Behave: Rule of Love, Book 1

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Lainie Sam dreams of becoming a brilliant doctor. Focused and driven, she cannot allow anything to distract her from her studies, until her part-time catering job puts her in the path of two powerful men: Hal Barmak, the handsome state governor, and Mason, a lecherous man who plans to bring Hal down.

Mason attacks her to keep her silent after she witnesses a murder. Hal tries to protect her, even tossing her over his knee for a bare bottom spanking when she won’t listen to him, but she is too independent for her own good.

Hal knows he’s falling in love with her, but fears that all the spankings in the world won’t be enough to mold her into a suitable wife for a governor. Lainie rebels against his rules, but can she escape the desires of her own heart?

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Chapter One

“Oh, miss.” The heavy, red faced man seated at the round table in the far corner of the crowded banquet hall jerked his hand back and forth in the air, waving impatiently, then snapped his fingers. “Girlie.”

Lainie gritted her teeth and kept smiling as she picked her way between chairs. Why did he have to see her as his personal server when there were a dozen uniformed wait staff scattered around the room?

Long, rectangular lights like glowing gold bars hung from the walls, and, dangling from the ceiling close to them, six inch long crystal bead curtains formed rectangles around hidden light sources, picking up more gold. A dozen chandeliers were suspended at regular intervals from the ceiling, each dripping with layers of the same glittering hangings. More bead curtain rectangles surrounded each chandelier, adding to the golden glow of the room.

The drool-worthy aromas of world class cuisine included delicate seafoods fried to light crispness, spicy dressings, garlic and cilantro, and snapping fresh veggies. She delivered gold-rimmed plates of pan-fried Norwegian salmon with lime leaf sauce, shredded radish salad with prime prosciutto and melon dressed with truffle extra virgin olive oil. The food smells blended with the scents of carefully applied expensive perfumes and men’s colognes. If power and money had a scent, this would be it.

“Excuse me, miss.”

Lainie turned. The man in the corner raised both his fleshy hands and clapped them above his head. “Yes, sir, what can I get you?” Lainie balanced between stepping up close enough to hear the request, and staying far enough back to be beyond the man’s reach.

“Ya really wanna know?” He winked.

Oh god, no, I don’t. “Yes, of course. What would you like?” He was going to keep her standing there all night. There were over a thousand guests attending the pre-election banquet, and this guy, drunk and lecherous, was going to monopolize her.

He reached for her, curling his fingers in a command for her to move closer. “I think you know, Sweet Cheeks.” He laughed.

She needed this job. She had almost finished med school, and her loans and grants had kept her alive so far. But she still had to live somewhere and eat, and it would be years before she finished an internship, residency, and found a position doing what she’d always wanted to do. Working for the catering company gave her flexible hours with no obligation to take the shifts when they were offered. Perfect for a student.

Keep smiling. “Would you like another appetizer?”

He lunged, moving with shocking speed for a heavy man in a too tight suit. Lainie jumped back, colliding with the chair behind her, and heard the crash of breaking glass. Gasps, squeals, and a man swearing blasted her from the table at her back. She spun and apologized to the wine-stained woman rising from the chair she had bumped.

The large man was on his feet. He had her pinned between his body and the angry woman. “I’ll get you fired,” he hissed. “Or,” he looked her slowly up and down and said in an unusually high, whiny voice, “we can go up to my room right now.” His hand gripped her arm like a vise.

“No need for that, Mason,” a deep voice said, “Is there?”

Lainie looked to her side. The speaker was tall. His broad shoulders filled out the shoulders of his suit extremely well, suggesting regular, hard exercise. He placed a hand on Mason’s arm. In the artificial sunset of the banquet hall, Lainie stared up at him. She hadn’t met him before, but she knew his profile from the news. This was her real employer, the man who’d hired the agency she worked for, the candidate for governor who was hosting the banquet.

“Now Mason,” he said. “You just sit back and enjoy the meal, and I’ll see that you get whatever your heart desires. Just let go of the lady, now.” He spoke as if gentling a horse.

Mason let go of Lainie’s arm and eased himself back into his seat. “All right, Hal.” He winked at Lainie. “You and me’ll talk later.”

Hal turned to the brown haired woman dabbing at her pastel silk dress. “If you’d like to get that dry cleaned, I’ll take care of it.” His voice was husky. “And, I’ll have a selection of new outfits sent to your room right now.”

