Notebooks of the Young Wife

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ISBN:  9781907976018
Author:  Tara Black
Word Count:  76,110
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At first Sight the Item may appear to be a Seat, its slatted wooden Top curved as to fit the Shape of an Arse. Yet a Glance at the Straps and Timbers of it reveals otherwise. The Apparatus is indeed concerned with Posterior Matters, though not in the Mode of Sitting. One may rather be sure that when its Function has been discharg'd, that very Position will be best avoided. For the Thing is a Whipping-Bench, no less, made out of the finest Oak to a Plan from Sir Montague's own Hand. It is unique to the House and we hope to see it become the Envy of the Circuit.

Thus wrote the new bride at Ardingley End in 1728, drawing Jane Barrett-Greene, National Keeper of 'Rare' Books and devoted corrector of wayward youth, into a search for the original manuscripts. It takes her - and a priapic young companion - to a disciplinary order in France whose Director wields a vicious cane. Bringing her prize back to its house of origin, Jane becomes embroiled in a scheme of the strict new patriarch to re-enact a flagellatory tableau from the notebooks in the Great Hall.

I motioned her into the centre of the room and sat in my desk chair, swivelling round so we faced each other. She stood shifting from one foot to the other, looking thoroughly out of sorts.
   'Ms Miles, let's not beat about the bush. You have come to me to be punished, have you not?'
   'Well, er, yes.' The reply came after a long pause but it came without prompting. That was a start.
   'And am I right to say that you elected so to do?'
   'Elected? If you mean I chose to, then yeah, I did. But it wasn't much of a fucking choice.' The nose crinkled with rebellious emphasis and I warmed to the show of spirit. But I couldn't let her see that so soon and kept a deadpan face.
   'You mean that pressure was applied to get you to comply?'
   'Pressure? Shit. I'd call it blackmail. How would you like to spend the whole of next term confined to barracks?' I made a mental note to speak to Sylvia about her methods. Even allowing for a degree of exaggeration on the girl's part, it was too much like coercion for my taste. However, having come thus far I was of a mind to continue the novice's education. It was too much to hope for gratitude but her fate might come to seem less deserving of four-letter words.
   'I take your point: you are here under duress. But you are, all the same, here, and I have a job to do. You will please prepare yourself.' While the attitude was straight out of a Just William story the gear was anything but. The single-breasted jacket was short, revealing a skirt that flared elegantly below contoured hips. Both were of a tailored mid-grey cloth that matched the muted stripes of the tie knotted loosely an inch below the collar of the off-white shirt. Off-white too, were the finely spun knee socks and the whole was heightened by the shine of patent-leather pumps. It was a most attractive sight. My request, however, had produced only a furrowed brow, so I decided it was time to be explicit.
   'In order for your bottom to be spanked you will need to remove your jacket and skirt. I shall begin over the knickers, but they are to come down after a while to complete the operation.' I stopped speaking and watched the crimson-faced girl strip to her shirtsleeves and tug at her zip. When she was ready I took the clothes from her and placed them on a chair. I had one more thing to say.
   'You may have noticed that I have not lectured you on the conduct that has brought you here; nor shall I. It is none of my business. Nor yet do I intend to humiliate by taking you across my knee. The position provides close contact, which I think important, and is simply the most efficient for my purpose. That is to cause you the pain of acquiring a very sore behind - one more tender than it may be possible for you at this point to imagine. Right. Enough of words; let's get down to business.'
   Perhaps I'd overdone the little speech: my audience had become open-mouthed and was seemingly rooted to the spot. So I took hold of an arm and led her gently to the chaise longue that stood against the far wall. It is the ideal piece of furniture for an over-the-knee spanking of one of adult size. A chair has the recipient literally over-lapping, hands awkwardly on the floor for balance, whereas if one sits at its open end, the main body of the couch supports the torso while the legs slope down leaving the buttocks in prime position to be soundly slapped. In such manner I guided the first-timer into position and watched her settle in apparent comfort. I had already been struck by the expressive face framed by dark hair cut close to the shape of the head; now I was able to take a good look at the hindquarters that swelled enticingly in a swathe of silk. Perhaps such an item was the regulation underwear of the institution she attended, but that seemed unlikely. I was going to assume instead that I was honoured with a show of the Sunday best.
