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, Elly Benson is still in the hospital after her husband attacked her. Jerry Douglas, who has secretly fallen in love in with Elly, remains at her side in the hospital while doctors assess her condition.
The next day Elly’s surgeon upgraded her condition from intensive care to a regular room, so they wheeled her up in a wheelchair around 4 PM. Prior to her move, she’d been taken downstairs in her bed for another CT scan of her brain and abdomen. She’d been required to drink several ounces of contrast fluid, which meant they had to remove her catheter, since they needed a full bladder for the test. Jerry stepped out of the area to give her some privacy while the catheter was removed, but returned and sat with her while she swallowed down the large container of liquid and waited for the nurse and technician to come get her. They didn’t put a new catheter in, so once she got back to the ICU, the first thing she did was tell the nurse she needed to pee. Then she blushed because she’d said “pee” in front of him.
“Trust me, sweetheart, I’ve seen and heard much worse than that.” Smiling, he stepped out of the room again while the nurse helped Elly into the bathroom and back into bed.
Still limited to a clear liquid diet, she was allowed broth and flavored gelatin for lunch along with a beverage. She offered no complaint. In fact, he didn’t think she minded not being able to eat. Her tummy probably still hurt enough the thought of food made her a little nauseated.
They spoke of inconsequential things throughout the day, though he gently tried a few times to steer her into discussing the incident that brought her to the hospital, but she’d change the subject whenever he made the attempt.
He didn’t press.
Not long after she was settled in her new room, Dr. Pendergast, the surgeon who’d operated on her spleen, came in to go over the results of her CT scan. Jerry didn’t want to leave, but Elly had a right to discuss her care with her doctor without a stranger listening in, even when he was the stranger in question. However, when he rose to depart, she said, “Don’t go.”
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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