Saturday, November 21, 2020

#SatSpanks - 11/21/2020 - "Lessons in Love" - Recovery and Aftercare #DomesticDisicpline #OfficeRomance #Executive

 

She needed a job, he needed a personal assistant. It seemed like a match made in heaven until he laid out the rules he expected her to follow.


Reading this material at Work could get you spanked.

Welcome to the Saturday Spankings blog hop.  My stories are all M/f with the dominant male determined to protect the woman he cares for and loves, or grows to love, by doing whatever it takes to ensure her safety and continued health.  This includes administering a spanking when she needs one.  

My submission for this week is a selection from my sixth spanking book, Lessons in Love.


"Lessons in Love" centers around a wealthy business owner who believes in helping his executive admins using politically incorrect, H.R.unapproved, and therefore clandestine, Domestic Discipline techniques.  Since DD isn't for everyone, he does tend to go through admins rather frequently.  However, he also makes sure if they choose not to work for him because of his unorthodox management style, that they are given another suitable position in his company if they wish to stay, or a handsome severance package if they choose to leave.

In her discussion meeting with Mr. Peterson, Pam lets it slip that Krista talked to her about Peterson's previous assistant.  His lips set in a firm line, Mr. Peterson promptly calls Krista into his office. When Pam immediately leaps to her friend's defense, her boss pulls a thin paddle from his desk's top drawer. This time Krista is the one to protest as she demands to know if Pam consented to follow Peterson's program. Terrified Krista will be fired for her slip, Pam she blurts out that she'll agree to Mr. Peterson's discipline. With a nod, he sends Krista home for the rest of the day and orders Pam to stand in the corner. After a few minutes, he asks her to tell him why she's being punished. She knows why. She'd been disrespectful by cutting him off and continuing to state her case even after he cautioned her to be silent. She knows he won't really hurt her, and he isn't trying to humiliate her, but the embarrassment is almost too much for her to bear. And despite all her efforts to do as he asked, this spanking hurt.


The stinging slowly subsided. Just one more, Pam. He merely wants you to learn listening and obeying are not optional. He's not at all like Stanley. He's not taking a belt to you, and his objective is to teach, not hurt. Eyes scrunched closed, she said, "Two."

The third swat was the hardest yet, and it brought a flood of tears to her eyes.

"I'm sorry. I didn't mean to be disrespectful. Please don't hate me."

"I don't hate you, Pam. However, I still need you to give me the count. You will remain in this position until you do."

"Three," she cried, and within seconds he had her enfolded in his arms.

"Shh. It's over. All is forgiven, and you were very good about it. I'm proud of you."

She clutched his shoulders and sobbed harder than she could recall crying in her life, and yet, despite the slight tenderness in her backside, she felt amazingly free. Almost light. He rocked her until her tears finally subsided then reached for the tissues and helped clean her up.

She laughed a little at the scene she'd made. Though she'd cried like he'd whipped her bloody instead of giving her three firm smacks with his hand, his soft reassurances soothed her more than anything else could.

When she'd finally settled, he carried her back to the table and eased her into a chair.

"Sore?"

"Tender," she admitted with a smile, which he promptly returned.

"All right. The first time is always the worst, though usually the lightest."

"That was light?" she choked out.

"Relatively speaking, yes."

"It hurt more than I thought it would."


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.





Blurb:

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 would be a challenge.


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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Saturday, November 14, 2020

#SatSpanks - 11/14/20 - "A Dom's Dilemma" - Building Trust #BDSM #MedicalPlay #Dom-Sub

 She needed his protection, except he insisted on her honest submission first.


Reading this material at Work could get you spanked.

Welcome to the Saturday Spankings blog hop.  My stories are all M/f with the dominant male determined to protect the woman he cares for and loves, or grows to love, by doing whatever it takes to ensure her safety and continued health.  This includes administering a spanking when she needs one.  

My submission for this week is from my first BDSM novel, A Dom's Dilemma, published by Blushing Books.  



