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Healing Divides

Smoky Mountain Series : Book Two

By: Stella Moore
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: © 2017 Blushing Books® and Stella Moore
Thirty-seven chapters / 43,400 Words
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Dr. Melissa French is a respected psychiatrist who happens to specialize in relationships with a power exchange dynamic, despite having never been involved in one herself. Brilliant, driven, and dedicated, she yearns to find a man she can hand the reins over to, but she has all but given up hope of meeting him.

Then she meets sexy, bossy, Detective Jack Meyers. He enjoys women, but he's never had one pull at his heart - and libido - the way the good ‘doc’ does. The potent sexuality boiling just underneath her stiff, professional demeanor makes him more than a little crazy.

Learning together, they build a beautiful and mutually satisfying D/s relationship. Just when the two lovers think happily-ever-after is within reach, a dark figure from the past threatens to wreck everything they have. Can Jack save the woman he loves and in so doing save his own heart? Or will she be the one person he cannot save?

Publisher’s Note: This love story contains vividly described explicit encounters.

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Chapter 1

Summer in Tennessee wasn't leaving without a fight. During the day, August drowned the Smokey Mountains with humidity and baked them with its searing sun. Nights were only marginally better, and as Dr. Melissa French knew all too well, the unrelenting heat sometimes made people a little crazy.

Not that the seasoned psychiatrist would ever use a term like ‘crazy’ when dealing with her patients. At least, not when anyone could hear her. She was tempted, however, to use some less than professional language with the couple currently bickering in her office.

“That’s enough for today.” The words were spoken with a quiet authority that she had found to be more effective than raising her voice. The couple immediately quit arguing and looked over at her.

“But Dr. French, we haven't gotten anywhere,” the woman whined. The high pitched, nasally voice grated on every nerve the good doctor possessed. Inside, she wanted to wring the woman's neck. But she forced her lips up into her bland, professional smile and responded to the woman's complaint in a calm, measured voice.

“I know it seems that way, Mara. But we are making some progress.” They weren't, at least not as much as Melissa had hoped, but she wasn't ready to give up on the couple just yet. “I'll see you both next week, at the same time.”

“This is ridiculous. What are we even paying you for?” Mara demanded sulkily.

Refusing to be baited, Melissa looked over at the man who was studying his wife with a thoughtful frown. Hope sparked through the fatigue that was dragging at her and she decided to give them a few extra minutes. They were her last appointment, after all, so she wouldn't be intruding on anyone else's time.

“William, is there something you'd like to address?” Melissa asked.

William Hanson, still stunningly handsome at nearly fifty-three, never took his eyes off his younger, curvaceous wife. They really did make a stunning pair, just on looks alone. But Melissa had also seen something between them the first time they'd come to her that had caused her to dig in her heels. Where most people just saw a young gold digger and a wealthy man going through a bit of a mid-life crisis, she saw genuine affection and a love she hoped would deepen with time.

“Apologize to Dr. French,” William said after an extended pause. His tone sent a shiver down Melissa's spine that she ruthlessly suppressed.

Mara, however, had none of the good doctor’s training or willpower. She turned and gaped at her husband. “Why?” she asked, crossing her arms across her chest in a defiant gesture that had Melissa inwardly cringing.

“Because you were rude. She's been nothing but kind and helpful. Now apologize. I won’t repeat myself again.”

Mara’s expression turned mutinous, but Melissa could see the gleam of lust in the gorgeous woman's eyes. “And if I don’t apologize?” The taunting tone nearly brought a smile to Melissa's face, but she kept her features carefully passive.

“Dr. French, might we have a bit of privacy?” William asked, his eyes still trained on his wife's now shocked face.

“Of course. I'll be just outside.” Melissa stood and smoothed her skirt before walking to the door that led to the reception area. “Oh, and William,” at the door she turned, and offered a bright smile, “just so you know, this room has been thoroughly soundproofed.” She shut the door on William’s deep laughter and Mara’s startled gasp.

Melissa kept herself busy making notes and checking her appointments for the following week, grateful as always for the almost militant organization of her receptionist. Several minutes later, the couple emerged from her office. Mara’s eyes were lined with red, and the same color rode high on her cheeks. Gone was the antagonistic, whiny brat Melissa had gotten to know over the past several weeks, and in her place was a contrite, yet glowing woman.

