic romance follow the same tired tropes, over and over and over: the billionaire sweeping the innocent off her feet; the bad boy (also usually a billionaire) who has the heart of gold if only the heroine can reach through his dark shell and show him the way through their mutual interest in binding and whipping; the bad-boy billionaire who… etc. etc. etc. 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.

  • Cassandra-anne Delorie
    2018-10-26 04:39

    ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*** ***Contains adult situations, non-sexual violence, and language. Not for young readers*** ***Cassandra Delorie #NerdGirlLola’s Review*** I’ll be completely honest. I read the warning at the beginning of the book. I assumed I had read books like this before as I have read some truly dark shit. Well, you know what they say about assuming. Let me back up and start at the beginning as that is always the best place to start. Lina Riley is a bad ass woman in charge of a software company she built from the ground up. She is Queen of her domain but she sees one flaw in herself, her addiction to cigarettes. She has tried everything to stop but keeps coming back as they are her way of coping with the stress of her job.Thomas Jett works for and genuinely admires Lina. He sees her every day struggling to quit her dirty habit. He may have a solution, submissive training, but convincing Lina may be an uphill battle. Basically the story is about Lina and Thomas working to help her get over her addiction to nicotine through BDSM. I was skeptical at first about the premise but as I thought about it more and more I could actually seeing this work. His idea to start off with giving her a negative feeling towards cigarettes is quite plausible. I liked that the author didn’t just try to “spank” her in to a nicotine free life and went with an idea that could actually be applied outside of the book. The age difference I didn’t have an issue with. For some reason when it comes to books where there is a substantial age gap the only ones that bother me are the one where the guy is older. I don’t know why this is but Daddy/ Little Girl books creep me out, not so much with this book. In fact I even forgot there was an age gap until Lina brought it up later in the book. So everything was going along just fine, I was loving the book. I knew the other shoe was about to drop when the conflict between Lina and Tom started. I can tell you I was not prepared for what actually happened. There is one scene in particular between these two that just turned me off and made me set the book down. I didn’t want to continue reading. As I said above, I have read some dark shit, really graphic BDSM books that entailed blood and electric play as well as BDSM gone wrong. But never have I ever read a scene like that. I won’t go into detail but I will say no blood was drawn or anything like that but the malice in that one scene was enough to turn my stomach. The only other issue I had was that the book was so long and then ended in a cliff hanger. Usually I don’t have a problem with a cliffy but it kinda felt like everything could have been wrapped up within a few more pages. Maybe it was just me. Overall the book was great until BAM it got really disturbing and I’m not talking about the “non-sexual violence” mentioned in the warning label. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fan Site: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.NG***

  • PointedlyBlunt
    2018-11-21 03:42

    Lina Riley is owner and CEO of ChaosTech Solutions Inc. For being only 36y/o, she’s under an immense amount of stress and relies on nicotine to calm her nerves. One day, a low point in her addiction is witnessed by Thomas, a 25y/o programmer and Lina’s former personal assistant. Having desired Lina for 7+ years, he sees a perfect opportunity to both get Lina into his bed and cure her of her addiction. Thus begins their ‘business arrangement’ for Lina to be Thomas’s submissive for 2 months.There’s a lot of hesitation on Lina’s part to take a chance with Thomas on a more intimate level due to their age difference. Despite her confidence in her career, her self-esteem is surprisingly low and she constantly fears he would leave her for a younger woman. The book is written in alternating first-person POV, so there’s a lot of inner-monologue and the reader gets a deep view into both of their personalities. I didn’t expect the book to affect me as much as it did. That despite how much they admired and cared for each other, the potential to openly be in love was held back by society’s taboos. Thomas isn’t your typical alpha male dominant. He’s described as on the thinner side and of moderate stature. He wears glasses and isn’t the classic ‘talk dark and handsome’ hero most romances contain. It was refreshing to have such a strong character not fall into the romance stereotype that only men of a certain look are desirable. And he’s definitely good at the whole sex thing, trust me.Lina has a traumatic experience that changes who she is completely, affecting her relationship with Thomas. And while I understand the decision Thomas made and can logically agree it was for the best, I still wanted to shake him and ask him WTH was he doing. I need book 2 out, STAT.Be forewarned that the book does end on a cliffhanger. Trigger warning: violence, some torture, and a particularly violent scene containing sexual elements that may disturb some.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Armenia
    2018-11-01 04:04

    Addictive and intense… 4.5 stars!We met Thomas Jett in Unorthodox Dom where we followed his journey in realizing his dominant proclivities. Knowledge of BDSM play had helped turn Thomas into a strong, confident young man. 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.

