Peter loved Kate with all his being, but that didn't mean he'd tolerate an ultimatum from her.For Sneak Peek Sunday we share six paragraphs from a published work or a WIP (work in progress).
My submission for this week is from my 5th book, and newest release, Acting Lessons.
He was a strict and demanding college professor turned professional director who excelled at giving acting lessons. She was his shy and uncertain former student who became a professional actress under his tutelage. They fell in love, married, and won two Tony Awards before tragedy struck and a simple kiss ripped them apart.
After a six month separation, Peter Thorton decides to take matters into his own hands by making his famous wife, Kate, an offer she wouldn't refuse. Plainly put, he wants her back and he intends to do whatever is necessary to achieve his goal, even if it means giving his stubborn, willful leading lady a daily reminder over his knee that she promised to obey him.
In this scene, which occurs early in the first chapter, Peter Thorton, seated comfortably in an agent's office, is attempting to convince his wife, Kate, to give their marriage a second chance by signing her to appear with him in a College Summer Stock production of "Kiss Me Kate." Kate isn't sure she can trust Peter with her heart again, since she believes he's been unfaithful to her, but she's never stopped loving him. And though Domestic Discipline originally played a part in their marriage, their last two years together had them living like polite strangers sharing the same house. Peter realizes he made a mistake in letting Kate do as she pleased, so he's determined to rectify matters immediately, and informs his famous wife that if she keeps acting like a brat, he will turn her over his knee. Since Kate doesn't believe him, she dares him to try it. He doesn't hesitate, And before she gets another word out, Kate finds herself stomach down across her husband's knees. Furious and humiliated by both her position and Peter's warning swat, she demands her agent call the police while Peter suggests the agent give them some time alone. Furious, Kate makes the mistake of challenging her husband, and he lets her know right away what he will and will not tolerate.
"Better. Now, I told you to be silent, and I meant it. All you have to do is lie still for a moment and listen while I tell you how things are going to change between us."
"My arms hurt," she complained, furious she couldn't suppress the tears of frustration and defeat spilling from her eyes.
"Then stop struggling," he scolded, his words emerging like a gentle caress as he released her wrists and lightly rubbed her arms to return the circulation. "You only tense up when you fight me, and you won't win, you know?"
Kate refused to concede, but she wasn't foolish enough to rise simply because he'd loosened his hold. Though she did pull her hands forward once he'd finished his massage.
"I asked you a question, so I expect an answer, Kate," he insisted, his voice firm with warning as he stroked her still-clothed backside. In the past, he'd always delivered his punishments on the bare, but her agent's office didn't provide much privacy. All the same, he'd warned her, which meant he would lower her pants in a nanosecond if he deemed it necessary.
Despite his gentle stroking, she could tell by his tone of voice he wasn't going to let her up, yet. So, she'd say whatever she must to get him to release her, then she'd have his ass thrown in jail for abusing her.
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