   I smoothed out a crease at the leg elastic and let my hand rest on the bare flesh below. Under the fine material the cleft between the mounds showed dark and there was a wisp of hair where the gusset disappeared between the legs. A sharp stab of lust brought me back to myself: the girl was to be spanked, no more, no less. I cleared my throat.
   'I am going to begin. It goes without saying, I hope, that I expect no unseemly struggling.' No reply was called for, nor came one, so I raised my hand and brought it down smartly on the right cheek, then repeated the action on the left. I fell easily into a rhythm of quite hearty smacks and was rewarded by a deepening blush that was visible clearly through the sheer covering. Ms Miles herself was behaving in exemplary fashion, silent apart from a kind of throaty mutter and a small jerking movement at a particularly well-judged slap. Before very long the colour I was raising had extended well beyond the boundary of the knickers and I decided it was time to take them down.
   'Right, up on your feet. Let's get you ready for part two.' She stood biting her lip, with downcast eyes not meeting mine. But there was no resistance as I took hold of the waistband and lowered it over the hips. The crotch clung briefly between the thighs and I longed to test below the pubic triangle with a finger. But it was not to be - not then - and I remember sighing as I eased the girl back into place and ran my hand over the fiery cheeks. As if inspired by their heat I spanked with gusto, savouring every bounce and ripple of the bared parts. The new vigour had an immediate effect: though she wasn't fighting me, the body twisted and writhed at each stinging crack of palm on flesh. My hand was holding up remarkably well, but the lower curves of the crimson globes were a smudge of purple bruising. Then all at once came tears and great gulping sobs.
   'No, please! Oh please, that's enough!' I held her tight while the spasm passed, then spoke quietly.
   'Twelve more, as hard as I can. Then we are done. Agreed?' There was a sniff and a croaked 'Yes', and I proceeded to count out, in slow time, the dozen full-force blows I'd promised. Each set off a wailing that had to be fully audible in the office, and Miss Marston, at least, would no longer think her trip wasted.
   Once the girl had calmed I helped her back into an upright position. Her face was flushed and there was still a catch in the breathing, but she looked little the worse for her experience. I watched as she stood with almost a meditative air, hands gingerly exploring her bottom.
   'Ouch and double-ouch. I am sore.' After some more rubbing she continued. 'It's hard to believe just a hand did this. And I bet you use other things too.' She was looking at me with something of the old spirit; not defiant exactly but very perky for one who'd just had her first ever spanking. In response I beckoned her over to the corner cupboard and opened its two doors wide. On one side hung a row of punishment straps while the other held a set of many-tailed whips. There were two shelves of paddles, including a vintage English tapette, and beside them a fistful of canes sprouted out of an upright stand. Her eyes flitted from item to item with a look of awe and I selected one that would augment that impression.
  'This is a tawse, a genuine three-tail Lochgelly. Eight-millimetre gauge leather, heavy yet supple. Feel it.' She took the instrument from me in one hand and slapped the business end of it lightly against the other. Her mouth made an 'O' and I guessed she was wondering how it would be to experience its forceful application. 'Memorable,' I said with a smile, and the answering flush confirmed my supposition. I leaned over and gave her bare bottom a little pat. 'Just a few strokes would leave these pretty cheeks red raw and throbbing for the whole day. But I'm afraid we must bring this occasion to an end: your chaperon will be getting restive. You should get dressed and I'll take back the strap. Not in its league, of course, but I hope the encounter with my hand will stay with you for a while.'
   'Oh yes.' She pulled up her panties and zipped up the skirt then paused, jacket in hand. 'Dr Greene, what I said before wasn't true. I know a girl in the sixth who was here once. I mean, she wouldn't say anything except about the hand and I got kind of, er, really curious. So I wasn't actually forced into anything.' Jacket on, she straightened her tie and smoothed down the collar of the shirt. 'And by the way, it's Becca. Becca Miles.'
   'Then it had better be Jane.' Apart from a slight redness around the eyes, the girl had a colour that exuded well-being, and even her hair seemed to have acquired an extra gloss. 'Do try to look just a touch woebegone, Becca dear, or I'll be accused of failing in my duty.'
