It's Sunday's Six of the Best! Yay! And I'm sharing an excerpt from my spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference. Written as a sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding, Past Interference is available as part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," and is not 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, her tiny toy poodle suddenly goes on guard, so Elly starts to take precautions.
“Dr. Douglas!” Sally called. “I think you need to hear this.”
“What is it, Sally?” Jerry demanded as he stepped out of his office, his irritation with Elly causing him to greet his receptionist a bit more brusquely than normal.
But rather than take offense at his tone, Sally put a finger to her lips and whispered, “Listen.”
“They can try, though I have no intention of being apprehended by either of those fine gentlemen. I came to see you, darling.”
Jerry recognized that cocky, condescending voice immediately.
“I think it’s Arthur Benson,” Sally said softly.
Jerry knew it was. “Shh.”
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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