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A Simple Misunderstanding: Corbin's Bend, Book Seven

By: Kathryn R. Blake
Published By: Lazy Day
Copyright: Copyright � 2014 Kathryn R. Blake
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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.

About Corbin's Bend:

Welcome to Corbin's Bend, the first equity-cooperative housing development just for spankofiles. Thirty thousand acres in the mountains above Denver sits your dream come true. With 1000 home sites, several restaurants, a club house, theater, pool, and many other amenities, you will find yourself at home.

Corbin's Bend is the setting for a group of spanking romance novellas set in, where else? Corbin's Bend, Colorado. A fictitious housing cooperative, Corbin's Bend is unique in that everyone living there is into spanking, whether that be erotically or through domestic discipline. Just imagine, a place where nobody has to hide their particular spanking lifestyle.

While reading any series in order is nice, Corbin's Bend books can be read as stand-alones as well.

Chapter One

As a vet, expressing an animal’s anal glands had never been one of Jerry Douglas’ favorite duties, but for some breeds, anal sac expression was the best method of keeping the gland from becoming infected or impacted. Unfortunately, sometimes owners thought it was cute when their doggie scooted or ran in circles snapping at its tail and didn’t realize, until a rather obnoxious odor began to permeate the home, that their pet had a serious problem. And, when the dog was small and snippy, like the chihuahua he’d just finished treating, the task was more than unpleasant. Not to put too fine a point on it, pushing foul, bloody puss out of a dog’s rear end, and appearing unaffected by it, took a strong constitution.

Still, Jerry was a professional, so he did the job, gave the suffering animal an injection of antibiotics, counseled Mrs. Kline on the warning signs of a full gland to keep Pepper from reaching such an uncomfortable state again, and sent her and her trembling dog out front to pay.

Though he’d worn gloves, after expressing an infected gland, he spent about five minutes scrubbing his fingers with antibacterial soap at the sink in his office. It wasn’t necessary, but the clean smell helped counter the previous assault on his olfactory senses. So, as he scrubbed, Jerry gazed out at the small dog park near his clinic and spotted her. He glanced at the clock. Five minutes early today. Quickly drying his hands, he told his assistant he was going to take Jack for a walk and loped up his stairs, two at a time, to retrieve his black Lab.

Jack was a gentle dog, and he and Muffin had exchanged sniffs before, so Jerry knew the tiny toy poodle wouldn’t get upset if they joined her and her mistress. His purpose for this late afternoon walk, however, pertained more to the animal’s mistress, Elly Benson, than the white ball of yipping fluff she owned.

After grabbing a jacket to help ward off the Colorado chill of early October, he jingled Jack’s leash. The six-month-old Lab bounced forward in clear doggie excitement.

“Easy boy. Sit, Jack. Let me attach your lead, then we’ll go visit the ladies in the park.”

Although Jack was eager to romp and play outside, he instantly obeyed Jerry’s quietly spoken command. Jerry grinned at his Lab’s pained expression, suspecting Jack’s excitement for visiting the dog park was far different from his own.

He’d tried for weeks to involve Mrs. Eleanor Benson in a conversation, but she’d shied away from even his most gentle overtures, as if she almost feared to look at him, much less chat. He would have put her attitude down to a shy, reserved nature, but the way she hunched her shoulders in an effort to make herself smaller, as though she sought to be invisible, made him suspect she feared a dire consequence if she mistakenly drew attention to herself. And other than her daily trips to the dog park, she remained locked within her home, drapes drawn and windows closed. A virtual recluse from society.

Then, three weeks ago, when she thought she wasn’t observed, he’d witnessed her playing in the park with her toy poodle. She’d bent and slapped her knees in a pretend attack, and the little white dog dashed about the perimeter of the small fenced-in area before bounding back to her for more fun. Those few unguarded moments were the only times he’d ever seen Elly Benson’s delight-filled natural exuberance bubble forth.

Though her shyness brought his protective instincts to the fore, what he sought was more of her playful mischievousness. Like the game of hide-and-seek, he’d caught her playing with Muffin a few minutes ago. Yet, the second he opened the gate, he knew a somber pall would fall over the woman like a shroud of sobriety, masking any hint of enjoyment beneath a veil of polite reserve intended to make her invisible.

Yes, the lady was married, but he wasn’t trying to seduce her, merely get her to relax and open up around him. Let her true personality shine through the formal reserve she’d adopt whenever anyone was near. A reserve he suspected might be enforced, rather than natural.

“Heel, Jack,” Jerry commanded as he led the animal to the small dog park where owners were permitted to let well-behaved dogs off their leads.

After Jerry made certain the gate was securely fastened, he unhooked Jack’s leash and gave him permission to romp. “Go on, boy. Do your stuff.” Then he turned toward the pale, frail-looking young woman who promptly drew the sleeves of her sweater down and averted her eyes when he glanced in her direction.

He brusquely rubbed his arms over his leather jacket. “A bit chillier today, wouldn’t you say?” He opened with a yes or no question even a complete stranger couldn’t criticize.

She nodded while casting a quick glance at her watch. That’s when he spotted a reddish-purple bruise encircling her wrist. Over the past few weeks, he’d seen similar indications of harsh treatment, like a stiff legged-gait combined with winces of pain when she threw balls for Muffin, or rubbing her neck and favoring one arm over the other, which put together had him suspecting her husband played on the rough side. Though, this was the first time he’d witnessed evidence of a physical injury.

Accidents happen, and many dominants used restraints that occasionally left marks. However, when notable bruising was coupled with shame and embarrassment masked by a well-rehearsed reserve, his protective radar went on alert. Jerry had seen what ill-treatment did to animals, and Elly Benson showed many of the same characteristics. He’d lay odds if he mentioned those bruises on her wrists, she’d minimize their significance while she struggled to keep the evidence of her shame hidden beneath the sleeves of her bulky sweater. Not conclusive proof of abuse perhaps, but enough to cause doubt in his mind. Doubt that had been percolating inside his head for over two weeks now.

He started toward her, stopping when she backed away with an expression of grave uncertainty on her face. Okay, down boy. You’re freaking the lady out even more by encroaching on her personal space.

“Sorry,” he murmured, holding his hands up in a universal sign of surrender. “I didn’t mean to scare you, but I noticed your wrist was bruised.”

