A Strict Husband – Book Two of Wyoming Heat

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Set in Cheyenne, Wyoming during the late 1800s a spanking romance between a young bride and her older husband. He’s practically a stranger, almost twice her age, and he expects obedience… Book Two of Wyoming Heat

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In a moment of anger, Mattie’s brother, Elliot, promises to find her a strict husband who won’t put up with any of her childish nonsense. Mattie is reluctant to leave the Wyoming ranch she grew up on, and she’s devastated to learn Elliot wants her to marry an older man from Cheyenne.

Torn away from the only life she’s ever known, she is wed to the owner of the local general store, a widower named Henry Riley who is nearly twice her age. Despite her anger over the forced marriage, Mattie strives to obey Henry in all things, especially after he threatens her with a spanking on their wedding night. Of course, it isn’t long before Mattie discovers that obeying her new husband isn’t so easy after all.

Henry never planned to take a second wife, but when he’s offered Mattie’s hand in marriage, it’s a temptation he can’t resist. Sweet and young, but with a wild streak he aims to tame, he’s grateful for another chance at love and happiness.

But when the brother of the man who shot Henry’s first wife is spotted in Cheyenne, his newfound marital bliss is threatened. As the sheriff tries to hunt down the terror known as Big Lennie, Henry strives to keep Mattie out of harms way. Will Henry and Mattie prevail over the gunslinger with a grudge? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

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Slam!

The clatter of the front door closing hard followed by heavy footsteps increased the dread already coursing through Mattie. Why couldn?t she obey the rules? Worse yet, why couldn?t she stop dragging Caroline into mischief? Mattie glanced at her sister-in-law pacing across the drawing room floor.

?It?s okay, Carol. I?ll tell Elliot it was all my idea. You won?t get in trouble too.?

The slender brunette stilled and glared worriedly at Mattie. ?He said the next time I listened to one of your foolish plans, he would use that new paddle he made on me, no matter what the circumstances.? Carol?s lip trembled, and Mattie felt sick for being responsible for yet another dispute between her brother and his new wife.

Both girls turned to face Elliot. He loomed in the doorway with the feared paddle clasped in one hand. Mattie gulped when she noticed several holes drilled through the implement. When it connected with her bare bottom, and she had no doubt her bottom would be bared for punishment, it would pack an awful, awful sting.

Caroline?s shoulders dropped and she shuddered. Mattie felt another pang of sickness. The idea of sweet Carol receiving a spanking for something Mattie talked her into caused regret and shame to sweep over her. ?It was my idea to sneak away to town. I know we aren?t supposed to go without you, but I convinced Carol it wasn?t a big deal.?

?I assure you it is a big deal.? Elliot?s voice was calm. He never yelled and rarely raised his voice, but the authority that oozed out of him, particularly when Mattie found herself in hot water, made her second guess whatever genius plan she?d concocted to land in said hot water.

?We?ve had no disagreements with any of the big ranches you?re worried about. Even if we ran into someone on the road to town, which we didn?t, it?s unlikely they would?ve bothered us.?

?Unlikely but not impossible. You know my rule. You both do.? He shot a pointed look at his wife.

Mattie resisted the urge to roll her eyes. Elliot?s requirement that she and Carol have an escort into the town of Cheyenne was an annoyance. Just because one of their cousins who lived farther north near Buffalo was having serious problems with cattle rustlers didn?t mean the same problem would occur here. And even if it did, it didn?t mean trouble would find Mattie and Carol on the road. Elliot had intercepted their wagon right as they reached town and ordered them to turn back around, spoiling Mattie?s plans to visit a friend with a new baby.

?Carol tried to talk me out of going, Elliot, I swear.? Being brave in the face of an imminent paddling wasn?t easy, but Mattie couldn?t help but feel sorry for the timid Carol. The poor thing was married to a man who spanked her. How awful. Mattie vowed to never fall into similar circumstances.

