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Learning to Live Again: Corbin's Bend Season Two: Book Nine

By: Ruth Staunton
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: �2015 by Blushing Books� and Ruth Staunton
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Tired of increasing chaos in his family life and the distance that is growing between him and his wife, Lainie, Grant Taylor decides the only way to save his marriage is to get back to the domestic discipline lifestyle he grew up with. When he finds Corbin's Bend on the Internet, he is certain it is the perfect place for them to start over.

Exhausted and tired of juggling everything herself, Lainie reluctantly agrees to her husband's suggestion. However, she is new to the lifestyle and more than a little uncertain about it. To make matters worse, their 15-year-old daughter Kathleen is convinced they had moved her into some kind of weird spanking cult. She is miserable and not at all shy about letting everybody know it.

Will moving to Corbin's Bend be their saving grace, or will it be the final straw that tears them apart?

About Corbin's Bend:

Welcome to Corbin's Bend, the first equity-cooperative housing development just for spankofiles. Thirty thousand acres in the mountains above Denver sits your dream come true. With 1000 home sites, several restaurants, a club house, theater, pool, and many other amenities, you will find yourself at home.

Corbin's Bend is the setting for a group of spanking romance novellas set in, where else? Corbin's Bend, Colorado. A fictitious housing cooperative, Corbin's Bend is unique in that everyone living there is into spanking, whether that be erotically or through domestic discipline. Just imagine, a place where nobody has to hide their particular spanking lifestyle.

While reading any series in order is nice, Corbin's Bend books can be read as stand-alones as well.

PROLOGUE

Grant Taylor pulled his pickup truck into the driveway of the home he shared with his wife and two teenage daughters. He killed the engine and pocketed the keys, but he didn’t immediately get out. Instead, he dropped his head back against the headrest and closed his eyes, not wanting to move. Exhaustion made it feel like he had lead in his bones. He was getting too old for these twelve hour shifts. In his younger days, when he was working patrol, he hadn’t minded the shifts. If anything, he’d liked working only three days a week. In those days, he’d actually taken time off on his off days rather than picking up side jobs to make extra money like he’d been doing for the past decade or so. The constant working was wearing on him, but as hard as it was, these days being at work was often better than being home. The girls argued constantly, about any little thing. They whined worse than they had as toddlers. Anything they were asked to do or not to do turned into a long drawn-out debate, usually ending in Lainie begging and pleading or giving up and doing it herself. He’d much rather sit here in the driveway and enjoy the peace and quiet than go into the house and face the chaos that had become the norm in their household.

Steeling himself, Grant got out of the truck and went into the house. In contrast to his dire predictions, the house was unnaturally quiet, though he could hear the heavy thump of Kathleen’s music coming from her bedroom upstairs. He made his way to his own bedroom, putting away his gun, handcuffs, hat, and radio, before coming back into the kitchen where his wife, Lainie, was cooking dinner.

He wrapped his arms around her from behind and pulled her back against his chest, hugging tight. “How was your day?” he asked, dropping a kiss on to the top of her head.

“It was fine,” she said softly, but something in her voice had him doing a double take. He caught her chin in his hand and carefully tilted her head back against his chest so he could look into her eyes. It was immediately apparent that she had been crying.

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

Lainie shook her head. “Nothing. It’s just been a long day.”

Even without years of law enforcement experience, he could have spotted that lie a mile away. He tightened his grip on her chin just enough to be firm. “Don’t even try it,” he told her, letting his voice take on the touch of the authoritative tone he often used with inmates and subordinates.

Lainie sighed. “It’s nothing really,” she said. “I was grading students’ retests, and they are horrible. It’s like they don’t even try, and the girls were arguing. Kathleen was whining about food as usual. Same stuff, different day. It just wears me out sometimes.”

Grant turned her in his arms so they were facing and hugged her again. There was a time when she would have gladly leaned into his embrace and melted against him, but these days, she just stood there. Not pulling away but not actively leaning into him either, as if the affection never touched her. Cupping a hand behind her head, he guided her head gently onto his shoulder and smoothed his palm over her hair. “I’m sorry you had a hard day. What do you mean about Kathleen?”

“It’s not important,” Lainie said, dismissing it with a wave of her hand.

“If it’s bothering you, it is important,” Grant insisted. “Talk to me.” It was an old refrain. One he had repeated many times. He had tried for years to convince Lainie that he wanted to help her. What was important to her was important to him, no matter how trivial or inconsequential she found it to be. Unfortunately, much to Grant’s private annoyance, Lainie seemed to have a very hard time remembering that.

