I can’t think of a more perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by participating in my very first #mysexySaturday. I’m sharing a snippet from my Corbin’s Bend Valentine’s Day story, Unexpected Surprises. My hero, Grant, has planned a romantic dinner for his wife Lainie as a surprise for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, things don’t quite go as planned. Finally, however, they are able to have dinner and of course, dessert.

Lainie’s eyes widened at the sight of the decadent chocolate confection. It was a specialty of Amore, and one of her absolute favorite things in the world. “Wow!” she breathed. “You really went all out.” Just a moment earlier she would have sworn she couldn’t eat another bite. Her ass was killing her, and all she really wanted to do was to go and lie down, preferably face down, but no amount of soreness could entice her to turn that down. The meal had been wonderful, and the desert was the perfect way to top it off.

Grant set the desert on the table in front of her. Moving over to the counter, he pulled open a drawer and took out two forks.

“Coffee?” he asked. He gestured to the single serve coffee machine Lainie had gotten as a Christmas gift.

“Please,” Lainie said, smiling in spite of her discomfort. She was really touched by the effort Grant was going to and had already gone to to make this evening special. It had been an unexpected surprise in a number of unexpected surprises about this night, some more pleasant than others.

In a matter of minutes, Grant brought two steaming cups of coffee over. He handed Lainie a cup and then offered her a fork. She took both forks from him, putting one to the side. Grant raised a curious eyebrow but didn’t comment. She cut off a bite of the desert and offered it to him. He reached up to take the fork from her, but she shooed him away, feeding it to him instead.

With an expression that was equal parts amusement and interest, Grant swallowed the bite she had given him and watched as she took the next bite for herself. Knowing he was watching her, Lainie drew the fork out of her mouth with deliberate slowness. Grant’s eyes widened and flared, the green turning nearly black as his arousal heightened. Encouraged by his response, Lainie continued working her way through the desert, alternating feeding her husband bites and eating her own, all the while trying to play up the eroticism of each motion.Grant was breathing hard long before the desert was finished, and Lainie with more than a little excited herself, though admittedly the lingering soreness put a bit of a damper on proceedings. There was perhaps a quarter of the chocolate confection left when Grant suddenly grabbed her wrist, stilling her in mid-motion. He took the fork out of her hand and tossed it down on the table then pulled her bodily across the table toward him to kiss her hard, pillaging her mouth with his tongue. When he broke away, they were both breathless. He let her go and got to his feet, holding out a hand to her. Lainie scrambled to stand up and take his hand.

To her absolute shock, Grant pulled her to him and then scooped her up in his arms. Lainie squealed in surprise at the sudden movement, but Grant silenced her with another consuming kiss. When he broke away and put her on her feet again, they were in their bedroom. Grant pushed the door closed with one foot and began undoing the buttons of his shirt. Lainie lifted his hands away and undid them herself, trailing small kisses down his chest in her path. He stood still and let her stripped the shirt off of him, but when she reached for the button of his pants, he stopped her, reaching instead for the ends of her shirt and stripping it over her head. Lainie reached automatically to un-clasp her bra, dropping it to the floor.


Unexpected Surprises by Ruth Staunton

For their first Valentine’s Day in Corbin’s Bend, Grant Taylor is determined to do something special for his wife Lainie. Lainie, however, has plans of her own. As a middle school teacher, she has volunteered to help plan and chaperone the Valentine dance that is being held for the middle and high school students.

When Grant hears this, he insists that she is working too hard and needs to cut back on the things she has committed to, the first and foremost being the Valentine’s Day dance. Lainie insists that she can’t do that and finally he reluctantly agrees to let her work part of the dance and then come home.

Under extreme protest, Lainie agrees, but when the time comes to admit to her supervisor that she can’t chaperone, she changes her mind and decides Grant is being unreasonable. She determines to chaperone the dance anyway and deal with Grant later. Unfortunately, Lainie’s plan doesn’t work out quite like she intended it to and she is in for quite a few unexpected surprises.



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You can also find out how Lainie and Grant’s story began in Learning to Live Again.


Tired of increasing chaos in his family life and the distance that is growing between him and his wife, Lainie, Grant Taylor decides the only way to save his marriage is to get back to the domestic discipline lifestyle he grew up with. When he finds Corbin’s Bend on the Internet, he is certain it is the perfect place for them to start over.

Exhausted and tired of juggling everything herself, Lainie reluctantly agrees to her husband’s suggestion. However, she is new to the lifestyle and more than a little uncertain about it. To make matters worse, their 15-year-old daughter Kathleen is convinced they had moved her into some kind of weird spanking cult. She is miserable and not at all shy about letting everybody know it.

Will moving to Corbin’s Bend be their saving grace, or will it be the final straw that tears them apart?

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