17 July 2014

Leading The Way by Constance Masters

Zachary Cunningham moved his family to Corbin's Bend when everything in their life seemed out of control. In a DD relationship with his wife Erin, he thought things had leveled out now that they lived in a community where everyone watched out for one another and discipline was the norm. Surely his family life could be more settled now.

Erin had never made friends easily and in Corbin's Bend she found it doubly as hard. A little too hard on herself, she ignored her mentor and any friendliness from neighbors; so afraid of making a mistake that she didn't try. Until her husband insisted. Having convinced herself she was doing what he wanted, she made friends with a few ladies who liked to push the envelope a little. From bowling to a strip club to smoking a little weed, her life was definitely a lot more fun, even if she was hiding her activities from Zach.

Leading the Way is the fourth novella in the Corbin's Bend series and serves as a cautionary tale highlighting the importance of communication in a Domestic Discipline (DD) relationship. In this installment we meet Erin and Zach who, along with their two daughters, have moved to Corbin's Bend in an effort to get their family back on track with a better implemented DD marriage. While Zach and the girls have adjusted well to the move, the same cannot be said for Erin. She's having a difficult time making friends and, understandably, feels shunned and lonely. Add would be expected, her feelings of isolation are worsened as she watches her husband and children flourishing.

Although DD is not my preferred subgenre, I found Leading the Way to be a hoot and a half. Because a large part of the storyline focuses on Erin making friends, the reader gets dragged along for the ride as Erin and her new friends get up to no good on their bowling day. These ladies are a mischievous bunch that kept me chucking at their antics. The sex scenes were steamy, but I would have preferred more of them. That said, the focus of Leading the Way is the relationship between Zach and Erin and how it is enriched by living in Corbin's Bend.  

Ms. Masters has given readers a well written and entertaining novella that will enable you to return to Corbin's Bend and catch up on some former characters while meeting new ones. I really enjoyed this novella and am looking forward to the next book in this series, as well as checking out more of the author's writing.
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