She promptly yanked the arm of her sweater down to cover the mark, as he’d expected she would. “It’s nothing. And, I’m not scared.” Her chin came up as though she dared him to contradict her.

A flash of pride, accompanied by sixteen words and three sentences. A miracle. “Sorry, again. Those bruises appear to be swelling and I wanted to make sure you’re not injured.”

“I’m not.” Another glance at her watch, then she slapped her thigh. “Muffin, come. We need to go. Now.”

Muffin, however, was more interested in playing a game of nip and dodge with Jack, than in obeying her mistress, so Jerry tried a different tack. “It would seem Muffin isn’t quite ready to leave, yet.”

Wrapping her arms about her, Elly Benson shivered and stomped her feet a couple of times as if to return feeling to her toes before giving her arms a brisk rub. The afternoon air had acquired a frosty bite, and though her ski sweater appeared warm, she really should be wearing a proper coat and gloves. Then, she curved her shoulders inward and shivered again

Jerry removed his black leather jacket and headed toward her, palms facing outward. Careful not to make any sudden moves, he approached her as he would a timid animal. “You’re cold,” he murmured in a low, soothing voice. “At least wear this until Muffin is ready.”

“No. Thank you.” She tried to circumvent his approach by walking around him, but he sidestepped her, unwilling to be put off. From what he’d seen over the past few weeks, the lady needed a champion, and he suspected her husband was ill-suited for the job.

“I insist,” he said, inserting a note of steel into his voice, figuring she would respond to his tone and obey. Instead, she held her place and gave another shake of her head, though she declined to meet his gaze. A muted show of spirit that most likely masked a deeply rooted fear firmly lodged in her psyche. A fear of her husband’s disapproval. So, with his arms extended, Jerry remained where he stood and held her gaze. Even in this small clash of wills, he expected to win.

“I can’t,” she whispered finally, eyes still lowered.

“Why not? You’re shivering. Colorado can turn unexpectedly nippy at this time of year, so you should always wear a coat in the afternoon.” Offering logic, not condemnation, he took another step closer.

Though she tensed as if ready to bolt in any second, she let him drape his jacket over her shoulders. “I was in a hurry,” she explained, grasping the leather collar and drawing it close about her neck.

“Ahh. So your bit of fluff was being impatient, was she?”

She nodded, and a tiny smile teased the corner of her lips. “She likes coming here.”

“But of course.” He wiggled his eyebrows at her. Usually it was just the two of them at this hour of day, since other dog owners tended to come closer to dinnertime, after their pets had been fed. “What’s not to like?”

“Thank you.” She indicated his jacket. “Except now you’ll get cold.”

He shook his head. “Superheroes don’t get cold. Didn’t you know that?”

She gave a small, almost self-conscious, laugh and Jerry enjoyed the sound, probably more than he should. “It’s true.”

Regarding him with a touch of skepticism, she said, “So, what’re your powers?”

“You mean outside of x-ray vision, invulnerability to the elements and mind reading?”

Her smile faltered. “No one can read minds.”

Crossing his arms, he placed a fist under his chin and regarded her with thoughtful consideration. “Think not? How about we place a wager? If I’m able to tell you what you’re thinking, you agree to grant me a boon.”

She regarded him with wary caution. “A what?”

“A boon. It’s a cross between a favor and a gift.”

Doubt mixed with curiosity in her expression. “I’m not supposed to bet. Besides, your offer sounds terribly one-sided.”

He gave a considering nod. “Yes, I suppose it does. All right. If I fail to demonstrate my superpower, then I shall grant you a boon instead.”

“But I don’t want anything, and I’m not allowed to accept gifts.”

“A conundrum to be sure, though not insurmountable for any true superhero. Perhaps I should offer a small demonstration first.”

She frowned down at her Rolex again, and the puffy ring of flesh not covered by her watchband was fully visible now. “I really need to go.”

“That bruise looks serious. May I see it?”

When she gazed at him, her face expressed so much dismay he almost relented, but he wanted to determine if the bruising represented a case of play gone a step too far, or if she’d been held against her will. “I won’t hurt you,” he promised. “No touching, just a look. Not only am I a superhero, but I am a doctor, too, you know?”

A slight smile followed by a hesitant nod, she extended her right wrist to him. He gently pushed the sleeve of her light blue bulk knit sweater to expose her wrist. Just as he thought. In addition to the reddish bruise and swelling, the flesh was rubbed raw. The lady had been resisting her restraints.

“What happened?” he inquired casually, as he extended his hand for her other wrist. She obeyed without question this time, though her fingers trembled in his grasp.

“Nothing.”

He met her gaze, uncertain how far he could push her into admitting the truth before she shut down or ran away. “My mind-reading super sense tells me you’re not being truthful. Do you realize the risks you take in lying to a superhero?”

She shook her head and tentatively tried to pull her hand back, but he held on, not ready to release her, yet. He wanted answers to questions that had been running through his mind since he first spotted her in the dog park four weeks ago. However, if she persisted in pulling away, he wouldn’t detain her. He didn’t hold women against their will.

“Your pulse is racing, and it’s the doctor, not the superhero who’s detecting that. Do I scare you, Elly Benson?”

“No, sir,” she replied in deferential respect, her voice a mere whisper.

“Good. Because I never want to do that. However, these marks on your wrists aren’t a result of ‘nothing.’ So, unless you prefer I employ my mind-reading super skill to extract the truth, I think you should tell me what happened.”

“Please,” she whispered, pulling her hand back again. This time he let her go, but she remained where she stood, as though uncertain what to do next.

He bowed. “A superhero worth his salt always bends to a lady’s request. So, why don’t we get our dogs and I’ll accompany you back.”

“No!” Her response held a note of panic, then she shook her head and attempted a smile; however, he wasn’t fooled. “That’s not necessary,” she countered. “I mean our condo is right over there.” She indicated a row of houses, which pretty much all looked the same, then, she reached up to remove his jacket, but he placed his hands over hers to stop her.

“Keep it. If you won’t let me walk you home, I want you to wear it. You can give it back to me tomorrow when you and Muffin visit the park again. All right?”

She nodded. “Thank you. For understanding.”

This time he shook his head. “Don’t mistake me, fair lady. I’m not at all happy you refuse my escort, but I won’t press if my company is not wanted.”

