She knew she was flawed. He thought she was trainable. One of them was wrong.
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 Mr. Peterson insists she let his driver take her home, Pam realizes her boss knows a lot more about her and her past than she realized.
None of this made sense. "Did you know HR was sending me to work for you, sir?"
"Yes. Truth be known, I requested you."
Her breath caught in her throat. "Why?"
"Why not? You're a hard worker, and I had a long talk with the prison warden as well as your counselor and their staff psychologist, all of whom were quite protective of you. More than they would be for just anyone, which told me a lot."
"Did you know I'd still be in the office tonight, sir? Were you setting me up to fail, Mr. Peterson?"
"Not precisely. However, I was giving you an opportunity to do what comes naturally. I was advised you tended to overwork and lose track of time when left to your own devices, and Krista mentioned needing to insist you stop for lunch. From what I've seen of your work, you're bright and curious, so I figured you would delve into the Hemley file once you started. Since I ordered you to have Caroline's notes transcribed by morning, I predicted you would stay until you completed my request, after you sated your own curiosity. Was I wrong?"
"No, sir," she admitted. Unnerved by how easily he had read her, Pam sat back on the seat and considered everything he said before finally adding, "I don’t like leaving things unfinished."
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.
Her personal website, www.kathrynrblake.com, is filled with photos and links to information about her many interests as well as peppered with quizzes, contests, games and lots of other fun things to do and she loves to hear from her readers, so she has an e-mail link at the bottom of every page.
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What is your favorite type of pet?
I'm definitely a dog person, but I love all animals, even the house mice I trapped and kept in plastic cages with toys and wheels. I let them all free this past fall on a golf course filled with lots of yummy things for them to eat, and hide in as well as lots of fresh water. Though I suspect they were most likely caught and killed by other animals, they weren't really pets. They remained afraid of me even after a year of feeding and talking to them. Now, we have the stray cat that adopted us, which was another reason I had to free the mice. She took exceptional interest to their nocturnal activities. Skeezix is more of a pet, but she's still not a cuddler. She allows me to hold her on my lap for a while, then insists on getting down. All my doggies loved to cuddle on my lap. Sigh.
What is your favorite place to visit?
London, hands down. We used to go every year, and our last two visits were for eight week stays. I kept journals of our activities, which is hard since it meant I was up until late trying to recapture all the things we did. I never finished the last one, though I have the pictures, I still need to put together the narrative. Each day has something listed, but not all the pictures we took. If anyone is interested, they can find links to both my travellogs on my blog, or visit the latest one at: http://hassuitcase.blogspot.com/
What can you tell us about your significant other?
We met during my community theatre auditions for The Sound of Music back in the early 70s. I did get the role of the baroness. I was supposed to be a worldly woman of thirty-five, though in truth I was a naïve twenty-year-old. He didn't vote for me to get the role because he thought I was too old for the part. Amazing I still agreed to marry him, isn't it?
Thanks Kathryn for stopping by,