In this scene, Jim, a former Texan who works as a police detective by day and lives and plays as a Dom by night, is mastering Kelly Franklin in the Velvet Chains BDSM club.  This is their first night together, and though Kelly is still a bit apprehensive of her new Dom, she's also far more attracted to him than she ever expected to be. After an intense session, he wraps her up in a blanket and holds her on his lap as they talk. Jim is interested in doing more with Kelly, but he senses she is hiding something. So, he remains cautious with her as he establishes their limits and discusses the possibility of more between them.

 
"So, you think you can trust me now, Kelly girl?"
After gazing at him for a moment, she risked running a hand through his hair to push his bangs back.  The shiny strands glided over her fingers like finely spun silk, then returned to their original position, as smooth and stubborn as their master.  She smiled, lightly blushing when he smiled in return, still waiting patiently for an answer to his question.  Her blush deepened.  "Yes, Sir.  You treated me with consideration and respect.  And even though you restrained me, you didn't try once to humiliate or hurt me."
"I'm glad you think so, darlin'," he replied, his humor over her distraction evident in his voice
Embarrassed, Kelly glanced down at her entwined fingers.  "I still don't understand why you insisted on using restraints though, Sir.  That does add an element of uneasiness to the experience, you know?"
"Yeah, I do.  You'll find I pretty much have a reason for everythin' I do, and your overreacting ended up makin' it necessary, I'd say."
She shrugged, not quite sure she agreed.  "Perhaps.  But you didn't know I was going to freak out when you told me you intended to restrain me."
"No, I didn't."
Frowning, Kelly met his gaze again.  "So why do it?"
"You gave the reason yourself, darlin'.  To build trust.  A sub who's restrained during a medical procedure is very vulnerable.  Wouldn't you say?"
"Yes, Sir."
"So, for her to let me do what I want, knowin' she might find it uncomfortable and embarrassing, takes a certain amount of trust, right?"  Kelly knew from experience that it did, so she agreed.  "That trust is precious, Kelly.  It's something I would never abuse, but it is something I have to build toward pretty quick if the two of us wanna start doin' some of the things I like.
"I suspect if I told you I needed to give you another enema, you wouldn't be happy about it, but the notion wouldn't send you into a fit of hysterics, either.  Would it?"
Admittedly, no, she wouldn't be happy.  However, when she considered how carefully he'd treated her, Kelly suspected he'd be able to convince her to submit, so she shook her head.  "No, Sir."
"No, you'd most likely agree without too much fuss.  And if I said I wanted to have anal sex, you might be a little fearful of the act, but not of me directly.  You'd trust me, even if you were uneasy about doin' what I wanted.  Right?"
Though that one wasn't quite so easy for Kelly to agree to, she did it to save an argument.  "Yes, Sir."
"Good.  Can you see the difference in your attitude now, versus how you felt when I first told you what I intended to do?"


Kelly has a past she's not willing to share with anyone, but withholding valuable information from a Dom is never a wise course of action for a sub to take. Jim hopes to impress this lesson, among others, on Kelly, even as he realizes it's too soon for him to insist she confide all her secrets. Instead, he tries to get her to understand why her trust is so important.

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About the Author:

Though A Dom's Dilemma is Kathryn R. Blake's first BDSM novel and second spanking romance (a romance where spanking takes a prominent place in the plot), it is not the first book she has written in which the hero spanks the heroine.  In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them.  To date, all of her heroes are Dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love.  However, part of that protectiveness includes the desire for a certain amount of control.  They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly.  In fact, it is something they refuse to tolerate, and will take firm steps to ensure the undesirable behavior is not repeated.

Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn's bed.  In addition, she has taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry

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Friday, November 13, 2020

Guest Post - 11/13/20 - "Timeless Honor" by Amber Daulton #TimeTravel #18thCentury #Mystery

 

When Jaye is offered the opportunity to return to her previous life in the 21st Century, she needs to decide whether to go home or remain in the 18th Century and take a chance on all the uncertainty it represents.


Excerpt:

“You asked me earlier if I just wanted your body and I should’ve denied it. I appreciate your bluestocking ideals and your ability to hold an intelligent conversation. Those qualities are what men of standard should look for in a mistress.”

