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. Gerald Douglas (Jerry), who feels responsible for Elly's condition, has remained posted at her bedside in ICU when his friend Brent calls to inform him he called Elly's husband to let him know where she was. Though Jerry understands Brent's reasoning, he wants Elly safe. So, after she's spent her first night in the hospital, he checks in with Elly's nurse to get an update on her condition, then makes sure the hospital is on the watch for Elly's abusive husband before he rejoins Elly.
As Jerry reclaimed his chair at Elly's bedside, he noted her coloring appeared improved, which pleased him. The bandage across the front of her head stood out in stark contrast against her hair and the slight blush staining her cheeks. The rest of her was covered in sheets and blankets, though her wrists had fresh wrappings. Whoever viewed those marks might well have understood their significance, and he’d lay odds Karen had been the one to change Elly’s bandages.
When Elly opened her eyes, she smiled at him. “Hi.”
“Hi yourself. How are you feeling?”
“Fine. A little groggy still. How’s Muffin?”
“Better than you. She sustained a few broken ribs, too, but none of them required surgery. All the same, I’ve got her on an IV, firmly wrapped and sedated so she’ll rest more easily.”
“Thank you. I’m sorry about collapsing in your office yesterday.”
“I’d like to talk some more about that, if you’re willing.”
When her face instantly wrinkled with dismay, he knew it was too soon. They’d need to have the conversation before she left the hospital, but grilling her while she lay in intensive care was hardly necessary.
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 both as an eBook and in print.
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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