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Shadow’s Passion by Molle McGregor

81P64ezg8XL._SL1500_Shadow’s Passion by Molle McGregor

The Shadow Warder Series: Prequel Novella

He lived for vengeance, until he met her. Now he has to choose—revenge or love?

Exiled by her people after an accidental death, Celeste’s power is so unstable the elegant Shadow healer is considered a deadly menace. Fifty years of isolation have left her a little lonely. And more than a little bored. When a nearby family falls victim to demon infection, she decides to go hunting. Without backup, it won’t be long before the demons are hunting her.

A dangerous assassin, Gabe has better things to do than save a Shadow from her own reckless behavior. Like find the demon who killed his brother. Sure, the Shadow is gorgeous, alluring, and she needs his help. But he can’t afford to get distracted. Everything changes the second he spies his brother’s killer among the demons after Celeste. Now, nothing will tear him from her side.

Gabe is dangerous and secretive. He’s also a skilled fighter and sexy as hell. Celeste knows better than to team up with a Warder, but she’s not sure she cares. It’s been a long dry spell since her exile. Neither of them expects their fling to turn into something more. But when Gabe’s past catches up with him, he learns that his brother’s murder was just the beginning. A new evil is rising, and its sights are set on Celeste. Now Gabe has to make a choice: revenge or love?

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Coming August 2014

MolleMcGregor_ShadowsAwakening_800px-266x400Shadow’s Awakening

The Shadow Warder Series, Book 1

Hannah Green wants her life back. In the past three years she’s gone from promising graduate student to patient in a mental hospital. Now, she’s being held prisoner by a terrifying group of men who believe she has a mysterious power. She wants to think they’re wrong, but something inside her has changed. If only she could use her ppwer to set herself free.

Conner’s entire life, he’s played by the rules. He’s a soldier. A leader. He knows better than anyone that contact with the Shadows is forbidden. So when a midnight phone call demands he rescue one from a nest of demons, he has no intention of following through. Until he sets eyes on Hannah. Brave, beautiful and determined to survive. Conner can’t walk away.

When you’ve worked so hard to make the right choices, temptation can be a kind of torture. Conner knows he should turn Hannah over to the Shadows. Hannah wants to be grateful for her rescue and let Conner go. But when love and desire bind two strangers together, they have to choose between what they think is right and what they know they need.

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A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

A-Simple-Misunderstanding-500x755A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

When Domestic Discipline turns into abuse, the result is more than A Simple Misunderstanding.

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.

Excerpt:

 

In this scene, which occurs in the middle of the book, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is returning to Corbin’s Bend with Gerald Douglas (Jerry) after she is released from the hospital, still recovering from injuries she received from her husband.  Unfortunately, she’s feeling a little cranky and nervous, so Jerry is receiving the brunt of her displeasure.  He’s an understanding and patient man, but he has limits, and Elly is treading close to one now.

 

An hour later, a mass of butterflies fluttered in Elly’s stomach as she and Jerry approached Corbin’s Bend. “Do you think he’ll be there?” she asked, confident Jerry would realize whom she meant.

“I doubt it. All the same, I want you staying close to the house. No wandering about.”

“Jerry, they didn’t say I had to be confined to bed, and I plan to take Muffin for a walk. I haven’t seen her for so long.”

He pulled over at the next intersection, turned the engine off, and swiveled in his seat to face her. “Elly, you need to take it easy. You were in intensive care only three days ago. Your first day out of the hospital should be a period of rest, not dog walking. Understand?”

“Yes, but—”

“No. I bought Muffin a new bed and brought her into the house with me last night. I was going to move her into your bedroom downstairs. However, if you continue to argue with me about this, I’ll keep her upstairs with me.”

She blinked, then tried to fold her arms over her chest, but that hurt, so she turned away from him. He was trying to control her by denying access to her dog, and she didn’t like that one bit. “Fine.”

“No. It’s not fine. You can’t pick her up and I don’t want her jumping on you, either. I know you well enough by now to guess you’ll try to compensate by giving her attention in other ways. Unfortunately, that’s not possible for a few days, so I need you to do as I say, or I’ll remove all temptation by shutting her in with me and confining you to bed.”