A frown crossed her face and Lucas held up his hand before she interrupted him. “If a man is smart, he’ll seek out a confident woman who can hold her own in any given situation and marry her if he’s lucky. If marriage is not permissible, he’ll visit her afterhours and support her if he has the means.” His father took mistresses no matter how much it pained his mother and Lucas had vowed never to hurt his wife the same way—but he didn’t have a wife to betray. “I’ll be loyal to you for as long as we are together. I hope we’ll part ways amicably and rendezvous again in the future―at least until you marry a man worthy of your esteem―but you have no reason to deny me since your purity is not intact.”

“You crude, insufferable prick. I should take this candle and shove it up your ass.”

His brow arched to his hairline. “I’m the crude one?” He laughed coldly. “That’s one thing I admire about you, Jaye. You’re not afraid to use foul language around me, but you watch yourself around others. You feel comfortable around me, yet I’m always on edge in your presence. Do you know fire rages in my groin every time I look at you?” He stepped closer to her and Jaye backed up against the door. Fear flashed in her eyes, followed by another spurt of anger, and Lucas retreated to give her breathing room. “Women of substance are hard to come by. Do you understand why I fancy you?”

“Yeah, I do, and it’s not romantic in the least.” Jaye clasped her hand over her chest as though her heart thumped too hard. “I’m not in the market for a spouse or a real relationship—I doubt you’re the right man for me anyway—but I accept your proposition as long as you keep the affair quiet as promised. That’s what I planned to tell you tonight.” She tunneled her hand through her hair. “This is ridiculous. Making love or dating someone shouldn’t feel like a contract.”

Annoyance flared in his veins. She doesn’t want to marry me? He should’ve felt relieved but she’d bruised his ego.

Lucas stroked his fingers down her cheekbone and blew warm air in her ear. “I promise.” He reached behind her, opened the door and waited for her to decide.

Her throat convulsed in a small bob and she backed up to enter the room. Lucas followed her and closed the door behind him. The heat in her gaze nearly melted him into a puddle at her feet. She placed her candle on the nightstand, he left his on a white-wood vanity, and the orange flames penetrated the shadows in the room.

Lucas closed the space between them. She stared up at him with trust in her eyes but she trembled as he clasped her waist. The silk bunched under his palms, heat radiated around her as though a fire burned inside her, and he parted the lapels of her robe to push the silk off her shoulders. Air lodged in his throat. Light gleamed off her nude body and highlighted her supple curves and dips. He cupped the creamy underside of her left breast as Jaye nuzzled his chest with her nose.

“Lie down, little jaybird,” he murmured as need pounded through him. He barely held himself together, but then Jaye pulled from his embrace, climbed on the bed and propped herself up on a mound of pillows by the headboard. Her hair fanned out like silk strands, her full breasts jutted out as though to tease him and the dark hair at the apex of her legs curled in little twists.

He stripped away his clothes and crawled into bed with her. The scent of lilac clung to Jaye’s skin as though they lay in a bed of flowers. The goodness in her soul called to him, cocooned him in warmth, but his past year of celibacy rushed through him like a red-hot poker. Lucas readied her with his fingers, drew sweet gasps from her throat, and a mixture of innocence and carnal knowledge beamed up at him through her jade-green eyes. Just one look from her, sultry or otherwise, knocked the air from his lungs. He flattened his hands beside her head, eased himself between her legs and pushed his shaft inside her.

Jaye Ramsey decides to prove to her eccentric grandmother that time travel only exists in movies by vacationing in Bolivia with her friends. After she wakes up in Hawksatter, England, 1735—the same town her grandmother supposedly vanished from as a young woman—Jaye finds refuge at a hunting lodge, but the strapping, reclusive baron who takes her in reminds her all too well she was a lone woman at his mercy.

Accused of murdering his newly wedded wife a decade earlier, Lord Lucas Kenway closed the family farm and shut out the world. He never expected the little spitfire he claims responsibility for would turn his quiet life upside down. Pushed together by fate and his meddling servants, Lucas wants Jaye on his own terms and refuses to surrender his hardened heart. 

Then a mysterious wise man offers Jaye a way home.

Should she return to the future and the only life she’s ever known, or stay in an uncertain past as a stranger in a new world?


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About the Author:

Amber Daulton is the author of the romantic-suspense series Arresting Onyx and several standalone novellas. Her books are published through The Wild Rose Press, Books to Go Now, and Daulton Publishing, and are available in ebook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats.