Lainie stepped back out of his embrace and turned away, fiddling with the food cooking on the stove. “She doesn’t eat lunch at school because she says the food is gross, but she won’t get up early enough to pack lunch, so by the end of the day she’s starving. She starts demanding snacks as soon as she sees me. When we have to wait for Natalie to finish tutoring, it just goes downhill from there,” Lainie replied. “I’ve thought about packing something myself just to be sure she eats, but I really don’t have time. I’m barely getting there on time as it is with the way the girls drag around in the mornings.”

Grant frowned, wondering why this was the first he’d heard about this problem. His jaw clenched as he fought down the familiar wave of frustration. Why hadn’t she told him these things? How many times did he have to tell her that he wanted to know? He couldn’t help her if she never told him what was going on.

Taking a deep breath to calm himself, Grant asked, “How long has this been going on?”

“A while,” Lainie replied. The offhanded way she said it only served to frustrate him more. He wondered how much more had been going on for ‘a while’ that she hadn’t bothered to tell him about.

Grant scrubbed a hand through his hair, trying to shake off his irritation. “Why didn’t you tell me?” he asked.

“I didn’t want to bother you,” Lainie said. “It’s not that important anyway.”

Grant’s pulse, which had been steadily rising throughout this exchange, shot up. His chest tightened painfully. His hands curled involuntarily into fists and his fingernails dug into his palms. Slowly, deliberately, he spread his fingers and laid his hands, palm down, on the counter top. “That’s where you’re wrong,” he countered. “It is important. Little things become big things, and I can’t help you if you don’t tell me what’s going on.”

“I do tell you about the big things,” Lainie replied. “I just didn’t think I needed to bother you with every little argument and annoyance.”

“Maybe not every one,” Grant agreed, “but when it gets to the point that it’s bothering you, that makes it important. I want to know, especially if it concerns the girls. I’m not here with them the way you are. I need you to tell me what’s going on.”

“As much as you work, you have enough to deal with,” Lainie told him. “You don’t need to worry about what’s going on here at home. I can handle it.”

As much as Grant loved Lainie, sometimes he just wanted to shake her. He wasn’t a child. He didn’t need to be protected. He was the one who should be protecting her. “That’s not the point,” he said, exasperated. “We’re in this together. You don’t need to do everything all by yourself.”

“I can handle it,” Lainie insisted. “I always have.”

Anger, white and hot, shot through Grant. His face flooded with heat and color, and the restraint he’d been holding onto by his fingertips fled. He slammed his hands on the counter and spun to face her. “What the hell is that supposed to mean?”

That got Lainie’s attention. Her eyes widened, and she paled. “Just that I’ve always handled the household and the kids,” she said quietly. “It’s my job. You’ve always made that clear.”

Since when? It wasn’t her job. It was their job. He did his damn well best to get her to tell him what was going on around here. She was the one who tried to do everything herself. “Have you heard a single word I’ve been saying? I’m trying to tell you that you don’t have to do it by yourself. You’re the one being stubborn.”

“Stubborn?” Lainie echoed. The quiet uncertainty vanished, and she faced him head on, outraged. “I’m doing everything I can to keep things going around here, and of course I’m the one who has to handle it. You’re never home.”

“I’m never home because I’m working,” Grant shot back. “You make it sound like I’m out carousing with my buddies. I work damn hard.”

“And I don’t?” Lainie countered.

“Of course you do,” Grant said. They both worked damn hard. That wasn’t the point. When had this turned into an argument over who worked harder anyway? He’d wanted to help, not fight. Taking a deep breath, Grant made himself step away. He took a glass down from the cabinet, filled it with water and drank. “I don’t want to fight,” he said after downing most of the water. “I want to help.”

“I’m fine,” Lainie repeated. She turned away, jiggling a pan on the stove.

Grant would have bet his last dollar Lainie was anything but fine, but she clearly wasn’t receptive to any further conversation. “Do I have time to take a shower?” he asked, swallowing on a nagging feeling of defeat.

Lainie nodded. “Dinner will be another fifteen, maybe twenty, minutes.”

Grant set his glass in the sink and headed for their bathroom, turning on the shower and stripping out of his uniform. He tried to put the conversation with Lainie out of his head, but it nagged at him. Did she really think he expected her to handle the kids and house by herself? That couldn’t be further from the truth. It went against everything he had been raised to believe. Sure, maybe the modern culture expected women to be super women, but that wasn’t how Grant’s father and grandfather had believed nor what they had taught him. They believed that a man should be the leader of the household. It was his job to provide, to protect, to teach, and to lead. He had the providing part down cold. He worked damn hard. He always had. Being gone so much, he had left most of the parenting decisions to Lainie. She was the one at home, and she was the one who had training on dealing with children. He didn’t always agree with her. He was a lot more old-fashioned in what he believed, but what right did he have to speak up when he was gone so often? She was the expert.

