Friday, July 18, 2014

#Spanking, Domestic Discipline, Love and Abuse in Corbin's Bend

Hi everyone. Just a note that today I'm at Liv Honeywell's blog sharing a piece from Taming Naia while I share a piece from Kathryn's latest release here on my own. The link to Liv's blog is here, but make sure to read this first!!

When I read the premise of Kathryn R. Blake's contribution to the Corbin's Bend series, A Simple Misunderstanding, I immediately sat up and took notice. I think she covers some pretty serious ground taking on the topic of abuse in a book set in a DD/spanking community. Every snippet I've read of it has affected me and if I weren't the slowest reader in the world, I could write up my review now but I am so I can't. The book has been on the Amazon Top 100 list in overall erotica I think since its release (and on the BDSM list) so congratulations to Kathryn for that. I won't take up more time, here is a short blurb and an excerpt for A Simple Misunderstanding. 

Short Blurb

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,


Jerry stepped over to open the park gate for Elly, but she gave her head a single shake. “I can’t stay. I only came to return your coat. Thank you.”
Accepting his leather jacket, he placed a staying hand on her arm. “Were you punished last night because you had this?”
“No.” Her emerald green eyes held his gaze, but he sensed there was more to the story than she was saying, so he raised one eyebrow and waited.
With a sigh of defeat, she added, “I was punished for not being properly dressed yesterday. And, given the unpredictability of Colorado autumns, I should’ve known better, as you intimated yourself.”
Though she spoke to him without any pretense of hesitancy or deference today, he didn’t particularly care for what she said. “Were you late getting home?”
A touch of green fire lit her eyes as she stared at him. “What do you think?”
“I think you’re angry enough you’d like to take your frustration out on someone, but you’re not sure how, or whom to attack.”
She turned away at his words. “I need to go.”
“How long before you’re expected back, Eleanor?”
Her back stiffened with displeasure, but she didn’t yank free of his gentle restraint. “Five minutes.”
“Then stay with me for one more minute.” When she didn’t take off running, he asked, “Do you object to me calling you by your first name?”
“Then why did you stiffen?”
She briefly met his gaze. “I prefer to be called Elly.”
Smiling, he bent his head toward her. “Good to know, Elly. So, tell me. Did your husband restrain you last night?”
Her head snapped up, and she glared at him through eyes alight with unshed tears. “So what if he did? That doesn’t mean I’m not submissive to him.”
Jerry promptly released her arm. “Whoa. I never said or implied you weren’t.”
“Well, isn’t that what everyone else thinks? I’m such a lousy wife and incompetent submissive, my husband needs to restrain me during my chastisements?”
“No, Elly. No one thinks that.”
“Why not? It’s true. Thank you anyway for your concern, but I need to leave.”

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Maren Smith said...

Damn, I want to read this book so badly. I can't yet, it's the carrot I'm using to get my currant WIP through it's final edit. 30 pages to go and then this all mine....

Congratulations on making the top 100! Woot!

Kathryn R. Blake said...

Thanks Natasha for having me here. I love to visit. Also, I notice Taming Naia is doing very well. I read Naia's first incarnation with the Professor and I'll be reading her Taming as well. Note, it's currently in the top 100 of BDSM. Way to go!

Kathryn R. Blake said...

Thanks, Maren. I love thinking I'm a reward for something, or at least my work is. I can't wait for Cadence to get her time in the spotlight. The Corbin's Bend series is doing so well, I expect Last Dance for Cadence to eat up the charts. Wednesday can't come soon enough for me.

katherinedeane said...

Congratulations, Kathryn! This looks great! I have my copy and am ready to dig in this weekend! :)

Kathryn R. Blake said...

Thanks, Katherine. And congrats on your new release "The Coach's Discipline." It's moving up the charts very quickly.

Tara Finnegan said...

I enjoyed this book immensely. I thought Kathryn was very brave to tackle the abuse issue and the difference between DD and abuse, and she did it spectacularly well. I highly recommend it.

Kathryn R. Blake said...

Ooh, Tara! Thank you so much. That means a lot.

Jule Kijek said...

Loved this book. I was thinking of not getting it due to the domestic abuse. Glad I decided to read it. Left a 5 Star review on Amazon.