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A Simple Misunderstanding: Corbin's Bend, Book 7

A Simple Misunderstanding: Corbin's Bend, Book 7

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by LazyDay Publishing
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


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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A Simple Misunderstanding: Corbin's Bend, Book 7 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
PatriciaGreenAuthor More than 1 year ago
A Simple Misunderstanding examines a serious subject head-on: spousal abuse in the name of domestic discipline. It's something anyone with common sense can be worried about, but, in fact, it's pretty rare among the spanko community. Dominant/submissive relationships often leave the onus on the submissive, looking for consensus before punishments or chastisement takes place. This is not the case for the heroine of the novel. Elly's husband, Arthur, is a total jerk, written without any redeeming characteristics to see. I'm sure Elly must have found something appealing about Arthur at some time early in their brief relationship, but gosh knows what it was. Veterinarian Jerry Douglas is a spanker, but the kind with a soft heart and a gentle disposition. Even through a flare of temper, he is more than considerate of Elly's needs. He doesn't mean to fall in love with her, nor she with him, but as Arthur grows more and more detached from reality, Elly becomes more vulnerable, and Jerry's compassion, his tender touch with wounded creatures, comes to the fore. The situation with Elly, Jerry and Arthur is a tangled mess, but events overcome them all and, despite some serious trials, Jerry and Elly find their way to be together. The people in this book were well-drawn, the heroes and villains clear from the beginning and true to their characters. The Corbin's Bend setting was used as an excellent backdrop for the action, and the plot moved along at a steady page-turning pace. The book was detailed and complex enough, without swamping the reader with unnecessary explanations. I thoroughly enjoyed A Simple Misunderstanding, and I recommend it most highly.
soundslikefun13 More than 1 year ago
This is another book in the Corbin’s Bend Series. I wish a place like this real existed.  This book shows what a abuse looks like and how it differs from loving discipline. I enjoyed all of the characters in this book but especially Dr. Douglas. Jerry Douglas  is the town’s vet. He noticed that Elly Benson seems to be in a bad way and does everything he can to make sure that she is taken care of.    
ReadingToRead More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book.  I know previous reviewers have been bothered by the abusive relationship that Elly starts the book in but to me the contrast between what she finds herself stuck in and the relationship that Jerry wants to introduce her to shows the real difference between a DD relationship and controlling abuse!  You find yourself so happy when she finally accepts Jerry's help and protection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book in the Corbin’s Bend series. This is a book that discusses a darker subject of spousal abuse. Arthur is a man who is only concerned with his image and is determined to severely punish his wife, Elly, at the slightest tarnish to that image. Though she wants to be a good, submissive wife, his abuse does not go unnoticed by the vet who practices in the Bend. Jerry is a good man who dedicates his life to healing and caring for injured animals. His heart is captured seeing Elly and knowing her distance is an attempt to keep her abuse secret. He offers support and encouragement and finally breaks through her thoughts on what exactly is acceptable domestic discipline and what is way, way over that thin line. When she is severely injured at her husband’s hand, she manages to get to the clinic with her loving pet, Muffin. All bets are off as the protective dominant in Jerry is unleashed. With his constant reassurance and promises of support from the entire community, Elly manages to face the truth and do what is necessary to begin the process of obtaining her freedom from Arthur. When he once again attacks her in the local dog park, Jerry gives him a taste of his own medicine. The community works together