?I don?t care whose idea it was to leave the ranch without a chaperone. I don?t care who tried to talk whom out of leaving. The fact is, I caught both of you sitting on the wagon about to drive into town. Both of you disobeyed me and both of you are about to feel this paddle applied to your bare bottoms.?

The wood cracked across the palm of his hand. Both girls jumped.

Caroline stepped forward and took a shaky breath. ?Elliot, I?m so sorry. I promise it won?t happen again. You don?t have to spank us.?

He strode to his wife and tilted her chin up with one finger, his movements strangely gentle. Warmth lit his eyes, chasing away some of the hardness of his expression. ?Yes, I do. I won?t stand for a disobedient wife. We?ve had this discussion before.? He dropped her chin and crooked a finger at Mattie. ?You. I?ve nearly worn my arm out correcting you over the years, but perhaps I haven?t been strict enough with you. Rest assured I intend to find you a husband with an iron hand ? and soon. Very soon.?

Mattie?s heart sank to her feet. The disappointment in Elliot?s eyes unnerved her as much as his threat to find her a strict husband ? the very thing she wished to avoid. She should?ve seen it coming though. At nineteen she was ripe for marriage, and Mattie expected to be matched with one of the neighboring ranchers? sons. Tears gathered hot and blinding in her eyes, but she blinked them back and vowed not to cry. Caroline would do enough crying for them both.

By the time Elliot moved two high-backed chairs to the center of the room, Carol was weeping a river. Mattie felt for her but hoped the young woman would find peace in her new marriage. Carol always acted like she was walking on eggshells in Elliot?s presence. That was no way to live.

?You know the routine, ladies. Bend over and place your hands on a chair, bottoms up.?

Side by side, Mattie and Carol bent over with their palms flat on the seats. When they got in trouble together, Elliot punished them together. The added humiliation of being spanked in another person?s presence, even if it was Carol, was terrible. Mattie felt she was too old to be spanked anyway.

Elliot made quick work of baring their bottoms, an act he was all too familiar with. He lifted their skirts over their backs and moved their drawers to rest at their knees. Instead of beginning the paddling at once, he left them exposed and untouched for several long minutes as he paced the floor, delivering a stern scolding by describing the dangers of leaving the ranch without a chaperone.

?Disobedient girls get punished,? he said. ?I see two disobedient girls right now, bottoms bared and awaiting punishment. I intend to teach you both a lesson, Caroline and Matilda, and by the time I?m finished you?ll both have sore backsides. I assure you that you?ll be two very, very sorry girls.?

The paddle cracked across Carol?s bottom first. She howled and tensed up. Mattie?s heart raced knowing she would receive the next blow, and sure enough, the wood smacked over her backside, the length of the implement covering both cheeks with a horrible sting.

Smack! Smack! Smack! Elliot showed no mercy as he wielded the paddle against their bottoms. Even though he alternated spanks between them, she found it difficult to catch her breath before the next blow caught her.

?Elliot, please. I?m so sorry,? Carol sobbed.

If he heard her muffled plea, he chose to ignore it. The room filled with the sound of Elliot?s deft smacks and Mattie and Carol?s whimpers. It was a long, drawn out punishment. One neither girl was likely to forget.

Mattie bit her lip to keep from screaming out as the fire on her bottom flesh built up and up until it flamed like a raging inferno. Tears rolled down her checks as she became awash in misery, emotionally and physically drained of life. Elliot?s growing frustration with her had been evident of late, and she hated herself for always being so impulsive and disobeying his commands. He wasn?t an unreasonable man. Even though she didn?t agree with all of his rules, she knew those rules were in place to keep her and Carol safe.

A sob erupted from Mattie?s throat and her shoulders heaved. She wept because she?d gotten Carol in trouble. She wept because her backside burned horribly, each stroke of the paddle like a flame licking her flesh. She wept because Elliot had promised to find her a husband soon, a husband with an iron hand. She wept for a thousand different reasons, until she realized the spanking had ended and she had embarrassed herself by crying like a fool.