“Dr. French, I'm very sorry for my rudeness. Will you forgive me?” Sympathy stirred in Melissa's heart at the tears filling the woman's eyes.

“Of course,” she assured Mara with the first genuine smile of her day. “Same time next week?” she asked, hopeful they would keep their weekly appointments for the time being. The obviously healthy discipline session in her office was a good start, but it wasn't going to magically fix the underlying issues in their relationship.

William inclined his head as he slipped a supportive arm around his wife's waist. A surprising surge of jealousy rose up in her as Melissa watched Mara lean into his embrace. The couple said their goodbyes and Melissa locked up behind them. She returned to her office, but it wasn’t long before she realized she was too restless to concentrate on her notes.

Restless was a good description of how she'd felt in general lately. Her practice kept her busy and fulfilled. She loved her career. Helping people sort through the mess in their heads so that they could pursue healthy relationships was one of the main reasons she'd become a psychiatrist.

The fact that she was gaining quite the reputation in certain circles for her understanding and skill with relationships containing a dominant and submissive dynamic only added another layer of satisfaction.

But lately, she found herself wishing for more. Being the authority figure in her tiny office was natural and necessary, but she longed for a space where she could hand over that authority and let someone else be in control. She craved it like some women craved chocolate.

Unfortunately for her, she would be going home to her empty house, and there would only be more responsibilities waiting for her there. Bills to be paid, chores to be done.

The idea of going home alone was suddenly unbearable. Before she could talk herself out of it, she shut down her laptop, packed up everything she would need to work on that weekend and bolted from the office.



Chapter 2

“So, do you like being a police officer?”

Detective Jack Meyers forced himself to pay attention to the woman smiling at him from across the table. It shouldn't have been hard, since she was any man’s wet dream. Her expertly styled blonde hair framed a face that could stop a man in his tracks, and the dress she'd poured her impressive curves into left little to the imagination.

And still, he was finding it hard to concentrate on anything she said. To the blonde bombshell’s credit, she was doing an admirable job of carrying the conversation with little help from him. The problem, he supposed, was him. When had he gotten bored with spending the night with a gorgeous woman?

He forced himself to focus on the conversation. Maybe once they got past the initial small talk he'd find her more intriguing. He was doubtful of it, but since he'd been the one to ask her out, he at least owed it to her to try.

“Detective, and yeah, it's got its ups and downs like any other job, I suppose.” It was the most truthful answer he could think of without getting too personal.

“Is it dangerous?” The glint in her eyes told him she'd probably seen one too many episodes of Law and Order.

Jack shrugged. “Rarely. It's more phone calls and paperwork than anything.”

“Oh. I guess it's not like on TV, huh?” She grinned at him.

He relaxed, thinking maybe the night wouldn't be so bad after all. After dinner, she invited him back to her place. He wasn't sure which of them was more surprised when he left her at her front door with nothing more than a polite peck on the cheek. Feeling significantly on edge after the uneventful evening, he decided to explore downtown Knoxville a bit. As he was walking past an upscale bar, something inside caught his attention.

  1. Someone caught his attention. Intrigued, he ducked inside and casually sauntered up to the bar.

“Come here often?” he asked in a low voice that only she could hear.

“Detective Meyers! Fancy meeting you here. Wait,” she narrowed those stunning blue eyes at him. “What are you doing here? You're not supposed to be here,” she said with an adorable pout.

He barely resisted the urge to yank her to him so he could sink his teeth into that full, sexy bottom lip. Somehow, he doubted the prim and proper doctor would appreciate such rough treatment.

“I was on a date,” he said, sliding onto the stool next to her. He flagged down the bartender and held up two fingers. “Whiskey. On the rocks.” He turned back to the doctor. “What are you doing out this way?” The whole situation had his antennae quivering and he wasn't leaving the bar until his curiosity was satisfied.

She lifted one delicate shoulder in a gesture of practiced nonchalance that he admired. “Just wanted to get away for a bit. Where is your date?”

He grinned at her. She was doing a pretty decent job of pretending not to be completely soused. The slight slur of her words gave her away, but he found it oddly endearing.