to expel Arthur and surround Elly with support. Though it will take a long time for Elly to completely trust again, Jerry is the man she has chosen and he is more than happy to take on the responsibility – even when it comes to the point where he must prove that, while domestic discipline isn’t exactly pleasurable, it is a means to find release of guilt and start fresh. Though the subject matter of this story was darker, I really appreciate the author’s handling of such a sensitive issue. The abuse does exist in our ‘real’ world and it is nice to see the delicate subject being addressed. It is always a risk to put your work out there and know that some readers will not attempt to see past the abuse to discover the healing available and I applaud Ms. Blake for her courage in dealing with the issue. She did a very good job in writing this story where we all are truly rooting for the good guys. I’d recommend highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Kathryn R. Blake’s books. Overall I enjoyed A Simple Misunderstanding but a few things irritated me a little. The story between Jerry and Elly was wonderful. I loved Jerry, he was caring and compassionate. He wasn’t super alpha male but had his moments. I loved Elly and felt so much compassion for her as she was healing from her previous relationship. One of the things that irritated me a little was the community’s lack of response to the abuse Elly was experiencing. The community supports DD relationships between consenting adults but allows abusive relationships to hide in their community. That just doesn’t make sense to me, why would they allow the very stigma they are fighting find refuge in their community. I also wanted the story to spend more time on the romantic relationship between Elly and Jerry. I am really hoping for a follow up story with Jerry and Elly. I think that the chemistry and conflict between and Jerry and Elly as they settle into a relationship would be a fantastic read. I really enjoy the complexity and depth that Kathryn R. Blake is able to bring to her stories. I would definitely recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
K. Tyler: This was a rollercoaster ride. The story grabs you from the beginning. Elly is a abused wife new to Corbin’s Bend. She discover true love in an unlikely place a dog park. When tragedy makes her face the fact she is In an abusive relationship the community rally around her and Dr. Douglas who is an honorable man never allows her to feel less than but honors the fact that she is married and assist her in getting safely out of a potentially deadly situation. This story address the issue of physical and mental abuse in a tasteful manner. I wish it had been longer.
Lauralei0 More than 1 year ago
A Simple Misunderstanding - A Corbin's Bend Book 7 Kathryn R. Blake continues the wonderful Corbin's Bend Series with an amazing and insightful book.  Jerry Douglas is a gentle Dominant man and the vet in this wonderful town and Eleanor Benson is one of the newest members to Corbin's Bend along with her husband.  Elly and Arthur have only been married 5 months - Arthur is a bully and more concerned with appearances believing that Elly needs to get with his program and has kept an extremely tight rein on her.   Jerry has seen Elly daily walking her little dog Muffin in the dog park and he starts to walk his puppy Jack at the same time.  Jerry knows Elly is married and he isn't looking to cause problems only to hopefully have Elly become more relaxed and open.  The only time he has seen he has seen here out is when she plays with Muffin, otherwise she was home with the curtains closed.  He has noticed that over the past weeks she walked stiffly or favored one side over the other.  On this day he noticed her bruised wrists. When he asked about them Elly becomes upset and says it is nothing. Even though some of the Dominants are rougher than others, Jerry begins to believe that this situation far exceeds the 'norm'.  The story continues from here and delves into issues that effect many women and men while still keeping the reader involved and rooting for this couple.   This book is a wonderful continuation of the series.  The emotions that Kathryn Blake's words invoke are stunning.  I've said it before and I'll say it again "this is a terrific series and definitely one of my favorites".   
