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.
She could feel her father's chuckle as he hugged her. "I really doubt Kyle would be that strict with you, Tiffany, and I think you owe it to him to be honest."
She nodded. "I've got two weeks to make it up, Daddy. I'll be really careful. Can't you help me out just this once?"
Patrick Morgan sighed, then reached into his pocket. "You know how much I hate seeing you unhappy, don't you? And though I really think you should face Kyle with the truth, I will help you. But just this once, Tiffany. And I expect you to make up the difference over the next two weeks. Understand me?"
"Yes, Daddy," she said very submissively as he handed her the $100. Her father really was a pushover when it came to her needing something, though Tiffany still loved and respected him. Reaching up on her tiptoes, she kissed his cheek. "Thank you, Daddy. I really, really, really appreciate it." Then she smiled at him, so he shook his head and gave her chin a little pinch.
"Yeah, I know you can wind me around your little finger, pumpkin, but I don't think Kyle is going to be that easy for you to manipulate. And though I'm sure he loves you very much, he could get really angry with you if you lie to him about this," he warned her as he gently wiped away one of her tears. "I'm not totally blind to your shenanigans, darling. And from what I've noticed after your few interactions with him, when he obviously felt you needed a bit more than a scolding, I really don't think you want to test him on this. Men are funny in that way. They can forgive a lot. However, a lie is something that is very hard for them to excuse."
"I know that, Daddy," Tiffany said, loving her father for his concern.
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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