“At home, probably unloading on a girlfriend about what an unbearable oaf I am,” he replied. He took a sip of his whiskey and nearly moaned at the smooth flavor. “Now, Dr. French, what’s a woman like you doing all alone in a bar?”

Her nose crinkled in a gesture that was so at odds with the cool, sophisticated image he had of her, he nearly laughed out loud. “Melissa. My name is Melissa. Surely we know each other well enough to forgo such formal titles, yes?”

There was the prim and proper doctor he remembered. “Sure, Melissa. What are your plans for the evening?”

She held up her half empty drink with a small, delicate hand. Her skin looked as smooth as silk, and wondered what it would feel like wrapped around his cock. He tucked his free hand into his pocket to ward off the temptation to touch her.

“For now, this is it,” she replied, rattling the glass a bit. “I just figured I'd see where it took me,” she added, taking a small sip of the drink.

Jack frowned. The idea of her stumbling around an area she wasn't familiar with at night, when she was already three sheets to the wind didn't sit right with him. “You're not driving home tonight.” He'd meant it as a question but even to his own ears it sounded more like an order.

Melissa eyed him speculatively. “No. I took a ride share into town and got a hotel. Part of my plan for an evening with no responsibilities.”

He was relieved but not surprised. As she'd told him once before, they didn't hand out PhDs to morons. Even when she was attempting to be carefree and spontaneous she'd managed to be responsible. Still, he didn't like the idea of leaving her alone.

“Good,” he responded gruffly, savoring another sip of his whiskey. Damn, the stuff was spectacular.

Melissa was giving him that look again, like she was sizing him up. He held her gaze until she turned and faced him fully and leaned in conspiratorially.

“And what if I said I was driving home?” Her voice had dropped to a low purr that went straight to his loins. He'd heard a similar tone from her once before. You wouldn't know what to do if I told you, she'd said, right after telling him that people weren't always what they seemed. He wondered if he was about to find out what she'd meant by that. “What would you do, Detective Jack Meyers? Arrest me? Put me in jail for the night?”

“Of course not,” he scoffed.

Her lips curled upward in a smile that was utterly and purely female. “Of course not,” she echoed. “Would you like to know what I think you should do?”

He wondered where exactly this conversation was going. “Sure, doc.”

“I think,” she leaned in until he could feel her breath tickling his ear, “that you should spank me.”

If there was anything she could have said that would have shocked him more, Jack couldn't think of it at that moment. The prim, proper, not-a-hair-out-of-place doctor had just told him to spank her. The image of her, bare bottomed over his knee as he turned her ass scarlet formed in his mind, and he was suddenly hard as a rock. It was a long while before he could respond.

“Well, then I guess it's good for you that you're not driving home,” he eventually said.

Melissa sat back and rolled her eyes at the statement. “Yes, that's me. Always the responsible one.” She scowled at her now empty glass. “I'm getting a refill. Would you like another whiskey?”

“No, and you're not getting another drink, either,” he said. Another ounce of alcohol and he'd have to carry her back to her hotel. “Let's get some fresh air.”

She straightened her back and gave him an imperious look he imagined she often used to get her way. “You do not tell me what to do, Detective.

Taking his lead from her previous comment, Jack leaned over and spoke so that only she could hear him. “I do tonight, unless you're anxious to find out what a spanking from me would feel like after all.”

When he pulled away enough to look at her, the lust in her eyes was unmistakable. Apparently, the good doctor wouldn't mind some rough treatment after all. Unfortunately for both of them, tonight wasn't the night to explore that possibility. But he'd already decided that he would be exploring it, and many more possibilities, with the doctor at some point in the near future.

