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She tried picking up the pieces of her shattered heart, but couldn't do it alone.
He sighed, then firming his hold; he brought his hand down again for the seventh time.
"What was that for?" she yelped as she arched back in protest.
"Do you think I can't tell when you are only pretending to agree in order to placate me?" When she didn't answer, he said, "I can keep this up all afternoon, Kate. So, you'd best decide how long it's going to take before you'll accept I'm serious."
She ground her teeth together. Admittedly, she had goaded him with her jabs, but then she hadn't believed he'd carry out his threat. He certainly hadn't followed through during the last years of their marriage, and yet he seemed different today. More adamant, but concerned, too. And, even though his arms restrained her, the firm touch of his hand sliding along her backside and thighs soothed her. So, despite the precariousness of her position, she perversely enjoyed the attention. She felt secure--and she hadn't been this content in a man's arms for a long time.
None of that changed the fact she was still inwardly furious with him for spanking her in front of another person, but she had difficulty reconciling her righteous anger with the part of her that was purring in response to his dominant and possessive posture. Her emotions were so jumbled and opposite each other, she was no longer sure what she wanted.
Unwilling to fall into the trap of mistaking comfort for love, she turned her attention to gaining her release without the total loss of her pride. Not an easy task by far.
He expected a verbal reply to his question, but she didn't remember what he'd asked, so she posed a query of her own. "Why are you doing this, Peter?"
"Because I want you to hear me out, and your head was too full of arguments to listen. I get your attention far more quickly when you're positioned this way."
"I'll listen now," she answered on a sigh.
"Yes, you will. Because you understand the consequences if you don't. But I'm still not letting you up."
Fighting against tears and her own desire to be loved by this man again, Kate asked coolly, "So, what must I do to get you to let me go?"
"Has it really been that long, Katie?"
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