Book Review by Sarah Widdup
The Coach’s Discipline by Katherine Deane
2014 Stormy Night Productions and Design LLC
Rating: 3.25 stars
Reading the description of Katherine Deane’s new erotic romance novel, The
Coach’s Discipline, I had high expectations.
The story revolves around Claire Jacobs, an elite runner who has strayed from
her game, and is trying to pick up the pieces of her athletic career in order
qualify for Olympic trials.
The idea of combining this kind of elite sporting discipline with spanking, a form
of discipline in its own way, seemed to be a clever idea, and one that could go
down all sorts of interesting psychological pathways.
While it didn’t get as deep into the psyche of it all as I had hoped, it certainly
did make me think about the lines that people cross, both psychologically and
physically, in order to reach their goals and find their peace.
The fact that there are some very well written and steamy sex scenes certainly
doesn’t go astray either, and the intimate action is paced well through the story.
As mentioned earlier, the erotic elements of the story center around spanking,
and Deane certainly knows how to write those moments. The coach himself,
Nick, almost seems as vulnerable as Claire, but not quite enough to make me
forget the fact he often seems to cross a line himself.
Overall it’s a great story with a clever mix of characters and themes, my
only critique would be the editing. The punctuation of much of the book is
inconsistent, with odd pauses and commas, making it a hard read for an editor
such as myself.
Marathon runner Claire Jacobs has always dreamed of making it to the Olympics, but she has a habit of getting in her own way. With the help of Nick Fox, a legendary coach known for his unconventional techniques, she prepares for one last shot at her dream. Traumatic memories of her experience with her last coach still haunt Claire, though, and in spite of his reputation she finds it hard to trust Nick’s authority.
The more time he spends with Claire, the more Nick finds himself enchanted by her drive and deep commitment to her fellow runners. But when her self-destructive behavior crosses the line, Nick realizes he has only one option to help the woman he has come to care about so much—he will need to give her the first spanking of her life and make sure it is one she will not forget.
Despite his firm discipline, Claire quickly comes to crave Nick’s dominance and direction, and soon he has grown to be much more than just her coach. But when jealousy and misunderstandings threaten to tear the team apart, will she run away as she always has in the past, or can she trust in her newfound love and race toward her goals with an open heart?
Publisher’s Note: The Coach’s Discipline is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.