Thank you, Redrabbitt, for taking the time to write this awesome review!
Top Customer Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsWELCOME TO THE CLUB
ByRedrabbitton March 2, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great addition to the Taken Trilogy and this story will read well as a standalone. The two main characters are a husband and wife, Cole and Elizabeth. There are several other couples that are secondary characters, Elizabeth’s brothers and their wives, Luke and Lila who were the main characters in Taken by Surprise, and David and Hannah. The story involves a major change in the marriage of Cole and Elizabeth, especially after a health scare with their son, Jacob. Elizabeth is spoiled, self-centered, bratty, and negligent in her marriage and rearing of their twin children, but that will change. “She had pushed him to edge with her selfish behavior.”
Cole has a very successful business remodeling and flipping houses, as well as, being hired to remodel homes and businesses. After working all day, he comes home, cooks dinner, cleans the house, and tends to the twins. During Elizabeth’s pregnancy, she was bedridden and had a difficult delivery and recovery, but when she did recover, he still is doing everything.
Elizabeth has returned to her job teaching school, and their twin is now in daycare, but a medical emergency of their son Jacob will help set this tale into motion. Elizabeth is spoiled, and she takes Cole and her marriage for granted, and if he is going to cook, clean, and take care of the children, why not let him. With an incident happening, anger ensues, something must change. Elizabeth is jealous of the relationship of her brothers and their spouses, and she knows they have a domestic discipline lifestyle. When she tells Cole that she wants that too, he is hesitant, and they talk about it, but he waits.
The plot will have a couple discussing, rationalizing, and deciding if a domestic discipline lifestyle is something they both honestly want. Cole lets Elizabeth know, if we do this, we will do it my way. “When you agreed to this, you agreed for me to be the one in charge, and that means always obeying me, and facing the consequences when you don’t.” Elizabeth sees the strength between her brothers and sister-in-laws, both are strong women who willing submit to their husbands. “Sometimes a strong willed woman puts on a façade of wanting to be in control. What they really want, and need, is a stronger man to take the reins from them.” Even Lila and Hannah can see a big change in Elizabeth after Cole takes her in hand. “Hallelujah girl, someone finally spanked you.” “I see how happy you and Cole are—like a piece that was missing has just fallen into place. A hand shaped piece.”
The story will have some secrets come to light along with a life and death moment for Hannah. The story has plenty of domestic discipline scenarios and scenes; there are no sex scenes, they are only implied. I look forward to the next story in this trilogy
Taken off Guard- Taken Trilogy, Book Two
Taken off Guard- Taken Trilogy, Book Two
Elizabeth pulled up to a stoplight, thinking about how much she was loving her life now that she had finally shared “that” side of herself with Cole. She reached in her purse for her cell phone, and took a quick selfie of her making a cute kissy face for Cole. As she was pushing send, she heard a car horn honk. The light had turned green and the driver was impatient to get going. “Keep your pants on,” Elizabeth muttered, typing “Love, your babe” into her text line as she got going again. The car angrily sped by her as the lanes went from one to two. “People are so impatient nowadays,” she said, flipping her hair over her shoulder.
As she was pulling into the parking lot of the store, her phone rang. A cute picture of Cole holding the twins popped up as her caller ID. “Hi babe!”
“Hi, Elizabeth. Are you still driving?” Cole said in a serious tone that she had recently come to recognize.
“Uh, no, I just got here.” Elizabeth twirled a strand of her hair around her finger.
“Were you driving when you sent that cute picture?” he asked.
“Hmm… yes?” Elizabeth twisted her hair tighter around her finger.
“That’s incredibly unsafe, Elizabeth.” He paused, as Elizabeth sat quiet. “Text me when you get into the store. I have a few things that I’m going to need you to pick up.”
Elizabeth wandered the isles of the store. She had already picked up the items that Cole had texted her and was stalling. He had asked her to pick up the cheapest flip cell phone she could find, and a wooden hairbrush. She had a vague idea what that was for, she didn’t think that he would be brushing her hair for her tonight, and the muscles in her stomach were clenching at the thought of what he would do with it.
She had stood in the beauty care aisle for a long time, debating between the two wooden brushes that were available. One was a small oval shape, pretty and made of dark wood, but seemed heavy. The other was a wide square made of light wood with plastic bristles. When she was sure that no one was looking, she tested both brushes with a quick swat on the open palm of her hand to see which one had less sting.