She lives in North Carolina with her husband and demanding cats. 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

#MFRWStream - 11/10/20 - "Learning to be Little" - Kelly asks for more #Ageplay #DaddyDom #LittleGirl

 

 

 She needed a savior, but never expected a second Daddy.


Excerpt:

In this scene, 18-year-old Kelly Franklin finds herself trapped in the reoccurring nightmare.she has about her parents murder. It's her first night with her new daddy.

Kelly's subconscious, however, wasn't quite as reassured by the events of the day as her waking thoughts were. With her dreams overtaken by locked closet doors and pools of dark-red blood, she woke up screaming as she struggled to free herself from the iron bands encasing her.

"Shh, Kelly, my darling one. You just had a bad dream. Hush. You're safe with Daddy. Don't cry, sweet one. Don't cry. Calm down and listen to Daddy's voice as he tells you how adored and desired you are."

Kelly instantly calmed, which surprised her. Normally, when she suffered these nightmares, she was left shaking for hours, but this man's tender restraint and quiet manner soothed her. Content to be held, she yawned as she laid her head against his shoulder. He was wearing soft-blue, silky pajamas and smelled like tropical spice and pine. She nuzzled his chest, seeking his comfort. Actually, she wanted more. She wanted him, even though she barely knew the man. Drawing back a little, she gazed at him. His eyes were mostly gray but possessed a light brown tint that imbued them with a warm glow.

"Is making love out of the picture?" she asked softly.

"Is that what you need?" His voice sounded huskier when he asked the question.

She nodded. She did. She needed a man to hold and stroke her as he coaxed her toward a shattering climax. She'd never really had an orgasm, other than the one or two she'd snuck at the orphanage with her own hand. But she was confident this man wouldn't just thrust himself inside her and leave her unsatisfied. He'd take time to pleasure her, and she really, really needed someone to love her right then.

He kissed her lightly with warm, firm lips then rose and clasped his hands around her waist. "My bed's bigger. Let's go in there." Though his tone remained quietly reassuring, his pitch lowered significantly, and its timbre gained a measure of intensity. He spoke to her as one adult to another, rather than father to child.

Kelly gave a single nod, so he lifted her from the bed to the floor and offered his hand to steady her. Gripping his fingers in gratitude, she trotted along beside him.



Blurb:
After a bleak childhood in foster care, Kelly's growing mistrust has her running away again and again. Homeless and penniless, with no relatives to harbor her and a penchant for escaping her caretakers, Kelly is finally handed over to one of the few parish orphanages remaining in existence until she turns eighteen, when she is released.
Possessing only a little money, few skills, and even fewer resources, Kelly's attempts at job hunting end up with her prowling the streets in desperation – until a wealthy stranger makes her a proposition she is too cold and hungry to refuse. Though it isn't until he takes her home that she realizes just what she's gotten herself into.
Publisher's Note: This book contains elements of power exchange, and dynamics of age-play as well as discipline. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.

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About the Author:
Though Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine.  In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them.  To date, all of her heroes are Dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love.  However, part of that protectiveness includes the desire for a certain amount of control.  They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly.  In fact, it is something they refuse to tolerate, and will take firm steps to ensure the undesirable behavior is not repeated.
Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn's bed.  In addition, she has taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry
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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Saturday Spankings - 11/7/20 - "Learning to be Little" - Kelly Fears the Worst #Ageplay #DaddyDom #Spankings

 

Kelly didn't set out to be naughty, but sometimes she couldn't help herself.

Reading this material at Work could get you spanked.

Welcome to the Saturday Spankings blog hop.  My stories are all M/f with the dominant male determined to protect the woman he cares for and loves, or grows to love, by doing whatever it takes to ensure her safety and continued health.  This includes administering a spanking when she needs one.  

My submission for this week is an excerpt from my first age play romance. Similar to Kelly's BDSM experience, Learning to be Little is my first attempt at depicting the dynamics of age play, and because it occurs in Kelly's past with her first, but not last, Dom, it is also a little different from other age play stories available today. However, I hope readers who enjoy age play and D/s will find their journey into Kelly's past an entertaining, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, adventure. 