?I never, ever want to hear talk of either of you ladies riding into town without an escort.? Elliot?s voice sounded strained.

Though it hurt to breathe, let alone move, Mattie straightened and fixed her drawers underneath her dress and smoothed the skirt down. As she wiped her tear-streaked face on her sleeve, she noticed Caroline standing wrapped in Elliot?s arms. Their foreheads rested together, and Mattie heard Elliot whisper, ?I love you, wife. Don?t ever scare me like that again.?

Jealousy ripped through Mattie, taking her by surprise. How in the heavens could she be envious of Carol?s relationship with Elliot? It didn?t make sense and Mattie brimmed with frustration. She vowed to be on her best behavior and work twice as hard around the ranch. Maybe then Elliot wouldn?t send her away. Filled with enough sorrow to last a lifetime, she fled to the safety of her room and cried, alone, for a reason she didn?t understand.

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36 reviews for A Strict Husband – Book Two of Wyoming Heat

  1. Evelyn

    Great addition to the shis series where a spoiled young girl is given in marriage to a much older man who knows just how to curb her wild streak. Danger comes and they have to work together so they can keep their HEA.

  2. Evelyn

    Great addition to the shis series where a spoiled young girl is given in marriage to a much older man who knows just how to curb her wild streak. Danger comes and they have to work together so they can keep their HEA.

  3. Adele (verified owner)

    I do like this book. I loved how Mattie grew to love and trust Henry. I also liked how badly she felt when she learned why her brother chose Henry for her. What i didn\\\’t like was the large repeared part from the first book. For a minuet i questioned if i bought the same book twice. That said i would still reccomend this book.

  4. Adele (verified owner)

    I do like this book. I loved how Mattie grew to love and trust Henry. I also liked how badly she felt when she learned why her brother chose Henry for her. What i didn’t like was the large repeared part from the first book. For a minuet i questioned if i bought the same book twice. That said i would still reccomend this book.

  5. DNF

    Nice short story, I liked to know better the couple Mattie and Henry. I liked less the relationship between Mattie and her brother Eliott, Eliott punishes his sister and wife, but while his wife at the end of punishment, he lets his sister crying alone in her room with the distress that he wants send her away.

  6. DNF

    Nice short story, I liked to know better the couple Mattie and Henry. I liked less the relationship between Mattie and her brother Eliott, Eliott punishes his sister and wife, but while his wife at the end of punishment, he lets his sister crying alone in her room with the distress that he wants send her away.

  7. Jaycee

    A very short historical story that doesn\\\’t take enough time to let you really know the characters or allow the relationships to grow. Elliot was not a character that I cared for at all. He was cold and unfeeling toward his sister. He married her off without any consent on her part, then never visits her to make sure she is OK. I really wish there would have been a confrontation between the siblings and that Henry would have taken Elliot to task for allowing Mattie to wallow in fear for 2 years at being married off! I also didn\\\’t really care for Henry – at first, he came across as a dirty old man! He couldn\\\’t wait to get Mattie into bed and didn\\\’t even take the time to make sure her time wasn\\\’t one of pain and fear. In fact, she seemed to fear him for most of the story. For all of the talk of her being Wild and Impulsive, she never did anything during her marriage to prove those claims. There were some good moments – like the danger with the outlaw\\\’s brother, and I liked when Mattie was finally able to loosen up with Henry and tease him. But a rather disappointing read and not as good as the first one in this series.

  8. Jaycee

    A very short historical story that doesn’t take enough time to let you really know the characters or allow the relationships to grow. Elliot was not a character that I cared for at all. He was cold and unfeeling toward his sister. He married her off without any consent on her part, then never visits her to make sure she is OK. I really wish there would have been a confrontation between the siblings and that Henry would have taken Elliot to task for allowing Mattie to wallow in fear for 2 years at being married off! I also didn’t really care for Henry – at first, he came across as a dirty old man! He couldn’t wait to get Mattie into bed and didn’t even take the time to make sure her time wasn’t one of pain and fear. In fact, she seemed to fear him for most of the story. For all of the talk of her being Wild and Impulsive, she never did anything during her marriage to prove those claims. There were some good moments – like the danger with the outlaw’s brother, and I liked when Mattie was finally able to loosen up with Henry and tease him. But a rather disappointing read and not as good as the first one in this series.