   She suppressed a giggle behind her hand and was gone. I returned the solid piece of leather to its place and closed the cabinet on the array of implements. Whatever else I did, the delectable Becca had to be nudged into a return visit. One in which the firm 'hand' could use some carefully chosen back up.
   As soon as I heard the outer door bang shut on our departing visitors I called Dominic in. He'd already served me well that day but I was confident he could be relied upon to rise once more to the occasion. Masturbation was an option, of course, but chastising the schoolgirl's virgin curves had brought me to the kind of high-voltage state that would be best discharged by the work of an active partner. When he entered with a querying look I was ready with a leather paddle behind my back, which I produced with a flourish.
   'I had an idea that the breakfast six of the best might need a little refreshing. If, that is, the thought appeals...' The dark-jowled, slightly stolid face lit up with a crooked grin.
   'She must have been hot.'
   'She took what I dished out like a real sweetie. But that was it - no hanky-panky - so I'm the one who's hot.'
   'Okay, boss, I get the picture. Wish I could have played peeping tom.' He opened his belt and I undid the metal buttons on his jeans one by one. Underneath was a black satin jockstrap, already bulging, that I lowered along with them so I could take the growing erection into my hand.
   'Good start, my boy. Now let's do what we need to pump it man-sized.' He bent over in a practiced gesture, legs apart, so that the garments stayed bunched around the thighs. The rounded backside bore the fading tracks of the morning's cane and jutted provocatively as if asking for more. He was by no means a fully-fledged masochist, merely a young man who was turned on by the idea of being beaten, particularly it seemed, by a woman who was his superior and more than ten years his senior. I gathered girlfriends of his age came and went with whom he behaved in a largely conventional fashion. I took the paddle and rubbed its surface over his bare bottom.
   'Six plus six is what I have in mind, all right? Be warned I'm going for the full swing on each one.' I cracked the leather oval hard across the centre of the left cheek, then the right. Running my hand over the area I waited for the colour to come up, then delivered a second pair of blows. After a third I announced the end of the first half dozen and caressed the hot red flesh. He did colour beautifully and I could see the full erection straining between his legs. The second six proceeded in like fashion, except on the final stroke he yelped and sprang up, grabbing his behind. Dominic was always a model of decorum in the receiving of discipline, so that could mean only one thing. I smiled to myself: it was his way of asking for more.
   'Tut, tut.' I pushed him back down with the instrument and pressed it against the glowing rounds. 'What do we do, boy, when the agreed number of strokes has been given?'
   'We wait to be told before we move.'
   'That is so. It will be six for your impertinence. You may express your gratitude in advance.'
   'Thank you, ma'am.'
   'That's better. We'll make a young gentleman of you yet. Brace yourself.' I lay on as hard and fast as I could, but though he gasped and squirmed the hands remained locked round the ankles. When I'd done they stayed put until I reached down and took them in mine. I steered him to the couch and he lay back with an 'Ow' when the tender buttocks made contact with its surface. I grinned at him and took the pole that sprouted from his groin between my fingers. While it was my firm belief that a man's body was never the object of my truest passion, I was not keen to forswear a stiff member primed to oozing point and entirely at my disposal.
   On that occasion, the encounter with just such a thing came close to perfection and remains vividly in the mind. My threadbare 501s were all that stood in the way - I can't abide any impediment to the feel of that seam tight in the crotch - and they were discarded in a trice. Then I straddled the boy and eased down until the engorged head slid by my throbbing clitoris into the mouth of the vulva, where I held it, gently rocking. And held it, and held it, quivering with lust while long seconds ticked past. The face below me was contorted with desire so intense it was as much pain as pleasure, and I could resist no longer. I thrust down just as he pushed up and, awash with juices, cock and cunt squelched into orgasmic union. I remember a great yell - from me, from him, more likely both - and a delirium of pumping bodies, and then a slow slide into the torpor of satiation.
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Hunting for Rare Books with a Kink...
Thursday, 18 February 2010  | 