This snippet takes place early in Chapter 11. On their fourth Wednesday out together, Kelly and her daddy are approached by another couple for the first time. Kelly, takes an immediate dislike to the other Little, who dressed like she was six, but looked nearly twenty, making her two years older than Kelly. And with the simpering smiles this little Susie-Q was giving Kelly's daddy, Kelly decided to challenge the other Little, which gets her in hot water with Daddy along with the threat of a public spanking.

"That's right, they get spanked. And unless you want Susie's daddy to add in a few swats of his own on your backside, I suggest you stop fussing and start obeying."

Kelly's heart dropped to her feet with that threat. He'd never allowed anyone else to punish her, and she'd never imagined he would. In fact, he'd told her he would be the only one to touch her intimately as long as they were together. Staring at him, she gasped out a sob of misery.

He straightened at her reaction and frowned down at her. "What's wrong?"

She shook her head, realizing her position was much more tenuous than she'd thought. Afraid of what might happen, she stared down at her loafers.

Bending toward her again, he wiped the tears from her cheeks and whispered, "You're my little girl, Kelly. I'd never let anyone hurt you."

"But you said you'd let Mr. Cartwright spank me."

"And that thought bothers you this much?"

Nodding, she gazed up at him again.

"Then, I won't allow him to touch you."

Relieved, Kelly attempted a smile. "Thank you, Daddy."

Giving a nod, he reached for her hand. "Come along. We're keeping our host waiting."


Kelly enjoys going out with her new daddy, but she doesn't care for other little misses flirting with him. Unfortunately, rudeness is never acceptable, as Kelly knows, which means she is now facing a punishment in the same room as the other Little. And that was something she'd wished to avoid at all costs.




She needed a savior, but she wasn't looking for a second daddy

An only child born to two only children, six-year-old Kelly Franklin finds herself at the mercy of the state when both her parents are brutally murdered. As a difficult, unwanted child, distrustful of strangers and haunted by gruesome blood-filled nightmares, Kelly's nightly screams of terror frighten the other children so badly, she becomes more trouble than any foster family was willing to take on. 

When Child Services attempts to place her in a Residential Treatment Center next, Kelly's growing mistrust has her running away again and again. Homeless and penniless with no relatives to harbor her, and a penchant for escaping her caretakers, Kelly is finally handed over to one of the few parish orphanages remaining in existence until age at 18, when she is released. 


Possessing only a little money, few skills and even fewer resources, Kelly's attempts at job hunting end up with her prowling the streets in desperation until a wealthy stranger makes her a proposition she is too cold and hungry to refuse. Though, it isn't until he takes her home that she realizes just what it is she's gotten herself into.



Note about the characters in this story: 

Kelly is one of my favorite characters. She can be such a brat at times, which is something her champion Graham White refuses to tolerate. The majority of this story is the earliest, chronologically, since it occurs in Kelly's past, but it is the most recent book in the series. Confused much?

So, if you want to know more about this bratty, sometimes submissive adult little girl, she first appears in Arrested by Love as a secondary character, but like all good primary characters she insisted on having her own story with her new Dom, which developed into A Dom's Dilemma. Both books, originally released in 2010, are being numbered, reedited and reissued with new covers in late November, along with Learning to be Little: Kelly's Story. Its cover is pictured above.

Though Learning to be Little will be the newest book in the series, it actually begins immediately after A Dom's Dilemma, then takes the reader into Kelly's past in a sequel/prequel. The story is a departure for me in that the majority of its chronological time line takes place before the two books I've already published, but it belongs in the middle of the series. I expect two, possibly three more books in the series to be available in the near future.

Learning to be Little: Kelly's Story is available on Kindle Unlimited, and for purchase on Amazon.

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Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed this excerpt and want more. Please click on one of the author's names below, or visit The Saturday Spankings Blog to continue your journey.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Guest Post - 11/5/20 - "Dark Chocolate and Strawberries" by Daryl Devore #Erotic #AdultFairyTale #Romance

 

What's a naughty fairy tale like Red Riding Hood without Red, the huntsman, grandma and especially, the big bad wolf?


