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. So, by lying to Kyle, Tiffany finds herself swiftly spiraling downward into a morass of guilt.
However, this time when she lied about her week's activities, she felt even guiltier given the way Kyle effusively praised her. She got so upset with herself over her deceit, she almost failed to come when he used his oh-so-talented tongue to bring her to orgasm. She could tell by the way he carefully regarded her that he was suspicious something was up. Usually Tiffany practically came when Kyle just crooked a finger at her, so for her not to go totally limp after he'd pleasured her was not only unusual. It was unheard of. So, seeing his frown, and wanting to avoid any questions, she brightened her smile and pretended all was right with the world.
When, by the end of the fourth and final week she was short again, she was feeling thoroughly depressed and cried in her room for her failure. Her overage wasn't very high this week, only $35. But when added to her deficit, even that small amount put her $210 over for the month. And that made Tiffany feel sick to her stomach. Though she was able to make up the difference again with her private stash, her accomplishment felt hollow. In a sense she'd failed Kyle, and had made things worse by actually lying to him. Except she was in too deep now to tell him the truth.
When she told him again that she'd met his requirement, he drew her into his arms. "I'm so proud of you, Tiff. I thought it would be much harder for you than it was, but I had every faith that you would try your best. So much so, I got you this."
Dropping down on one knee, he held up a small velvet box for her to open. Tiffany winced. Pretty sure she knew what she would find inside, she opened the box and looked down at the most gorgeous engagement ring she had ever seen, because he had bought it for her. Feeling more miserable than ever, Tiffany handed the box back to him and promptly burst into tears.
Kyle immediately rose to his feet and drew Tiffany into his arms. He was being so romantically sweet and understanding that she couldn't help sobbing out her misery against his chest.
"Shh, Tiffany. What is it that's upset you so badly, honey? If you don't like the ring, we can exchange it, but don't cry so hard, sweetheart. You'll make yourself sick.
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. However, when she falls short yet again, she begins to feel like a total failure.
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