Domestic Discipline Romance – Reasonable Doubts by Cara Bristol #review

Domestic Discipline Romance – Reasonable Doubts by Cara Bristol #reviewReasonable Doubts by Cara Bristol

Series: Rod and Cane Society, #5
Genres: Domestic Discipline
on January 13, 2015
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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three-half-stars  

Widow Liz Davenport assumes when she begins to date, her new man will be like her late husband--a member of the Rod and Cane Society and an experienced disciplinarian who can provide her with loving guidance she requires to feel grounded and secure. So why is she attracted to Grant Davis, an ex-Naval JAG officer who works for her nemesis and has never spanked a woman in his life?

Events in his recent past have forced Grant to take stock of his life and try some new things. But spank a woman? He’s never considered that before, but with Liz’s coaching he’s willing to try.
But when the past collides with the present, will he be able to step up and become the disciplinarian Liz needs?

The Delight

Seeing a healthy DD relationship with past characters was interesting. Just how much the women craved their HoH to take them in control and spank their asses red. For people not into reading about the DD lifestyle, this might make you a little uncomfortable. Women are cherished, but their asses are owned.

I am not going to pretend that I understand domestic discipline. I will say though, to each their own and as long as no one is getting hurt, then go forth with what makes you happy. Domestic discipline in this series is defined between the couples. Usually there is a Head of the Household (HoH), also usually the male. In this setting, it is always the male. The Rod and Cane Society govern their members and provide support services to make the relationship a loving one.

Liz lived in a DD relationship for her entire marriage until Otis, her husband, dies from a heart attack while jogging. He was 20 years older than her, they had one child and he provided discipline when needed and maintenance spankings through out their marriage. A year later, Liz lacks the discipline she craves, but she also isn’t ready to jump out into the dating world until she meets a stranger who saves her from scalding coffee.

Grant is two weeks on the job as a new lawyer in a local firm (oh and Liz is a lawyer too who resigned from this same firm). He is as vanilla as the ice cream he likes. But after beating cancer, he’s ready to live life and find love. He is right away attracted to Liz, but senses she isn’t ready for long term and he senses she is hiding something. When he playfully spanks her he is horrified with how red her ass gets. Raised to never hurt a woman, he wants to drop it and continue with the relationship.

So the story goes on with Liz breaking up with him and then Grant finding out about DD. He is cautious, but willing to try it for her sake. Liz doesn’t want to “train” him and tries to break it off several times.

So this was a very short story that I read in one day. It can’t go into all the nuances of a DD relationship that would satisfy me. I struggled with how Liz could be such a powerful woman but then turn everything over in the household. I guess there isn’t much difference in a D/s relationship, but this seems more rigid. Liz loved to be spanked to be spanked, but no so much as a punishment. She also gives over life decisions. That doesn’t mean she isn’t consulted, she just doesn’t get the final say in what happens.

Most of love scenes contained a spanking that ended with a BJ or sex. While it was erotic, it also felt like it was a little old fashioned. To say I wasn’t turned on…well, I wasn’t. I just could’t enjoy what Grant and Liz had. And in the end I wanted to spank Liz for taking the control away that she wanted Grant to take. Topping from the bottom. Hell, I would have beaten her ass if she had given over the power and yanked it away with no explanation.

I enjoyed the look into a DD society, but I think I would need more information about DD to truly enjoy the dynamic of the relationship. Since DD isn’t my thing, I probably won’t be delving to much further into it. For people who like spanking in their story, this one is for you. For dominant women or even vanilla women…I would say pass.

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About Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol continues to evolve, adding new subgenres of erotic romance to her repertoire. She has written spanking romance, contemporary romance, paranormal, and science fiction romance. No matter what the genre, one thing remains constant: her emphasis on character-driven seriously hot erotic stories with sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine. Cara has lived many places in the United States, but currently calls Missouri home. She has a husband and two grown stepkids. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading and traveling the world.
Cara loves to hear from readers. You may post a comment on her Web site/blog, http://carabristol.com, email her at carabristol50 (at) yahoo (dot) com, or friend her on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/cara.bristol.3.

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  • I’ve read one DD romance and I was okay with it since both parties were familiar and knew what they were doing. Can’t say that I can wrap my head around it at this point either since I’m still ignorant. Not sure if this scenario here would do it for me either. He explored something for her and it looks like she still wasn’t happy with him.