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Review: Submission Therapy by Willsin Rowe and Katie Salidas

Billionaire CEO of Blakely Incorporated, Natasha runs her empire with an eagle eye for every detail. She’s an obsessive, compulsive, micromanaging hard-ass, consumed by the need to control every aspect of her life and her business.

But underneath that seemingly strong façade, Natasha is a swirling mess of anger, anxiety and sexual addiction. Only her therapist, Dr. Benson, knows how close she is to burning out…or exploding. He insists on a radical form of treatment – Submission Therapy – knowing that it’s her only hope.

Skeptical but intrigued, Natasha agrees to attend the first session. What she finds there is an erotically-charged environment that will forgive none of her habitual bad behavior. And a steely-eyed man who seems to read her every desire – even the ones she won’t admit to herself.

Will Natasha learn what it means to submit? Or will she allow her brittle pride to rob her of what she truly needs?


Lately, as most die-hard romance readers are, I’ve been pretty BDSM’d out. Really, the whole 50 Shades “phenomenon” has left a bad taste in my mouth as far as BDSM novels go, and I’ve been wary of any book that takes on the cloak of sadomasochism. However, I was actually pleasantly surprised by Willsin Rowe and Katie Salidas’ novella Submission Therapy. Sure, it was a little far-fetched, and way too short (which, actually, is a good thing—I wanted more), but I really liked it. The main character, Natasha, isn’t some simpering submissive; she is strong and defiant. Although this causes issues in the Dominant/submissive role play, you see that her “breaking” isn’t a violent experience, and it’s not jarring—it’s organic, the story makes sense.

My main complaint of the novella is that it’s entirely too short. Then again, I have a slight prejudice against novellas, so take what I say with a large grain of salt. BUT It would have been absolutely delightful to explore the depths of a dynamic character such as Natasha. I wanted to know her background; I wanted to know how she amassed her billions, why does she need the control of sex? I wanted to know about Dr. Benson and Master Sweet. How did all this come about? For what it is—a short, quickie read that I knocked out in 30 minutes—it’s a good book. I recommend it.

Rating: 3.5 meows out of 5  


A recent college grad and lover of all things literary, MamaMia has been reading romance novels probably before it was appropriate for her to do so. She is addicted to her iPhone and all social media, and she is always on the prowl for good characters to fall in love with. She is currently on a contemporary romance kick, but is known to read about vampires, teens fighting bad guys, and Navy SEALs, to name a few.

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One Response to Review: Submission Therapy by Willsin Rowe and Katie Salidas

  • Katie Salidas says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review this! Willsin and I love you for that! We'll have part 2 out on November 16th. And, there will be more to come after that. I do hope you'll be around for those parts as well. =)

    Katie Salidas

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