Excerpt:

Swiping the card through the lock, she opened the door when the light turned green. As promised, her luggage had been placed just inside the room. She stepped around the two suitcases, and tossed her shoulder bag and key card on the desk. A page of Wi-Fi instructions rested next to the flat screen TV. Good. I won't be cut off from the real world.
She glanced down at her cellphone. If I check my messages there will only be a coupla dozen from mom asking for updates. Who needs that? She tossed the cell onto the table. She was on vacation – sort of.
Turning around, she continued her exploration. The living room area had a couch with four emerald green throw pillows, two comfortable looking chairs and large seascape hung on the wall, above the couch. A spectacular bouquet sat on the coffee table. Red pulled the little card out of its holder - Compliments of The Emerald Forest.
To the right, were a closet and the bathroom. Walking into the bedroom area, Red jumped on the king-sized bed and sighed. A huge bed. Now if I could get Hot and Sexy in here. Or maybe Mr. I'm-So-Lost. I think I could use a little ship board action and release some pent-up frustration.
Glancing at her watch, she saw she didn't have a lot of time to spare before she was to meet Chopper for lunch. She walked back to the living room to get her luggage, but the view from the balcony stopped her. Sliding the glass door open, she stepped outside. The warm gulf air brushed across her face. We left port? How can a ship this big move and I not notice?
Captivated by the view, Red watched the waves ripple past and the occasional seagull soar overhead. She inhaled the warm air and let the sun shine on her face. A knock at the door brought her out of her reverie. She crossed the room and opened it.
“Hello. Did you forget about lunch?” Chopper asked.
Red glanced at her watch. “Oh, good heavens. I was standing on the balcony. I guess I lost track of the time. Come in. Have a seat. Give me a minute to change.”
Chopper whistled as he entered. “Look at this place. This is great. I've got a closet with a bed in it. You've got a palace. And your own balcony.” He pointed at the glass doors. “May I?”
“Go ahead. I'll only be a second.” Red grabbed the suitcases and hurried to the bedroom. Rifling through the clothes, she found a tank top and a pair of shorts that didn't look too much like she'd packed for the cruise in under fifteen minutes. As she changed, she caught her reflection in the mirror. Gawd, I look like a ghost. I really need a tan. She slipped on a pair of black flip-flops.
When she stepped into the living room, Chopper pointed at the bouquet. “Nice flowers. Boyfriend?”
Red shook her head. “No. They're compliments of the cruise line.” She picked up her purse and key card. “Let's go, I'm starved.”
Inside the elevator, Chopper said, “I have a confession to make.”
“We've known each other for like five minutes, what do you have to confess?”
“I don't exactly know where the restaurant is. We might just end up in the engine room.”
She put her hands on her hips. “Oh, so you're just using me as a tour guide?”
“Yes, but I'll pay for lunch.”
“The food's free.”
He chucked her under the chin. “I can afford free.”
Red laughed. As the elevator doors opened, she led the way to the small restaurant.
They ordered cheeseburgers, fries and beer, then requested their meal be served on deck. Chopper spotted two unoccupied lounge chairs on the starboard side of the ship, partially in the shade with a view of the ocean, if a person hunched down and looked under the lifeboat.
Tilting his head toward the boats, he said, “I'm glad we found those. I'll be able to find them when the lifeboat drill happens. It's important you know.” His face looked serious.
Red tilted her head. “Why?”
“I saw Titanic. Six times.”
She snickered. “No icebergs in the Caribbean. I think you can relax.”
He pointed at her. “Bermuda Triangle.”



Blurb:

Esmerelda 'Red' Hood is summoned to her mother's executive suite only to learn her sweet granny is headed for a romantic cruise with a gigolo. Horrified, Red races off to save her grandma before it's too late.

On board, Red meets Andrew Woodsman and Willem Olf. One a cutie with the biggest puppy eyes and the other a dark, sophisticated predator. Her grandmother's warning rings in Red's ear "Never trust a wolf in sheep's clothing."

Even with the warning, Red has trouble choosing which man could be the big bad wolf and which could be her happily ever after.

Note: This book was previously published by New Dawning Bookfair under the title Sexy Red Hood.

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About the Author:

Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a large salt water aquarium full of fish, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.