Pam Weston didn’t have many choices as far as employment went. Her prison sentence saw to that. With limited secretarial skills, and an even more limited budget, she never considered herself executive material. So, when she was ordered to report to the CEO of her company as his new personal assistant, she fully expected to be checking out the “Help Wanted” section of the paper before the day was over.
Robert Peterson knew his management style was not HR approved, but he believed in using the stick as well as the carrot. Employing the tenets of domestic discipline, he helped mold his personal assistants into confident women who recognized their own self-worth. Even so, his unorthodox methods were only one of the reasons many considered the position of his assistant to be a revolving door. To Rob’s mind, Pamela Weston was perfect for his purposes, though given her past he expected convincing her to agree to his program would be a challenge.
After the dinner Mr. Peterson ordered from a five-star restaurant was delivered and set up in Pam’s tiny kitchen, the man himself showed up at her door. So, she invited him to join her for dinner. The topic soon turns to his plans and he inquires if she’s asking out of idle curiosity, or if she wished to begin their discussion then.
“You now have twenty-nine minutes, Miss Weston, before I pull you out of that chair and escort you into my office.”
Her cheeks growing even warmer, Pam gave a small nod and waited for him to shut the door before she gazed at Krista in terror. “I’m not sure I can do this.”
Krista patted her shoulder. “Say the word, and I’ll go in and rattle the lion’s cage for you to get him to settle down a bit. He appears to be on a testosterone high today.”
Pam rolled her eyes then winced. “I’ve been warned against eye-rolling, too. How serious do you think he gets?”
“Too serious. I don’t agree with his methods, and I wouldn’t put up with his antediluvian attitude, but he seems to read you correctly.”
“Antediluvian? Really? You seriously think Peterson’s attitude predates the biblical flood?” Pam asked with a laugh, but when Krista merely shrugged in response, she sighed.”Well, as for reading me, I’d say he does that a little too well. It’s scary.” She picked up the file. “This is what I’ve got left to do….”
After filling Krista in, Pam had five minutes to spare, so she rushed to the bathroom. A part of her wanted to stay and hide, while another part of her longed for Robert Peterson to pick her up and hold her close again. His presence had a calming effect on her while arousing her enough to make her want to do things she’d never done with anyone else.
He’d kissed her last night. She’d been in such a fog, she hadn’t thought much about the way his lips had paid court to hers until this morning. Though the kiss was merely meant to reassure her she was safe with him. That he didn’t intend her any harm, it had stirred her all the same. Being held by him comforted and agitated her all at once. With a groan, Pam lowered her face to her hands. She was so screwed.
Lessons in Love is Kathryn R. Blake’s sixth novel with Blushing Books, and fifth spanking romance where Domestic Discipline is primary to the plot. Although Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine. In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them. However, even in Kathryn’s novels where the hero firmly believes in using spanking as a deterrent, he has no desire to cause the heroine injury and takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart. In fact, sometimes he finds it extremely difficult to follow through on his threats or promises.
To date, all of her heroes are dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love. However, part of that protectiveness includes the need for a certain amount of control. They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. Even so, these men aren’t infallible, and they do make mistakes, but love and respect will always triumph in the end.
Kathryn has been a member of RWA since the early 1980s and has joined several local and special interest chapters. Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn’s bed. She has also recently taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry.
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