WIP: Work in progress. WIP it up Wednesday is a hop where writers share portions of the project they're working on with readers. I really like the idea because it allows me to share something that's still in the creative stage as well as work behind the scenes as a prompt to keep me writing.
So, I want to continue sharing my newest published spanking romance novel "Lessons in Love" with you.
Pam Weston has worked in Robert Peterson's company for nearly six months as a temp when she is reassigned to the President's office. She has caught glimpses of Mr. Peterson when she temped on the executive floor, but she never expected she'd be summoned to work for him. Pam has a criminal record and a murky past, which has made her practically unemployable, and yet now H.R. has assigned her to work for the president of their company, and after her first day she suspects working for Mr. Peterson will be a very different experience.
This excerpt follows on directly after my last WIP excerpt for Lessons in Love. Mr. Peterson has ordered Pam to block off the morning on his calendar so they could have a "discussion" about his expectations for her as his assistant. Pam is understandably nervous to have his intentions spelled out in black and white, but she does her best to appear calm and collected until she realizes this "discussion" will take much longer than she expected.
He fixed himself a dish of granola mixed with yogurt. "No. Your job is to assist me. Not serve me. Take a seat at the table, and we'll begin. I ordered lunch to be served at eleven thirty."
Her stomach lurched. "You think we'll be here that long?"
He regarded her as he selected the chair on her left. "Why? Does the possibility worry you?"
She shrugged. "I just didn't think you would…. I mean, I assumed everything was rather cut and dried. You'd tell me what you expected, and I would either agree, or not."
He leaned back. "This is a partnership, Pam. I'm not here to lay out a bunch of rules and say either you obey me or walk. I will tell you what I hope to gain from our association, and how I intend to achieve it, but this is a discussion. And, as such I will expect your input."
"Eat your cereal while I tell you a little about my philosophy. As you listen, I want you to think about what worries you the most. What has your stomach so twisted into knots this morning, you had to hide out in the ladies' room? You were at ease with me last night, but today you are so brittle I'm afraid you'll break if I touch you."
"You were different last night, too," she admitted, although she wasn't sure that was true. He'd been relaxed enough to tease her, and he hadn't been so formally dressed, but he wasn't treating her any differently. Not really.
He reached for her hand and gave her fingers a light squeeze. "How so?"
"Well, for one, you weren't in a suit."
When Pam Weston was ordered to report to the CEO of Peterson Enterprises she had no idea her new boss had hired her specifically as his next pet project, so she took the assignment suspecting he would fire her before the end of the day. Recognizing a prison record rendered her unemployable by most companies, she worked hard and kept a low profile. Except, working as an executive assistant for the CEO was about as "high profile" as any job could get. And working for Robert Peterson in particular would present Pam with challenges she never expected.
Lessons in Love (click to read first chapter)
M/F, DD on the executive floor.
If you're 18 or older, you can read the first three chapters at Lessons in Love
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