“No. It’s not that�” Another quick glance at her watch. “I’m already late and I�”

“And your husband doesn’t tolerate tardiness. Correct?”

“No. I mean, yes. He can be strict about certain things, and one of those is my schedule.”

“I don’t want to cause any trouble, but I’d like to help, if you’ll let me. There are many people here who are more than willing to lend their support, if you and Arthur are having problems.”

She nodded. “I know. We’re not having problems.” She tugged at her sleeves to cover her wrists again, as if she considered the bruises proof to her lie and a testament to her failure to accept her husband’s discipline. “It was only a simple misunderstanding. Sorry, but I really have to go.”

“All right.” He whistled for Jack, and Muffin came pouncing after the big Lab. Jerry thought the little poodle might even have a crush on his much larger dog.

“Thank you,” Elly murmured as she bent forward to attach a pink lead to her poodle’s matching harness. Straightening, she offered him a shy smile. This one more genuine. Yup, they’d definitely made progress today. He’d actually engaged her in a conversation and she’d let him examine her injured wrists.

“I promise to return your jacket tomorrow, Dr. Douglas.”

“No hurry. I have another one. And call me Jerry. All right?”

“Yes, sir� Jerry.”

“Good girl,” he offered an encouraging smile. “Until tomorrow.”

With a nod, she hurried out of the park and practically ran back to her home. He could only hope his detaining her hadn’t made matters worse.

* * * *

Elly’s fingers trembled as she fumbled to push her door key into its lock, but not because of the cold. After she’d hurriedly unfastened the lead from Muffin’s harness, she rushed over to the phone and dialed her husband’s work number.

“You’re ten minutes late, Eleanor,” he replied without even a pretense of cordiality.

“Yes, I know. I’m sorry.”

“So, what’s your excuse for tardiness this time? Weather, improper footwear, or that rat of a dog you own?”

Elly hesitated, unsure if the truth would only make matters worse. “Dr. Douglas, the vet, wished to speak with me, and I didn’t want to appear rude by cutting him off.”

“I see. So, is it more important for you to chat with our neighbors than keep your word to your husband?”

Elly’s heart sank to her feet. No matter how she replied to the question, she’d be punished for the wrong answer. “I’m sorry.”

“Yes, I’m sure you are, but that doesn’t address the issue, does it?”

“No, sir.”

“Your perpetual tardiness is yet another sign of your inability to manage your time properly. I thought I’d made it clear during our previous sessions that timeliness and tidiness are signs of respect, and to ignore either reflects a blatant disrespect to me.”

“I didn’t want to be rude�.”

“But you were. To me. I am not pleased, Eleanor. However, you knew I wouldn’t be when you made your choice, didn’t you?”

Yes, she’d known he’d be angry with her, though other than run away from Dr. Douglas, which would have only intensified his suspicion, she’d had little choice. All the same, she answered, “Yes, sir.”

“Then we shall have to deal with your inconsideration later tonight. Hopefully, this time you’ll learn from the lesson. I expect to be home by six. I suggest you not disappoint me further by failing to have dinner on the table when I walk in the door. After we eat, I shall address your failure to keep a simple promise to me.”

“Thank you, sir,” she murmured, knowing he expected her to be grateful for his ‘loving correction.’ Except, Elly no longer thought there was much love in Arthur’s corrections, which made them more and more difficult to accept with the dignity and grace she was expected to exhibit. She’d begun to regret their move to Corbin’s Bend, and they’d only been there a month.

“See you at six,” he replied before disconnecting.

That gave her two hours to get their evening meal ready. Demonstrating an appreciative willingness to accept her discipline often resulted in a lighter punishment, so Elly intended to do everything she could to express her desire to learn from her husband teachings. Especially, since she was still sore from his last one.

* * * *

As Elly removed the roast she’d prepared for dinner and transferred it to a board, the garage door opened. Muffin heard it too and started the peculiar growl-like barking she gave in warning whenever Arthur came home. “Muffin, quiet,” Elly scolded in a low voice as she covered the still sizzling roast with tinfoil. Then, wiping her hands on a nearby dishtowel, she quickly prepared Arthur’s scotch on the rocks and set the glass on the marble coaster situated on the small table by his chair in the living room.

Muffin’s protests softened to a growl. “Shh. If you won’t behave, then you’d best get in your bed. Daddy’s already upset with Mommy, and you aren’t helping.”

The poodle gave her a look that Elly could only interpret as resentment. “Yes, I know you’d like nothing better than to give Daddy’s leg a good nip, but you can’t. Now, go. Beddies.”

With a slow, sullen gait, Muffin did as she was bid. Arthur didn’t care much for Elly’s dog, and Muffin barely tolerated Arthur. Afraid her husband would demand she place her pet in the pound, Elly attempted to keep peace by making sure Muffin maintained her distance. Though the poodle had snapped at Arthur a few times, she’d never actually bitten him, but Elly feared the animal could and would if given half the chance. Man and dog didn’t even make a pretense of mutual respect; their dislike of each other was too consuming.

Giving a quick glance about to ensure everything was in its proper place, Elly straightened her dress and held her breath. She didn’t dare open the door for Arthur, since she was to keep their front door locked at all times and woe to her if she ever forgot. It was the first thing he checked when he got home, and she’d learned not to interfere with his process. Instead, she stood at a soldier’s attention and waited for her husband to unlock their door and enter.

Arthur liked to take his time. In truth, she thought he took perverse pleasure in making her worry, and he was very good at that. Over the last few months, he had her worrying about everything. The doorknob turned, then a key jingled as it revolved the well-oiled tumblers. Seconds later, Arthur stepped inside and dropped his suitcase by the door. He noticed his drink and gave her a nod of greeting. She rarely received praise, but he acknowledged her efforts when she did as he’d asked.

“Is dinner ready?” he inquired, opening the armoire where they kept their coats. Though they’d selected one of the most expensive units in Corbin’s Bend, the place didn’t have many closets or cupboards, so they made do with new furniture they’d purchased to serve their needs. They still hadn’t gotten around to buying the china cabinet Elly needed to store their fine dishes and delicate figurines she’d collected over the years.

“Yes, it’s waiting to be served. Would you like me to place everything on the table now, or would you prefer to relax with your drink first?”