I'm actually quite glad I'm finding a decent amount of books that have merit in this genre. I was actually very nervous, because as most people will point out when it comes to the "movies" or "videos" the writing isn't exactly there to keep you interested! I was hoping somewhere out there I could find literature that actually held a competent tale and could at least keep me into the book and not because of all the lascivious play. Not that I'm going to complain about that latter comment, I just get more into it if it's interspersed with an interesting tale.

So, as I've said in my other reviews in this genre, I'm sort of trying out authors at random and while Tara Black isn't the most engaging author I've come across, she is still quite good. I really like the story in this book, I thought it was pretty well thought out overall, especially since it's about books and I love books. The story revolves around a house called Ardingley End in a small village. It's set in modern times, but with people that have a bit of a penchant for Victorian era punishments, if you catch my drift. The main character is Dr. Jane Greene and she works for the rare books section of the British Library. Not only is she a scholar for old erotica, she also loves to practice the Corporal Punishments as well. The story is generated around the master of Ardingley End becoming deceased. He has allowed the British Library to take his rare books into their collection and he is rumored to have very rare editions dating back to the 1700's, this would pique any book collector's interest immediately regardless of content. However, Ardingley End has a rather interesting reputation of having a long history catering to Corporal Punishments of the perverse nature. Dr. Green is immediately sent on the case! She is to secure and retrieve these books before any other high profile collectors get word of it.

In her research she comes across some writings by someone who pens themselves as Uxor Studiosa. The person appears to have lived in the manor during the early 1700's and the writings are her notebooks, she is the young wife. This takes us on a journey of mystery and intrigue while trying to seek out these notebooks. Dr. Greene thinks they are hidden somewhere in the manor and that brings us on a journey to secret areas! Now the household still holds to the Victorian traditions the End is known for, so getting help from the staff puts them at odds and results in very necessary corrections. However, there is also an American historian snooping around and it seems a race to find out who will get to the rare collection first! Did I also mention there's a time limit on this? There is! Apparently there is a new master of the house coming to claim the estate and the books have to be moved before this other avid collector can get his hands on them. The story takes us through spanking, caning, birching, paddling, whipping, and even hints at an incestual situation between father and daughters. Alongside this are all the other common occurrences one would expect from a novel in this genre.

One bad part for me was that the author is clearly pretty well versed in other languages. There is a small amount of French in this book because the characters travel there at some point and the author never really says what the French actually means. My knowledge of French is fairly rudimentary and I could guess on a few points, the rest I had to rely a bit more on what I knew of Latin to translate it. Unfortunately I never could work out a full translation or grasp the full meaning, just because a word derives from a Latin root doesn't always mean it means the same thing in another language depending on its use in a sentence! This made the train ride through France somewhat annoying for me, but it was very minor. The other part that was kind of a little off is that there are usually gaps of time between each chapter. I don't know if this was to shorten the length or what, but it felt like I had to refigure out where the characters were at the beginning of most chapters or what kind of time had passed in the process. It is a minor complaint overall in terms of the grand scheme of this novel.

Overall I really enjoyed this story and the way it's written. It's written entirely from the Dr. Greene's perspective in the first person. This does leave a few gaps here and there because you don't get to see any other characters or see into their thoughts behind the scenes. However, this did add to the book's "mystery" factor a lot more, because in some cases you don't even know some people's names and you never do. The focal point being on hunting for rare books gave me an air of "The Club Dumas" as a possible influence, especially with all the bouts of mystery and intrigue of the characters. De Sade's the "120 Days of Sodom" gets referenced a few times in this book as well, so I think some of the scenes are influenced by that work. One of which I haven't read yet, but after reading this I feel like I should read it next. So if you have a penchant for domination and submission with a healthy dose of warm bums, then this from Chimera is definitely something to read amidst a very well told and intriguing story about rare books.


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