  • Brittany Alexander
    2018-11-18 23:03

    *received an arc for an honest review*I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!It was a really long read, approximately 13-14 hours of read time, and that's okay with me. I love and prefer longer books, so this made me happy.I loved that the characters weren't your usual "hot" characters. Thomas is slightly nerdy and doesn't have that model look that you read about all the time in romance novels, and Lina is a ginger. I think she may be one of the first characters I've read that has that signature ginger red hair. I loved that this was a BDSM novel and it delved deeply into sadism and masochism. I myself believe that I am a masochist, but I'm still figuring that out. I do enjoy the BDSM scene and I enjoy when a BDSM book is written well, just like this one is. The fact that it wasn't just sex and had an actual mystery/thriller plot was great. I loved the little hints and foreshadowing Lilah threw in there at some points in the story. It kept me guessing, but in the end, I knew who the bad guy was.I LOVED how badass Lina is. That scene in the boardroom...you get it girl!! And I love how Thomas just is... his whole being and personality is something that I'd enjoy in real life. I am dying for the next book, luckily it's currently being edited and so soon I'll have that arc in my hands and I'll be diving in and enjoying all that is Thomas and Lina. Great job with this book, Lilah! I am definitely going to be reading more of your work!

  • Pandora Spocks
    2018-10-29 02:46

    Lina Riley is a woman in control. As CEO of her own tech company, she runs a tight ship and is the very definition of calm, cool, and collected. But she also has a vicious nicotine addiction.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!

  • Stuart Kenyon
    2018-10-29 21:50

    Uncommonly goodThis is my second foray into the world of BDSM literature. I'm pleased to say that I was far from disappointed, and I may have found myself a new addiction! However, to simply classify UNORTHODOX THERAPY as erotica would be to do it a disservice. This is a fantastic book whatever your genre of choice. Of course, its graphic sex and violence may not be to everyone's taste, but if you're not easily offended, there's a gripping story within these pages which kept me compelled from the first page to the last. I practically devoured the last 30% of the novel as Ms Noir ramped up the pace and injected narrative twists and character developments aplenty. And the poignant ending was delivered with impressive panache, leaving me eager to read more. Lina and Thomas are an unorthodox yet endearing couple. Their sex-play, which is depicted with delectable skill, leads to a deep, emotional connection, and a journey that takes them to the highest high and the lowest low. Their carnal activities are an intoxicating juxtaposition of pleasure and pain, and so is their relationship. Characterisation is particularly strong, and not just for the leading lady and gentleman in question. Lina and Thomas's respective friends, Katie and Allie, are important figures, and the villain of the piece is wickedly demented. All in all, UNORTHODOX THERAPY was an excellent novel, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

  • Linda
    2018-10-27 23:58

    Unorthodox Therapy is a book that I could not put down. The story, in a nutshell, is that Lina is a tightly controlled business owner who uses smoking as a stress reliever but is trying to kick the habit. Thomas is a computer programmer and experienced Dom who secretly has feelings for her. Having had success in the past freeing a submissive from a bad habit, and seeing a chance to make his dreams come true, he offers to do the same for Lina, who has no idea what she's in for in this BDSM relationship. The writing is great, the characterizations solid, especially Thomas, a likable, sweet guy who's Master persona can be sadistic and cruel. This story is intense, erotic, and emotional and although I wouldn't call it romantic in the conventional sense, the characters have a real connection and develop deep feelings for each other. There is also a mystery/suspense aspect to the story that culminates in some harrowing edge of your seat moments. I highly recommend reading book two as well, which is basically a prequel to this story. Unorthodox Dom details Thomas's journey from novice to experienced Dom and takes place prior to the events in book one and adds even more depth to the character of Thomas. 4.5 stars.I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.