He frowned at her. Now what had she done? Then, he pulled a large leather jacket out of the closet. Jerry’s jacket.

“To whom does this belong, Eleanor?”

She took a deep breath. She’d done nothing wrong. “It’s Dr. Douglas’ jacket.” His left eyebrow arched, which meant she’d provided him with insufficient information. “He’s the veterinarian I spoke about earlier.”

“I see. And what, pray tell, is his jacket doing in our hall closet?”

She drew her lower lip in her mouth and skimmed her teeth over it. Arthur preferred exactness to vagueness, however, informing him their armoire could hardly be considered a closet would not be good for her health, so she focused instead on how to present her afternoon conversation with the vet without drawing attention to her own error in judgment.

“He believed my sweater wasn’t keeping me warm enough, so he lent me his jacket.”

Arthur ran his fingers over the material and examined the lining. “Why weren’t you wearing your coat?”

“Muffin needed to go out, and I thought I’d be fine in a sweater and slacks.”

With a nod, he hung the jacket back in the armoire. “It would appear you misjudged�again. Colorado falls can be bitterly cold, Eleanor, and you need to dress appropriately.” Closing the door, he turned to regard her through wintry gray eyes. “Must I start laying out your clothing as well in the mornings?”

Not wanting him to see her growing resentment, Elly lowered her gaze. “No, sir.”

“You’re my wife, Eleanor. Every decision you make reflects back on me, and I will not have you prancing about the neighborhood improperly dressed.”

She met his gaze only briefly, then returned her focus to the floor. “I’m sorry, Arthur.”

“So you say, but I believe you need another lesson. I think wearing an anal plug and a diaper through dinner might serve to remind you your actions have consequences.”

Elly bit the inside of her cheek to keep from saying what she thought. Arthur didn’t tolerate back talk, but that plug was truly a punishment for her, and he only made her wear diapers if he determined her actions had been childish. Adults knew how to dress appropriately, children needed supervision and reminders. So, he would help her remember she needed to give her wardrobe more consideration by insisting she dress like a child.

With a shake of his head and a long sigh, he murmured. “Fetch the black plug, lube and one of your bad girl diapers, then meet me in my office. I’ll attend to you there.”

“Yes, sir.”

“You might as well bring the paddle down, too. Perhaps a few swats after the plug is inserted will drive in the point of this exercise.”

Elly gazed at her husband. She wanted to protest that she’d pay more attention to how she dressed in the future, but experience had taught her once Arthur decided on a punishment any hesitancy or argument on her part would only make matters worse for her. So, she went upstairs to gather the requested items.

* * * *

Elly’s tears had dried by the time she set the table. Arthur had been matter-of-fact about her punishment, giving her only three swats with the paddle after he’d inserted that oversized, bulbous octopus head into her anus. She hated that thing, but as he’d so often reminded her, punishments were not meant to be enjoyable. They were intended to teach her a lesson, and he expected her to learn rushing about inadequately dressed was unacceptable at any time.

Despite her deep-seated resentment of Arthur’s strictness, Elly did try to be the wife he wanted, and the last thing she sought was to tarnish his image with her inadequacies. Appearances were of prime importance to Arthur, and she worked hard to make him proud of her, but as of late, she couldn’t seem to do anything right. Though he never said as much, she suspected he regretted ever marrying her.

The bulky diaper forced her to walk like an incontinent toddler, which was meant to remind her when she behaved like a child, she would be treated like one. She recalled the time he had taken this punishment to an extreme after she’d attempted to hide a serving of peas beneath her napkin. In addition to the anal plug and the diaper, he’d insisted she change into a short nightgown and sit at the table with a bib around her neck until he’d finished feeding her two servings of the hated green pebbles. She’d gotten ten swats of his belt over the plug for her subterfuge. His punishment hadn’t changed her mind about peas, but she dutifully ate every one she was served whenever he requested them.

At dinnertime, all the food had to be laid out in dishes before Arthur’s place setting. He maintained Elly didn’t eat properly, so he made sure her plate contained a proper mix of food groups, and she was expected to eat everything he set before her. He didn’t approve of snacking between meals, but she was allowed to munch on carrots or celery in the afternoon if she got hungry. Even though she ate lunch alone, he planned each of her meals, telling her what she should and shouldn’t eat. A chef salad with various vegetables and a serving of meat and cheese with a light dressing was scheduled twice a week. All sandwiches were to be made on whole wheat bread, and she needed to consume a minimum of seven servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Anything less, provided she wasn’t ill, was a punishable offense. Arthur did look out for her, but sometimes she wished he wasn’t quite so regimented about it.

Elly was laying the bowl of roast potatoes on the table when Arthur stepped into the dining room. She attempted to smile at him, but when her lower lip trembled, she swiveled to return to the kitchen.

“Eleanor,” he said quietly.

Swallowing, she turned back and met his gaze.

“You know I don’t enjoy punishing you like this, but these lessons do seem to improve your memory and behavior, and as your husband, I consider it my duty to ensure you learn from your mistakes and modify your actions accordingly.”

“Thank you, sir.”