He’d told himself that for years, so many times that he had begun to believe it. Mostly. Now though, alone under the spray of hot water with nothing but his own conscience, he began to doubt the truth of that. It was an excuse and a flimsy one at that. He knew exactly what his father and grandfather would have made of it too. A bitter wash of shame followed. Either or both of them would have handed him his ass on a platter if they had lived to see the state he’d allowed his family to get into. Then again, if they had been here, it was unlikely the family would’ve ever gotten into such a state, but he’d lost his grandfather shortly after marrying Lainie, and his father when Natalie was still a toddler. If he were honest, that had been when he’d started to slip. He’d been devastated to find himself without the two men he’d relied on for guidance and leadership all his life. There were months afterwards that he remembered little of. Everything had been consumed in a gray haze of grief. Even after he’d begun to emerge it was far easier to let Lainie do things her way. There’d been a few skirmishes early on, mostly over discipline, which was the one area they’d had vastly different ideas about. Grant knew and believed wholeheartedly in the value of a good spanking for correcting misbehavior. He’d experienced it any number of times during his own growing up years, and had learned as a young man, that his mother, and he strongly suspected his grandmother as well, had been subject to the same type of discipline. He’d always thought that he’d run his own household much the same, but the reality had turned out to be far different. Lainie’d had very little supervision of any sort as a child, much less correction. She’d cut her teeth on child psychology and education theory, and as such, declared any kind of physical discipline to be ineffective at best and abusive at worst. After a while, it had just been easier to stop fighting. He stayed away and took on more and more work, telling himself he was just trying to be a good provider and leaving the household as Lainie’s sole domain.

Yeah, and where had that gotten them? It had gotten so bad that he dreaded coming home, and even when Lainie was in his arms, there was a wall between them as real as any concrete and stone. There barely was a them anymore, just two people who happened to inhabit the same space. It was his fault, there was no doubt in Grant’s mind about that. He had failed at his responsibility as head of the family and left Lainie no choice but to stand in the gap. That was his fault and his alone. And it was long past time he stepped up to the plate and tried to fix this mess. It was time to get back to his roots, to be the man his father and his grandfather would have expected him to be. He didn’t expect Lainie to agree immediately. They had discussed it years ago when they were dating but with fifteen years of intervening time where he hadn’t taken any kind of leadership of the family at all, it was only natural that she be wary. He’d talk her around though. He had to.

By the time he had pulled on jeans and shouldered into a sweatshirt, Lainie had dinner on the table. She was standing at the bottom of the stairs yelling for the girls to come to dinner. From what he could tell, both of them were still shut tightly in their bedrooms, patently ignoring their mother. He touched Lainie on the shoulder and told her to go sit down then headed up the stairs himself. He didn’t give them the option of ignoring. He knocked once before opening the door to first Kathleen’s and then Natalie’s bedrooms and standing over them until they got moving. Not surprisingly, they moved with alacrity once he appeared in the doorway.

Dinner progressed in the usual fashion, meaning that Natalie complained bitterly about her tutoring session and begged, as she did every single Tuesday and Thursday, not to have to go again. Kathleen alternated between sniping at Natalie and ignoring them all in favor of texting on her cell phone. Grant hated that cell phone. Kathleen acted like it was neurologically connected to the nerves of her hand. It practically had to be surgically removed to get her to put it down. It was on the tip of Grant’s tongue to demand she put it away, but he held back. Not just yet; he needed to talk to Lainie first.

When they were finally done eating, Lainie immediately got up and started gathering dishes. Grant took that as his cue. He put a hand over her wrist, stilling her. “The girls can do them tonight,” he told her. Lainie, Kathleen, and Natalie all stared at him with identical expressions of shock. “What?” he asked. “Both of you are more than capable of loading the dishwasher. I know you are. I’ve seen both do it occasionally when your mother harasses you into it. I’m not asking; I’m telling, and if I hear one word of bickering about it, not only will you wash the dishes by hand but cell phones and iPods will disappear until next weekend. Understood?”

The room went utterly silent. He saw both girls cast pleading looks at Lainie. “It’ll only take me a minute,” she began.

Grant held up a hand, cutting her off. “It’s not going to take you any time at all because the girls are going to do as they were told. I don’t want to hear another word about it, from anyone.” Lainie and Natalie were staring at him with identical round, blue-eyed expressions of shock. Kathleen looked back at him with hazel eyes like his own, glaring. He looked straight back, not the least bit intimidated by a fifteen-year-old in a temper.

