It's Sneak Peek Sunday! 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 Three, 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, when he realizes Elly still thinks he will turn into an abusive monster once they're married, despite all his gentle reassurances, his hurt pride causes him to snap at her in anger before he returns to his vet clinic next door. Elly realizes she's made a serious mistake, but has no idea how to fix things between them, so she decides to go for a walk, hoping the crisp, winter air will help clear her head. As she tromps through the Colorado snow, she recalls the last time her abusive ex-husband attempted to confront her.
Once Elly’s petition was filed with the county and her husband had been served, their assets were frozen. In addition, the police cordoned off most of their living room as a crime scene, so everything needed to be preserved while the detectives and attorneys gathered evidence to support or refute the assault charges being brought against Arthur by her Corbin’s Bend lawyers.
Brent sought to minimize the friction by scheduling them several hours apart. The intent was for Arthur to go in first, collect his permitted items, then security would make sure he left the area before anyone contacted Elly. Except when Arthur Benson executed a plan, he made sure events were set up to his liking. Realizing he was being watched, he drove away as expected, then walked back, keeping to the shadows and trees like a venomous spider lying in wait for the unsuspecting beetle to come within range.
With both Brent and Jerry accompanying her, Elly had assumed she was safe until Arthur stepped into the light from behind a large tree. “Hello, Eleanor.”
Elly stiffened at the mere sound of his voice while Jerry growled and Brent strode forward to confront their intruder. “There’s a restraining order against you, Benson, and you’re breaking parole by being here. You’d best leave now, or I’ll summon the police to take you away. Two of them are standing inside, and they happen to be my friends, so I’m sure they’d take untold delight in marching you right back to jail.”
“I appreciate your concern for my welfare, Carmichael, but I want to talk to my wife.”
“Tough. She has no wish to speak with you,” Jerry advised through a clenched jaw. “So, I suggest you walk away, before I rearrange your face a little more than I did four days ago.”
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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