Thianna is the mastermind behind the Corbin's Bend series. In addition, she also writes M/m spanking romance including the Blake And Dusty Chronicles, but today Kathryn R. Blake is here to lead the discussion of Finding Their Bliss, the first of the Corbin's Bend books.
Spanking Stories Book Club Finding Their Bliss (Corbin's Bend Book One) by Thianna D.
Corbin's Bend is Thianna D's brainchild, and Finding Their Bliss is the introductory book for the series. In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, Corbin's Bend, is the first equity-cooperative housing development created for spankophiles. The community consists of thirty thousand acres in the mountains above Denver with 1000 home sites, several restaurants, a clubhouse, theater, pool, and many other amenities. Though fictitious, Corbin’s Bend is unique in that everyone living there is into spanking, whether for erotic fun or through domestic discipline.
In her novella, Thianna had to establish the concept, introduce some major characters for the series and tell a story that would make readers hunger for more. To my mind, she succeeded admirably.
Brent Carmichael loved Corbin's Bend. A small community at the base of the Rocky Mountains just for spankofiles, he worked tirelessly to make sure everything ran smoothly and that the residents were safe and happy. He never intended to fall in love but when Charmagne Kendle stumbled into his life, he found an attraction he had no intention of fighting.
Char moved to Corbin's Bend after losing her job, her apartment, and her fiancé all in one day. She had no idea she was actually moving to a spanking community but with the freedom to explore her secret fetish, she found herself happily upended over Brent's lap.
As their relationship deepened into domestic discipline, her ex appeared wanting her back. Now she had to choose. The rich, handsome, and charming Nathan Korven or former police officer Brent Carmichael. To find her bliss, there was really only one choice.
1 1. In order to help establish the permissive atmosphere of Corbin's Bend, Thianna has Char Kendle out jogging when Bethany Angel gets her butt swatted by her boyfriend Kirk while they're walking on the sidewalk. Char is surprised when Bethany's response is to bend over and shake her derriere in a provocative manner. Though the encounter was relatively innocent, I'm curious. What are your thoughts about public displays and do you feel differently about spanking than you would about kissing?
2 2. After Brent and Char are in an acknowledged DD relationship, Char gets in trouble because she walks a few blocks in the snow rather than drive as Brent ordered. At the time, she didn't think walking would be a big deal, but Brent decides she needs to be taught a lesson for not heeding his instructions. He determines she'll receive ten swats of a paddle on her bare butt right in his office where she'll be heard, but not seen. Ouch. (Okay, I admit it. I'm a wimp.) This is a two-part question. Part One: what are your thoughts regarding punishments being commensurate to the infraction, and do you think every infraction should be punished with a spanking? Part Two: Rather than wallop Char in his office, where her cries of distress will be heard by everyone in the Clubhouse, (he believes all spankings should be administered immediately to be effective and public punishment spankings, though not common, are not unheard of in Corbin's Bend) do you think Brent should have waited until they got home?
- When Char is hurt in a car accident, Brent steps in to be her caretaker. Though Char doesn't realize why she's snapping Brent's head off, she does tell him he's treating her like an invalid or an old lady, so it's pretty clear that's not how she wants the handsome hunk to view her. However, in a moment of high dudgeon, she finally tells him off, saying, "If you remember, I'm not a member of your precious housing development. So, why don’t you just leave me alone? I do not want or need your help, Mr. Carmichael.” Then she marches up to her front door only to realize she forgot her purse in his truck. Though the scene made me laugh, it also struck a note of realism. Have you ever had a moment where you thought you were making a grand, dramatic exit only to have something fall awry, and if so, how did you handle it?"
- One of Char's reasons for avoiding romantic entanglements has to do with the way her ex-fiancé treated her. He is meant to be the villain of the piece, and yet after we meet him we are wondering, along with Char, what she ever saw in him to begin with. Hindsight is twenty/twenty, of course, and yet the best villains often show us a side that makes us want to like them, or simply want them. If you read the book, were you disappointed in Nathan Korven once you met him? If you didn't read the book, have you ever desired a villain from a story, knowing all the while that you shouldn't?
“All right, Char,” she mumbled to herself. “Time to pull up the adult panties and grow a pair.” Pulling out her cell phone, she grabbed the tan envelope she still had not opened up and quickly emptied the array of paperwork onto her desk. Thankfully, the phone list was on top.
His number was the third one down, listed under Carmichael, Brent. Housing Board, President. Discipline Board, Vice President.
Discipline Board? Was that what they called their police force?
Taking a huge, deep breath, she quickly dialed his number and sat back, hoping she could sound like an adult rather than a raving lunatic as she had the last time they spoke.
“Carmichael,” he barked into the phone.
He sounded angry. Did she really want to talk to him while he was sounding angry? Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea.
“Hello? If this is a crank call, it won’t do you much good.”
“No, hi,” she said before she could stop herself. “It’s me. Charmagne.”
“Ah, hello.” Her head came up as his tone lost some of the bark, and her stomach commenced doing weird loop-de-loops.
“Look, um, I’m really sorry for what I said a few days ago, and I talked to Lelo and he said you paid for my truck’s repairs. So, if you could tell me what I owe—”
“How are you feeling?”
What did that have to do with her apology? “Fine. I had a headache for a while, but it's gone now. As I was saying, if you cou—”
“Would you like to go to dinner?”
She watched her fingers pick up her pen and begin doodling in the middle of the lined page as if completely disconnected from her body, as she tried to make sense of this completely nonsensical conversation they were having. “Dinner?”
“Yes. You. Me. Food. At a restaurant. What do you say?” The bark was most definitely gone, but as amusement had taken its place, she began to wish for the bark to come back. The bark made her body tingle.
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