Peter loved Kate with all his being, but that didn't mean he'd tolerate an ultimatum from her.Welcome to another offering for Frisky Friday, where we hope you're getting as excited about the weekend as we are.
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 at the beginning of Chapter Four, Peter Thorton is attempting to get his wife ready for a trip to a college camp ground in upper New York, where they will appear together in a summer stock production of "Kiss Me Kate." Kate has agreed to help Peter teach the drama students who have auditioned and been selected personally by him for the course he is teaching. 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. Though things are far from perfect between them now, they are temporarily reconciled, which gives Peter great hope for the summer before them.
"Everything settled?" he asked, his tone terse.
She handed her purse to a smiling Consuelo, who carried it upstairs for her with William following behind, carrying all of Kate's packages. When they were alone, Kate stepped up to her husband, put her arms about his neck and pressed her body against his rigid frame.
"Thank you for not putting up a stink this morning when I said I wanted to say good-bye to Thomas. And, yes, everything is settled."
He lowered his arms to cross his wrists at the small of her back and drew her closer. "Good." Bending his head, he kissed her--hard. Though not painful, the kiss had been loaded with masculine possession. And she'd met it eagerly.
When he drew back, he regarded her with a raised eyebrow.
"What?" she asked with a trace of innocence, not entirely genuine.
Kate met with her former boyfriend yesterday, which Peter allowed with thinly disguised displeasure. Even so, Kate knew that his stretched tolerance was a huge step in the right direction.
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