Title: A Dom's Dilemma (Unexpected Consequences Book 2)
Author: Kathryn R. Blake
Genre: Erotic (BDSM) Romance
Kinky happenings in rural New England.
Kelly Franklin is not your "normal" submissive. In fact, there's some question as to whether she's a submissive at all. She seeks the protection a Dom can give her without paying the price a Dom exacts. Unfortunately, when Master Evans takes her in hand, she pays double.
James Evans has been a police detective for sixteen years and an active participant in the local BDSM scene for even longer. The fact that Kelly Franklin, a pretty and feisty submissive, scurries off like a frightened rabbit every time she sees him, intrigues him both as a Dom and a detective. So, when a fellow police officer mentions he's looking for a new Dom to top Kelly, Jim eagerly signs up for the job.
As a Dom, Jim is pleased by Kelly's open responsiveness, but as a police detective, he is determined to solve the enigma she presents. When he discovers Kelly has not only been keeping secrets from him, she has lied, he is more than willing to drape Kelly bare butt over his knee for a spanking--until she finally tells him the truth.
Still recovering after receiving a particularly harsh punishment two nights before, Kelly was permitted a shower. While there, she'd also undertaken certain forbidden liberties, knowing if she got caught she'd be in serious trouble. When she opened the bathroom door her stern Dom stood framed in the doorway--waiting for her.
Though Kelly was fully prepared to drop onto her knees and beg forgiveness, she gazed up at him and pleaded with her eyes. Receiving a higher-arched eyebrow in return, she decided her best defense was to try to make him laugh. If he wasn't truly angry with her, then maybe he'd forgive this one little slip. "I'm sorry," she started, and it wasn't a lie, she did feel bad, but— "It was the sensation of your soap sliding so smoothly over my body, the smell of your shampoo as it caressed and cleaned my hair with tiny scrubbing bubbles." Noticing the corner of his mouth twitch as he struggled to maintain his stern expression, she went on recalling what it was about him that made her want to melt. "The scent of your masculine cologne as tiny tendrils—"
"I don't wear cologne," he interrupted firmly.
She opened her eyes wide. "That maddening scent of yours is totally natural, totally you?" She leaned in closer to him. "I so badly want to touch—"
He cut her off. "I believe you've touched quite enough for one morning, young lady." She'd been about to protest, but his warm, lean fingers wrapping around her upper arm distracted her. "You're coming with me," he added, escorting her to the living room.
With a swallow of unease, she followed his lead without protest. He still considered her to be needing aftercare, so he wouldn't do anything really bad or painful to her. Would he? She gave a small sigh of relief when he rounded the corner into his small kitchen and escorted her over to the table where he pulled out a chair for her. "Sit down and eat," he commanded in full Dom mode.
Kelly noticed then that he'd laid out the table with coffee, juice, pancakes, three different types of syrup, bacon, potatoes, toast and fluffy-looking scrambled eggs, and she was absolutely amazed. She thought she'd smelled bacon and potatoes cooking but put it down to her imagination, certain he'd never go to that much trouble for her.
"You did this? For me?" she asked, a little giddy at his thoughtfulness. Yesterday, her breakfast had been much lighter. A small bowl of oatmeal, two pieces of toast, orange juice and only one cup of coffee. He worried about giving her a stimulant when she was in pain.
He answered her last question by pointing to her seat.
"Thank you, Sir," she said sweetly. Taking a risk, she gave him a quick kiss on the cheek before she started to sit, then stopped. The chair he held out for her had a wooden seat that looked awfully hard.
When she glanced up, he replied to her unspoken question. "I decided, since you were feelin' so much better, you could sit at the table with me today. I had thought to get you a nice, fluffy pillow to sit on, but then I heard you in the bathroom and realized, from your activities, you were clearly not suffering any true discomfort. So, I decided to dispense with the pillow, after all. Have a seat, my lady," he finished, pointing back to the hard and uncomfortable-looking chair he offered her.
She winced. "I'm being punished, aren't I?"
He gazed back at her, his expression deadly serious. "What do you think?"
She hesitated, then answered with a tentative smile. "That I would like a pillow, pretty please with sugar and whipped cream with cherries on top?"
After choking back a laugh, he scowled down and tapped her nose. "Yeah? Think you're real cute, don't ya? I should make you sit on this hard, wooden chair for the next hour or so to show you what I think, except I suspect you won't eat if I do that, and I went to too much trouble to waste all this food. So, my pretty, you'll get a temporary reprieve this morning. You were a naughty girl to do what you did, and you will be punished for it later. I promise." Then, after giving her a kiss, which pressed her lips hard against her teeth, he left the room. Returning with the large fluffy pillow he'd chided her with, he placed it on her chair and pointed back to her seat.
"Thank you, Sir. You are much too kind to me," she murmured, looking up at him through lowered lashes.
He gripped her arm with a snort. "You got that right." Then with a firm hold, he supported her as she slowly sank down to the pillow.
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Though A Dom's Dilemma concerns BDSM with a Dom/sub relationship, Kelly Franklin is far from being a normal submissive. Though she gives mouth service to the lifestyle, she is much too opinionated and feisty to fully submit. James Evans comes to understand this and has to decide if he's willing to take Kelly on, or leave her for another, perhaps less-committed, Dom to master her.
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Though A Dom's Dilemma is Kathryn R. Blake's first BDSM novel and second spanking romance (a romance where spanking takes a prominent place in the plot), it is not the first book she has written in which the hero spanks the heroine. In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them. 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 desire for a certain amount of control. They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. In fact, it is something they refuse to tolerate, and will take firm steps to ensure the undesirable behavior is not repeated.
Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys reading and acting in the community and regional theaters, and also makes and sells sparkly earrings in her spare time. A passionate lover of animals, she currently has two four-legged strays taking shelter in her home. Unfortunately, they don't get along, so they're currently occupying separate floors. She also manages a tank of small, finned entities that say little and eat much.
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