“Fine!” Kathleen hissed, grumbling under her breath about slave labor.

Grant’s father would have taken a hand to his backside for the attitude alone, but Grant knew Rome wasn’t built in a day. When both girls started gathering dishes and carrying them into the kitchen, he counted it as a victory.

Lainie was still looking slightly bewildered, as if she couldn’t quite believe what had just happened. If she were that surprised by such a simple thing, it was worse than he thought. He had clearly let her down, badly. How had he let it get so bad that she was surprised when he stepped in to make the girls wash dishes? He deserved to have his ass kicked from here to Kansas and back again. What kind of man had he become?

“I want to talk to you,” he said before she could gather herself enough to decide to go do something else. “Let’s go into the living room.” By long habit, they settled on the sofa, turning slightly in order to face each other. Grant swallowed a smile, realizing they had sat with each other in just this way since they were only a few years older than Kathleen was now. It reminded him again just how much he had to make this work. He reached out and took Lainie’s hand, rubbing his thumb over her knuckles. “Tell me something, sweetheart. Are you happy living like this? Really honestly happy?”

Lainie opened her mouth to agree. He felt the automatic response coming, but the automatic response wasn’t what he wanted. He wanted the truth. “Be honest,” he encouraged, “really honest.” Lainie went very still and her mouth closed again. After a long moment, she dropped her head and shook it slowly back and forth. “I didn’t think so,” Grant said softly. “I’m not either.”

Lainie’s head jerked up, and she gaped at him, white-faced with shock. “What are you saying? Are you leaving me?”

The shock hit Grant so hard that all he could do was stare. “Of course not. Never.”

“What then ?” Lainie demanded.

“I’m saying I think we need to make some changes around here,” Grant told her.

“Like what?” Lainie asked warily.

Grant shifted a little closer. “Do you remember when we first got married, how we talked about having a marriage like my parents had?”

“Yes,” Lainie said slowly, “but that was years ago. Life happened.”

“It did,” he agreed, “and you were right to say that I left a lot of things to you. I’ve shirked a lot of responsibility that should have rightfully been mine, and it landed on your shoulders. I want to apologize for that.”

Lainie looked stunned, but she brushed it off. “You were trying to do the right thing. Like you said, it’s not as if you were just blowing me off to go party or something.”

“That doesn’t make it right,” Grant said. “I want to do better by you and the girls. I want to get back to the husband and father I should have been all along.”

“What does that mean?” Lainie asked.

“It means I want to step up and take responsibility,” he told her. “I want to be the head of household, just like we talked about before we got married.”

�Lainie drew back like a scalded cat. “Just like that? I’ve run this household for fifteen years and now all of a sudden you’ve decided you want to step up and be in charge. What the hell is that about? You’ve decided you’re not happy so now I’m not doing a good enough job. You think you can do better? Is that it? Just because you managed to get the girls to wash the dishes one time doesn’t mean you have a clue what it’s like around here on a daily basis.”

“I know,” Grant admitted. “That’s my point. I’m not saying I want to be some kind of dictator. I’m telling you I want to help. I want to take a lot of the decision-making and the responsibility off your shoulders. Yes, there will be rules and consequences, but we’ll decide on those together. I’m not trying to bulldoze you; I’m trying to help you, like tonight, with the girls. Yes, I took over and I made a unilateral decision, but it was based on what I thought was best for everyone involved. They need to learn the responsibility, and you need a break. That wasn’t so bad, was it?”

Lainie studied her hands for a long moment before finally saying, “No, that wasn’t bad. I suppose I could get used to that.”

“That’s all I’m really talking about,” Grant assured her. “I’m asking you to trust me to make decisions, and to follow through with consequences if those decisions are not followed. I meant what I said tonight. If they had bickered the slightest bit, I wouldn’t have hesitated to take their phones and iPods. If we do this, you are giving me permission to enforce the rules, not only with the girls but with you as well.”

“How would you do that, with me I mean?” Lainie asked.

Grant fixed her with a steady look, and she blushed, heat to rising steadily up her neck and over her cheekbones. “I think you know,” he told her. “If you remember our earlier conversations, then you may remember exactly what I’m talking about.” Her eyes went wide and she swallowed hard. He could see the muscles in her throat bobbing up and down compulsively. If such a thing were possible, she went even more red in the face. Oh yes, she knew exactly what he was talking about.

