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 by informing 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 by proving to her his threats are no longer idle. The spanking provides an emotional release for Kate, and she ends up crying in Peter's arms.
He continued to run his hand along her hair and back in soft even strokes, giving her time to collect herself. When her tears finally abated, he handed her a tissue.
Kate started to rise off his lap to clean up, but he clamped a firm hand on her thigh.
"No. I want you to stay where you are for right now."
She glowered at him as she dried her eyes and blew her nose while he rubbed her back. He didn't say anything, but kept handing her tissues until she no longer needed them. Once her inner storm calmed, she felt ashamed and averted her gaze. "I'm sorry. I never meant to--"
"Kate," he warned, gripping her chin as he turned her to face him. "If you even attempt to apologize for showing some honest emotion, I'm going to turn you back over my knee and give you the proper spanking you appear to need."
Kate's lower lip trembled as she gazed at her husband's stern expression. His demeanor unchanging, he curved his fingers around the nape of her neck, bent forward, and kissed her.
Kate pushed, so Peter pulled. Now Kate's regretting having pushed so hard, and yet a part of her is pleased by Peter's caring dominance
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