Sunday, September 28, 2014

Welcome to Corbin’s Bend: A Simple Misunderstanding by Kathryn R. Blake

Though Arthur and Eleanor Benson have been practicing domestic discipline for three months since their wedding, he insists moving to Corbin's Bend, where domestic discipline is the norm rather than the exception, will revitalize their marriage. Elly has doubts, but since Arthur is the undisputed head of their household, they move. However, once Arthur becomes immersed in a community where spanking is not only permitted, but encouraged, his personality undergoes a dramatic change. Accusing his submissive wife of being lazy, disorganized and disobedient, he employs creative methods of pain and humiliation to mold Elly from the imperfect woman he married into the perfect woman he desires. And Elly finds herself a virtual prisoner in her own home, accountable only to the man who rules her life with a cane.

In his years as a vet, Jerry Douglas has seen what abuse does to animals, and he recognizes those same signs in Elly Benson during her daily escape to the dog park with her tiny poodle. Jerry steadfastly supports the tenets of domestic discipline and enjoys the freedom Corbin's Bend offers its residents, but he remains fiercely protective of anyone in need of a champion. And when he witnesses evidence of harsh handling, his instinct is to rush in and rescue. Problem is Elly Benson is a married and consenting adult who insists all her bruises and welts are nothing more than a simple misunderstanding between her and her husband, until the day Arthur Benson takes his authority and discipline one-step too far, endangering Elly's life.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the 7th book in the Corbin’s Bend Series, it can be read as a standalone. Elly Benson is being abused by her husband but denies it as a simple misunderstanding. Local vet Jerry Douglas knows abuse when he sees it, even if he only normally works with animals. Little by little Jerry works at getting Elly’s trust and tries to help her. Will Elly let Jerry help or will she continue to say everything is a simple misunderstanding? Read this book to find out. It wasn’t one of my favorite books in the series but also not one of the worst either.

Characters: Well written and easy to connect with
Sex: Not very steamy at all
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: Romance/BDSM
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Mary Jo☆☆☆☆
***This book contains scenes of domestic and sexual violence that may not be for all readers.***

Elly Benson, newly married and new to Corbin's Bend, is doing the best she can to live up to the expectations of her husband, Arthur. Arthur loves to discipline her to make her a better wife.

Jerry Douglas is the local vet, whose clinic window overlooks the dog park. He's been intrigued by Eleanor Benson from the first moment he saw her. Knowing that she belongs to another doesn't faze him. He knows that she's off-limits but something about her calls to him.

Getting to know her little by little at the dog park where their dogs play together, Jerry begins to see into the world that Elly is living in. He sees the classic signs of abuse, NOT domestic discipline. He's afraid that Elly doesn't know the difference.

Elly loves her husband, but is not so enamored with the DD way of life that is part and parcel of Corbin's Bend. She's trying to be a good wife, but she can't seem to do everything correctly and keep her husband happy. Feeling like a failure, she does everything she can to submit to his desires.

After a particularly bad punishment session, Elly is hurt both physically and emotionally. Can she survive?

I really enjoyed the story of Elly and Jerry, although I think the romance between them advanced pretty quickly.

This is a really meaningful book, and although there are places where it is difficult to read, it is well worth the trouble. I've enjoyed all the Corbin's Bend books, and they have been in the main lighthearted. This moves away from the comfortable into the abusive, in a very sensitive way. The recovery and growth thereafter was well done.

At times I felt there was unnecessary description, but it did not detract from the story. I enjoyed that there was suspense without too much drama. The insight we gain into the role of Head of Household through this book is fascinating in its variety.

Another great story in the series.

Also Available in the Corbin's Bend Series

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Season Two of Corbin’s Bend begins October 8th
You can Pre-Order Season Two at 33% Discount at Blushing Books,
but only until October 3rd.

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Kathryn R. Blake has been writing romances with paranormal twists since the early 1980s. Intrigued by wizards and curses ever since she read The Once and Future King, by T.H. White, she sought out the unusual in books and movies for many years before finally creating her own. Despite a nine-to-five that often required 60 to 75 hours of her time each week, Kathryn managed to write and publish 2 books, though not nearly as quickly as she would have liked. With her first book published in 2003, and her second not until 2008, Kathryn is now focused on writing full time and completing a sequel to her first book, Mortal Illusions, this year.

In addition to writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, though is currently without any four-legged furry companions of her own. Her personal website is filled with photos and links to information about her many interests as well as peppered with quizzes, contests, games and lots of other fun things to do and she loves to hear from her readers. – Goodreads bio

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of A Simple Misunderstanding (Corbin’s Bend #7) by Kathryn R. Blake to read and review for this tour.

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