Elly realized it was childish and foolish the moment she considered it, but a part of her didn’t care. Turning her head, she stuck her tongue out at him, then faced straight ahead and stared out the windshield.

He snorted. “Excuse me?”

“You’re treating me like a child.”

“And in what universe is sticking your tongue out acting like an adult?”

“You’re being mean.”

He gripped her chin and turned her so she faced him. “No, Elly, I’m not. It may seem like I am to you, but I have very good reasons for insisting upon my restrictions. I’m not saying these things to control you, or bring you to heel. I don’t work that way.”

She met his gaze. Seeing he was sincere, she apologized, though a part of her resented having to do so. “Sorry.”

“Better. Now, if you want, you may take Jack and Muffin out in the backyard, but no leaving the property and going to the dog park. Not today. Understood?”

“Yes, sir,” she replied, trying to mask the sullenness from her voice.

 

One Paragraph Bio:

 

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.

 

Buy Links:

 

Blushing Books

http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2914

 

Amazon-USA

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LTYZ0S8

 

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-simple-misunderstanding-lazyday-publishing/1119952123?ean=2940149765744

 

Social Links:

 

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.page

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.profile

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KRBwrites

Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.kathrynrblake.com

 

Shadow’s Passion by Molle McGregor

81P64ezg8XL._SL1500_Shadow’s Passion by Molle McGregor

The Shadow Warder Series: Prequel Novella

He lived for vengeance, until he met her. Now he has to choose—revenge or love?

Exiled by her people after an accidental death, Celeste’s power is so unstable the elegant Shadow healer is considered a deadly menace. Fifty years of isolation have left her a little lonely. And more than a little bored. When a nearby family falls victim to demon infection, she decides to go hunting. Without backup, it won’t be long before the demons are hunting her.

A dangerous assassin, Gabe has better things to do than save a Shadow from her own reckless behavior. Like find the demon who killed his brother. Sure, the Shadow is gorgeous, alluring, and she needs his help. But he can’t afford to get distracted. Everything changes the second he spies his brother’s killer among the demons after Celeste. Now, nothing will tear him from her side.

Gabe is dangerous and secretive. He’s also a skilled fighter and sexy as hell. Celeste knows better than to team up with a Warder, but she’s not sure she cares. It’s been a long dry spell since her exile. Neither of them expects their fling to turn into something more. But when Gabe’s past catches up with him, he learns that his brother’s murder was just the beginning. A new evil is rising, and its sights are set on Celeste. Now Gabe has to make a choice: revenge or love?

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A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

A-Simple-Misunderstanding-500x755A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

When Domestic Discipline turns into abuse, the result is more than A Simple Misunderstanding.

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.

Excerpt:

This is the second day Elly has been in a private room in the hospital after her husband put her there, and she’s being visited by Brent Carmichael (head of Corbin’s Bend housing board) and Marcus Devon (Corbin Bend’s resident physician).  Jerry, who’s been with her since she was admitted, had stepped out in the hall to have a discussion with Brent.

 

When Brent returned without Jerry, Elly’s stomach twisted. Her expression must have reflected her unease, for Brent promptly smiled and said, “Don’t worry. He only went downstairs for a cup of coffee. He’ll be right back.”

Though she gave a nod, Elly suspected Jerry’s unexpected absence wasn’t entirely due to sudden caffeine withdrawal. And that worried her.

Marcus Devon leaned forward to touch her hand. “Are you in pain, Elly?”

Smiling back at him, she shook her head. “No. I was just thinking about something. Sorry.”

“Don’t apologize. Your injuries were serious enough to be life-threatening, so you’re a very lucky lady to be sitting here chatting with us at all.”

Elly nodded, then frowned. “I can’t remember much of what happened. It’s all a blur to me now.”

“That’s not unusual, either. Your system has been through a serious shock. The doctors here will tell you what you can and cannot do, but your activities are going to be extremely limited for the next six weeks or so. Your body needs to heal, so no stairs, and no lifting anything above a couple pounds, which includes Muffin. Your dressing will need to be changed at least once a day, probably more often in the beginning. I’d say your temperature should be taken twice a day for a week; more often if you aren’t well. Your blood pressure should also be monitored on a frequent basis. These things are done every few hours in the hospital, and they shouldn’t suddenly stop just because you’re home. In other words, you’re going to need someone to watch you closely for the first week or so.”