When she looked down at her phone to check the time, there was another text from Cole. It was only two little words, but they made her stomach flip flop. “Home. Now.” She had never been in this much trouble with Cole since they had started this new lifestyle. Cole had lost a good friend in high school who died in a car crash that involved cell phone use. She knew how strongly he felt about anyone using their cell phone while driving, especially her. On the way home she was mentally kicking herself for doing something so stupid.
Elizabeth and Cole sat across from one another at their dining room table. Cole had carefully removed the items from their packaging and placed them on the table between them. Cole looked incredibly calm, but she knew he was still seething. Elizabeth was wound up like a spring, nervously sitting at attention.
Cole leaned over the gleaming wood to pick up the dull grey, chintzy flip phone he had requested her to purchase. “This,” he said, while slowly sliding the phone towards her, “will be your new phone, if you ever pull a stunt like that again. No internet, almost impossible to text on, and a camera that no one would ever want to take a picture of themselves with.”
Elizabeth gulped and looked down at her current phone, which sat on the table beside her. It was the latest and greatest. Cole had surprised her with it for her birthday, and it even came complete with a glittery pink case, which she loved.
Cole leaned back in the wooden kitchen chair, stretching his legs out and casually picking up the square hairbrush from the table. “And this, my dear,” Cole turned the hairbrush over in his hand, inspecting the wide, smooth, flat back of the wooden brush, “thwack,” he slapped it hard against his palm. Elizabeth involuntarily jumped in her chair. He leaned in towards her. “Well, I think you know what this is for.”
Available on Amazon , Blushing Books
“Halleluiah girl, someone finally spanked you,” isn’t exactly the reaction Elizabeth was expecting when she confides in her sisters-in-law that her husband has taken her in hand.
She had been feeling left out when she discovered both Lila and Heather practiced Domestic Discipline. Always the baby of the family, Elizabeth knew she could be a little spoiled sometimes but until a heart to heart with her big brother Luke, she had no idea the impact it was having on her family.
Elizabeth finally gets up the confidence to tell Cole what she needs to remedy this behavior, and he is taken off guard. But after a steamy weekend, Elizabeth knows her man has what it takes to handle her.
When a haunting secret from Heather’s past leads to a life or death situation, throwing the entire family into turmoil, Elizabeth finds her new lifestyle not only makes her happier, but strong enough to handle whatever life might bring her way.
This is book two of the series but can be read as a standalone.
Publishers note: This book contains elements of domestic discipline. If this theme offends you, please do not purchase.
Get ready for- Real
We all love our fantasy worlds, especially when it comes to romance.
I am not offering you fantasy with the Taken trilogy. The couples are very real. They have flaws; they are uncertain, they are shy. The men don’t always communicate their emotions effectively. The women sometimes don ‘t know how to ask for what they need. Neither are perfect- both make mistakes.
The relationships can be messy. There are often financial stresses, life stresses. Though the books are fiction, the stories are real. These characters introduced themselves to me and my imagination conjured up, along with my life experience, a portrayal of their entrance into the world of romantic spanking.
You will be frustrated at times with the hero. You may find yourself disliking the heroine at others. But you will adore their love for one another.
Follow the adventure. Start with Taken by Surprise, as Luke demands to fill his role as Head of the Household. The first week of March, join Elizabeth as she finally tells her husband what she needs. I promise you a very real Happily Ever After.
Feel free to share your review, or comment on my blog. I would love to hear your thoughts. And as always- thank you from the bottom of my heart, for being my reader.
Taken off Guard- Releasing March 01, 2017
It's on it's way, and it's hot. If you liked Taken by Suprise, you are going to love Taken off Guard. It's longer, has more spanking and the ending will leave you stunned.
Mark your calendars for March 1- Elizabeth and Cole are going on a wild ride adding spanking to their marriage, and there is an abundance of romance and adventure along the way.
This morning, I saw my neighbor standing out in the cold, scraping the windshield of his wife's car for her. He had already started the vehicle minutes earlier, to warm it. I thought to myself, "this is my kind of Romeo."
Witnessing a man lovingly care for his wife, his mother, his child, his neighbor makes him the most beautiful kind of man to me.
My Romeo does countless, everyday things for me, and I am grateful. He brings me coffee in the morning, also scrapes my windshield, plunges the toilet, hangs the Christmas lights, wrestles with my sons, gets up with a sick baby, and works hard to provide for us.
Give a shout out to your Real Life Romeo. Feel free to comment below or on my thread on Facebook.
Sending you lots of love,
1. Be Patient
It could take years. And since you are committed to the relationship then you have the rest of your life to work towards your goals, right? Better to spend this time focusing on the positives and inching your way along, then feeling distraught by what you don't have.
