By now, it shouldn’t be a secret to anyone that I am a huge fan of the Corbin’s Bend series. I loved the concept as a reader even before I got involved as a writer. Like many of us, I live something of a dual life, keeping my spanko tendencies totally secret so how could I not love the idea of living in a place where that didn’t have to happen. I’ve loved every book in the series. That being said, the one I have the privilege of highlighting today, A Simple Misunderstanding, is one of my particular favorites. For some reason, I have always had a love/fascination thing going on with stories that deal with the difference between loving discipline and abuse. This book not only deals with it, it tackles it head on. How could I not love that?
Elly Benson struggled to be the properly submissive wife her husband desired. She tried to do everything he asked of her, until he convinced her she could never be the perfect woman he expected and demanded by nearly killing her.
As a vet, Jerry Douglas recognized signs of abuse when he saw them. Elly Benson, however, was a married and consenting adult who insisted all her bruises and welts were nothing more than a simple misunderstanding between her and her husband, until the day Arthur Benson took his authority and discipline one-step too far.
Elly is in her hospital room eating breakfast when Jerry’s cell phone buzzes. With a quick check at the display, he realizes it’s her husband. He’s already alerted the hospital not to put Arthur Benson’s calls through, but he hasn’t blocked her home number from his cell.
Excusing himself, Jerry stepped outside the room. “This is Dr. Douglas.”
“Douglas. Let me speak to my wife.”
“Ah, Mr. Benson. How nice of you to call.”
“Can the shit, and let me speak with Eleanor.”
“Can you say, ‘fat chance’?”
“I’m coming down there, now.”
“Fine. I’ll notify the police. They’ll be happier than kids on a picnic to slam some iron jewelry on your wrists, I’m sure.”
“For what reason?”
“Abusing your wife for starters. Elly told me what you did and Brent is reaching out to Corbin’s Bend lawyers as we speak. No doubt you’ll be getting a call or a visitor within a few hours, if not minutes.”
“Put me through to my wife.” The demand was firm and non-negotiable.
“You can huff and puff all you want, Benson, but I’m not letting you speak to Elly. Now be a good little bully and go away.”
“Eleanor understands everything I did was for her own good, so your attempt to sway her into speaking against me will backfire, Douglas, and I’ll make sure both you and your veterinary practice suffer for it.” Arthur Benson disconnected the call.
A Simple Misunderstanding is Kathryn R. Blake’s fourth novel with Blushing Books, and third spanking romance where Domestic Discipline is primary to the plot. Although Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine. In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them. However, even in Kathryn’s novels where the hero firmly believes in using spanking as a deterrent, he has no desire to cause the heroine injury and takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart.
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