“I hadn’t thought about that.”

“Perhaps it’s time you did, then. Given how well you’re doing now, you may be released as early as tomorrow afternoon, but I’d say Wednesday morning is more likely.”

When the room unexpectedly tilted, Elly shut her eyes and put a hand to her throbbing temple, fearing a migraine. Marcus didn’t hesitate to take charge.

 

One Paragraph Bio:

 

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.

 

Buy Links:

 

Blushing Books

http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2914

 

Amazon-USA

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LTYZ0S8

 

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-simple-misunderstanding-lazyday-publishing/1119952123?ean=2940149765744

 

Social Links:

 

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.page

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.profile

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KRBwrites

Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.kathrynrblake.com

 

 

Isabella Jordan’s Giveaway

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Comment to be entered for a chance to win a copy of Dark Kingdom: Novice in ebook. One winner will be chosen and I’ll have Changeling Press send a copy in the format of your choice. You can read all about this first book in my new series here: http://changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2263

Hey, there is also a free Encounter story to go along with this series — gives a nice saucy glimpse into book 2. You can grab that here: http://www.changelingpress.com/ezine/Encounters/Encounter281_IJ_Voyeur/IJ_Voyeur.htm in HTML. You can get it in just about any other format here: http://changelingpress.com/ezine/encounters.php

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Shadow’s Passion by Molle McGregor

81P64ezg8XL._SL1500_Shadow’s Passion by Molle McGregor

The Shadow Warder Series: Prequel Novella

He lived for vengeance, until he met her. Now he has to choose—revenge or love?

Exiled by her people after an accidental death, Celeste’s power is so unstable the elegant Shadow healer is considered a deadly menace. Fifty years of isolation have left her a little lonely. And more than a little bored. When a nearby family falls victim to demon infection, she decides to go hunting. Without backup, it won’t be long before the demons are hunting her.

A dangerous assassin, Gabe has better things to do than save a Shadow from her own reckless behavior. Like find the demon who killed his brother. Sure, the Shadow is gorgeous, alluring, and she needs his help. But he can’t afford to get distracted. Everything changes the second he spies his brother’s killer among the demons after Celeste. Now, nothing will tear him from her side.

Gabe is dangerous and secretive. He’s also a skilled fighter and sexy as hell. Celeste knows better than to team up with a Warder, but she’s not sure she cares. It’s been a long dry spell since her exile. Neither of them expects their fling to turn into something more. But when Gabe’s past catches up with him, he learns that his brother’s murder was just the beginning. A new evil is rising, and its sights are set on Celeste. Now Gabe has to make a choice: revenge or love?

Buy it today!

 

Coming August 2014

MolleMcGregor_ShadowsAwakening_800px-266x400Shadow’s Awakening

The Shadow Warder Series, Book 1

Hannah Green wants her life back. In the past three years she’s gone from promising graduate student to patient in a mental hospital. Now, she’s being held prisoner by a terrifying group of men who believe she has a mysterious power. She wants to think they’re wrong, but something inside her has changed. If only she could use her ppwer to set herself free.

Conner’s entire life, he’s played by the rules. He’s a soldier. A leader. He knows better than anyone that contact with the Shadows is forbidden. So when a midnight phone call demands he rescue one from a nest of demons, he has no intention of following through. Until he sets eyes on Hannah. Brave, beautiful and determined to survive. Conner can’t walk away.

When you’ve worked so hard to make the right choices, temptation can be a kind of torture. Conner knows he should turn Hannah over to the Shadows. Hannah wants to be grateful for her rescue and let Conner go. But when love and desire bind two strangers together, they have to choose between what they think is right and what they know they need.

Read a sample chapter

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A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

A-Simple-Misunderstanding-500x755A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

When Domestic Discipline turns into abuse, the result is more than A Simple Misunderstanding.

 

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.