2. Be Honest
Be honest about your needs, your wants, your fantasies. Share your heart, and maybe you will be pleasantly surprised.
3. Be Submissive
Start today by changing your thoughts and actions. Begin by having a submissive attitude towards your partner. Let your partner take the lead in making decisions. Listen well. Say "yes," when they want you.
While you are waiting, check out my book, Taken by Surprise. Luke finally tells his wife he wants to be the Head of the Household, by flipping her over his lap.
Again, this is only my personal experience, but I hope it helps! Feel free to post comments with additional advice.
Lots of love,
I found this review on the Blushing Books website this morning. I really couldn't ask for more from a first book. A huge THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has read "Taken by Surprise." I can't wait to share "Taken off Guard" with you all. Now, I had best get back to the mountain of laundry I have been neglecting, or Lila isn't going to be the only gal in trouble!
Sending you lots of love.... and spankings,
A GREAT START TO A NEW WORTH READING SERIES.
A perfectly named book, because the reader will be Taken by Surprise in many ways. It could be an introduction to domestic discipline or a marriage guide or a sweet romance. It is all these things intertwined. Really well written with great human characters and hot scenes. This author has a talent for describing the everyday lives of her characters. There are disciplinary spankings but well deserved and given with lots of love. I am looking forward to the next story in this series. I highly recommend this book.
Author Katherine Deane interviewed me on her blog this week. Katherine writes 'erotic romance with heart.' She has made me feel so welcomed to the world of romance. Thank you, Katherine!
Here is the link to the full post on her beautiful site.
New Author Interview – Shanna Handel
I’m so excited to have brand spanking new author, Shanna Handel, visiting today.
Katherine Deane: What made you decide to write a book?
Shanna Handel: I didn’t. The thought of writing a book had never crossed my mind before. I was driving around town one day, and Luke and Lila just popped into my head. It came out of nowhere, and it was the strangest thing. I woke up in the middle of the night, and it was like they were begging me to tell their story. I am so glad I summoned up the courage to open a blank document on my computer and start typing. I strongly encourage anyone with a story to tell to just start typing.
Katherine Deane: Why erotic romance?
Shanna Handel: That’s a great question for me to answer because there is no real sex in my books. I currently write what I guess you would label as “clean spanking romance.” For me, the story is about the ins and outs of the relationships, and how spanking plays a part in their lives. I tend to find strong men, spanking scenes, and a woman’s submission, very erotic. I just hope that there are other readers out there who will enjoy my unique genre!
Katherine Deane: What are your favorite genres to read?
Shanna Handel: Modern classics, spanking stuff, of course, and young adult. I just reread the entire Twilight series, and I think Edward was a closet spanker.
Katherine Deane: Do you do any of the stuff you write about?
Shanna Handel: Many of the lines from my books are direct quotes from my life. My male characters have very many of the qualities that I admire in my husband. I feel like my experience best equips me to write about beginning to incorporate domestic discipline in a relationship. Though I have an active imagination, I am still scared to death to write my third book, Heather’s book, because she and her husband have been practicing DD for over a decade. I think that I found a creative way to handle that road bump- read her book when it comes out and you will see what I mean.
Katherine Deane: How long did this first project take from start to finish? Was it about how long you expected?
Shanna Handel: I had no idea what to expect. I just sat down every chance that I got and continued to type. The story unfolded as I drove, shopped, washed dishes and even woke me up a few more times. I finished the entire story in about 25 hours of writing. Then, I didn’t know what to do with it. Just moments before I submitted it to the publisher, Blushing Books, I almost deleted the entire thing. I am so glad that I didn’t.
Katherine Deane: What was your favorite thing about writing your first book?
Shanna Handel: It was the most fun thing I have ever done, by myself. The pure joy of the release of creative energy- I had never experienced that before. I also liked my husband’s reaction when I told him about it.
Katherine Deane: What was your least favorite thing about writing your first book?
Shanna Handel: I have so much to learn- so much. I would say my least favorite part was probably all of those first mistakes that I guess every author has to make. Technically, I have a lot of room to grow- my editor was an angel through my first two books. I am now going through the process of learning how to write a proper sentence.
Katherine Deane: What’s next?
Shanna Handel: My second book is Taken off Guard, though I am waiting to hear back from editor angel to see if Taken in Hand is available. But either way, it is wrapped up and ready to go. It follows Elizabeth and Cole- another couple that you meet in Taken by Surprise, as she finds the courage to tell her husband that she wants him to take her in hand. I am currently writing the story of Heather and David, the “DD pros” of the family, and working on another book that is a spin-off of the series. It follows my absolute favorite character so far- but you haven’t met him yet. I won’t ruin the surprise.
