The first time Sean Bates saw Alessa Alexander at a BDSM club without one of her friends attending with her, he didn’t approach her or interfere, deeming it was none of his business. The second time, his protective, dominate instincts forced him to confront her, and then offer his professional counseling for her needs.
Alessa’s desire to turn herself over to a man’s full control kept her from believing she’d ever enjoy a long-term relationship like her friends recently committed to. When she gets up the nerve to ask Sean Bates to tutor her in her unorthodox fantasies, the first scene he devises leaves her aching for more of his strict control, but worried about keeping her feelings uninvolved.
Past heartbreaks kept Sean and Alessa leery of hoping for too much from their agreed upon temporary relationship. Between escalating problems with an ex at work and her insecurities, Alessa runs from Sean before she ends up hurt. But it doesn’t take her long to realize how much she wants him and his strict discipline, enough to risk the height of humiliation to earn his forgiveness.
His frown caused her to stumble back a step, but he caught her wrist and yanked her over his arm to deliver five rapid, skin reddening slaps. “This is what you’ll get every time you give me attitude.” Tears hovered in her eyes when he lifted her. Confident he got his message across, he allowed her to reach behind and rub the offending marks. He’d made sure the swats were hard enough to add to the lingering pain of the paddle. “Now, shall we try this again?” He held up the open dress.
“I only meant I’m not a child,” she pouted.“Then don’t act like one.”
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