One thing was for certain: he definitely wasn't bored now.


susan landowski on 11/27/2017 03:41pm
I highly recommend this book. This is the second in the series and can be read as a standalone but I recommend you read the first book in series as well as you will thank me that you did. This book has characters that are well developed and you see the progression of a D/s relationship with all its ups and downs, eroticism, spankings and sex. Please read this book.
Good bedtime reading on 11/16/2017 08:14am
Melissa has a doctorate in psychiatry, in full control of her feelings and life. But she's missing something, something she finds in Detective Jack Meyers. His abilities to take control from her and look after her whether that's through discipline or just a loving caring attitude make her embrace safe haven of their relationship. Her challenge of appearing in court to give evidence has made her family shun her.someone is threatening to kill her.she's afraid her own D/s inclinations are going to ruin her reputation if it becomes public knowledge.what is she to do? Is Jack going to support her decision to put an abusive criminal away?
John Lindow on 11/03/2017 12:35pm
This book by Stella Moore was a great explanation of how the dominant/submissive relationship in either a d/s or domestic discipline lifestyle should work. It emphasized what does and does not constitute safe and consensual BDSM practices of her characters as they work with the ups and downs associated with their lifestyle choice during their search for the love and caring and guidance needed for themselves, often provided with physical discipline spankings. It was also a story about family and relationships, the ones you have, the ones wish you had, and more importantly, the ones you were going to make yourself. And, thrown in for good measure, was an ever developing suspense story. This is a very late voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
Susan Kirkland on 11/03/2017 12:05am
This second book in this series can be read alone, but I think it would help reading the first book in the series. Melissa is a psychiatrist who helps people in a domestic discipline relationship. Will she and Jack stay together and enjoy their kink?
Redrabbitt on 10/26/2017 10:05pm
I enjoyed this second book in the Smoky Mountain Series, and it does pick up from book one, Healing Hurts. The story is a series, and I would recommend reading it in order, yet it could be read as a stand-alone. The second story is the relationship between Dr. Melissa French is a respected psychiatrist and Detective Jack Meyers. They had originally met during a case involving Penny Frost.

With Jack and Melissa meeting again is purely coincidental but is the beginning of their relationship. Maybe a little too much to drink loosens Melissa%u2019s tongue to say what is really on her mind and she will share her deepest fantasy.

The plot will have Jack being persistent in getting Melissa to go out of a dinner date with him, and before the night is through, he will give her that spanking she has been craving. The case with Penny%u2019s kidnapping is getting ready to go to trial, and the DA warns that he may need Melissa to testify. When her influential parents learn about it, they threaten to disown her if she does because of the fear of them look bad to their friends.

Jack and Melissa have fast become an item and enjoy their mild kink and are developing a D/s relationship. While it has all be for play when it becomes serious, and she has rightfully earned her first punishment, she tried to top from the bottom, and he lets her know in no uncertain terms that either they are all in or not at all.

The story brings out critical issues during the trial of the accepted rules of BDSM, of safe, sane and consensual opposed to abuse. The comradery between the three couples, Eric and Penny, Paul and Elisa, and Jack and Melissa, is a mutual outlet for the men and the women to share since they all live the same D/s lifestyle. While Melissa is a trained doctor in the field, giving up control to Jack will be a first. It is a battle of wills for her in her own mind. It is easier to help patients than to accept her own feelings on the matter.

What happens when Jack learns that she has kept a critical secret from him? That she had been threatened before the trial and never told anyone, the police, the DA, and especially him? Will this be the end of them, or will he prove to her, that because of discipline, he still loves her, and it is to ensure she returns that trust by being honest? The story does take on a life and death situation. There are several spankings, punishments, and explicit sex scenes.
Stats23 on 10/23/2017 08:36pm
This is the second book in this series, and though it is readable/enjoyable on a standalone basis, I do recommend you read the first (Healing Hurts) as soon as possible. Both books involve the same cast of characters and both are absolutely outstanding stories about the D/s lifestyle. This time around the story focuses on Dr. Melissa French, the psychiatrist from book one, and her developing relationship with detective Jack Myers, also introduced in the first book. The story is crisp and sharp, the emotions raw and real, the D/s relationship(s) loving and trusting, the spankings appropriate to the situations, and the sex scintillating and erotic, what more could you ask for? More books in this series, which is what I am asking for. As for this one, 5 full stars, same as the first. A new favorite author is emerging.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Hope W on 10/22/2017 11:10am
Healing Divides is book two in The Smokey Mountain series but can be read as a standalone as well. Melissa and Jack come from different worlds but share a common interest in domestic discipline. Jack is a detective, strong, protective, and has a dominant personality. Melissa is a psychiatrist, independent, self assured professionally but unsure of herself in her personal life and her sexuality. She knows what she wants but still needs to find her way. Although they have met previously, working together brings them closer together. I loved that with Jack, she can let her guard down and show her vulnerable side. Together they face the uncertainty of crime and stalking, as well as the complicated family relationships and the difference in how they handle life. Can this couple overcome the many differences they share and survive the stalker in order to find a way to share a future together?

