He caught her speeding in a school zone and decided she needed to learn even civil disobedience could have very painful consequences.
Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday. For this hop we get to share six paragraphs from a published work or a WIP (work in progress).
My submission for this week is from my 3rd book, Arrested by Love. A handsome, but strict, police officer decides a spoiled socialite needs a special lesson in obeying the law.
Tiffany Morgan has been in love with Kyle Sinclair since she was ten years old, when he'd turned her over his knee for attempting to swim in a raging white water river. Though she'd been furious with him at the time, Tiffany never told her family what Kyle did. Instead, she began trailing after him like an annoying younger sister as she tried to gain his attention.
Now, eleven years later, Kyle, a patrol officer, is finding it much more difficult to maintain his distance from the irresistible and vivacious redhead who continues to invent ingenious ways to attract his interest. Though he dismissed her initial attraction to him as infatuation, as she grew-up, his own feelings of desire and protectiveness deepened. So, despite his constant struggle to resist the spirited little minx's lures, Kyle finally has to admit that he is losing the battle--badly.
After Kyle makes it clear to Tiffany that speeding will earn her much more than a ticket from him, he gives into the inevitable and asks her out on a date. He loves her, but isn't sure he's the right guy for her. However, he no longer fights the attraction between them as he dates her exclusively, but Tiffany wants more, so she makes her stand, and Kyle makes it clear how her life will change if they get married. And he persists by asking if she even thought she could live on a budget. When she informs him she is not fiscally irresponsible, he tells her that if she can live for one month on the budget he sets for her, and show how she'd been able to save the rest of her salary, without going to her daddy for help, he will ask her to marry him. But after two weeks in a row of going over, Tiffany seeks out her father in a tearful panic. He agrees to bail her out, but warns her that men can forgive a lot, but lying is something they find difficult to excuse.
"I caution you to tread very carefully on this one, darling. I don't want to see you get hurt, but I have to say I'd back whatever punishment Kyle thought you deserved if he caught you in this lie, even though I'm partially to blame for it. So, think carefully about what you really want to do here, Tiffany."
"Yes, sir, " she answered knowing he was right, except she really didn't think she had any other choice. Kyle was such a stickler about certain things that he could refuse to marry her until she could pass his test. Unfortunately, given her record for the past two weeks, Tiffany doubted this was a test she could ever pass. And she didn't want to lose Kyle over something so trivial in her mind. However, thanks to her father, she was back in the black again. Though she couldn't say she was proud about what she was doing, she did feel it was somewhat justified. After all, even after they got married, Daddy would be around to help them if they needed it, despite what he'd just told her.
So, when Kyle asked how she'd ended up that week, Tiffany lied, then felt extremely guilty about it. She'd never actually lied to Kyle before. About anything. So, she found herself avoiding his direct gaze as much as possible. From the way he gently asked if she had something to tell him, Tiffany was pretty sure he suspected she wasn't being entirely truthful with him. However, when she smiled and assured him everything was fine, Kyle told her how proud he was and then showed her his appreciation in a far more tangible way. Tiffany went to bed that night still a virgin, but a very happy virgin.
The next week, despite her best efforts to make up the difference, she was still $25 over budget, making her $175 over budget for the month so far. Angry with herself for her lack of success, she simply dipped into her private stash. She didn't mind losing the money, it was the potential of losing Kyle along with his respect that bothered her.
Then she gave herself a pep talk. One hundred seventy-five dollars was not a tremendous amount. She'd worked really hard to come down from her usual $500 a week expenditure. If one looked at it that way, she'd done a pretty good job of managing her money after all. Feeling more than a little pleased with her progress, she put her failure out of her mind.
Tiffany loves Kyle, and wants to prove to him she can will make a good wife, except she's never tried to keep to a budget before, and she quickly discovers it's much harder than she originally thought. She knows going to her father is against the rules, but she can't face Kyle's disappointment for the second week in a row, so she breaks the rule, convincing herself she'll make it up in another way.
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