Can he regain control?

After ten years, their marriage is fraying around the edges. When she married him, Tara knew full well he intended to be a career Marine, and Cameron had the strength and determination to achieve anything he set out to do.

What she hadn’t expected was the loneliness and depression that dragged her under when her husband was deployed for eighteen months. Her life fell apart and his return is nothing like what she’d anticipated either. Something is missing; an intricate part of their marriage seems lost forever.

Cam can’t believe how Tara has changed. His once loving and self-sacrificing wife is now selfish and lazy. The house is neglected and if it weren’t for Tara’s mother, the children would be too. For a while he simply accepts it and carries on, fulfilling his duty during the day and taking care of everything else at night and on the weekends.

Finally, he realizes any change had to come from him. Surely a Sergeant with dozens of men under his command can straighten out one small woman who once promised to love, honor and obey.

Publisher’s Note: This contemporary, steamy romance contains elements of domestic discipline and power exchange.




Cameron pulled her arms apart and took her hands, turning them up and kissing each palm in turn but not releasing her.

“If you think a few kisses are going to solve our problems, you’d better think again,” she sneered.

“No, it’s not kisses that are going to work this time but I do have a solution,” he answered smoothly as he tugged her closer. “I’m going to spank you.”

“Excuse me?”

He watched the shock on her face as her blue eyes widened. A flush crept up her neck to her cheeks and she tried to pull away. It was ridiculously easy to control her and he guided her over his knees and wrapped one arm around her waist holding her in place.

“I said I’m going to spank you. In fact, I believe there will be quite a few spankings in your future,” he informed her as he lifted her skirt and hooked a finger in the top of her panties pulling them down to her knees.”

“You can’t be serious,” she yelled. “You haven’t spanked me in years. Not since we were first married.”

“Apparently that’s an oversight on my part, baby. One I intend to correct. I learned early on how stubborn and sassy you could be and if I recall smacking your bottom worked pretty well back in the day. I should have been smart enough to put two and two together. I should have realized you needed me to step up and take a firm stand with you. I’m sorry about that.”

“You’re going to be sorry if you lay one hand on me,” she screamed, glaring at him over her shoulder and beginning to kick her feet.

He trapped her legs under his. She was going nowhere.

“No, my only regret will be that we lost our way in the first place. I’m sorry I didn’t hold you accountable when you first started slipping. I let my disappointment and anger get in the way when I should have been dealing with the issues instead of trying to ignore them. I almost let it destroy us.”

“Seems to me you’re trying to destroy us now,” she insisted, still wiggling even though she had no chance of escaping his hold.

His hand cupped her bottom lovingly and he shook his head. He’d been a fool. This weekend would either make or break their marriage.

“Let me ask you something before I get started. Do you still love me, Tara?”

“Of course I love you, you moron,” she cried. “Would I be here if I didn’t?”

“Then we have a chance,” he sighed in relief, patting her gently.

“You have a chance of seeing God if you don’t stop this nonsense and let me up right now!”

Cameron laughed, full out.

“I’m pretty sure I won’t see God this weekend, but I’m hoping for a small slice of heaven, or a few trips to paradise.”

“What the hell are you talking about?”

“Here’s my plan,” he said, stroking her cheeks. “I’m going to spank you long and hard. It’s going to remind you why you were a little bit afraid of me. Knowing additional ones are coming if you don’t behave I figure you’ll also be quite eager to please me. I can’t wait for that part.”

“Dream on,” Tara snorted.

Cam ignored her.

“Once your sweet bottom is red and hot I’ll continue smacking it until I believe you’re suitably contrite. When I’m convinced your tears of remorse are genuine I will comfort you and reassure you of my love.”

“Yeah, right,” she hissed in derision.

Cam smacked her bottom, hard.

“Then, once you’ve calmed down I’m going to strip off the rest of your clothes and put you in that pretty little sheer apron you used to wear and…”

“I don’t even know where that is!”

“I do. As I was saying, I plan to enjoy the sight of your lovely breasts and well-tended bottom as you move around the kitchen making our dinner. Plus it will give me no hindrances to smacking you simply because I have neglected that part of your anatomy for years and I can.”

“You’re insane.”

“During dinner and later we will talk about where our marriage derailed and how to get it back on track. I have numerous ideas, but I’m interested in what you have to say as well.”

“I say get me a ticket to Reno,” she shot back.

Cam slapped her bottom crisply and smiled when she squealed.



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Best-Selling author Stevie MacFarlane has been writing in her spare time for more than twenty years.  It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to submit some of her work to Blushing Books.  Since then she has been a nominated for several awards and has frequently hit Amazon’s list of Most Popular Erotic/BDSM authors. While most of her stories are on the sweet side, she never fails to add just enough kink and humor to keep her loyal fans clamoring for more.

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