Sometimes a wife has to go to extreme measures to save her marriage. Cissy Holden isn’t happy. Her husband Len doesn’t help out around the house and shows little respect for her. Even worse, their sex life leaves much to be desired. The chemistry they enjoyed when they first met has faded and Cissy is at her wits’ end.
She decides to take matters into her own hands—literally—and introduces her wayward husband to the concept of a Female-Led Relationship (FLR). At first he’s all for it since he’s getting sexual favors for doing chores, but as Cissy ratchets up the control, Len starts to wonder if he’s less of a man if he lets her. Even more confusing is the fact that the sex, another area where Cissy has taken control, is through the roof. What does that say about him? Only time will tell if Len will fully jump on board, or if Cissy has made the biggest mistake of her life.
Len and Cissy need to get their marriage back on the right track quick before it derails completely. Cissy is tired of Len taking advantage and of their one-sided sexual relationship where he gets to come and it is just like a day at the office for her. Len doesn't really understand, whether he is just blind to it or ignorant of it, why she is not happy and why she gets irritated. A quick web search online and Cissy runs across something that makes her sit up and take notice: the concept of a Female Led Relationship (FLR). Similar to FemDom or female dominant, a FLR means the woman makes the decisions and this intrigues Cissy. She feels like, if she could just get Len to help out and do his share, things would be better. Imagine her surprise when her initial foray of exchanging sexual favors for Len doing jobs around the house turns out to be super successful. However, both she and Len need to figure out if this is a novelty or if this is truly going to lay down the set of tracks that will keep their marriage riding the right rails!
Len and Cissy are so much the example of everyday Americans who just struggle to get everything done in all the various areas they have on their to do list. Between jobs, housework, and other obligations it can be hard to keep yourself stretched. When you have an unequal relationship and one partner does a disproportionate share of the work it's even worse. The way Cissy goes about it really struck me as intriguing because the back scratching (although it is not a back and it is not scratching if you catch my drift) creates this sort of tit for tat environment, all punishment and rewards but with more prominent rewards. In the reverse type of domestic discipline relationship (at least in fiction) normally the guy just lays down the law and applies it with his hand on her bottom. There is no real extra special treat when she does something good, like if she cooks dinner he does her a favor. So that dynamic right away felt very different in this FLR vs. a MaleDom or domestic discipline relationship.
I loved how the relationship evolved in Unexpected Top and how they both reacted to it. I would have liked a bit more fleshing out of the story to really connect on a deeper level with the characters because I felt like they had more to tell me and I had more to explore but overall this is such a unique idea it doesn't need a lot else in it. In case you are wondering, yes a FLR is real and there are even websites, take a Google stroll through it. Fascinating!
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