His management style might not be HR approved, but he was the boss and she was his assistant. So, he set the rules.
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.
Excerpt: (After Pam gets punished for not obeying Mr. Peterson’s orders, he holds her for a bit, then carries her back to the table to continue their discussion.)
She laughed a little at the scene she’d made. Though she’d cried like he’d whipped her bloody instead of giving her three firm smacks with his hand, his soft reassurances soothed her more than anything else could.
When she’d finally settled, he carried her back to the table and eased her into a chair.
“Tender,” she admitted with a smile, which he promptly returned.
“All right. The first time is always the worst, though usually the lightest.”
“That was light?” she choked out.
“Relatively speaking, yes.”
“It hurt more than I thought it would.”
He rose and went to his desk, where he pulled out a sheaf of papers. “These are the rules I’ve established. You already know most of them and any you aren’t aware of, I’ll let slide the first time.”
Swallowing, she glanced at the stack he held. “That’s a lot of paper.”
“True, although much of what the document contains is common sense. You will be my personal assistant, answerable only to me. As such, I will want and need you to do some things you might find objectionable at first.”
“Like I will want you to purchase a whole new wardrobe, at my expense. I want to send you to a woman who knows my tastes, and she will outfit you. I will also insist you go to the hairstylist to receive a more professional cut than your current style. Even though I find ponytails cute on you, I do not find them acceptable on my executive admin. In addition to the haircut, I will request they give you a manicure.” He examined her hands. “You bite your nails?”
“Only when I’m nervous.”
“Not anymore. Nail biting is now a punishable offense.”
“Not getting enough sleep or failing to eat properly will become a punishable offense.”
“Are you planning to control my entire life?”
“In essence, yes, I am. I will be the final arbitrator of all discussions, and I decide what is best for you.”
“I’m not a child, Mr. Peterson.”
“I believe we’ve already established that fact, Miss Weston. As my admin, you represent me, and I have standards to maintain.”
“What else can I get spanked for?”
“Poor attitude, for one. If you’re ill at ease, or premenstrual, or just plain cranky, I expect you to tell me as soon as you realize you’re not up to par. I will determine how to handle your mood.”
“You’ll spank me if I’m cranky?”
“Not necessarily. I may hug you, kiss you, or even make love to you, if we get to that stage. I might choose to send you home for a nap. If you’re out of sorts because you neglected to get enough sleep or failed to eat properly, I will punish you then do any of the things I mentioned earlier, depending on the problem.”
“So when does this start? You being a control freak, I mean.”
About the Author:
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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