“I doubt you me

Amandad111 on 09/10/2014 07:07pm
This is my first Corbin Bend book and I enjoyed it. You will cry and laugh with Elly as she transitions from abused wife to cherished partner. Some scenes are hard to take in but there are some tender ones as well.
Amandad111 on 09/10/2014 07:07pm
This is my first Corbin Bend book and I enjoyed it. You will cry and laugh with Elly as she transitions from abused wife to cherished partner. Some scenes are hard to take in but there are some tender ones as well.
asgoodrich on 08/16/2014 12:51am
A Simple Misunderstanding was the most difficult to read of the Corbin’s Bend books for me so far. Not because of the writing, but because of the subject matter. In this installment in the series, we meet Elly and Jerry. Elly and her husband Arthur moved to Corbin’s Bend a few months ago and she’s learned that she is not fond of the Domestic Discipline relationship she agreed to with her husband. What makes this book difficult to read is that the reader quickly learns that Elly isn’t in a DD relationship with her husband, she is in an abusive relationship with a man who is using DD as an excuse to beat his wife. Reading as Elly takes several beatings and believing that she deserved them is a huge part of why I found this a tough read. What put it over the top for me was that her mother’s actions and responses to her just seemed to reinforce Elly’s notion that she deserved the abuse her husband doled out. Elly only has two “lights” in her life: her dog Mitzi and the local vet Jerry. Due to his naturally protection nature, Jerry finds himself drawn to Elly and frustrated by his helplessness in her situation. Sadly, it isn’t until Arthur nearly kills her that she finally decides to accept Jerry’s help. While I did indeed find this to be an emotionally draining read, I feel that Ms. Blake handled the topic with care and did an admirable job in helping her characters grow and bond in the short time of the book. That Elly learned her worth and that her neighbors in Corbin’s Bend would support her in her time of need is a message that many women need to receive. A Simple Misunderstanding is an excellent addition to the Corbin’s Bend series. Ms. Blake’s talent as a writer is obvious as she takes a delicate subject (i.e., abuse in DD and/or BDSM relationships) and handles it with care. Elly and Jerry are wonderful characters and I do so hope that I get a chance to catch up with them in future Corbin’s Bend books. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
asgoodrich on 08/16/2014 12:51am
A Simple Misunderstanding was the most difficult to read of the Corbin۪s Bend books for me so far. Not because of the writing, but because of the subject matter. In this installment in the series, we meet Elly and Jerry. Elly and her husband Arthur moved to Corbin۪s Bend a few months ago and she۪s learned that she is not fond of the Domestic Discipline relationship she agreed to with her husband. What makes this book difficult to read is that the reader quickly learns that Elly isn۪t in a DD relationship with her husband, she is in an abusive relationship with a man who is using DD as an excuse to beat his wife. Reading as Elly takes several beatings and believing that she deserved them is a huge part of why I found this a tough read. What put it over the top for me was that her mother۪s actions and responses to her just seemed to reinforce Elly۪s notion that she deserved the abuse her husband doled out. Elly only has two lights۝ in her life: her dog Mitzi and the local vet Jerry. Due to his naturally protection nature, Jerry finds himself drawn to Elly and frustrated by his helplessness in her situation. Sadly, it isn۪t until Arthur nearly kills her that she finally decides to accept Jerry۪s help. While I did indeed find this to be an emotionally draining read, I feel that Ms. Blake handled the topic with care and did an admirable job in helping her characters grow and bond in the short time of the book. That Elly learned her worth and that her neighbors in Corbin۪s Bend would support her in her time of need is a message that many women need to receive. A Simple Misunderstanding is an excellent addition to the Corbin۪s Bend series. Ms. Blake۪s talent as a writer is obvious as she takes a delicate subject (i.e., abuse in DD and/or BDSM relationships) and handles it with care. Elly and Jerry are wonderful characters and I do so hope that I get a chance to catch up with them in future Corbin۪s Bend books. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Redrabbitt on 08/13/2014 11:31am
First off, I commend Ms. Blake for having the guts to take a stand and write this story to be included in this wonderful Corbin's Bend Series. Abuse of any kind, be it physical or mental, is abuse. It also points out that even those who consensually adhere to a domestic discipline lifestyle that the head of household can overstep and abuse the rules of "Sane, Safe and Consensual." In this story, that is exactly what Author Benson has done. He has belittle and isolated Elly to his total obsessive control. It wasn't an easy story to read, but needed to be shared. Elly is no pain slut and her husband is definitely no decent man. Dr. Jerry Douglas becomes her advocate and eventual savior. In reality, until a woman is ready to ask for or accept help, she will remain a victim. You cannot blame her mentor or her neighbors when Elly refused to share. In reality, Elly had no support system, not even her own family, how is she to know what the difference is between correction and abuse?
Redrabbitt on 08/13/2014 11:31am
"First off, I commend Ms. Blake for having the guts to take a stand and write this story to be included in this wonderful Corbin's Bend Series. Abuse of any kind, be it physical or mental, is abuse. It also points out that even those who consensually adhere to a domestic discipline lifestyle that the head of household can overstep and abuse the rules of ""Sane, Safe and Consensual."" In this story, that is exactly what Author Benson has done. He has belittle and isolated Elly to his total obsessive control. It wasn't an easy story to read, but needed to be shared. Elly is no pain slut and her husband is definitely no decent man. Dr. Jerry Douglas becomes her advocate and eventual savior. In reality, until a woman is ready to ask for or accept help, she will remain a victim. You cannot blame her mentor or her neighbors when Elly refused to share. In reality, Elly had no support system, not even her own family, how is she to know what the difference is between correction and abuse?"
Krista on 07/28/2014 06:53pm
What a thoroughly enjoyable book! It is not your typical DD book, which I found deliciously refreshing. It's exciting and fast paced and a wonderful addition to the Corbin's Bend series!
Krista on 07/28/2014 06:53pm
What a thoroughly enjoyable book! It is not your typical DD book, which I found deliciously refreshing. It's exciting and fast paced and a wonderful addition to the Corbin's Bend series!
Barbara on 07/25/2014 08:20am
This is quite a touching story which tackles the subject of domestic violence and contrasts this with a loving relationship which includes domestic discipline. I'm not totally sure that the writer was completely successful in making the distinction. I suspect that for most of us, reading about DD lifestyles is an erotic fantasy which we would find immensely difficult to live with. Are there any men who are so perfect, unselfish and insightful that they can make decisions for their partners? That said, there is a lovely, romantic story in this book, which is written against a background of another, completely disfunctional relationship.
Barbara on 07/25/2014 08:20am
