Therapeutic Relations by Shara Azod & RaeLynn Blue


2.5 starts out of 5
★ ★ ★/★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dr. Takashi Nakamura was a damn good therapist. His own lustful thoughts lay right there across the office where Dr. Tanya Morris’s office resided. He longed to take the beautiful doctor into his arms and confess his long held love. When the opportunity arises and Tak gets to do just that, the results aren’t what he had hoped for. Will he be able to convince Tanya he’s for real and will he be able to climb over Tanya’s sexual hurdles and into her heart?


Although this is an older novella (2009 published), after reading it I still thought a mini review would be appropriate for the page length. That being said, or written/typed, this novella turned out to be different than what I expected, sadly enough different in a bad way. Since it had all the ingredients of a great IR novel – hot, tall Japanese hero and a gorgeous divorcee with trust issues heroine – but the page length and characters just didn’t appeal much after reading it.

I’ve been burned before by novella’s but I went, “What the hell, let’s give this a chance!” and now its happened yet again. With such a good plot it’s disheartening to read this novella and know that with a couple extra, hundred pages it could’ve been superb. However, this story was plagued with the “too little info, too much sex” syndrome, which in my opinion never turns out properly because love doesn’t develop for us to imagine; but that’s not to say there aren’t many novellas that left me satisfied after reading it’s shortened pages, however this particular one was undoubtedly unsatisfying and once again unprotected sex.

Now, to shed some light on the characters I think it’s imperative to make an account of the sexiness of Takashi, which is at an extremely high level. That being said his character isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. When you know a woman is insecure and feeling unloved his first thought was to have sex with her but expect her to believe his “love” is genuine? Yeah, that’s a terrible idea. However, is it as terrible as Tanya…no! I have know idea who her character was and her insecurities were annoying, which could be on account of her actually being vexatious or her character not having sufficient time to evolve and be appreciated.


Overall, this novella was short, sort of sweet, and extremely sexual which is nice recipe for people who enjoy those sort of erotic stories, but for me it wasn’t terribly interesting. However don’t be afraid to check it out below:



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