Sending you lots of love..... and spankings!
When they arrived at the house, Luke came around to her side and opened her door, offering her his hand to help her out of the car. His smile was confident, and his eyes full of desire for her. She followed him up to the house, where he unlocked the front door and opened it wide for her. She stepped into her beautiful living room, the soft light from the table lamps next to the couch giving the room a romantic glow. Luke placed a hand on her lower back and firmly lead her to the same white couch where he had punished her earlier in the week. The sight of the couch brought the memory back and Lila suddenly felt nervous. What was she doing? Was this crazy? But then Luke was behind her, moving her hair back and kissing the back of her neck. He leaned down, his lips softly grazing her ear, and whispered, “I love you, Lila.” He then started to unzip the black silk dress, slowly, and let it fall to the floor. He gently placed his hands on her shoulders and turned her around to face him. Luke’s eyes drank her in from head to toe. She was wearing her favorite black lace bra and matching thong, and still had on her four-inch leather heels. “You are so beautiful, Lila, inside and out,” he said, then kissed her lightly on the lips. Luke slid his hands down her arms, clasped one of her hands in each of his, then sat down on the sofa, bringing her into a sitting position next to him. It felt strange and thrilling to be wearing almost nothing while he was fully dressed in a suit and tie. He rose and took his jacket off, carefully and slowly folding it over the back of the couch, then sat down next to her again. Lila took a deep breath and smiled at Luke nervously. She hadn’t spoken since they left the restaurant, which was definitely some kind of record for her. She felt so small, vulnerable, and feminine next to her man. Luke placed a finger under her chin and gently turned her face up towards him, then said, “Lila, I want you to lay yourself over my lap now.” Lila giggled nervously and started to stammer, “Luke, I…” He interrupted her with a low serious tone, and commanded, “Now. Lila.” Every muscle in her lower body tightened at his words. She slowly laid herself over his legs, with her upper body resting on the couch. Her bottom was totally exposed and she was mentally kicking herself for wearing a thong. She found the position she was in to be comfortable and incredibly erotic. Luke took a hand and pressed down between her shoulder blades so that she was lying flat on the couch, with her face turned towards Luke. He brushed her hair back away from her face. Then, he leaned down and whispered, “Are you going to be a good girl, Lila, or do I have to hold your hands behind your back again?” “I’ll be good,” she whispered. Whack! He spanked her hard on the center of her bare right cheek. She took a deep breath, but didn’t cry out. Luke leaned down and whispered again, “You will address me as, sir when you are in this position. Is that clear?” “Yes- sir,” Lila stammered. “Good girl,” he said as he lightly rubbed her bottom. Lila couldn’t believe that she was actually laying here, over Luke’s knee, calling her husband, sir and wanting him to spank her again. Luke stroked her hair softly and said, “Lila, I made it very clear that I did not want you to order a third glass of wine. You were being a naughty, disrespectful wife. Weren’t you?” “Yes,” she whispered, actually feeling a little ashamed for having ordered the wine. Whack! Another hard spank landed on the same spot as the first one. “Yes, sir,” she quickly corrected herself. “What did I say I was going to do if you drank that wine, Lila?” Luke softly stroked her bottom as he chastised her. “You said, you said that you were going to spank me. Sir.” She could feel her face get hot and knew she was blushing a deep red. She couldn’t help it but started to squirm a little as he rubbed her bottom. She was more turned on than she had ever been before. “That’s right. You are drinking far too much wine. It is my job to keep you safe and protect you, even if that means from yourself. From now on, you are only allowed two glasses of wine, and they may only be poured by me, at my discretion. Do you understand?” She was shocked. Not pour her own wine? What about when she went out and Luke wasn’t there? Oh, well, they could sort that out later but right now he had her so tied up she would probably agree to anything that he asked. “Yes, sir,” she whispered. His hand stopped stroking her and he started to softly spank her all over her bottom. Her bottom felt warm and tingly and so did everywhere else. He then started spanking her harder, alternating cheeks. Sometimes while he was spanking her he would stop for a second, then administer a slap right where her bottom met the top of her thigh. When he did this, she drew a sharp intake of breath. He kept spanking her until every inch of her bottom was stinging. Then he gave her bottom one last swat, and sat her up next to him. He tucked a lock of her hair behind her ear. “Well, what do you think of doing things my way?” he asked shyly. Lila could not contain her desire for him. She immediately grabbed ahold of his shoulders and kissed him deeply. Luke returned the kiss, muttering, “I should have spanked you, years ago,” and carried her off to their bedroom.