This is quite a touching story which tackles the subject of domestic violence and contrasts this with a loving relationship which includes domestic discipline. I'm not totally sure that the writer was completely successful in making the distinction. I suspect that for most of us, reading about DD lifestyles is an erotic fantasy which we would find immensely difficult to live with. Are there any men who are so perfect, unselfish and insightful that they can make decisions for their partners? That said, there is a lovely, romantic story in this book, which is written against a background of another, completely disfunctional relationship.
Barbara on 07/25/2014 08:20am
This is quite a touching story which tackles the subject of domestic violence and contrasts this with a loving relationship which includes domestic discipline. I'm not totally sure that the writer was completely successful in making the distinction. I suspect that for most of us, reading about DD lifestyles is an erotic fantasy which we would find immensely difficult to live with. Are there any men who are so perfect, unselfish and insightful that they can make decisions for their partners? That said, there is a lovely, romantic story in this book, which is written against a background of another, completely disfunctional relationship.
Barbara on 07/25/2014 08:20am
This is quite a touching story which tackles the subject of domestic violence and contrasts this with a loving relationship which includes domestic discipline. I'm not totally sure that the writer was completely successful in making the distinction. I suspect that for most of us, reading about DD lifestyles is an erotic fantasy which we would find immensely difficult to live with. Are there any men who are so perfect, unselfish and insightful that they can make decisions for their partners? That said, there is a lovely, romantic story in this book, which is written against a background of another, completely disfunctional relationship.
Katy Beth McKee on 07/23/2014 09:30am
I love the fact that the Corbin's Bend series hasn't been afraid to tackle difficult issues. Jerry is the local vet and tries to befriend Elly. But he is concerned about the possibility of abuse. Arthur is not really a head of house hold but an abusive bully. The story is honest about how hard it is for an abuse victim to understand the difference between what they wanted and the reality they have. I love how the whole community rallies around Elly and helps her to feel accepted and ready to move on. She is very brave to be willing to let Jerry be in her life knowing what he wants from a relationship.
Katy Beth McKee on 07/23/2014 09:30am
I love the fact that the Corbin's Bend series hasn't been afraid to tackle difficult issues. Jerry is the local vet and tries to befriend Elly. But he is concerned about the possibility of abuse. Arthur is not really a head of house hold but an abusive bully. The story is honest about how hard it is for an abuse victim to understand the difference between what they wanted and the reality they have. I love how the whole community rallies around Elly and helps her to feel accepted and ready to move on. She is very brave to be willing to let Jerry be in her life knowing what he wants from a relationship.
Patricia Green on 07/22/2014 02:37pm
A Simple Misunderstanding examines a serious subject head-on: spousal abuse in the name of domestic discipline. It's something anyone with common sense can be worried about, but, in fact, it's pretty rare among the spanko community. Dominant/submissive relationships often leave the onus on the submissive, looking for consensus before punishments or chastisement takes place. This is not the case for the heroine of the novel. Elly's husband, Arthur, is a total jerk, written without any redeeming characteristics to see. I'm sure Elly must have found something appealing about Arthur at some time early in their brief relationship, but gosh knows what it was. Veterinarian Jerry Douglas is a spanker, but the kind with a soft heart and a gentle disposition. Even through a flare of temper, he is more than considerate of Elly's needs. He doesn't mean to fall in love with her, nor she with him, but as Arthur grows more and more detached from reality, Elly becomes more vulnerable, and Jerry's compassion, his tender touch with wounded creatures, comes to the fore. The situation with Elly, Jerry and Arthur is a tangled mess, but events overcome them all and, despite some serious trials, Jerry and Elly find their way to be together. The people in this book were well-drawn, the heroes and villains clear from the beginning and true to their characters. The Corbin's Bend setting was used as an excellent backdrop for the action, and the plot moved along at a steady page-turning pace. The book was detailed and complex enough, without swamping the reader with unnecessary explanations. I thoroughly enjoyed A Simple Misunderstanding, and I recommend it most highly.
Patricia Green on 07/22/2014 02:37pm
A Simple Misunderstanding examines a serious subject head-on: spousal abuse in the name of domestic discipline. It's something anyone with common sense can be worried about, but, in fact, it's pretty rare among the spanko community. Dominant/submissive relationships often leave the onus on the submissive, looking for consensus before punishments or chastisement takes place. This is not the case for the heroine of the novel. Elly's husband, Arthur, is a total jerk, written without any redeeming characteristics to see. I'm sure Elly must have found something appealing about Arthur at some time early in their brief relationship, but gosh knows what it was. Veterinarian Jerry Douglas is a spanker, but the kind with a soft heart and a gentle disposition. Even through a flare of temper, he is more than considerate of Elly's needs. He doesn't mean to fall in love with her, nor she with him, but as Arthur grows more and more detached from reality, Elly becomes more vulnerable, and Jerry's compassion, his tender touch with wounded creatures, comes to the fore. The situation with Elly, Jerry and Arthur is a tangled mess, but events overcome them all and, despite some serious trials, Jerry and Elly find their way to be together. The people in this book were well-drawn, the heroes and villains clear from the beginning and true to their characters. The Corbin's Bend setting was used as an excellent backdrop for the action, and the plot moved along at a steady page-turning pace. The book was detailed and complex enough, without swamping the reader with unnecessary explanations. I thoroughly enjoyed A Simple Misunderstanding, and I recommend it most highly.
soundslikefun13 on 07/21/2014 06:42pm
This is another book in the Corbin’s Bend Series. I wish a place like this real existed. This book shows what a abuse looks like and how it differs from loving discipline. I enjoyed all of the characters in this book but especially Dr. Douglas. Jerry Douglas is the town’s vet. He noticed that Elly Benson seems to be in a bad way and does everything he can to make sure that she is taken care of.
soundslikefun13 on 07/21/2014 06:42pm
This is another book in the Corbin۪s Bend Series. I wish a place like this real existed. This book shows what a abuse looks like and how it differs from loving discipline. I enjoyed all of the characters in this book but especially Dr. Douglas. Jerry Douglas is the town۪s vet. He noticed that Elly Benson seems to be in a bad way and does everything he can to make sure that she is taken care of.
A Hopkins on 07/20/2014 08:58pm
I really enjoyed this book. I know previous reviewers have been bothered by the abusive relationship that Elly starts the book in but to me the contrast between what she finds herself stuck in and the relationship that Jerry wants to introduce her to shows the real difference between a DD relationship and controlling abuse! You find yourself so happy when she finally accepts Jerry's help and protection.
A Hopkins on 07/20/2014 08:58pm
I really enjoyed this book. I know previous reviewers have been bothered by the abusive relationship that Elly starts the book in but to me the contrast between what she finds herself stuck in and the relationship that Jerry wants to introduce her to shows the real difference between a DD relationship and controlling abuse! You find yourself so happy when she finally accepts Jerry's help and protection.
