February 4, 2018 by Valerie Ullmer
Book Feature – A Naughty New Year by Kathryn R. Blake
Available only as part of the Mischief under the Mistletoe Anthology
Kelly Evans is nearly six months pregnant when her Dom husband, Jim, suggests they invite their closest friends over for a private New Year’s Eve party. Just a friendly get together, nothing kinky, and no champagne for either of the girls, since Kelly’s friend, Tiffany, was a month along further than she was. Given it’s New Year’s Eve, Kelly feels Jim’s no-champagne edict isn’t fair, but Jim warns her if she goes against his wishes, she will be punished. Though Kelly understands Jim’s reasoning, she still feels he’s merely being over-protective, and as much as she loves him a sip of champagne never hurt anyone. That is until now.
“Jim,” Kelly called out to her husband, who was putting together hors d’oeuvres in the kitchen. “Kyle prefers beer over champagne. Did you remember to buy some of that Heinlein stuff he likes so much?”
“It’s Heineken Lager, darlin’, and yes, I did. Though he’ll join me with a glass of champagne at midnight so I won’t be drinking the entire bottle alone.”
Good lord, she was twenty-nine years old, not six. With a shake of her head, Kelly argued, “Tiffany and I are adults now, Jim, in case you hadn’t noticed. So, I don’t think a sip of bubbly will hurt either one of us.”
He stepped out of the kitchen, while wiping his hands on a towel, and frowned at her. Even dressed casually in a button-down shirt and jeans, he looked intimidating. Her gaze trailed up his trim frame until she met his stern coffee-brown eyes and an inner part of Kelly melted.
“Believe me, sugar, I’ve noticed, but I thought we settled this conversation last night,” he purred.
Kelly’s backside tingled at the reminder. Yes, he’d made his position most painfully clear, but that only earned him her temporary agreement, not an all-out surrender. “I still think you’re both being unreasonably strict on the matter,” she grumbled
“Not the point. It’s our right as soon-to-be fathers to insist our wives take care of themselves, and I know Kyle agrees with me on the subject.”
Kelly absently patted her gently rounded tummy, which had been noticeably growing since September. “So, Tiffany told me.”
“Good. Did she also mention how Kyle elected to emphasize his perspective?”
“Yes. We are both acutely aware you two attended the same Dom school, so you don’t have to prove it every time your wives choose to disagree with you on something.”
“I dunno. Seems to be the only way we can get you to listen. And it works amazingly well at clearing out your ears most times.”
“Too well,” she muttered.
“Discussion over, then?”
“You need a reminder on showin’ proper respect to your husband, sugar’?”
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Although Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine. In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them. However, even in Kathryn’s novels where the hero firmly believes in using spanking as a deterrent, he has no desire to cause the heroine injury and takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart. In fact, sometimes he finds it extremely difficult to follow through on his threats or promises.
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 need for a certain amount of control. They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. Even so, these men aren’t infallible, and they do make mistakes, but love and respect will always triumph in the end.
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