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 both in the Love in the Rockies anthology and as a single title release.
He came to her rescue when she needed him most, almost to lose her when she disobeyed him.
In this scene, which occurs in Chapter Six, Jerry Douglas, who has spent the day with Elly Benson, has been asked to leave the hospital, so he returns to his veterinary clinic to check on his patients. Muffin, a tiny toy poodle, was injured when Elly's husband attacked her. Jerry's technicians have spent the day caring for the dog, and now Jerry is there to check her out to make sure she's healing the way she should be. Fond of the little beast, Jerry makes sure she has everything she needs and walks through to his attached home.
Jerry was just sitting down to dinner at his small kitchen table when the phone rang. Tempted to let the answering machine pick up, he hesitated, then tossed his napkin next to his fork and went over to grab the wireless receiver he kept in the kitchen. The Benson home number. Still debating if the action was wise, Jerry pressed the talk button.
“This is Dr. Douglas.”
“Douglas. Good. I’m glad I caught you. Did you get my earlier message?”
“I’m having dinner, Benson; it’s been a long day. How may I help you?”
“Ahh. Now I understand. You suspect I deliberately beat my wife, don’t you?”
“No. I don’t suspect it at all.”
Benson remained silent for a moment. “Did you say something to the hospital staff?”
“I’ve said many things to the staff, was there something in particular you wanted to know?”
“Did you tell them I abuse her?”
“Not directly. No.”
“Then why won’t they let me speak to her? Why are they refusing to let me see her?”
“Why did you leave your wife to bleed to death on Friday?”
“I didn’t realize she was hurt when I left.”
“No? So what? Did you think her writhing and groaning on the floor was merely a ruse to gain more of your loving attention?”
“Is that what she told you?” he inquired, his voice cool and brittle.
“She didn’t have to, Benson. Her injuries spoke for themselves.”
“You’re interfering, Douglas. I have a legal right to be with my wife, to talk to her.”
“And you have an inalienable right to go to hell, too. I don’t need to say which path I’d help you on.”
“I’ll sue you for defamation of character.”
“You’d have to prove I defamed you first, and I sincerely doubt you’d seek that sort of publicity. The news coverage alone would be very messy.”
“You don’t know me.”
“Ahh, I believe I know you better than you realize. I have to go, but would you like to know why I think you’re a Grade A bastard?”
“Since you are clearly salivating to tell me, please do.”
“Because you’re only concerned about your image. We’ve spoken for five minutes and not once did you ask me how your wife was doing. Good night.” Believing he handled himself admirably well, Jerry hung up.
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.
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