When Silicon Valley entrepreneur Rachel Zelinsky meets reclusive genius Theo Moore, she finds him strangely compelling. Theo is both arrogant and socially awkward, but he has an aura of power that speaks to Rachel’s carefully-hidden submissive side. Disturbed and aroused, she tries to focus on her original objective—a deal to incorporate his Artificial Intelligence software into her company’s popular virtual world. Rachel’s not a woman who lets pleasure interfere with business, but for some reason, she can’t resist Theo’s geeky appeal.
Theo Moore can’t be bought. His past battles with poverty make him deeply suspicious of the billionaire CEO. Still, with her voluptuous curves and brilliant mind, Rachel embodies his ultimate sexual fantasy. Too bad his knowledge about sex derives from extensive research and a stash of kinky porn rather than real-world experience.
That doesn’t bother Rachel, however. In his bed—in his arms—in his bonds—she discovers the bliss of total surrender. Rachel may be Theo’s first lover, but Theo is Rachel’s first true Master—and the first man to truly touch her heart. It seems that love may harmonize their differing goals and values, until Rachel’s unwitting violation of Theo’s trust threatens to tear them apart forever.
This one has a plot that is totally different and not what I expected.
I have a read a lot of books where the virgin and nerd is the woman and the gazillionaire or the billionaire is the man. But this is the completely opposite to that. That being the case the author did a very good portraying the characters.
Rachel wants Dr. Theo Moore’s technology or wants to help him develop it. What comes as a surprise is how different these characters are and how well Ms. Sarai depicted them as polar opposites and yet completely compatible.
Theo is a recluse who does not normally venture out into the public. However, he does for the deal between himself and Rachel. The first meeting is where it truly begins to heat up. It starts with attraction between a very intelligent, smart but socially awkward Theo and highly successful and rich Rachel.
This novella was different for me primarily because of the bondage section. How it begins and how it ends wasn’t what I expected at all.
Theo and Rachel’s relationship was in constant evolution in this book. It starts with Theo being the submissive and Rachel being the Dominant in the relationship at first. This changed when Theo realized that he liked dominating and Rachel liked being submissive. Then, the relationship flipped. From that point was where BDSM aspect truly started.
The changes in the relationship roles allowed me to see them move from sexual players to true lovers. Their story has elements of both true love and forgiveness that gave the story a more full body feel than it might have been otherwise.