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The story is the third in the Smokey Mountain series, and while it has main characters from the first two stories, it reads well as a stand-alone. The story is a good bit different than Healing Hurts, and Healing Divides in that it starts from when Elisa and Paul first met when they were young children and neighbors and progressed as they go through school, onto college, and then marriage.
Paul has watched out for Elisa since he turned twelve years old, and he nicknamed her little bird. While she had a secret crush on him since she was eight years old, she would pretend she really didn’t care for him. The story will cover parts of their childhood, and then when their relationship changes from friends to lovers when she graduated high school. It is also the beginning of their relationship adding discipline and entering a D/s lifestyle.
When Elisa decides she isn’t going to attend college, Paul refuses to accept nor allow her that option and insist she will apply and then he is there through her years in college setting rules and expectations. Following graduation, it will lead to their engagement and marriage.
“He makes rules to make you a better person. You two have the type of relationship I always wanted. It’s nice to see that it can work. You guys are great together.”
The story will include the relationship of Penny when she refused to listen to Elisa and got involved with Franklin Pierce, and how it became an abusive relationship that for some time severed the friendship of Elisa and Penny until she escaped Franklin and sought out Elisa and Paul. While it has been years that Paul and Elisa have lived a domestic discipline lifestyle, one they both agree to, the trail and facts brought out in the case of Franklin and Penny will have Paul questioning his relationship and punishments. Their marriage will take a downward spiral that harms both of them when he decides to removed spankings from their marriage.
Has Paul and Elisa’s marriage hit a snag that they can work through? His work is keeping him out long hours, and slowly insecurities and doubts will work their way into Elisa’s thoughts that maybe he doesn’t care about her anymore, and maybe there is another reason for the decline in their marriage. When they try to talk things don’t go well, and Elisa starts running away from their problems, and their marriage is suffering.
“I love you, and I trust you to do the right thing. For me, for yourself, for our relationship. So I was willing to follow your lead because I knew I could count on you. And there was this incredible safety in knowing that if I screwed up, it was okay because you knew how to handle it.”
The story is a great example of an open line of communication and how two people can grow in a relationship but also how fragile it can be when left unattended. It also has a great example of a safe, sane, and consensual domestic discipline lifestyle, compared to an abusive person who controls, coercion, abuses, and used fear to lead in a relationship. The story has many discipline scenes and explicit sex scenes.
Another 5 Star fantastic story from Ms. Moore in the Healing series. This 3rd installment gives us what seems like two books in one, the first featuring the backstory of our book-one heroine Penny and her childhood best friend Elisa Hawthorne. It details Elisa’s initial meeting, and developing relationship, with the love of her life, Paul Davenport. Paul is a natural Alpha Dom and the young Elisa quickly realizes that she is very much a bonafide submissive. The erotic spankings and sex scenes that these two share are hot enough to burn the pages. You get the feeling that their love and relationship could never be in danger. Wrong! The second part of the story deals with a very intense scenario of second guessing one’s real life role and responsibilities of being in a D/s relationship. Only this time the doubts and insecurities are in the mind of the Dom not the submissive. When do the actions of a Dom become abusive, either physically or mentally? A tough, tough question that is so very relevant in these times of #MeToo. How they work it through, with the very able assistance of their friends, is a very compelling read. You will learn a lot about the dynamics of this type of relationship, all the while being entertained with an enormously erotic tale. Please, please let us have more stories in this series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2018
This wasn't really a standalone, so I was lost about a couple of things, but there was enough of a back story and explanations that I was able to follow along for 98% of the time. I'm going to have to go back and read the other two books so that I can fill in the gaps and get the full flavor of the whole story.
When Elisa was 8, 11 year old Paul moved in down the street. From that very second, she had a crush on him. At 9, she led all her friends on a daring raid on his birthday party, shooting all the boys with water guns filled with water dyed pink.
Paul knew for most of his life that Elisa was his and he was going to marry her. He also knew that he was stern and that he liked spanking women. That wasn't going to change with Elisa.
Paul and Elisa are considered the perfect couple. They sure seem to be. But we always need to remember that what looks like perfection from the outside doesn't mean that it's perfect on the inside.
I did enjoy the book. I would've probably enjoyed it more if I had already read the other two books, but I still really did enjoy it, so it's all good, in the long run. I liked the thought that Paul put into his and Elisa's interactions. I didn't like the timeline on his actions on that particular point. Changing an established dynamic unilaterally can leave one person floundering.
