If I had to say one thing that I enjoyed most about this book is that the main characters, Jess (Russ) and Colleen (Debi), were an older couple. That right there was my favorite part because you don’t really find a lot of books about couples who aren’t young and in their 20s.
Another thing that I enjoyed was being able to follow along with their relationship as they progressed from a vanilla relationship to a DD one. I did think that Ms. Dean did a great job at that part of the story – if it would have been rushed, it wouldn’t have had the same effect for me personally.
While I did enjoy the excitement that was happening in this book, the only problem that I personally had was that the ending was very obvious. It didn’t deter me from finishing the book though, but it did take some of the “thrill” away once the end happened.
Overall, I did still enjoy this book, and I think it was a great addition to the Corbin’s Bend Series!
I haven’t taken a look at the books slated for this season of Corbin’s Bend, but Safe Under Protection makes it two out of two books with an added suspense angle as Jess and Colleen make their way to the spanking community to hide out from the mob. For Jess and Colleen, now known as Russ and Debi, they moved to Corbin’s Bend with no clue what Domestic Discipline was and for a couple in their fifties it proved to be quite a shock. How pray tell does a vanilla-couple end up hiding out in a spanking community? That’s what happens when your U S. Marshall handler happens to be brothers with the community founder and is able to get your application fast-tracked. Yes, we got to meet Brent’s brother Jack and I can only hope his comfort with moving the couple to Corbin’s Bend is indicative that he will eventually get his own book.
That said, Safe Under Protection was an interesting read as we got to see what happens when a sexually-naïve vanilla couple gets plopped down in the middle of a spanking-friendly community. I will admit that even at 40, I was hesitant at reading about the sex life of a couple in their mid to late-fifties. I know, I know. Ageist much? But once I got into the story, Ms. Dean’s writing sucked me in and I forgot all about Russ and Debi’s age. Let me just say that they proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks. (Come on! You had to know I was going there.) But seriously, the more the couple learned about spanking for pleasure and for punishment, the more they became interested in the Domestic Discipline lifestyle. I for one enjoyed the conversations Debi had with her mentor, Venia – especially with the other ladies in attendance, when Debi came to the realization that Russ was already her HoH whether they had realized it or not. Even more enjoyable was when they introduced spanking into their already fulfilling sex life, taking it to the next level. I loved how both had been pleased with their sex life but felt that spanking gave it that extra something neither of them realized they were missing and it was steamy!
I also liked that once Russ and Debi got over their initial discomfort with Domestic Discipline (due to their unfamiliarity with the lifestyle), they were able to see all that the community and residents of Corbin’s Bend had to offer. They quickly found that their acceptance of the others’ lifestyle meant that they were readily welcomed into the fold. Even if their new friends didn’t know the truth of who they were or how they came to be in Corbin’s Bend, their acceptance not only helped Debi by providing the emotional support system she needed, but it also insured that Russ’s mobile auto repair business was an overnight success…literally. Despite being the catalyst for their move, the suspense element played a minor role in the book and Ms. Dean wrapped it up nicely so that it came into play without overpowering the story and she provided a resolution that was exciting without feeling rushed. Safe Under Protection was a great read and I’m looking forward to the next release in season three of Corbin’s Bend.
“Debi, come here.”
His voice was a little funny, she thought. Stern and serious and even commanding. The way he said ‘come here,’ like he was so sure she would obey. The funny thing was that she found herself going to him without any hesitation. She obeyed.
“We made a rule, Debi. You just broke it.”
Oh god, he had heard her slip up.
“I know, honey. But it was just because I was all excited.”
“You agreed you would be punished if you slipped up again on the name thing.”
“I know, but I don’t feel like it right now. I want to show you the stuff I bought.”
Russ sighed. “I doubt many people feel like getting punished. But we agreed, and you’re going to be punished. Now.”
“No! Russ, come on. I know I agreed, but let’s do it later.” Debi suddenly felt panicky and her belly did a flip-flop. Her thighs pressed tightly together and she felt the dampness of her panties. But she didn’t want to experience a punishment spanking now.
“Let’s go to the bedroom now.”
He used that different voice again and for some strange reason, even though she didn’t want to, she found herself obeying and going to the bedroom with him.
“Get undressed.” He kept his clothes on and sat on the edge of the bed.
“Everything?” she asked in little more than a whisper.She watched his face as he thought about it and could tell when he made up his mind. Did that glint in his eye mean he was looking forward to punishing her? Or was he planning to ravish her when he was done with the punishment? She could only hope it was the latter.“Yes, everything.”Oh, that voice, she thought as she unbuttoned her blouse.
“Are you getting undressed?”
“No, I’m not the one getting spanked.”
She remembered the woman from the block party whose husband believed sex after punishment was a reward. Was that what Russ was thinking? She slipped off her panties and was naked. Swallowing hard, she waited for his next command.
His legs were slightly parted and she stood between them. He put his hands on her hips and lightly caressed her skin.
“We agreed to this, right?”
She nodded her head, her eyes slightly wider than usual.
“You rushed into the house and called out my old name. Didn’t you?”
She nodded again and whispered, “Yes.”
“What if someone was up here with me?”
“But I knew there wasn’t anyone else here. There were no cars in front of the house.”
“What if Brent or Jason, or anyone for that matter, had walked over and we were up here when you yelled out my old name?”
“It would have been awkward. I’m sorry J…Russ.” She couldn’t believe she just messed up again.
“It would have been more than just awkward. It would start people talking. You have to work harder at this, Debi. It’s our safety that’s the issue here. Do you understand?”
Jeez, the lecture was making her feel worse than she thought the spanking would.
“Yes, I do. I understand.”
“Good.” Russ patted his thigh and said, “Now get over my knee.”