When I was a teenager, my mom and I read the same books. Her preferences went toward, Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, and Catherine Coulter as her favorites.If you're familiar with any of Catherine Coulter's works, you've probably figured out where this post is going.
Catherine Coulter writes a lot of historical fiction (which I skipped) a highly popular suspense FBI series, and a few older contemporary romances. One of them, Aftershocks, is what I like to refer to as"the book that started it all"
I must have been about 16 when I read Aftershocks. I had spanko tendencies way before that of course, but this was the first time I had seen in in a book, between adults, in a modern setting, and I was hooked. Guys, I STILL have a copy of that book! I still think it's a hot little scene, although now it's a little tame for what I have become *ahem* accustomed to.
Here's a blurb: At twenty-three, model Georgina Hathaway has everything she
wants—everything but love. Her heart has set its sights on Dr. Elliot
Mallory, an older, more sophisticated man who can see through Georgina’s
beauty to the intelligent, humorous, and charming woman inside. But
with maturity comes wisdom, and Elliot knows that a long-term
relationship with Georgina could never work. She has the rest of her
life ahead of her. Letting her go is the noble thing to do, but
something he may regret for the rest of his life…
Here's my favorite scene:
She looked up and waved one of her poles. Suddenly she appeared to lose balance and clipped a mogul. Elliot watched, horrified, as her poles went flying, and she twisted in the air, and went into a tuck position, her skis slipping loose of her binders.She slid in the snow several feet, rolling over onto her back and laying utterly still.
"Oh my God" Elliot gasped. He raced toward her, his gut wrenching in fear. He heard Duke Hathaway calling him, but didn't slow until he reached George. She was sprawled on her back, her arms and legs spread in the snow. He dropped to his knees beside her. He drew a quick breath, and forced himself to do a methodical examination. the pulse in her throat was strong. He stared down at her still face for a moment, afraid to touch her. Get ahold of yourself, he told himself sternly. Gently, he lifted her eyelids. There was a flutter of movement.
"George" he said, lightly tapping her cheeks. "Come on sweetheart"
To his utter confusion, she opened her eyes and winked at him. In the next moment, she came up swiftly on her knees,and tossed a hastily packed snowball in his face.
"Gotcha" she said with great satisfaction.
He sat back on his heels, aware now of the laughter coming from beind them. "That was all an act?" he asked slowly.
"Been doing it for years," she said. "i usually do a full twist in the air, but I was going too slow to give you my full Class A performance."
His surge of releif was quickly replaced by a blast of anger.
"My revenge" she said, unaware that he was not amused. "Now, Doctor, we're even!"
"Damn you" he growled at her. He jumped to his feet, grabbed her arm, and jerked her upright. "Don't you ever do anything like that again. You damned little idiot!" He broke off, swore crudely, and pulled her after him.
"My skis Elliot!
"To hell with your skis!"
Derek looked on with growing amusement. "I think, " he said to his wife and parents, "that George has finally met her match.
"George up to her tricks?" Jason asked trudging over to the group.
"Yep" Derek shrugged, watching Elliot drag his sister up the slope to the cabin.
"I don't think, " Duke said slowly, "that any of us should return to the cabin for a while."
"Elliot" George yelped trying to pull away from him, "Let me go! Good Lord, my family's watching!"
"Let them" he said grimly, they're likely applauding.
He opened the cabin door and pulled her inside. No one else was about.
"Now what are you going to do?" George demanded. "It was just a joke, Elliot"
"I'm going to beat the hell out of you" he said even more grimly.
She turned and fled up the stairs, Elliot at her heels. He grabbed her midway up, and flung her over his shoulder."Good grief, you idiot. put me down!"
"Not on your life lady!" He kicked open the door to his bedroom,slammed it shut with his shoulder, and tossed George on the bed. "You scared me to death" he said in a very low voice, then grabbed her around the waist, and pulled her over his thighs. His hand came down hard on her buttocks. He smacked her several more times, then flung her off him, onto her back on the bed. She lay there, staring at him.
"Well, what do you have to say for yourself?"
To his consternation, a large tear welled up and trickled down her cheek. He cursed softly, grabbed her and pulled her into his arms.
The post is getting a little long. Here's a summary. Next he takes her, in a hot, extremly short sex scene, and she calls the entire thing, spanking included, " a performance worthy of a macho romantic hero"
I once found a site with a comprehensive list of spanking scenes in popular fiction. Catherine Coulter was on it at least a dozen times.
I know from conversations I've had, that most of us have that one book, where we came across a spanking scene we never expected, and everything changed from there, I've shared mine. If you remember yours, share it in the comments!