Review: Reasonable Doubts (Rod and Cane Society #5) by Cara Bristol

January 12, 2015 Review 0

Review: Reasonable Doubts (Rod and Cane Society #5) by Cara Bristol

Widow Liz Davenport assumes when she begins to date, her new man will be like her late husband--a member of the Rod and Cane Society and an experienced disciplinarian who can provide her with loving guidance she requires to feel grounded and secure. So why is she attracted to Grant Davis, an ex-Naval JAG officer who works for her nemesis and has never spanked a woman in his life?
Events in his recent past have forced Grant to take stock of his life and try some new things. But spank a woman? He’s never considered that before, but with Liz’s coaching he’s willing to try.
But when the past collides with the present, will he be able to step up and become the disciplinarian Liz needs?

Title: Reasonable Doubts
Author: Cara Bristol
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Stranded with the Cyborg, Trapped with the Cyborg, Breeder, Terran
Series: Rod and Cane Society #5
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: January 13, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 174
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: four-flames

When this book came to my attention I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it.  It is book five in a series I haven’t read.  But, there were so many things in the blurb that piqued my interest, I decided to give it a try.  Although it read okay as a stand-alone story, I can see the benefits of having read the earlier books.  Like knowing the details of the other characters romances.  They were all here.  Also, I am sure there is some background to the Rod and Cane Society that would have been helpful in reading this story – like what HoH stood for.  Finally at about 39% read the author clued me in, but until then I was a bit lost on that term.  I was almost ready to goggle it when it was spelled out in the story.  Otherwise, this read okay.

The featured characters – Liz Davenport and Grant Davis – were well developed and interesting.  Both were attorneys, though they arrived at this place in their lives in different ways.  These two are not young kids.  They have mostly paid their dues.  Liz had worked for the same firm, making partner even, for somewhere in the neighborhood of twenty years.  She was a widow, having been married for 22 years.  Grant has retired from JAG *sigh* (yes there were Harmon Rabb references) and was just now entering the private sector.  I do like the more mature characters.  They are more settled in life and have a clearer cut idea of what they want from said life.

However, life has a way of throwing curve balls.  Lifestyles can and do affect the professional life.  Both Liz and Grant have some skeletons in their respective closets.  These skeletons make for some interesting dilemmas.  I liked the way that Liz and Grant worked through them, eventually, in spite of outside forces trying to work against them.

There were a couple of secondary characters I just wanted to punch!  One just kind of faded into the background because no one liked him. The other – well he turned out to be family.  Doesn’t everyone have that one troublesome family member?  Don’t have to like ‘em, but gotta love ‘em.

As may, or may not, be surmised from the series title, this story does involve discipline.  The domestic kind.  I, personally, am fascinated by the subject so enjoy reading this type of story.  The author does a good job of portraying the subject, both the good and the bad side of it.  I do warn you however, if you are not into spanking, do not read this book.  If, however, you are like me, have an open mind and enjoy spice with your reading, this one isn’t bad.

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