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
Kyle decided that Tiffany should be able to manage on $150 a week. She didn't have to pay for food or rent, so the money was meant to cover her lunches with the girls, and whatever other fripperies she wanted. He considered it more than generous. Except for Tiffany--the dollar figure he'd set was a supreme challenge. Used to spending more like $500 a week, this budget of his put a major crimp in her lifestyle.
So, sitting down in her room, Tiffany made a list of what she considered to be her essential weekly expenditures: the hair salon, nail salon (manicure and pedicure), one pair of new shoes that usually went on sale during her one afternoon a week at Burman's Department Store, where she also dutifully purchased her make-up, perfume, lacy lingerie and at least one new outfit…. Oh God. Even if she stopped there, she was already twice over her $150 a week budget. So, what to trim back? She decided most of her curtailed spending would have to come from her Burman's trip. The rest were simply too necessary for her to give up without feeling she was letting herself go.
Still determined to at least try to meet Kyle's challenge, she watched her spending carefully only to discover that the first week she'd tried to manage her money, she ended up spending $50 over her supposed allotment. Feeling like she failed Kyle in some way, Tiffany cried about it, but was totally honest with him when he asked.
"I'm sorry. I really was trying," she sobbed out against his chest as he held her close and rubbed her back.
"It's all right, Tiff. Don't cry honey. I'm not angry." Then tilting her chin up, he kissed her until she finally settled down and stopped weeping. "I don't expect you to be perfect. However, I do expect you to take this test seriously, if you seriously wish to marry me. So, perhaps you can redouble your efforts and spend only $100 next week."
Tiffany took that warning to heart.
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.
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