What a wonderful addition this book is by Ms Moore to the Smokey Mountains Series. This can be read as a standalone but I recommend reading the previous books to familiarize yourself with the other characters.As with with other books the author knows not only her erotica but is well versed in the domestic discipline lifestyle.This story is unique as it explores the emotional ramifications of the Dominants feelings,when does punishments turn to abuse.Elisa Hawthorne has loved Paul Davenport since childhood, he has been a steadying influence in her life with his hard hand.Elise is left floundering when Paul suddenly stops punishing her,she thinks the worst,is their marriage over.Paul loves Elise but since the trial of their good friend Penny, he compairs himself to her attacker. Elise takes drastic measures,will this finally shake up Paul to seek help and save his marriage. You can't help being drawn to this book by reading how much Paul struggles with his conscience about punishing Elise.I enjoyed the inclusion of Penny,Eric,Melissa and Jack. The plot includes hot sex and plenty of spankings.I am looking forward to the next chapter in this series.
This book is excellent! Although it is the 3rd in the series it can be read as a standalone as well. I loved that the story shows the difference between domestic discipline and abuse. The characters were real and showed a range of emotions throughout the entire book. The storyline allows the reader to see how some head of households can question the lifestyle they live just as some taken in hands do as well. It goes into the mindset of a submissive and how some people crave the discipline and special connection that comes with the lifestyle. However, the author also brings in abuse to the storyline to show some of the signs that family and friends may overlook, how an abuse victim might handle the situation, and how they must overcome the fear after they leave the situation. This book showed happiness, love, friendship, family, abuse, recovering who you are as a person, and so much more. I highly recommend this book and can't say enough how much I enjoyed reading this story. I voluntarily received an arc copy of this book.
In the previous books Paul and Elisa were the glue that seemed to hold everyone else together. It was nice to finally get their story. This book is broken into two sections. The first detailing the slow progression of their relationship from next door neighbors to marriage. The second part picks up later as they struggle to deal with life and perhaps the bigger issue Penny's kidnapping and trial.
I really like the way the author broke the book up. Early on we get the near perfect relationship as Paul and Elisa figure each other out and figure out how to make a D/s relationship work. Just like with real life couples, life can't always be perfect and couples have to learn to respond. The second part of the book captures that perfectly has Paul and Elisa struggle with complacency and self doubt. This feels like a natural ending to the series, and if it is, it was a nice way to end it. If not I definitely look forward to reading more from the series.
Healing Fears by Stella Moore is a wonderful continuation of this three book series. This book can be read alone and it goes back to a time before the first book begins in order to tell some of the background on Elisa and Paul’s relationship. However Penny and Eric and Melissa and Jack from the first two novels are frequent characters in this story as well. I really liked how the author approaches Paul struggle with continuing to discipline his wife. He is struggling with the idea that he might be abusive and he may have forced Elisa into DD all these years. Elisa on the other hand is now struggling because her husband is no longer disciplining her and she is feeling unloved and frustrated with Paul’s strange behavior. I was glad to see that Paul was able to come to terms with his struggle after seeing a therapist even if it was one visit. I really enjoyed the dynamics of this story. I also reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
I am thoroughly enjoying the Smokey Mountain series. Stella Moore once again has given her readers a winning story. Elisa and Paul meet when they are children and develop an immediate connection. I liked how the author showed the evolution to attraction and love. Elisa and Paul are well developed characters as our the secondary couples from the previous 2 books. Without giving away the plot I think Stella Moore handled a sensitive concern very well. While this book reads as a stand alone I highly recommend reading each of the books in the series in order to really get the most out of the friends relationships. I received an Advance Reader copy from the publisher.
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018
I have not read the previous two book in this series, but I don't think that hurt anything. I still knew what was going on in the story, and I still really enjoyed it. This was just a really sweet romance, when it comes right down to it. How can you not like a romance that started when she was 9 and he was 12? My favorite line in the book was "I've loved you for so long, I don't even remember what it was like not to love you." Awww, I think my heart just melted!! It was also really sexy, and I thought the problems they dealt with were pretty realistic. If you like domestic discipline romances, this is a must read!
Healing Fears is the third installment of the Smoky Mountain Series. Elisa and Paul finally get their own book, they appeared in both former books. The story starts how Elisa and Paul got to know each other, how they fell in love and then, how they are dealing with everything that happened. There are quite some bumps in the road for them to overcome. I loved reading the book and also enjoyed to read more about the other two couples from the former books.