Excerpt:

Jerry has just returned from the dog park after Elly returned his jacket.  He’s even more certain now that her husband is mistreating her, so he’s decided to call the man who serves as the head of Corbin’s Bend and as Jerry’s mentor.

 

After Jerry got Jack fed and settled, he called Brent’s office.

“Carmichael.” That was Brent. All business and direct when events required quick results.

“Brent, it’s Jerry.”

“Hi, Jerry.” Jerry imagined his mentor tilting back in his chair. “What can I do for you?”

“I’d like to talk to you about Mr. and Mrs. Benson. Mrs. Benson, actually.”

“What about her?”

“I’ve gotten her to loosen up a little, and though I don’t have any proof, I think her husband might be abusing her. Yesterday, she sported some serious bruises on her wrists, and today she had difficulty walking. I fear I’m responsible. I tried to keep her talking to me, which made her late, and since she appeared cold, I lent her my coat. I believe Mr. Benson took exception to both those unusual developments.”

“Did she say so?”

“Not directly, but she did admit she got punished for not dressing properly for the weather.”

“Jerry….”

“I know. I would have spanked her for going outside with only a sweater on, too, if she’d been mine to take care of, but I wouldn’t have made her so sore she couldn’t walk.”

Brent Carmichael paused, and Jerry suspected his friend was struggling to be tactful. Brent was naturally protective of the people in Corbin’s Bend. No doubt the thought of one of theirs being abused stuck in his craw as well. After a moment, he spoke. “I understand how you feel, but some husbands are stricter than others, and—”

“Brent, please, I don’t need the lecture. Okay? What I want is someone to follow up with her and Arthur to make sure he’s not harming her, even if it’s unintentional.”

The only sound Jerry heard was Brent’s breathing. Finally, the other man said, “All right. I’ll suggest Kelli broach the subject with her. As Elly’s mentor, I think she’s the best choice, but Jerry, you and I need to sit down and discuss the appropriateness of your fixation with Mrs. Benson. I realize you view Eleanor Benson as a wounded animal and want to shelter her under your protective wing. However, Mrs. Benson is neither yours to protect, nor care for, and I suspect your feelings may be interfering with your objectivity.”

“Fine, I’ll set up an appointment to talk with you next week, but let me say this. When I asked Mrs. Benson how her wrists came to be so bruised and swollen, she said it was just a simple misunderstanding between her and Arthur. And Brent, putting my feelings aside, what happened to that woman was neither a misunderstanding, nor simple.” At that, Jerry hung up. A part of him longed to tell his mentor off, but his rational mind knew the older man was right. If Elly wouldn’t speak up for herself, and admit she and Benson had a problem, they could do nothing to help her. And, though his growing feelings for Mrs. Benson might be inappropriate, they weren’t interfering with his objectivity. They had practically eclipsed it.

 

One Paragraph Bio:

 

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.

 

Buy Links:

 

Blushing Books

http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2914

 

Amazon-USA

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LTYZ0S8

 

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-simple-misunderstanding-lazyday-publishing/1119952123?ean=2940149765744

 

Social Links:

 

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.page

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.profile

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KRBwrites

Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

Website: http://www.kathrynrblake.com

 