  9. anon

    I have to agree with most of the reviews. Elliot was never fleshed out to be a caring brother. He came across as cold and anxious to get rid of a problem. Henry wasn\\\’t developed as a caring man, either. He kept looking for a reason to punish Mattie until he finally found one. We were just suppose to believe he cared when he said so at the end. Mattie, however, was done well. I understood her from the beginning and that\\\’s what saved the book for me.

  10. anon

    I have to agree with most of the reviews. Elliot was never fleshed out to be a caring brother. He came across as cold and anxious to get rid of a problem. Henry wasn’t developed as a caring man, either. He kept looking for a reason to punish Mattie until he finally found one. We were just suppose to believe he cared when he said so at the end. Mattie, however, was done well. I understood her from the beginning and that’s what saved the book for me.

  11. Vicki (verified owner)

    Although this is rather mild in spanking area, it is a sweet little story. Mattie\\\’s hand is offered to Henry (a widower). Mattie is pretty independent, however, it takes awhile before she does something bad enough to invoke a spanking. However, you add some danger from the past and it all makes a sweet little story.

  12. Vicki (verified owner)

    Although this is rather mild in spanking area, it is a sweet little story. Mattie’s hand is offered to Henry (a widower). Mattie is pretty independent, however, it takes awhile before she does something bad enough to invoke a spanking. However, you add some danger from the past and it all makes a sweet little story.

  13. Alicia (verified owner)

    Definitly not as good as the first one but is still a good historical romance. Would have been better if the characters had been fleshed out more and you could have seen the caring between the characters.

  14. Alicia (verified owner)

    Definitly not as good as the first one but is still a good historical romance. Would have been better if the characters had been fleshed out more and you could have seen the caring between the characters.

  15. Arleen (verified owner)

    This was a well written story and I enjoyed it. It kept my interest and had good spanking scenes. But I couldn\\\’t give it 5 stars because for some reason I just couldn\\\’t warm up to Henry. He said how much he loved Matti but I always felt that he loved his control over her more than he loved her as a person. It\\\’s a story worth the read but not a favorite of mine.

  16. Arleen (verified owner)

    This was a well written story and I enjoyed it. It kept my interest and had good spanking scenes. But I couldn’t give it 5 stars because for some reason I just couldn’t warm up to Henry. He said how much he loved Matti but I always felt that he loved his control over her more than he loved her as a person. It’s a story worth the read but not a favorite of mine.

  17. Gayle

    I like the book and its prequel, but prefer this one because it has a more realistic and sensual quality. I think the author does a good job of showing how love and understanding grow. It is an arranged marriage that both people are initially resistant to. It is entirely feasible that a mature widower would view a beautiful young wife as more of a desirable sexual partner than as a beloved spouse at the beginning of this type of marriage. It\\\’s a well-written book and has elements of mystery and suspense along with very hot spanking and sex scenes. My only complaint is that it was too short.

  18. Gayle

    I like the book and its prequel, but prefer this one because it has a more realistic and sensual quality. I think the author does a good job of showing how love and understanding grow. It is an arranged marriage that both people are initially resistant to. It is entirely feasible that a mature widower would view a beautiful young wife as more of a desirable sexual partner than as a beloved spouse at the beginning of this type of marriage. It’s a well-written book and has elements of mystery and suspense along with very hot spanking and sex scenes. My only complaint is that it was too short.

  19. Cindy (verified owner)

    Nice. I didn\\\’t like the girl at first but then she became really great. And I liked the man, then didn\\\’t, and then liked him again. Nice story, too. I liked it a lot.

