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Traditional Love (Traditional Love #1)

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Is finding true love as simple as finding a strong man who spanks?

In hopes that she can rebuild her broken life, Neely moves back to her hometown and becomes roommates with her best friend, Caine. Living together they soon discover that their feelings go far beyond just friendship. Neely is surprised to learn that Caine believes in spanking as a way of life. He lives and...more
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published by LazyDay Publishing (first published November 26th 2010)
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Domestic Discipline is the practice between two consenting life partners in which the husband (or head of the household) takes the necessary measures to achieve a healthy marriage or relationship (yep are you getting this???)dynamic, It encompasses the necessary measures to create a healthy home environment the necessary measures to protect all members of the family from dangerous or detrimental outcomes by punishing the contributing, and unwanted, behaviors...

So thats what it says on the blog.

I read this book at the suggestion of somebody on Twitter. She said that it was a "non-traditional" erotic romance, and that piqued my interest.

This story is told by Neely, who is just out of an apathetic marriage. She's elected to move back to where she grew up, to the loving arms of her best friend, Nicole, and her big brother Caine, who are basically the only family Neely has had for a long time. When Neely announces that she is moving home, Caine insists that she move in with him. He's got...more
Alta Hensley's Traditional Love triggered many emotions from me. Other reviews outlined the story well, so I will address thoughts about DD, dominence, and how I interpret distribution.

First, as an extremely independent female, I believe a man is equal to a woman. Caine mentions this belief to Neely, but the structure of domestic discipline is the punishment of a wife through spanking plus anal manipulation that demands submission. While I agree this is HOT, where's the balance of equal partner...more
This book would be a great candidate for a multiple rating system. While the story was compelling and interesting, the writing style and characterization were simplistic, at times feeling like a satire of Harlequin/Mills and Boon romances.

The author did a good job explaining why Neely's first marriage didn't work and why she and Caine were a better fit. I appreciated the time taken to show how and why domestic discipline could be so effective for some couples. The spanking scenes were well done,...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
This one resonated with me due to Neely's ex. Understanding that you don't want to be the one in control all the time is tough for us girls raised to think we have to do it all - be it all - have it all. Of course y'all know spanking is my thing - whether through CP, sex, whatever - I'm not too fussy. I thought the story in this was interesting and I related to it with Neely feeling she was the stronger partner in her marriage and she did not want that again. Caine was o.k. for the most part - h...more
Beebee Bell
This is a hot book, with realistic spanking scenes and a fair amount of anal play (and anal punishment) if that's your thing. I also found myself really interested in the characters and what happened to them. So much so that in spite of the two star review, I will be buying the next book in the series.

I gave it only two stars, though, because I thought the set-up was pretty implausible, and there were multiple plot flaws - enough that the story almost couldn't work for me. Neely is coming off an...more
Michael Dunellen
I am writing the review after my second time reading this since I didn't write one the first time around. In fact, I didn't even have this GoodReads account at the time. This was a pre-50 Shades title for me.

I had always been curious about Domestic Discipline - never had any personal experience with it but I had read a few of the blogs where people talked about how they made it work. I found this a fascinating story about how two people are working to make it work.

I really admired the way Neely...more
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Catching a cheating spouse should generate outrage and pain. Instead, for Neely, it only gives her a feeling of relief and happiness. This is because she's made the right choice, leaving her husband and getting a divorce. This infidelity was the final nail the proverbial coffin. Free from a loveless marriage, Neely heads home to be with her best friend Coley. Coley's brother Caine has always been an older brother to Neely too. When he offers a room in his home, she's delighted yet wary. What of...more
Jade Cary
Alta Hensley's TRADITIONAL LOVE is not your typical D/s romance.

Neely and Caine have been friends for a long time. After a painful divorce, Neely comes home and Caine takes her in, even though he is living with another woman. One night, Neely overhears Caine giving the girlfriend, Sara, a spanking. At Neely's inquiry, Caine explains his attitudes on Domestic Discipline, and even goes so far as to say that all his friends practice it as well. After Caine gives Sara the heave-ho (was happy to see...more
Anastasia Vitsky
When you pick up the latest reworking of a fairy tale, do you complain about already knowing the ending? Hardly! While the reader may spot the happy ending from the very beginning, that doesn't make this love story any less enjoyable. Yes, there are plot implausibilities. Yes, our hero and heroine's path toward each other is perhaps faster and smoother than it might be in reality. But _Avengers_ was a smash box office hit, and I've yet to see anyone jet-propelled by an iron suit or able to turn...more
Wonderful how "Traditional Love" got my emotions (and arousal) going! I loved every second of the book. Ms. Hensley did such fantastic job creating characters you can love and hate- oo, did I agree with Neely about Sara! While I know that some may find parts of the action implausible, I found the pace of the love to be wholly realistic, for the characters as they were written. I think too often as readers, we watch things happen and feel uncomfortable if they happen faster or slower than we woul...more
I wavered between 3 1/2 to 4 stars. I enjoyed this book a lot. The only complaint that I really had was the lack of real conflict or drama. The story seems to flow very easily. That might be exactly what some people are looking for. I like to have a little bit more drama or some kind angst or something.