Carefully, he caught her chin and made her look at him. Then, he leaned over and spoke directly in her ear, voice little more than a low rumble. “Disobey me and I will spank your little butt good, understood?” He leaned back and released her, feeling distinctly smug. Lainie was clearly flustered. She had yet to speak, but her eyes were around his marbles, and she continued to swallow convulsively as if trying to find her words. He’d gotten her attention all right.

Finally, she seemed to gather herself. “Don’t be ridiculous. I’m not a child.”

“If you don’t act like one, you have nothing to worry about,” he said casually. “Look, if we try this and it doesn’t work, we can reevaluate. I don’t have the slightest interest in making you more unhappy. I just know that what we are doing isn’t working so I’m ready to try something different.”

“Easy for you to say,” Lainie muttered. “You’re not the one getting your ass beat.”

“No, I’m not,” Grant conceded, “but I am the one taking on all the decision-making and responsibility. For once, that won’t all be on you. All you will have to worry about is being sure that you communicate with me and follow whatever guidelines we set out.” The look of relief on Lainie’s face was palpable. She wanted this. He knew she did, if she would just let herself admit it. “Please,” he said quietly, “all I’m asking is to try.”

Silence stretched heavy between them until Lainie heaved a huge sigh and said reluctantly, “Okay, fine, we can try it, but I reserve the right to stop if it doesn’t work.”

“Of course,” Grant agreed, “but you can’t use that as a way to get out of a punishment. It’s only valid after the fact, if you still want to stop, and you’re going to have to convince me you really mean it. Otherwise, it would be too easy just to call a halt to everything every time you get mad or in trouble.” Grant was fairly sure they would never need this out, but if it made Lainie feel better for the time being, he was more than willing to let her have it with his own conditions, of course.

“I guess that makes sense,” Lainie replied. “I can see how it would be pretty easy to want to say stop when things get heated, and that basically defeats the purpose.”

Unable to help himself, Grant reached over and hugged her hard. This time, she hugged him back. Already some of the distance he had felt earlier had gone away. Clearly this one conversation wasn’t going to be a miracle cure, but it was a step in the right direction. He was as sure of that as he had ever been anything in his life.

Lainie pulled back. “So, um, when do we start this?”

“I thought we just did,” Grant said. “We can work on specific rules over the weekend.”

“Okay, I guess,” Lainie said reluctantly. “Wait a minute. I thought you had to work security at the library this weekend.”

“I’m quitting the library job,” Grant told her, “and the mall job too. I realized that while I had been working all the time I was neglecting my most important job � here at home. I’m going to cut out the side jobs and focus on here.”

“What about the money?” Lainie protested. “Wasn’t that why you took those side jobs in the first place, because we needed the money?”

“That’s true,” Grant replied, “but things have changed a lot since then. Neither of us are on rookie salaries anymore. We can get by just fine on what the two of us make with our full-time jobs. We’re mostly using the part-time money for savings and extras like vacations. We may have to cut out some vacations and activities, but we can manage. I’m tired of working all the time, and most of all, I’m tired of being away from my girls all the time � all three of you. I’m going to try to swap out my remaining shifts. There are a couple of younger guys at work who had been hinting around that they would like to make some extra money. I can probably work it out so that they can take over. If not, then I’ll put in my notice and work for two more weeks, but either way, my days of working all the time are done. It’s time I came home.”

Lainie nodded and leaned over to kiss him gently on the lips. “It’ll be good to have you home. I’ve missed you.”

“I’ve missed you too,” Grant murmured. He would’ve like to taken the kiss deeper, but Lainie pulled away.

“I’ve got tests that have to be graded,” she said and for the first time in a long time, he could hear the reluctance in her voice.

Grant nodded. Neither of them worked normal 9-to-5 jobs. They might be on duty from 8 to 4, but work continued regardless of whether or not they were currently on the clock. Papers had to be graded. Lesson plans have to be written. Emergency calls came in at the drop of a hat, sometimes in the wee hours. She had never complained when he had to get up and go. He couldn’t very well complain when she had work to do either, however much he might’ve wished to shove those tests down the garbage disposal and get on with more pleasant business. “Two hours,” he said as she turned to leave.

“What?” she asked, giving him a puzzled look.

“You can work for two hours, and then you’re coming to bed,” he said placidly.

“Don’t be ridiculous,” she said. “I’ve got to get these done. It takes as long as it takes.”

“Tonight it takes no longer than two hours,” he countered. “Anything that isn’t done by then can wait until tomorrow. You just said earlier that your students don’t care enough to do well on the test, and if that’s the case, they are certainly not going to care about having to wait another day to get back a dismal grade. Two hours.”

