She needed a job, he needed a personal assistant. What could go wrong?
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My submission for this week's Book Hooks is from my 8th novel, Lessons in Love.
Pam Weston didn't have many choices as far as employment went. Her prison sentence saw to that. With limited secretarial skills, and an even more limited budget, she never considered herself executive material. So, when she was ordered to report to the CEO of her company as his new personal assistant, she fully expected to be checking out the "Help Wanted" section of the paper before the day was over.
Robert Peterson knew his management style was not HR approved, but he believed in using the stick as well as the carrot. Employing the tenets of domestic discipline, he helped mold his personal assistants into confident women who recognized their own self-worth. Even so, his unorthodox methods were only one of the reasons many considered the position of his assistant to be a revolving door. To Rob's mind, Pamela Weston was perfect for his purposes, though given her past he expected convincing her to agree to his program would be a challenge.
In this scene, which occurs in chapter eight, Robert Peterson is treating his new executive assistant, Pam Weston, to dinner at his exclusive club where he escorts her to a private dining room so she can ask her questions. However, when Pam refuses to sit down, Rob stands. The moment he does, Pam sits and picks up her menu saying she's not sure what she's going order. Rob steps over and asks her to take his hand. When she finally obeys, he holds her close and assures her she's safe. Once she's calm, he continues with his agenda.
"I've given you seven rules that are punishable if broken. Can you tell me what they are?"
A chill ran down Pam's spine, which his warm hands immediately traced. "I'm not sure I like the direction this conversation is taking."
"I’m sure you don’t, but I want you to repeat them anyway."
He ticked each rule off on his fingers as she relayed them. "Be respectful at all times. Never lie. Don't hesitate to obey you. Don't bite my nails. Get enough rest. Don't skip meals. Don't touch my backside after a punishment unless you give me permission."
He gave a nod. "Good. Next, tell me how many of those you broke today."
Now, she really didn't like the direction this conversation was taking. "No."
One eyebrow raised as his hold grew more confining. "Excuse me."
"I don't want to."
"I don't recall asking what you wanted, Miss Weston. What makes you think ‘no’ is an appropriate answer?"
"I can still refuse to participate, can't I?"
"You can, but there are consequences for that as well. What do you suppose they are?"
She closed her eyes and rested her forehead against his chest. "You'll relocate me."
"Correct. Is that what you want?"
"Then answer my question, please."
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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