The author wrote an excellent storyline that kept my attention, while also addressing how BDSM must by "safe, sane, and consensual" and when it crosses over from domestic discipline to domestic abuse. With friendships, different family dynamics, crime, danger, plenty of spankings, and great sex scenes, the story stays active and interesting. By the end of this story, I was curious and guessing as to who was stalking Melissa and why they were after her. Not only did this book make me want to go back and read the first book in the series but has me looking forward to the next book in the series! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
pico1 on 10/20/2017 01:52pm

This is an excellent story of two people who had met earlier, but develop a warm relationship after meeting again. Jack is a dominant, and Melissa would like to be a submissive, but has never had a relationship that involved dominance and submission. Their relationship develops quickly, amid the problems of a trial in which Melissa is a witness for the prosecution. After a lot of tension, and a threat to her life, the book ends with a HEA. I particularly liked both characters %u2013 they were intelligent and strong, despite her tears.
DONNA L on 10/20/2017 04:57am
ByDonna Lon October 20, 2017
I enjoyed this fast paced,suspenseful spanking romance with a touch
of danger.The sexual tones started early in this story and continued
through the entire book.This can be read as a stand alone but it would
be beneficial to read book one to understand the background and
characters.Love has not come easy for Dr Melissa French,a renowned
Psychiatrist specializing in Domestic Discipline relationships.Detective
Jack Myers is everything Melissa has dreamed of.He is definitely a take
charge man who does not hesitate to spank her.Melissa still tries to take
control,to the detriment of her backside.Melissa life is put in danger from
a stalker warning her not to testify for one of her patients.Jack is rightfully
furious that she did not tell him of the threats and again punishes her.
This book is dense with characters,action,intrigue,danger,hot sex and
spankings.I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
Toni L on 10/19/2017 10:53pm
While the cover says it is Book 2 this story is completely standalone, so don't worry if you haven't read the previous. Yes, the same characters are in both books, but your enjoyment will in no way be impacted if you haven't read Book 1, you will just not have the same background. This is a good story, well-written with interesting characters. Admittedly, I did prefer Book 1 but I think that's because I found this a slightly heavier & darker book (but still not a dark romance). Well worth a read.
JigsawGirl on 10/19/2017 01:19pm
I liked Jack and Melissa as a couple. I also liked the fact that Melissa understood what she felt she wanted and needed, then proceeded to put her fears aside to get it.

Melissa was much more fragile than she let on to anyone, until she met Jack. Jack was strong enough, and self assured enough to investigate and take on the responsibility for Melissa; despite the fact the situation was new to him.

You also get a bit of mystery and suspense in this book.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy.
Rhonda on 10/19/2017 09:11am
Smart and Sexy BDSM love story

Stella Moore did a good job with this, the second book in the Smokey Mountain Series

Melissa and Jack are professional acquaintances, until they meet again at a bar where the lust that's been lying under the surface emerges.
The story had a solid plot line and I love Moore's character development between the two main characters and the secondary characters. I look forward to reading more books in the series.

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
lillie322 on 10/18/2017 08:44pm
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book. Dr. Melissa French is a psychiatrist. Detective Jack Meyers has been attracted to her for a while, but thinks she is uptight. A tipsy Melissa asking him to spank her changes everything. She has to be strong and in control in her career, but longs for a strong man to take control. Jack is that man. Hand, spoon, belt, brush.
Tami on 10/18/2017 03:50pm
Melissa is a psychiatrist who specializes in helping people in domestic discipline relationships. She yearns for a man who will take her in hand, someone to whom she can give up her control. This man proves to be Jack. He is everything Melissa wishes for and he does not hesitate to take her in hand.

I want to kick Melissa's parents where it hurts the most. All the more, I love Melissa and Jack's characters. Their chemistry is great and the intimate scenes are combustive. The book held me captivated from start to finish. I hope I will read more about this couple in the next book of the series.

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