Peter loved Kate with all his being, but that didn't mean he'd tolerate an ultimatum from her.Welcome to another offering for Frisky Friday, where we hope you're getting as excited about the weekend as we are.
My submission for this week is from my 5th book, and newest release, Acting Lessons.
He was a strict and demanding college professor turned professional director who excelled at giving acting lessons. She was his shy and uncertain former student who became a professional actress under his tutelage. They fell in love, married, and won two Tony Awards before tragedy struck and a simple kiss ripped them apart.
After a six month separation, Peter Thorton decides to take matters into his own hands by making his famous wife, Kate, an offer she wouldn't refuse. Plainly put, he wants her back and he intends to do whatever is necessary to achieve his goal, even if it means giving his stubborn, willful leading lady a daily reminder over his knee that she promised to obey him.
In this scene, which occurs at the beginning of Chapter Four, Peter Thorton is attempting to get his wife ready for a trip to a college camp ground in upper New York, where they will appear together in a summer stock production of "Kiss Me Kate." Kate has agreed to help Peter teach the drama students who have auditioned and been selected personally by him for the course he is teaching. Kate isn't sure she can trust Peter with her heart again, since she believes he's been unfaithful to her, but she's never stopped loving him. And though Domestic Discipline originally played a part in their marriage, their last two years together had them living like polite strangers sharing the same house. Though things are far from perfect between them now, they are temporarily reconciled, which gives Peter great hope for the summer before them, assuming Kate's meeting with her boyfriend ended the way he hoped it would.
"Thomas only wants to make sure I'm happy."
Peter nodded. "I realize that, which is why I'm going to be civil, and not give you grief."
She rose up on her toes and gave him a kiss. "Thank you."
"However, I also expect you to make it up to me--big time."
Kate smiled, not minding at all. "With delight," she murmured against his lips.
They did some making up last night, too. She grew a little worried when he decided to pleasure her first with his mouth and drew back to stare at her seconds after he'd started. "Did you douche or use a different soap?"
She blushed. "I purchased a new feminine gel today called Strawberry Surprise. Do you like it?"
He smacked his lips. "Hmm. It tingles a bit. Think I'll have to spend more time tasting before I render a verdict."
Then he gave her the most enthusiastic taste test Kate had ever experienced. She was whimpering with need before he finally sent her flying.
Kate realizes Peter's stretched tolerance is a huge step in the right direction. He's a possessive, dominant male who doesn't share, so agreeing to let her meet Thomas on her own was definitely his gift for their reconciliation. Kate also knows that Peter wants children. She does, too, but after two miscarriages, she reluctant to go through the heartbreak again. And though she harbors some guilt about using a contraceptive behind Peter's back that he could possibly ingest, she feels he has no right to dictate whether or not she can use birth control. However, attempting to keep a secret like that, from a husband who's determined to ensure you take good care of yourself, carries its own risks. And risks incur casualties.
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