sarah on 07/20/2014 03:33pm
I really enjoy Kathryn R. Blake’s books. Overall I enjoyed A Simple Misunderstanding but a few things irritated me a little. The story between Jerry and Elly was wonderful. I loved Jerry, he was caring and compassionate. He wasn’t super alpha male but had his moments. I loved Elly and felt so much compassion for her as she was healing from her previous relationship. One of the things that irritated me a little was the community’s lack of response to the abuse Elly was experiencing. The community supports DD relationships between consenting adults but allows abusive relationships to hide in their community. That just doesn’t make sense to me, why would they allow the very stigma they are fighting find refuge in their community. I also wanted the story to spend more time on the romantic relationship between Elly and Jerry. I am really hoping for a follow up story with Jerry and Elly. I think that the chemistry and conflict between and Jerry and Elly as they settle into a relationship would be a fantastic read. I really enjoy the complexity and depth that Kathryn R. Blake is able to bring to her stories. I would definitely recommend this book!
sarah on 07/20/2014 03:33pm
I really enjoy Kathryn R. Blake۪s books. Overall I enjoyed A Simple Misunderstanding but a few things irritated me a little. The story between Jerry and Elly was wonderful. I loved Jerry, he was caring and compassionate. He wasn۪t super alpha male but had his moments. I loved Elly and felt so much compassion for her as she was healing from her previous relationship. One of the things that irritated me a little was the community۪s lack of response to the abuse Elly was experiencing. The community supports DD relationships between consenting adults but allows abusive relationships to hide in their community. That just doesn۪t make sense to me, why would they allow the very stigma they are fighting find refuge in their community. I also wanted the story to spend more time on the romantic relationship between Elly and Jerry. I am really hoping for a follow up story with Jerry and Elly. I think that the chemistry and conflict between and Jerry and Elly as they settle into a relationship would be a fantastic read. I really enjoy the complexity and depth that Kathryn R. Blake is able to bring to her stories. I would definitely recommend this book!
Tina on 07/20/2014 12:49pm
This story is about Elly who moved to Corbin’s bend a few months ago with her husband Arthur. Elly is in an abusive relationship with her husband but she is unable to see it, she believes that every time she doesn’t obey the slightest thing from her husband then she is breaking her wedding vows to obey him. Jerry is the local vet and he wants to help Elly as he believes something isn’t right in her relationship with her husband. This was a really good story, it was interesting to see the relationship from Elly’s point of view and to see how someone justifies the abuse she was facing. It wasn’t simply about getting Elly out of her situation it was about Jerry helping her to see there was a problem. Without any confirmation from Elly that her husband was being abusive, they had to accept that the situation was consensual. The characters had depth and you felt really involved in their lives. It was a great story and would definitely recommend. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
Tina on 07/20/2014 12:49pm
This story is about Elly who moved to Corbin۪s bend a few months ago with her husband Arthur. Elly is in an abusive relationship with her husband but she is unable to see it, she believes that every time she doesn۪t obey the slightest thing from her husband then she is breaking her wedding vows to obey him. Jerry is the local vet and he wants to help Elly as he believes something isn۪t right in her relationship with her husband. This was a really good story, it was interesting to see the relationship from Elly۪s point of view and to see how someone justifies the abuse she was facing. It wasn۪t simply about getting Elly out of her situation it was about Jerry helping her to see there was a problem. Without any confirmation from Elly that her husband was being abusive, they had to accept that the situation was consensual. The characters had depth and you felt really involved in their lives. It was a great story and would definitely recommend. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
K Tyler on 07/16/2014 10:55pm
This was a rollercoaster ride. The story grabs you from the beginning. Elly is a abused wife new to Corbin’s Bend. She discover true love in an unlikely place a dog park. When tragedy makes her face the fact she is In an abusive relationship the community rally around her and Dr. Douglas who is an honorable man never allows her to feel less than but honors the fact that she is married and assist her in getting safely out of a potentially deadly situation. This story address the issue of physical and mental abuse in a tasteful manner. I wish it had been longer.
K Tyler on 07/16/2014 10:55pm
This was a rollercoaster ride. The story grabs you from the beginning. Elly is a abused wife new to Corbin۪s Bend. She discover true love in an unlikely place a dog park. When tragedy makes her face the fact she is In an abusive relationship the community rally around her and Dr. Douglas who is an honorable man never allows her to feel less than but honors the fact that she is married and assist her in getting safely out of a potentially deadly situation. This story address the issue of physical and mental abuse in a tasteful manner. I wish it had been longer.
Laura on 07/16/2014 12:18pm
Kathryn R. Blake continues the wonderful Corbin's Bend Series with an amazing and insightful book. Jerry Douglas is a gentle Dominant man and the vet in this wonderful town and Eleanor Benson is one of the newest members to Corbin's Bend along with her husband. Elly and Arthur have only been married 5 months - Arthur is a bully and more concerned with appearances believing that Elly needs to get with his program and has kept an extremely tight rein on her. Jerry has seen Elly daily walking her little dog Muffin in the dog park and he starts to walk his puppy Jack at the same time. Jerry knows Elly is married and he isn't looking to cause problems only to hopefully have Elly become more relaxed and open. The only time he has seen he has seen here out is when she plays with Muffin, otherwise she was home with the curtains closed. He has noticed that over the past weeks she walked stiffly or favored one side over the other. On this day he noticed her bruised wrists. When he asked about them Elly becomes upset and says it is nothing. Even though some of the Dominants are rougher than others, Jerry begins to believe that this situation far exceeds the 'norm'. The story continues from here and delves into issues that effect many women and men while still keeping the reader involved and rooting for this couple. This book is a wonderful continuation of the series. The emotions that Kathryn Blake's words invoke are stunning. I've said it before and I'll say it again "this is a terrific series and definitely one of my favorites".
Laura on 07/16/2014 12:18pm
