Well, that was something alright, lol. Endlessly entertaining, that’s for sure. Not all that romantic, but certainly one of a kind and pretty hysterical. Shocked bursts of laughter shot out of me on several occasions, and I definitely couldn’t predict where the story was going. Easton is a new-to-me author, so I had no idea what to expect going in, but it took all of 3 pages for me to know that I was really going to enjoy this. Her writing is vibrant and full of life; I loved how unique it felt, and the audio version absolutely enhanced the story. It’s light and funny with touches of depth that don’t weigh the story down, and I will definitely be reading more from Easton in the future.
The story follows Lou, a therapist who is just settling into her job. She might not be the best person to give advice – she’s still figuring things out herself – but she’s not going to let her clients know that. So when Lou’s boss assigns her an important new client and embellishes Lou’s experience, it threatens to derail Lou’s whole career. Thomas is a well-known author whose work Lou has been reading for years… and he might just be her secret fantasy. It’s her job to help Thomas find his muse and make progress on his new book, but the attraction that sparks between them is certainly an issue. When Thomas asks Lou out, she blurts out an alternative – he’ll join her group therapy sessions, and they can spend time together in a semi-ethical way. The only problem? Those group therapy sessions didn’t exist when Lou made the offer, and things don’t go quite as planned.
This is pretty ridiculous and over-the-top at times, but it had me laughing the whole way through. Lou is a hot mess, Thomas is a hot Brit, and their chemistry is apparent from the start. I didn’t always agree with Lou’s actions (she does hook up with someone else early on in an attempt to keep things professional), but it just demonstrated the fact that even mental health professionals have their own personal issues. Actually, for a book about a therapist and client, I was surprised how surface level their interactions remained. So much time is spent on the humor that the romantic relationship lacked depth – if they had connected more during their sessions, it would’ve been more believable. But you know what? I really enjoyed this. It absolutely kept me entertained, and the book flew by.
The audio was excellent! Dual narrators, and the male narrator has a sexy British accent. They both give performances that enhance the written word, and the female narrator infuses so much humor into her work. We get a lot more of her than the male narrator, so I was happy that she gives such a stellar performance. The runtime is perfect for a workday listen – just under 8 hours – though the content itself is probably not the best for a public setting. Not only are you likely to snort laugh at least once, but there’s sexual content throughout. I highly recommend this on audio.
From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 44 Chapters About 4 Men (inspiration for the 4th Most-Watched Netflix Original Series of all time, Sex/Life) comes a fun, forbidden romantic comedy about an inexperienced psychologist and her ultra-famous client.
I amthiiiiis close to finally becoming a full-fledged psychologist. PhD? Check. Prestigious postdoc position, providing therapy to entitled millionaires andC-list celebrities whose pumpkin spice lattes cost more than my Converse and make excellent projectiles during their reality TV–worthy tantrums? Check. Letter of recommendation from my velociraptor-like supervisor?
That’s going to take a miracle. Not only because my boss said I have to cure our most-prized client’s writer’s block in time for him to meet his insane deadline, but also because that client just so happens to be …
Thomas F*@%ing O’Reardon.
Yeah, that Thomas O’Reardon. The wickedly brilliant, achingly beautiful, devastatingly British best-selling author whose psychological thrillers line my bookshelf at home and whose face I might or might not picture while I … you get the point. Sitting in a confined space with him; inhaling the crisp, clean scent of his cologne; gazing into his broody blue eyes while trying to remember to nod and listen and come up with suggestions that don’t involve taking our clothes off … it’s torture.
So, when Thomas casually asks me out at the end of a therapy session, I’m forced to make an impossible choice: say yes and risk losing my dream job, or say no and risk losing my dream guy. In a panic, I blurt out a third option—the only solution I can think of that will allow me to see this man after hours without it being considered a career-ending ethics violation:
The only problem? I’ve never actually done group therapy. And side problem: my other clients are … a handful. But what’s the worst that could happen? I mean, it’s not like I’m going to lose all control of the group and let it devolve into a chaotic, bloodthirsty, topless fight club.
About the Author:
Wall Street Journal bestselling author BB Easton lives in the suburbs of Atlanta with her long-suffering husband, Ken, and two adorable children. She recently quit her job as a school psychologist to write books about her punk rock past and deviant sexual history full-time. Ken is suuuper excited about that. BB’s debut memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, is the inspiration for the #4 Most-Watched Netflix Original Series of all time, SEX/LIFE. Because she had so much fun writing it, BB went on to publish four more wickedly funny, shockingly steamy, and heartwarmingly honest books, one for each man in her memoir: SKIN, SPEED, STAR, and SUIT. THE RAIN TRILOGY, an epic, immersive, end-of-the-world romance, is BB’s first work of fiction. Or at least, that’s what she thought when she wrote it in 2019. Then 2020 hit and all of her dystopian plot points started coming true. Hopefully, her feel-good romantic comedy Group Therapy will fix everything.
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