It's Book Hooks Wednesday! Yay! And I'm sharing another excerpt from my new spanking romance in the Corbin's Bend series, A Simple Misunderstanding. It's sequel, Past Interference is included in the Love in the Rockies anthology.
He came to her rescue when she needed him most, almost to lose her when she disobeyed him.
In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Six, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is asleep in intensive care, recovering from surgery after she's been attacked by her husband. Seated beside her is Gerald Douglas (Jerry) who feels responsible for Elly's condition. He suspected she would get in trouble if her husband discovered her unapproved absence, and even called to remind her she should come to him if Arthur discovered her disobedience. However, rather than show up at her home, as his conscience urged, Jerry honored her request to stay away, and now she suffered because of it. Determined to never let her husband hurt her again, he remains posted at her bedside in ICU when his friend Brent calls to inform Jerry he called Elly's husband to let him know where she was. Though Jerry understands Brent's reasoning, he wants Elly safe.
“I understand how you feel, kid, but you can’t deny her husband his right to visit her.” Though his tone remained gentle, Brent's words were firm.
“I’m not. The hospital is. Besides, they don’t want a slew of visitors bombarding her while she’s in the ICU. They don’t even want me here, but I’m stubborn enough they’ve reluctantly made room for me. However, I doubt I’ll be allowed to spend the night.” Jerry wasn't pleased by the thought of needing to leave Elly, but he wanted what was best for her.
“Any chance she’ll be out of intensive care tomorrow?”
“Doubtful. Depends on how she does tonight, I guess.”
“What about other family? I checked, but she hasn’t listed anyone outside of Arthur who we should contact in case of an emergency.”
“She hasn’t mentioned any; however, she’s not talking much, yet. I’ll ask when I think she’s up to a conversation.”
“All right. I’ll do what I can on my end to smooth things over with her husband and talk to you tomorrow.”
“Thanks.” Jerry disconnected the call.
M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.
Though Arthur and Eleanor Benson have been practicing domestic discipline for three months since their wedding, he insists moving to Corbin's Bend, where domestic discipline is the norm rather than the exception, will revitalize their marriage. Elly has doubts, but since Arthur is the undisputed head of their household, they move. However, once Arthur becomes immersed in a community where spanking is not only permitted, but encouraged, his personality undergoes a dramatic change. Accusing his submissive wife of being lazy, disorganized and disobedient, he employs creative methods of pain and humiliation to mold Elly from the imperfect woman he married into the perfect woman he desires. And Elly finds herself a virtual prisoner in her own home, accountable only to the man who rules her life with a cane.
In his years as a vet, Jerry Douglas has seen what abuse does to animals, and he recognizes those same signs in Elly Benson during her daily escape to the dog park with her tiny poodle. Jerry steadfastly supports the tenets of domestic discipline and enjoys the freedom Corbin's Bend offers its residents, but he remains fiercely protective of anyone in need of a champion. And when he witnesses evidence of harsh handling, his instinct is to rush in and rescue. Problem is Elly Benson is a married and consenting adult who insists all her bruises and welts are nothing more than a simple misunderstanding between her and her husband, until the day Arthur Benson takes his authority and discipline one-step too far, endangering Elly's life.
A Simple Misunderstanding is available at the following locations.
|How can you say "no" to this face?|
I also have a page on my web site where I am offering a sample of the first three chapters. If you're interested, visit either the Spanking Romance or A Simple Misunderstanding page in the Over 18 section of my website.
A Simple Misunderstanding is currently the only full novel (vs. novella) in the Corbin's Bend line up, and it's receiving some excellent reviews on the Blushing site.
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