“But I always hand tests back the following day,” she protested.

“Is that a school rule?” he asked.

“Well, no,” Lainie stammered, “but...”

“If it’s not a school rule, it can wait,” Grant insisted. “It’s more important that you get to sleep at a decent hour.”

“I don’t need a bedtime,” Lainie huffed. “I’ve been managing for years.”

Grant raised his eyebrows. “I thought you just agreed to try letting me be in charge. Did you mean that or not?”

Lainie blew out an exasperated breath. “Of course I did, but �”

“Then you had better get a move on,” Grant broke in. “You’re down to an hour and 45 minutes.”

The glare Lainie shot him could have shattered glass, but she scurried away. A moment later he heard her gathering her things and settling at the dining room table.

He made his way into their bedroom. He may have talked to Lainie into trying domestic discipline and letting him be head of household, but that didn’t mean he had a clue of how to actually go about it. Theory was quite different than practice. He needed to do some research. Glancing at the phone on the bedside table, he was overcome with a familiar biting longing to pick up the phone and dial his dad. Dad would have known exactly what to do.

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Katy Beth McKee on 05/10/2015 04:26pm
Kind of nice to have the perspective of an older couple that are just finding their way around to the whole domestic discipline. Also, having the view from the teenager who sort of thrust into the community. We also get a different view of the discipline board as well. Great addition to the series.
Katy Beth McKee on 05/10/2015 04:26pm
Kind of nice to have the perspective of an older couple that are just finding their way around to the whole domestic discipline. Also, having the view from the teenager who sort of thrust into the community. We also get a different view of the discipline board as well. Great addition to the series.
Margaret Corcoran on 04/01/2015 10:32am
I am glad I pre bought this series. It was great value with great stories. This is another one. Wonderfully written and described. It was nice to have a teenage daughter's opinion. I highly recommend it.
Margaret Corcoran on 04/01/2015 10:32am
I am glad I pre bought this series. It was great value with great stories. This is another one. Wonderfully written and described. It was nice to have a teenage daughter's opinion. I highly recommend it.
DKT on 02/22/2015 07:02pm
This is another great addition to the Corbin’s Bend series. Grant and Lainie are worn down by the constant stresses in life. Lainie is stubborn and takes on the responsibility of the house and kids without asking Grant for help when she needs it. Grant wants to help but is constantly shut down by Lainie. He wants to live more simple and be more connected and involved with his wife and kids. He convinces Lainie to give the D/d lifestyle a chance like they had talked about in the beginning of their marriage. In his research he finds the small community of Corbin’s Bend. Grant and Lainie take a leap of faith and move to the community for the sake of their marriage and family. Grant has to learn how be the HOH he wants to be. Lainie has to adjust to submitting to her husbands wants and deal with the consequences when she doesn’t obey. Add in the their teenage daughters and their life is just a little more complicated. I really enjoyed the dynamics of the characters in this book. The author did a great job including other characters from community. This book is uniquely different from others in this series but well written and enjoyable to read.
DKT on 02/22/2015 07:02pm
This is another great addition to the Corbin۪s Bend series. Grant and Lainie are worn down by the constant stresses in life. Lainie is stubborn and takes on the responsibility of the house and kids without asking Grant for help when she needs it. Grant wants to help but is constantly shut down by Lainie. He wants to live more simple and be more connected and involved with his wife and kids. He convinces Lainie to give the D/d lifestyle a chance like they had talked about in the beginning of their marriage. In his research he finds the small community of Corbin۪s Bend. Grant and Lainie take a leap of faith and move to the community for the sake of their marriage and family. Grant has to learn how be the HOH he wants to be. Lainie has to adjust to submitting to her husbands wants and deal with the consequences when she doesn۪t obey. Add in the their teenage daughters and their life is just a little more complicated. I really enjoyed the dynamics of the characters in this book. The author did a great job including other characters from community. This book is uniquely different from others in this series but well written and enjoyable to read.
angel on 02/21/2015 07:45pm
Great story filled with romance and action As the couple sees if they can move in to a DD relationship with teenager who doesn't want to move a heroine who isn't sure she wants a HOH and a Hero who isn't sure how it will all work out Will they make it can he Step up and lead will she let him This is one story you don't want to miss The plot will keep you turning the pages
angel on 02/21/2015 07:45pm
Great story filled with romance and action As the couple sees if they can move in to a DD relationship with teenager who doesn't want to move a heroine who isn't sure she wants a HOH and a Hero who isn't sure how it will all work out Will they make it can he Step up and lead will she let him This is one story you don't want to miss The plot will keep you turning the pages
JK on 02/06/2015 05:01pm
