It's Book Hooks Wednesday! Yay! And I'm sharing an excerpt from my new spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference, the sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding. Past Interference is part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," and is not being sold separately.
What she needed was the opposite of what she wanted.
In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Two, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is six days away from getting married again, and her doubts are eating her alive. After suffering through a bout of stress-related migraines, she's finally gotten up enough courage to tell her husband-to-be that she's not sure she wants to get married. Jerry knows Elly is nervous, but believed he'd managed to convince her he is nothing at all like her first husband, Arthur, who abused her. Unfortunately, he's beginning to realize Elly's past may just ruin their future together.
Elly swallowed as uncertainty tightened her throat. “I’m not sure I want to get married.”
Jerry's brows came together in a frown as he drew his cell phone out and pressed a button. “Sally. Something’s come up. Could you cancel the rest of my appointments for today? Oh. Right. Ask Kelly to examine Fluffypuss and see if worming medicine might help. She knows the proper dose to recommend. If it’s more serious, give me a call and I’ll come check out the cat myself. Anything else?” A pause. “Kelly can give vaccinations, too. Tell her I’m sorry, and I’ll make it up to her tomorrow. Thanks.” He returned the phone to his pocket and stared at Elly.
Guilt lay heavy on her chest. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to pull you away from work. In fact, I was doing my best not to. I’m just being silly, and —”
“Stop it. Stop it right now. I’m going to get two of your headache tablets, and then I want you to talk this through with me. If it’s too much, we’ll continue after dinner. Now, go sit down. I’ll be right with you.”
M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.
Valentine's Day in Corbin's Bend. As Elly Benson readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage.
Though she's lived with Jerry Douglas for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, Elly's first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, until the day she vowed to love, honor and obey him. The lessons she's learned from the past make her doubt she can ever find happiness in the future.
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