Obeying the Rules
by Kitka Buchanan
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Obeying the Rules. It sounds simple; unless your mind, body and spirit are sold to the Mistress of The Manor to pay for your crimes.
Nothing is quite what it seems in The Manor. Cassia rules with an iron fist. Will her own past and her soft heart get in the way of her mission?
Cade, Cassia’s enforcer. Can he overcome his own demons to learn to let someone close to his hardened heart?
Nova and Gage. Political prisoners, the thorns in the side of The Master. Too bold for their own good.
Sterling. Master of The Manor and the entire region. Would give his wife anything. But what exactly is behind his motives?
Enter The Manor and find out exactly what is at risk when Obeying The Rules is your only option.
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Cade opened the door to his office and stepped aside so that Nova could enter. Nova pleadingly looked up at him. When he didn’t budge, she walked past him and stopped in the middle of the room. He closed the door and locked it behind him. Stepping up to her, he reached down and untied the skirt that all the servants were required to wear and let it drop to the floor. The standard underwear that each were given only covered the essentials and Cade couldn’t help but admire the curve of Nova’s hips and bottom and the line of her bare legs as the skirt fell. He took her hand and led her over to his desk. Leaving her standing there, he stepped around behind it and took the cat-o-nine-tails he had shown her before off of the wall.
Nova could feel her heart race with fear and a slight bit of anticipation. Where the hell did that come from? She hadn’t exactly expected that. As he came around the front of his desk again, he trailed the cat across her nearly bare rear end. Something clenched in Nova’s stomach and in her throat.
He nodded towards the desk. “Bend over.” Nova hesitated only long enough for Cade to cock his head to the side. “Nova, I won’t tell you again.” Cade stepped behind her and lifted her arms above her head as he helped ease her down across the smooth wood of his desk.
He ran his hand lightly over her before she felt a sharp sting across her backside. Nova bit at her lip to fight back the gasp and scream she felt boiling inside of her. Her mind was doing
somersaults as it tried to pinpoint the exact sensation she was feeling. The next strike caught her just across the upper thighs and the smooth slope of her ass. Nova couldn’t avoid the gasp of breath that she took this time. Cade brought the leather straps down against her skin again, bringing bright red marks across her cheeks that could even be seen through her panties. Nova could be wrong, but she thought she heard a mild groan out of him as he ran his fingers lightly over the marks. As Cade brought those straps down upon her one final time, Nova’s brain fizzled out on her. She audibly let out a moan that she hadn’t meant to and she couldn’t deny the feeling between her legs that she was absolutely confused about. Cade smiled to himself as he slid a hand between her skin and the fabric that barely covered it. “Like that, did you? You’re not supposed to like your punishment, Nova. I might have to try harder next time.” He used his hand to push her underwear down slightly. His bare hand came down hard upon her already bare ass and then slid down between her legs, feeling the wetness she couldn’t deny. “I am definitely going to have to try harder. You enjoyed this way too much." He pulled her panties back up and picked up her skirt, laying it on the desk next to her. “Get dressed, Nova. I’ll take you back to your room.”
Cade took a couple of deep breaths as he hung the cat back on the wall, attempting to calm the desire inside himself. He hadn’t been prepared for Nova’s reaction, nor for his own. Once he had a sense of control, he walked over to the door and
held it open for her. They walked to her room in silence. Once there, he opened the door for her. When she turned to close it, he placed his hand on top of hers. “Nova, don’t think that I don’t understand. I know exactly what you are going through. I’ve been in your position. I had to learn the hard way to control myself. Mason is right, you just have to learn to play the game.”
1. What book do you think everyone should read?
Everyone should read Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, but it’s the best book I’ve ever read. I remember reading it when I was about eleven or twelve. I had just seen the movie with Bruce Davidson and Kristy McNichol. I immediately went to the bookstore and bought the book. I read the book in one sitting and spent the next day...well, I can’t tell you that or it’d give away the ending. Just read it! It’s powerful! It’s technically a Young Adult book, but anyone can read this book and be moved by it.
2. What inspired you to write this book?
Torture, plain and simple. I started to write the characters of Cade and Nova to torture my best friend, Kat Ries. It’s so much fun to write scenes to torture her. It developed into so much more than that because a storyline blossomed. The characters began to talk to me. Suddenly, there was this world developed.
3. What can we expect from you in the future?
There are two more “Obeying The Rules” books to come and the prequel to Spellcasters. Beyond that, I have so many ideas floating around in my head yet to come. Kat and I have a monster of a book to come yet that spawned an entire side project.
4. Do you try to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I just write what the characters dictate. I honestly couldn’t do it any other way. I always hope that the readers will love it, but the characters tell me which direction the book is going to go. In fact, in Obeying The Rules, there is one character that I was surprised that it ended up the way that it did. When I first introduced the character, it wasn’t my intent.
5. What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Well, it wasn’t exactly a literary pilgrimage, but there was a trip that solidified the idea of publishing my first book. My best friend, Kat Ries, and I had written Spellcasters just for fun to amuse ourselves. The characters were based on our favorite actors. We had planned a trip to a convention to meet one of those actors. During that trip, everything pointed to the fact that we needed to publish
our book. There are pieces of jewelry that figure prominently in the book. We actually found them at a vendor booth at the convention. There were other things pointing directly to the book. We walked out of the convention shocked and determined that Spellcasters needed to see the light of day. A few months later, it was published.
As a child who moved frequently, Kitka made friends easily with the characters in books. She would read everything she could get her hands on: from Shakespeare to Anne Rice to Johanna Lindsey to Judy Blume. She always dreamed of joining their ranks as an author. Having written for decades, she has finally found the courage to start sharing her dark, often paranormal, romantic works with the rest of the world. Her wife puts up with obsessively talking about her books and her two children encourage her all the way.
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