  20. Cindy (verified owner)

    Nice. I didn’t like the girl at first but then she became really great. And I liked the man, then didn’t, and then liked him again. Nice story, too. I liked it a lot.

  21. Merna (verified owner)

    Interesting story, and I liked Mattie, but I didn\\\’t care for her brother Elliott, nor her husband Henry. Elliott says he loves her, but only shows her his disapproval. Henry also says he loves her, and sometimes behaves lovingly toward her, but most of the time I didn\\\’t like the way he treated her.

  22. Merna (verified owner)

    Interesting story, and I liked Mattie, but I didn’t care for her brother Elliott, nor her husband Henry. Elliott says he loves her, but only shows her his disapproval. Henry also says he loves her, and sometimes behaves lovingly toward her, but most of the time I didn’t like the way he treated her.

  23. Angie (verified owner)

    Mattie made her brother Elliott mad and he threatened to find her a strict husband. Elliott decided that since Henry was a widower and was a good guy he would make a good husband. Henry thought Elliott was mistaken about Mattie\\\’s wild streak. Henry and Mattie were such a great couple. This was a very enjoyable spanking story!

  24. Angie (verified owner)

    Mattie made her brother Elliott mad and he threatened to find her a strict husband. Elliott decided that since Henry was a widower and was a good guy he would make a good husband. Henry thought Elliott was mistaken about Mattie’s wild streak. Henry and Mattie were such a great couple. This was a very enjoyable spanking story!

  25. Connie (verified owner)

    Maddie\\\’s brother decides he\\\’s going to find her husband with an iron hand to keep her in line. He arranges her marriage to Henry and other than to know who he as she does not know him at all. He is older and she worries about him punishing her. When he doesn\\\’t for while she feels that he won\\\’t. When she crosses that line she finds out the truth. Fun story to watch them fall in love.

  26. Connie (verified owner)

    Maddie’s brother decides he’s going to find her husband with an iron hand to keep her in line. He arranges her marriage to Henry and other than to know who he as she does not know him at all. He is older and she worries about him punishing her. When he doesn’t for while she feels that he won’t. When she crosses that line she finds out the truth. Fun story to watch them fall in love.

  27. jeanped

    Ms. Lyndon has again come up with an enjoyable story with a feisty heroin and a super dominant hero. Mattie was very entertaining and as with all histrionic all western romances of this genre, full of spunk, hot tempered and didn\\\’t think of consequences. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other books from this author.

  28. jeanped

    Ms. Lyndon has again come up with an enjoyable story with a feisty heroin and a super dominant hero. Mattie was very entertaining and as with all histrionic all western romances of this genre, full of spunk, hot tempered and didn’t think of consequences. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading other books from this author.

  29. Cassie

    Good, if a bit short. Liked this one better than the first of the series. The characters were likable: the heroine was feisty but usually not unreasonable (and admitted when her temper got out of control); and the hero was overbearing (but generally in a way I liked), but sweet. The suspense sub-plot was minimal, but added nicely to the story.

  30. Cassie

    Good, if a bit short. Liked this one better than the first of the series. The characters were likable: the heroine was feisty but usually not unreasonable (and admitted when her temper got out of control); and the hero was overbearing (but generally in a way I liked), but sweet. The suspense sub-plot was minimal, but added nicely to the story.

  31. amanda (verified owner)

    Sweet, and some hot scenes.

  32. amanda (verified owner)

    Sweet, and some hot scenes.

  33. SlenderMama

    What an enjoyable story! If only it had been longer and shown more of the development of their relationship. Even with the short length, the author managed to include some seriously hot scenes. I highly approve.

  34. SlenderMama

    What an enjoyable story! If only it had been longer and shown more of the development of their relationship. Even with the short length, the author managed to include some seriously hot scenes. I highly approve.

  35. karla

    Very good read….don\’t understand how it is book 2 tho. Would like to know more about Caroline

  36. karla

    Very good read….don’t understand how it is book 2 tho. Would like to know more about Caroline

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