I liked pretty much everyone except for one character and even she ends up ok in the end. It's a very nice book. The sex is good. Great book if your looking to break into reading domestic discipl...more
This book completely disappointed me; I don't know what it was, but the plot moved waay too fast for my taste. I wish it would have gone at a much slower pace so we could see more character development. It definitely needed it.

Yet, that didn't happen. Things went fairly quick as I couldn't really get a feel of the characters. I would have liked to have seen more realistic reactions to the fact this guy and his group of friends spanked their significant others.

It didn't strike me as something th...more
So I finished this in 2 days, easy read. But not really believable characters. The story is fast too, maybe too fast and that is why it is hard to believe the story or the character. Maybe with more passing of time, I could see this being a little real. But for all those who want to read a DD book and have the idea behind DD explained alittle this would be a good book to start at. Just something about the characters did not work for me. It starts with a girl, Neely (yep that is her name) and she...more
Caveat: I read this book well after the Fifty Shades books, so I am aware that my perceptions are likely colored by comparisons.

I am sure Alta Hensley is a MUCH better writer than E.L. James. Her characters at least have thoughts and real world mundane problems. I liked her style for the most part and did not even object to her very linear narrative.

Calling the characters two-dimensional is an insult to Edward Albee and Flatland. Nelly begins being portrayed as a strong woman who, for whatever r...more
D.S. Williams
This was a well-written book by Alta Hensley, although I found the relationship between Neely and Caine was a little too pat for my tastes. There was very little conflict in the story, but having said that, it was enjoyable to read. The book is recommended to people who are interested in the BDSM lifestyle and is quite mild in terms of the sexual content.
Jan 14, 2012 KK rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
This was a very sweet romance story about a girl, Neely who has lost her last surviving family member and her marriage is in the toilet. She moves home to be closer to her best friends, Caine and Coley who are the closest thing to family that she has. Caine insists that she move in with him until she gets on her feet. He has always been a protective big brother to her so she agrees. Soon they realize that there is more between them than friendship. Caine has some traditional and unconventional v...more
I agree with another reviewer who said that this read like a Harlequin romance. There was so much 'I love you', 'I love you', 'I love you' that it got a little old after awhile. Neely and Caine were enjoyable enough characters, but they didn't set my sheets on fire. The DD relationship was well explained, but I would have liked more spanking scenes. (I think there were only 2.) So, the book didn't rock my world, but I enjoyed it enough that I would be interested in reading the next in the series...more
Cassandra Carr
Alta Hensley nailed a Domestic Discipline relationship in Traditional Love. There are so many misconceptions about this lifestyle that it's nice to see an author who truly understands it and can articulate it to others. Caine is a strong, masculine hero, and having the story told through Neely's point of view really brings the dynamic of the relationship home. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who is curious about how a loving Domestic Discipline relationship can flourish.
Ty Langston
Enjoyed this book from the first page to its last! This is one of the sexiest books i've read in a long time. I loved the interaction between Neely and Caine so much, they are a couple that truly loves one another.

I sincerely hope there is a sequel one day. I'd love to visit them again and see them continue on their hot, loving journey!

And yes, Caine is now my book b.f. !

I can't wait for more writing from Ms. Hensley!
Meg Kinch
The book was well written and an overall okay story. It moved too fast at times and had overblown emotions in others. I don't know if I will read the second in the series, as I'm not sure I could fully embrace the type of lifestyle these two live that include a paddle, hairbrush, and anal penetration as forced submission.
I really enjoyed this book. Since the characters had known each other for so long their sudden romance and proclamations of love was reasonable and believable. The sex and punishment scenes were super sexy and I really enjoyed reading this!
so wooden. Felt like it was written by a student. I never even made it to the main characters getting together. There's got to be better M/f domestic discipline out there.
Michelle Vasquez
I mistakenly read this 2 book series backwards and I still loved it! Great story, great characters, and plenty of sizzle!
Well, I have to say that this just wasn't very enthralling for me.
It was a spanking good time.
Monique marked it as to-read
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Alta Hensley is a multi-published author whose Domestic Discipline/Spanking romance novels have become some of the bestselling books in the genre.

She finally followed one of her dreams, and one of the dreams her Nana always had for her. Alta always wanted to be a writer from the time she could spell, and now she gets the privilege of saying she's an Author.

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