" Kathryn R. Blake continues the wonderful Corbin's Bend Series with an amazing and insightful book. Jerry Douglas is a gentle Dominant man and the vet in this wonderful town and Eleanor Benson is one of the newest members to Corbin's Bend along with her husband. Elly and Arthur have only been married 5 months - Arthur is a bully and more concerned with appearances believing that Elly needs to get with his program and has kept an extremely tight rein on her. Jerry has seen Elly daily walking her little dog Muffin in the dog park and he starts to walk his puppy Jack at the same time. Jerry knows Elly is married and he isn't looking to cause problems only to hopefully have Elly become more relaxed and open. The only time he has seen he has seen here out is when she plays with Muffin, otherwise she was home with the curtains closed. He has noticed that over the past weeks she walked stiffly or favored one side over the other. On this day he noticed her bruised wrists. When he asked about them Elly becomes upset and says it is nothing. Even though some of the Dominants are rougher than others, Jerry begins to believe that this situation far exceeds the 'norm'. The story continues from here and delves into issues that effect many women and men while still keeping the reader involved and rooting for this couple. This book is a wonderful continuation of the series. The emotions that Kathryn Blake's words invoke are stunning. I've said it before and I'll say it again ""this is a terrific series and definitely one of my favorites"". "
Marybeth on 07/15/2014 07:21pm
This was a hard book to read. Most of the first half deals with the abuse of Eleanor by her husband, Arthur. She believes that she is submitting as a wife should, while her husband knows that he is abusing her. Into this mix comes Jerry, the local vet. He has fallen in love with Ellyn ad he suspects that she is abused by her husband. One day, it all comes to a head when Arthur goes overboard in his anger and truly hurts Elly. She ends up in the ICU of the local hospital and Jerry works to protect her and to make her realize that she is being abused. Eventually, they start a relationship and Elly must get over her fear of being disciplined. I really liked this book. It dealt with the abuse of a woman who doesn’t realize that she is being abused. Once she does, she takes steps to build her courage and leave the situation. 5 stars
Marybeth on 07/15/2014 07:21pm
This was a hard book to read. Most of the first half deals with the abuse of Eleanor by her husband, Arthur. She believes that she is submitting as a wife should, while her husband knows that he is abusing her. Into this mix comes Jerry, the local vet. He has fallen in love with Ellyn ad he suspects that she is abused by her husband. One day, it all comes to a head when Arthur goes overboard in his anger and truly hurts Elly. She ends up in the ICU of the local hospital and Jerry works to protect her and to make her realize that she is being abused. Eventually, they start a relationship and Elly must get over her fear of being disciplined. I really liked this book. It dealt with the abuse of a woman who doesn۪t realize that she is being abused. Once she does, she takes steps to build her courage and leave the situation. 5 stars
SH on 07/15/2014 04:23pm
I absolutely loved this book!! This is the 7th in the series but stands alone quite nicely. Frankly, you will be sorry if you miss this one! There is a wonderful plot, no spoilers here, that handles a sensitive subject very well. Elly is such a strong woman although she doesn't think so but with Jerry's help she discovers she can be strong enough to rid herself of her troubles and find love along the way. This is written extremely well and I had to read it in one sitting to get to the best ending ever! Very well done!!
SH on 07/15/2014 04:23pm
I absolutely loved this book!! This is the 7th in the series but stands alone quite nicely. Frankly, you will be sorry if you miss this one! There is a wonderful plot, no spoilers here, that handles a sensitive subject very well. Elly is such a strong woman although she doesn't think so but with Jerry's help she discovers she can be strong enough to rid herself of her troubles and find love along the way. This is written extremely well and I had to read it in one sitting to get to the best ending ever! Very well done!!
Meg on 07/15/2014 03:19pm
Another book in the Corbin’s Bend series. This is a book that discusses a darker subject of spousal abuse. Arthur is a man who is only concerned with his image and is determined to severely punish his wife, Elly, at the slightest tarnish to that image. Though she wants to be a good, submissive wife, his abuse does not go unnoticed by the vet who practices in the Bend. Jerry is a good man who dedicates his life to healing and caring for injured animals. His heart is captured seeing Elly and knowing her distance is an attempt to keep her abuse secret. He offers support and encouragement and finally breaks through her thoughts on what exactly is acceptable domestic discipline and what is way, way over that thin line. When she is severely injured at her husband’s hand, she manages to get to the clinic with her loving pet, Muffin. All bets are off as the protective dominant in Jerry is unleashed. With his constant reassurance and promises of support from the entire community, Elly manages to face the truth and do what is necessary to begin the process of obtaining her freedom from Arthur. When he once again attacks her in the local dog park, Jerry gives him a taste of his own medicine. The community works together to expel Arthur and surround Elly with support. Though it will take a long time for Elly to completely trust again, Jerry is the man she has chosen and he is more than happy to take on the responsibility – even when it comes to the point where he must prove that, while domestic discipline isn’t exactly pleasurable, it is a means to find release of guilt and start fresh. Though the subject matter of this story was darker, I really appreciate the author’s handling of such a sensitive issue. Very well written with the reader truly rooting for the good guys.
Meg on 07/15/2014 03:19pm
Another book in the Corbin۪s Bend series. This is a book that discusses a darker subject of spousal abuse. Arthur is a man who is only concerned with his image and is determined to severely punish his wife, Elly, at the slightest tarnish to that image. Though she wants to be a good, submissive wife, his abuse does not go unnoticed by the vet who practices in the Bend. Jerry is a good man who dedicates his life to healing and caring for injured animals. His heart is captured seeing Elly and knowing her distance is an attempt to keep her abuse secret. He offers support and encouragement and finally breaks through her thoughts on what exactly is acceptable domestic discipline and what is way, way over that thin line. When she is severely injured at her husband۪s hand, she manages to get to the clinic with her loving pet, Muffin. All bets are off as the protective dominant in Jerry is unleashed. With his constant reassurance and promises of support from the entire community, Elly manages to face the truth and do what is necessary to begin the process of obtaining her freedom from Arthur. When he once again attacks her in the local dog park, Jerry gives him a taste of his own medicine. The community works together to expel Arthur and surround Elly with support. Though it will take a long time for Elly to completely trust again, Jerry is the man she has chosen and he is more than happy to take on the responsibility even when it comes to the point where he must prove that, while domestic discipline isn۪t exactly pleasurable, it is a means to find release of guilt and start fresh. Though the subject matter of this story was darker, I really appreciate the author۪s handling of such a sensitive issue. Very well written with the reader truly rooting for the good guys.
angel on 07/15/2014 02:19pm
This is a great story with lots of action and romance The Hero is strong and loving the heroine is strong and feisty together they will take you on an adventure that is written so well you will think you are right there with them This is a must read You will be sorry if you miss this story It is awesome
angel on 07/15/2014 02:19pm
This is a great story with lots of action and romance The Hero is strong and loving the heroine is strong and feisty together they will take you on an adventure that is written so well you will think you are right there with them This is a must read You will be sorry if you miss this story It is awesome

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