Hobbled by her past, she couldn't embrace her future
When Jerry Douglas asks Elly Benson to marry him, he wants their ceremony to be as close to Valentine's Day as possible. Though Elly tearfully accepts Jerry's proposal without hesitation, as she readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage. When Elly recalls how quickly her uncertain stomach jitters grew into tight knots of pain on her wedding day, she also remembers how and why she'd fallen in love with and married Arthur, her first husband. A mistake she regrets more and more with each passing hour.
Though she's lived with Jerry for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, her first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, in the beginning. At least until she vowed to love, honor and obey him. And their move to Corbin's Bend turned him from the strict, but caring husband she thought she'd married into a monster she no longer recognized.
Though Elly remains obedient when Jerry takes her temperature rectally, she refuses to tell Jerry how her ex-husband's abuse made her so nervous about any anal activity.
When the thin, glass tube was withdrawn, Elly breathed another sigh, this one of relief.
He chuckled softly at the sound. “Your temperature is a little elevated. Any other symptoms besides the headache?”
Shaking her head, she started to rise, but he placed a hand at the small of her back to hold her in position, then cleaned off her butt and the thermometer while she remained bent over his knees, reviewing everything she’d said and done.
“What’s our rule about honesty?” he asked in a tone that sounded casual and nonchalant, though Elly understood he was anything but.
“That I am not to lie to you for any reason.”
“Correct. And what did you do when I asked you what was wrong?”
He paused for a second. “Which is merely another way of saying you were trying to hide the truth, isn’t it?”
“I guess so.”
“You guess so?” The question emerged with an edge of sharpness, which immediately put Elly on the defensive.
“You’re busy enough without having me run whining to you over every little thing that goes wrong.”
She should have expected the swat that fell on her unprotected hindquarters, but the smack still robbed her of breath. “Ow.”
“I thought we discussed this through a few days ago. I thought you understood that I do not regard any of your problems as whining, and that I expect you to come to me whenever something is bothering you, especially if you suspect you’re not well.”
That had been one of their longer ‘discussions,’ during which Jerry made his point painfully clear. And, yet...
His hand returned to stroking. “I’m clearly not getting through to you, sweetheart. And though you’ve earned one, I’m not convinced a spanking is the answer, either.”
“I did come to see you,” she pointed out in her defense.
“Yes, you did, and that was good. However, you should have also told Kelly what was wrong, which you didn’t, and when I asked, you attempted to cover up the problem, which is unacceptable. I instituted that restriction for a reason, Elly, and you agreed to abide by the rules we established, so you can’t just ignore one when it pleases you. At least not without earning a consequence.”
Though his words were harsh, his touch remained soothing and gentle. He was upset with her for not being truthful, but concern always trumped disappointment. “I know,” she answered. Jerry’s consequences weren’t fun, but he was always fair.
“How’s your tummy? Are you nauseated at all?”
“A good sign. All the same, I want you to go to bed and rest for a bit.”
“Do you want a spanking after all, young lady?” he inquired, cutting her off.
Elly winced and clenched her butt cheeks together. “No, sir.”
“Then what are you going to do?”
“I guess I’m going to lie down and rest for a bit.”
“Wise answer.” He helped her rise, then placed two hands at her waist and turned her to face him. “You and I will discuss this again, later tonight, after you’re better. Understand?”
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Lessons in Love is Kathryn R. Blake's sixth novel with Blushing Books, and fifth 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. In fact, sometimes he finds it extremely difficult to follow through on his threats or promises.
To date, all of her heroes are dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love. However, part of that protectiveness includes the need for a certain amount of control. They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. Even so, these men aren't infallible, and they do make mistakes, but love and respect will always triumph in the end.
Kathryn has been a member of RWA since the early 1980s and has joined several local and special interest chapters. Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn's bed. She has also recently taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry.
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