What lengths would you go to in order to save your marriage?
Broken trust. Bitter arguments. Burning secrets.
Their marriage in ruins, David and Shannon must alter their balance of power or risk losing everything important – including their love. There’s one alternative left. Domestic Discipline. While the intense change is amazing, both are left with fear and self-doubt. As old behaviors resurface, they’re forced to face secrets from the past.
Will the new dynamic be enough? Are they strong enough? Do they love each other enough?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary three-book set includes elements of angst, betrayal, and power exchange but guarantees an HEA. Experience the journey of a couple deeply in love, struggling to hold on to what they hold dear.
“Damn it! Why is every night like this?”
“Cause you’re a jerk-off,” Shannon Parker muttered under her breath. I hate you. I hate you. I hate you. Loathing her husband and calling him names seemed like sport lately, one she relished and seemed to be winning. Snickering, she could tell David was swearing, turning away as he spewed nasty words.
Cringing, she stood, staring out the living room bay window, a myriad of ugly thoughts racing in the back of her mind. She glanced toward the doorway and held up her middle finger, anger boiling within. I fucking hate you.
“You’re such a bitch, lately.”
“Shut up!” she screeched and fisted her forehead. God, she wanted to punch him. The sad truth? Her behavior continued to be reprehensible. She could hear David rustling in the kitchen, opening and closing cabinet doors, the sounds wafting above the music blaring on the CD player. Of course, he wasn’t just washing and drying utensils and placing them in the drawers. He was yanking open every one, throwing every spoon and knife, dish or glass inside before slamming the door or the drawer, cursing in a low and husky tone, every time. But she could still hear his angry exclamations. Asshole. For a minute, she considered storming into the kitchen and telling him to his face. Any additional insolence would only escalate another fight. Now she debated.
“You shut up!”
David was pissed tonight, frustration brimming in his words since he’d gotten home. Then again, his moods had been getting darker over the last several months as their relationship continued to deteriorate. Her husband was a different man than the one she’d married. And, she was an unconventional woman, one her husband couldn’t seem to tolerate.
She shook her head, trying her best to keep the nasty words she was thinking from brimming to the surface. Another argument wasn’t going to do either one of them any good, or their nearly destroyed marriage, but goddamn it, he could push every fucking button. Calm down. Just calm down. She glanced over at her glass of red wine, and for the first time in her life, the color made her think of death. Maybe the fact her mother had recently died had something to do with her moments of raw angst. Sadly, her bouts of lashing out at David, blaming him for practically everything that had gone wrong lately, had been increasing as well. They were on a collision course to separation; she had no doubt. There were days she didn’t give a shit, and others she was on the brink of bawling her eyes out. Shannon’s emotions were all over the place, her sensitivity level so high David couldn’t seem to say anything right. At least to her.
A rattled sigh escaping her lips, she reached over and grabbed her wine glass, nearly knocking the dense crystal over onto David’s CD collection. Snorting, she could only imagine just how infuriated he’d be if some of his precious music collection were ruined. Taking a sip and then a gulp of her wine, she shivered from hearing him cursing again. That’s all he seemed to do lately, curse. And all she could do was call him names—horrible, vile names. She palmed the glass with one hand as she shook her head. Their life, barely two years before, had been different, happy. Well, mostly happy.
When did the ugliness start? The arguments were created out of nothing, ending up so horrific and totally off the radar. Day after day, they screamed at each other until the wee hours of the morning. Why? When had she spent the first night crying herself to sleep? When was the first time she’d contemplated leaving? The answers weren’t easy to come by. Neither were the reasons why. They’d simply fallen into a bitter trap, one not unlike several sets of close married couples they knew. So many of their friends were either embroiled in divorce or getting close to ending whatever relationship they were in.