This was a very good and very different Corbin’s Bend book! I loved it!! It still has all the wonderful things I love in it: characters from other books , alpha males, strong women and of course sex and spankings!! But this one addressed an issue that I had wondered about, the young adults of Corbin’s Bend. No spoilers here, but this was well written and well told! I loved the whole new family, from Grant and Lainie, to their girls, Kathleen and Natalie!! Excellent job!
JK on 02/06/2015 05:01pm
This was a very good and very different Corbin۪s Bend book! I loved it!! It still has all the wonderful things I love in it: characters from other books , alpha males, strong women and of course sex and spankings!! But this one addressed an issue that I had wondered about, the young adults of Corbin۪s Bend. No spoilers here, but this was well written and well told! I loved the whole new family, from Grant and Lainie, to their girls, Kathleen and Natalie!! Excellent job!
Meg on 02/05/2015 12:05pm
Grant and Lainie have been married for several years but are drifting farther and farther apart. They have two daughters, Kathleen 15 and Natalie 12. The couple had discussed have a DD relationship years earlier but as Livia said life happened. Instead, she is resentful because she feels he does not have to deal with any of the normal teenage angst. They decide that a move to Corbin’s Bend might not only save their sanity, it would bring them back together as a couple. Grant is determined to go back to his roots and be firm and not back down. Lainie has agreed but when he actually spanks her, she is a bit shocked. Can she allow him to truly be the HoH and can they convince their eldest daughter that they did not bring her to Colorado to live in some freaky cult? This book gives you a real insight into how hard it is to be parents and keep your love alive.
Meg on 02/05/2015 12:05pm
Grant and Lainie have been married for several years but are drifting farther and farther apart. They have two daughters, Kathleen 15 and Natalie 12. The couple had discussed have a DD relationship years earlier but as Livia said life happened. Instead, she is resentful because she feels he does not have to deal with any of the normal teenage angst. They decide that a move to Corbin۪s Bend might not only save their sanity, it would bring them back together as a couple. Grant is determined to go back to his roots and be firm and not back down. Lainie has agreed but when he actually spanks her, she is a bit shocked. Can she allow him to truly be the HoH and can they convince their eldest daughter that they did not bring her to Colorado to live in some freaky cult? This book gives you a real insight into how hard it is to be parents and keep your love alive.
Marybeth on 02/01/2015 09:12pm
This is the next installment in the Corbin’s Bend series.  I love reading about this community!  Grant and Lainie have been married for over 15 years, but their marriage is in trouble.  Lainie is tired of doing everything and Grant is tired of being shut out of his family’s lives.  Grant decides to go back to his D/d heritage and starts to do some research online. He discovers Corbin’s Bend during his research.  Grant speaks with Lainie about starting a D/d lifestyle again.  They had discussed it when they were firs married and Lainie agreed, but it fell by the wayside over the years.  She is hesitant to start again, but she agrees because something needs to be done.  She even agrees to move to Corbin’s Bend.  But their 15 year old Kathleen is furious over the move and does everything that she can to sabotage their life there.  There are a lot of questions answered in this story about the lifestyle and how it is put into action. I was a little worried about how the author would deal with the teen daughters, but she did very well.  I really liked this story and I give it 5 stars.
Marybeth on 02/01/2015 09:12pm
This is the next installment in the Corbin۪s Bend series. I love reading about this community! Grant and Lainie have been married for over 15 years, but their marriage is in trouble. Lainie is tired of doing everything and Grant is tired of being shut out of his family۪s lives. Grant decides to go back to his D/d heritage and starts to do some research online. He discovers Corbin۪s Bend during his research. Grant speaks with Lainie about starting a D/d lifestyle again. They had discussed it when they were firs married and Lainie agreed, but it fell by the wayside over the years. She is hesitant to start again, but she agrees because something needs to be done. She even agrees to move to Corbin۪s Bend. But their 15 year old Kathleen is furious over the move and does everything that she can to sabotage their life there. There are a lot of questions answered in this story about the lifestyle and how it is put into action. I was a little worried about how the author would deal with the teen daughters, but she did very well. I really liked this story and I give it 5 stars.
Tina on 01/31/2015 03:28pm
