Johnathan Brond is an intriguing politician in "Lovely: Elite Doms of Washington" so much so that I wrote down questions that HAD to be asked of Elizabeth SaFleur.
She in turn was gracious enough to answer my nosy poking into the world of Elite Doms where Washington gets the discipline it deserves! Here's a very short blurb:
College student Christiana Snow finds dominance and submission with Congressman Jonathan Brond adventurous—and ripe for scandal.
TRP Interview Questions for “Lovely”
1. What exactly is Jonathan Brond’s title/role in congress? I know he’s a congressman, but for who?
In Lovely, Jonathan Brond is a freshman congressman, representing Rhode Island. I purposefully kept his party and district vague because, well, a real person would hold that specific job. Plus, a bit of mystery is good, don’t you think? Okay, okay, it’s the first district, which includes his hometown of Newport, RI. He’s an independent but with strong Republican leanings.
2. What would be Christiana’s favorite drink, now that’s she had a variety with Brond?
Christiana is not fond of alcohol. Having an alcoholic father will do that to you. But at parties and events, she sips champagne or red wine because they both remind her of Jonathan. She only drank with Jonathan before because she wanted him to see her as more grown-up than she felt. She would have done anything to have him view her as a grown woman when she was nineteen.
3. Brond talked about working for the private sector, and that he was a lawyer at heart, what type of lawyer would Brond be or would he do something else?
Jonathan specialized in “Commercial Law” (business and corporate law) at UVA Law, the short title for the University of Virginia Law School. He wanted to focus more on the Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy programs, and was able to take some courses related to that specialty. But he got sidetracked and focused more on business law due to his father’s hopes of him becoming President one day. He believes in the power of the law, and that justice truly should be “blind.” What he finds on Capitol Hill, however, is that power and justice aren’t meted out evenly. This fact is one of the most frustrating parts of his jobs as Congressman.
4. How did Brond meet Carson Drake?
They met in law school. Carson was a third year law student when Jonathan was a first year. Carson’s girlfriend/almost fiancé, Diana, was a notorious flirt and (hidden) gold-digger. At a party, she made a pass at Jonathan, who was a famous Senator’s son at the time. Carson punched Jonathan. Jonathan punched him back. Diana ended up going home alone. Carson and Jonathan finished a bottle of Scotch at the tennis courts and agreed not to bring charges against one another. Carson broke off his engagement with Diana, who is rumored to have married a movie producer in Los Angeles.
5. What were Brond’s plans to help mental health reform and personal privacy as Congressman?
Jonathan wants people struggling with mental illness to have greater access to help and better privacy protection when doing so. First, he wants insurance to cover mental illnesses, therefore allowing more people to have access to mental health help. He also wants people to feel less ostracized when seeking help. His intense interest in ensuring people get help when needed comes from personal experience. When his mother was ill, HIPPA did not exist. If his mother hadn’t felt she’d have been shunned by society due to her mental health challenges, she might have gotten help and not died. Of course, Jonathan is concerned that mental health issues and the line between privacy and disclosure aren’t being handled well on Capitol Hill. His plans included introducing stronger legislation to bolster privacy around mental health challenges.
6. Can you tell us what happened between Carson and Yvette?
Carson and Yvette have something in common. They are both discreet and would never tell. But, as the proverbial “fly on the wall,” I’ll tell you. <wink> During the timeframe that Lovely unfolded, Yvette was going through an experimental masochistic phase. Experiencing pain seemed to lift the numbness she experienced during her divorce. Carson isn’t a sadist, but he is known as a “hard-ass” dominant in the D/s scene. Yvette had hoped he’d help erase the anguish she felt when her final divorce papers arrived. That day, Carson and Yvette’s last scene, was held in her suite at The Oak, and it didn’t go well. Yvette wanted Carson to cane her beyond her endurance, and he refused. A good Dom always looks for clues when working with a submissive, making sure she doesn’t act against her own best interest. Yvette grew very angry at Carson for not continuing. He put her to bed and she fell asleep. Of course, we now know that she wasn’t really okay. To this day, Carson feels guilty about leaving her that day. To his credit, he didn’t know she’d received divorce papers. Yvette is not always honest—especially with herself.
7. What is “adequate” in terms of a Dominant for Yvette?
Yvette needs to be shown her Dom won’t give up on her, even when she’s given up on herself. Despite her beauty and stature in the community, she’s rather insecure. Her Dom will have to reassure her with his actions—not let her get away with being bratty and “correct” her when she tries to defy him. She then knows he’s paying attention. Yvette’s tension level is a dead give-away for what she needs. When she adopts that gritted teeth, socialite, fake smile, she’s not okay. Her Dom is going to have to show her again and again that he’s not leaving her, and that he’s watching and cares enough to react to her. Yvette is rather needy in that way.
8. How did Brond and Mark meet?
Carson introduced Mark to Jonathan. Carson’s brother was killed in Afghanistan. He never talks about his loss. But he stayed in touch with his brother’s buddies. When Mark returned, he looked up Carson. Mark is also a Dominant so when he found out Jonathan was seeking a personal assistant, the situation was a win-win for both of them. Mark understands Jonathan and his proclivities. We learn about Mark in book four of the Elite Doms of Washington series.
9. Does Brond have a military background?
No, he doesn’t. He’s had a rather cushy life.
10. How did Brond get Mark to work for him?
Mark has a significant protection streak inside him. The job of personal assistant and bodyguard to a powerful man suits him perfectly. Mark is smart. Just standing around as a sentinel, waiting to throw your body in front of a bullet, wouldn’t have been enough for him. He needs a dual role—one that allowed him to use his brains as well as brawn. Also, being a Dom himself, he understands Jonathan in a way that someone else might not. Of course this means Mark is understood, equally. This appreciation provides comfort for them both.
I wanted to thank Elizabeth for answering my questions! This was a great story and more than just a BDSM Romance. It has so much more going for it than just how many positions we can restrain a girl in...I highly recommend this book for the adventurous reader who doesn't mind kinky sex with the story!
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