MarybethR More than 1 year ago
This was a hard book to read.  Most of the first half deals with the abuse of Eleanor by her husband, Arthur.  She believes that she is submitting as a wife should, while her husband knows that he is abusing her.  Into this mix comes Jerry, the local vet.  He has fallen in love with Ellyn ad he suspects that she is abused by her husband.  One day, it all comes to a head when Arthur goes overboard in his anger and truly hurts Elly.  She ends up in the ICU of the local hospital and Jerry works to protect her and to make her realize that she is being abused.  Eventually, they start a relationship and Elly must get over her fear of being disciplined.  I really liked this book.  It dealt with the abuse of a woman who doesn’t realize that she is being abused.  Once she does, she takes steps to build her courage and leave the situation.  5 stars
_SH More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!! This is the 7th in the series but stands alone quite nicely. Frankly, you will be sorry if you miss this one! There is a wonderful plot, no spoilers here, that handles a sensitive subject very well. Elly is such a strong woman although she doesn't think so but with Jerry's help she discovers she can be strong enough to rid herself of her troubles and find love along the way. This is written extremely well and I had to read it in one sitting to get to the best ending ever! Very well done!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hated this book. Sooooo sophomoric. Can't understand all the five star reviews. Both men she fell for were dictatorial beasts, putting DD aside. The author tried to make her like she was feisty--really? Saying or doing something "feisty" and then backing down right away is NOT feisty! I've read some of author's other books and really liked them. This, however, was like reading a 3rd grade reader. If this is an indication of the other books in the series, I'm skipping.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
4 stars = I REALLY liked this book A Simple Misunderstanding was the most difficult to read of the Corbin’s Bend books for me so far. Not because of the writing, but because of the subject matter. In this installment in the series, we meet Elly and Jerry. Elly and her husband Arthur moved to Corbin’s Bend a few months ago and she’s learned that she is not fond of the Domestic Discipline relationship she agreed to with her husband. What makes this book difficult to read is that the reader quickly learns that Elly isn’t in a DD relationship with her husband, she is in an abusive relationship with a man who is using DD as an excuse to beat his wife. Reading as Elly takes several beatings and believing that she deserved them is a huge part of why I found this a tough read. What put it over the top for me was that her mother’s actions and responses to her just seemed to reinforce Elly’s notion that she deserved the abuse her husband doled out.  Elly only has two “lights” in her life: her dog Mitzi and the local vet Jerry. Due to his naturally protection nature, Jerry finds himself drawn to Elly and frustrated by his helplessness in her situation. Sadly, it isn’t until Arthur nearly kills her that she finally decides to accept Jerry’s help. While I did indeed find this to be an emotionally draining read, I feel that Ms. Blake handled the topic with care and did an admirable job in helping her characters grow and bond in the short time of the book. That Elly learned her worth and that her neighbors in Corbin’s Bend would support her in her time of need is a message that many women need to receive.  A Simple Misunderstanding is an excellent addition to the Corbin’s Bend series. Ms. Blake’s talent as a writer is obvious as she takes a delicate subject (i.e., abuse in DD and/or BDSM relationships) and handles it with care. Elly and Jerry are wonderful characters and I do so hope that I get a chance to catch up with them in future Corbin’s Bend books. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
angeloo7 More than 1 year ago
This is a great story with lots of action and romance The Hero is strong and loving the heroine is strong and feisty together they will take you on an adventure that is written so well you will think you are right there with them This is a must read You will be sorry if you miss this story It is awesome
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
The difference between Safe, Sane and Consensual and Outright Abuse! First off, I commend Ms. Blake for having the guts to take a stand and write this story to be included in this wonderful Corbin's Bend Series.  Abuse of any kind, be it physical or mental, is abuse.  It also points out that even those who consensually adhere to a domestic discipline lifestyle that the head of household can overstep and abuse the rules of "Sane, Safe and Consensual."  In this story, that is exactly what Author Benson has done.  He has belittle and isolated Elly to his total obsessive control.  It wasn't an easy story to read, but needed to be shared.  Elly is no pain slut and her husband is definitely no decent man.  Dr. Jerry Douglas becomes her advocate and eventual savior. In reality, until a woman is ready to ask for or accept help, she will remain a victim. You cannot blame her mentor or her neighbors when Elly refused to share. In reality, Elly had no support system, not even her own family, how is she to know what the difference is between correction and abuse?
Katy_Beth More than 1 year ago
I love the fact that the Corbin's Bend series hasn't been afraid to tackle difficult issues.  Jerry is the local vet and tries to befriend Elly.  But he is concerned about the possibility of abuse.  Arthur is not really a head of house hold but an abusive bully.  The story is honest about how hard it is for an abuse victim to understand the difference between what they wanted and the reality they have.  I love how the whole community rallies around Elly and helps her to feel accepted and ready to move on.  She is very brave to be willing to let Jerry be in her life knowing what he wants from a relationship.