It seems nearly every time I read a Corbin’s Bend book I state that it is now the best book in the series and this one is no exception. Grant grew up with DD in his house, something he never questioned as it was simply the way things were. When he met and married Lainie they briefly discussed DD, but life quickly got in the way and it never happened. It’s now 15 years later and although he loves his wife, he seems to prefer not being at home due to the distance growing between his wife and the general tension in the home. When he comes home and finds his wife in tears and stressed out, he’s hit by the fact that it can’t continue, something has to change. That change is beginning the DD relationship that never started. Unsure on exactly how to go about being HoH, he beings searching the internet and discovers Corbin’s bend, soon he finds his family moving to Corbin’s Bend to be in a community which they think will help their relationship. The family arrives in Corbin’s Bend (having had to explain to their two children about the DD lifestyle and about the community, which Grant found difficult as it was never explained to him as a child, as it had always been) and that’s where things begin; their pre-teen daughter accepts everything with ease and is soon blooming in the community, their teenage daughter is outraged at the move and the existence of a spanking community which she is convinced is some sort of cult, Grant begins to learn how to be HoH and Lainie signs her agreement to all of Grants rules without properly discussing them through with him, after all although they’re moving to a spanking community, he’s not really going to, actually, spank her….. Loved this book, the conflict of dealing with a teenage daughter with no prior knowledge was well written. I definitely recommend this book. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
Tina on 01/31/2015 03:28pm
It seems nearly every time I read a Corbin۪s Bend book I state that it is now the best book in the series and this one is no exception. Grant grew up with DD in his house, something he never questioned as it was simply the way things were. When he met and married Lainie they briefly discussed DD, but life quickly got in the way and it never happened. It۪s now 15 years later and although he loves his wife, he seems to prefer not being at home due to the distance growing between his wife and the general tension in the home. When he comes home and finds his wife in tears and stressed out, he۪s hit by the fact that it can۪t continue, something has to change. That change is beginning the DD relationship that never started. Unsure on exactly how to go about being HoH, he beings searching the internet and discovers Corbin۪s bend, soon he finds his family moving to Corbin۪s Bend to be in a community which they think will help their relationship. The family arrives in Corbin۪s Bend (having had to explain to their two children about the DD lifestyle and about the community, which Grant found difficult as it was never explained to him as a child, as it had always been) and that۪s where things begin; their pre-teen daughter accepts everything with ease and is soon blooming in the community, their teenage daughter is outraged at the move and the existence of a spanking community which she is convinced is some sort of cult, Grant begins to learn how to be HoH and Lainie signs her agreement to all of Grants rules without properly discussing them through with him, after all although they۪re moving to a spanking community, he۪s not really going to, actually, spank her_.. Loved this book, the conflict of dealing with a teenage daughter with no prior knowledge was well written. I definitely recommend this book. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
Redrabbitt on 01/29/2015 10:32pm
As with each of the Corbin's Bend books, this one can read as a standalone. Each book introduces new characters and has others from the community from previous stories. Grant and Lainie Taylor have been married for many years with two teen/preteen-aged daughters. There life is in a rut, they aren't happy and admit that things have got to change to save their marriage. Grant was raised in a domestic discipline household and wants that kind of structure in his marriage. Lainie came from a broken home, no discipline but no happiness either. Changes must be made. Doing research on how to add DD to their marriage, Grant learns about Corbin's Bend, and they investigate and decide that is where they need to be. But this couple has never practiced a DD lifestyle and it is all new for both of them. Throw in one rebellious belligerent troublemaking 15 year-old, and trouble is brewing. This story brought out many excellent points from the DD lifestyle and what is perceived by outsides. It is a loving, structured relationship with rules and consequences, not violence. Has their daughter, Kathleen's actions put this family and this community in peril? How can a community of people who practice a safe, sane and consensual lifestyle of domestic discipline help a confused teenager to understand the differences?
Redrabbitt on 01/29/2015 10:32pm
As with each of the Corbin's Bend books, this one can read as a standalone. Each book introduces new characters and has others from the community from previous stories. Grant and Lainie Taylor have been married for many years with two teen/preteen-aged daughters. There life is in a rut, they aren't happy and admit that things have got to change to save their marriage. Grant was raised in a domestic discipline household and wants that kind of structure in his marriage. Lainie came from a broken home, no discipline but no happiness either. Changes must be made. Doing research on how to add DD to their marriage, Grant learns about Corbin's Bend, and they investigate and decide that is where they need to be. But this couple has never practiced a DD lifestyle and it is all new for both of them. Throw in one rebellious belligerent troublemaking 15 year-old, and trouble is brewing. This story brought out many excellent points from the DD lifestyle and what is perceived by outsides. It is a loving, structured relationship with rules and consequences, not violence. Has their daughter, Kathleen's actions put this family and this community in peril? How can a community of people who practice a safe, sane and consensual lifestyle of domestic discipline help a confused teenager to understand the differences?

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