Novice (Dark Kingdom) by Isabella Jordan

2263Novice (Dark Kingdom) by Isabella Jordan Cover art: Reneé George BIN: 07026-02263 Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance Theme(s): Vampires Series: Dark Kingdom (#1) http://changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2263 When Gail Kimball lost her lying, cheating bastard of an ex boyfriend she thought she’d lose everything. On her own and working as a waitress, she can’t seem to make ends meet, let alone get ahead. Drew offers Gail a simple arrangement. He’ll pay her rent for the use of her apartment and an occasional taste of her blood. That’s all he’s asking. But the ancient vampire is all kinds of sexy, claiming her with such finesse, she’s left a needy mess. Gail wants more every time. But Drew’s enemies are coming for him. Will Drew see Gail as a liability, or is his little novice lover too precious to let go? Excerpt: “There have been other ladies I’ve spent time with, Gail, over the years,” he explained. “Like I plan to spend time with you. But no one else. Not right now.” Gail was melting into his touch. She was also trembling from the weirdest combination of fear — and attraction. “So when you were with these other ladies…” It was easier putting all of it in terms of someone else. “You just showed up from time to time, bit them, stayed the night. T-that’s it?” He leaned imperceptibly closer, and she realized he was smelling her hair. “If they were up for more pleasurable activities, we also did those.” “So you gave them money, paid for things and they gave you blood and… sex. Isn’t that being like… a whore?” she asked. His other hand sank into her hair as he paused to consider that. He didn’t seem very concerned about the line of questioning. “That’s a rather blunt way to put it.” His fingers felt so good massaging her scalp. “Back in my day, gentlemen kept mistresses. It was acceptable, like this will be, often a mutually satisfying arrangement.” Gail was really shaking under those hands, under that gaze. It wasn’t completely in fear. “Why me?” One of his large hands skimmed down her back, giving her the gentlest nudge against him and she let him pull her into his arms. Laying her cheek against the muscled wall of his chest, she barely reached his shoulder, she immediately noticed that his heart wasn’t beating. Aside from the whisper of his breath, his body was silent. “You’re lovely, Gail. I particularly like your eyes, so deep and blue. I like your manner. You’re kind, you’re intelligent. You’re brave.” “I’m not brave,” she managed at that. “You’re not? You had an idea of what I was when I showed up this evening and yet you didn’t run screaming in terror.” “Would it have done me any good?” Drew chuckled, a warm, pleasant sound against her ear. “No. Not that I would have harmed you.” “And you eventually want me to… sleep with you?” It was easier to ask now that he wasn’t staring at her. His arms tightened around her at that, she could feel the warm length of him pressing against her stomach. At first, she thought he meant that as her answer. “Pleasure makes the blood taste so much better.” He pressed his lips into her hair. “True pleasure. Not lust. I accept that it may take some time before you’ll let me have all of you. But the best things are usually more than worth the wait.” Gail let him hold her, her mind whirling with the complete craziness of the situation she found herself in.

Shadow’s Passion by Molle McGregor

81P64ezg8XL._SL1500_Shadow’s Passion by Molle McGregor

The Shadow Warder Series: Prequel Novella

He lived for vengeance, until he met her. Now he has to choose—revenge or love?

Exiled by her people after an accidental death, Celeste’s power is so unstable the elegant Shadow healer is considered a deadly menace. Fifty years of isolation have left her a little lonely. And more than a little bored. When a nearby family falls victim to demon infection, she decides to go hunting. Without backup, it won’t be long before the demons are hunting her.

A dangerous assassin, Gabe has better things to do than save a Shadow from her own reckless behavior. Like find the demon who killed his brother. Sure, the Shadow is gorgeous, alluring, and she needs his help. But he can’t afford to get distracted. Everything changes the second he spies his brother’s killer among the demons after Celeste. Now, nothing will tear him from her side.

Gabe is dangerous and secretive. He’s also a skilled fighter and sexy as hell. Celeste knows better than to team up with a Warder, but she’s not sure she cares. It’s been a long dry spell since her exile. Neither of them expects their fling to turn into something more. But when Gabe’s past catches up with him, he learns that his brother’s murder was just the beginning. A new evil is rising, and its sights are set on Celeste. Now Gabe has to make a choice: revenge or love?

Read a sample chapter

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A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

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A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

When Domestic Discipline turns into abuse, the result is more than A Simple Misunderstanding.

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.

Excerpt:

In this scene, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is returning Gerald Douglas’ (Jerry) jacket to him after he’d lent it to her the afternoon before when the Colorado autumn took on a sudden and unexpected chill.

 

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?”

“No.”

“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.”

 

Buy Links:

 

Blushing Books

http://www.blushingbooks.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=2914

 

Amazon-USA

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LTYZ0S8

 

Barnes & Noble

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-simple-misunderstanding-lazyday-publishing/1119952123?ean=2940149765744

 

Social Links:

 

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.page

Facebook Profile: http://www.facebook.com/KRBlake.profile

Twitter: http://twitter.com/KRBwrites

Blog: http://krbnaughtythoughts.blogspot.com

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