“Oh, Governor Barmak,” the woman gushed, one hand flattened on her chest. “You’d do that for me? You know I am going to vote for you to stay in the governor’s seat for another four years.”

“Thank you. And please enjoy the rest of the evening.” He waved at someone across the room. “I’ll have Daniel here escort you to the ladies’ lounge, and your new clothes will be waiting by the time you get there. I am so sorry for the inconvenience.”

Now he’s going to fire me.

Around them, everyone settled and continued eating and talking. Hal Barmak took Lainie’s arm. “You all right?”

“Yes, nothing I can’t handle.”

“I want you to know, Mason’s a big contributor to my campaign, but I won’t allow him to jeopardize your income here tonight. I’m sure you’re not waiting tables for your health.”

Lainie was stunned by his concern. “No, Governor.”

“Hal, please.” His hand moved up her arm and his fingers gently squeezed her shoulder. A smile deepened the creases that bracketed his mouth. “I have to get back to mingling. And I’ll be speaking in…” he consulted his black and gold watch, “seven minutes.”

That watch could have paid my tuition for the last four years.

“If you need anything, or he bothers you again, you get word to me, and I’ll personally pay you for the night, even if you have to leave early.”

Lainie was beginning to feel like a paid escort. “Thank you,” she said. “I can handle myself.”

He dropped his hand, raised his eyebrows and said, “That might well be, but I’m responsible for my staff and guests.”

For the next five hours she continued to serve gourmet courses, wine, and coffee, while managing to avoid Mason’s corner table. She half listened to Hal Barmak’s speech, expecting to be bored, and was surprised at the passion and clarity of his words. Soon, she was listening with her full attention. For a politician, he seemed to genuinely care about the residents of his state.

At two o’clock, the kitchen and bar closed, and cleaning up became the job of the bus boys and hotel staff. Anna, Lainie’s supervisor for the night, patted her shoulder and said, “Time to go. And?” She looked around the room. Mason lingered in his chair in the corner, talking and laughing loudly to the two people still the table with him and staring at Lainie as if he hadn’t eaten in a week and she was prime sirloin. “?good work with him.” Anna tilted her head in Mason’s direction. “He always seems to turn up for these banquets, I’ve seen him before. You have just the right mix of polite and firm.” She winked. “Should work with patients too, when you’re a doctor. Anyway, he’s harmless, but make sure he doesn’t get you alone.”

“Thanks. See you at the next job.” Lainie headed for the coat rack in the staff room and retrieved her well worn wool coat. She pushed the down button on the elevator to go to the first parking level. Her compact coupe would be waiting for her in the garage, and she couldn’t wait to get out of her shoes and into a hot bath. Or make that straight to bed. She’d be taking exams in a month and tomorrow would be a long day of studying. The brass doors were sliding closed when she heard a beep, and they opened again.

“Mind if I join you?” Mason shoved a shoulder between the doors. The sensors did their job and they slid open. Once inside, he pushed the close button and turned to face her with the opening behind him, and her chance for escape narrowed and vanished. “Finally.” He slurred the n and l so that the word sounded like filey. “Juss you’n me, babe.”

Lainie looked past him to the floor indicator lights. They were going down.

“Don’ you worry ‘bout that. Soon’s we hit the bottom, we’ll turn roun’ and go right back up to my floor.” He stepped closer.

Claustrophobia was new to Lainie. But she felt as if the huge man in front of her were using up all the space, and all the air in the car. It wasn’t, she knew, scientifically possible for his presence to suffocate her, but she could have sworn he’d sucked in all the available oxygen. She tried to step back, but she was already against the mirrored wall. “Don’t take another step,” she said, pitching her voice low and loud.

He smiled. “Whatcha gonna do? Push the alarm button? Then we’ll stop, and we’ll be here for a nishe long time.” The waves of alcohol fumes coming off him were so thick they were almost visible. He stepped toward her, leaning in, lips pursed like a goldfish, searching for hers. She turned her face away. His hands reached for the wall, he braced his weight on them with his arms on each side of her head.

She ducked low and slipped under them, around and past him as the elevator dinged and the doors slowly began to open to the garage.

He turned and grabbed for her arm, but he was off balance. He stumbled, and she squeezed through the opening and out of the elevator. “Oh no you don’t,” he bellowed, catching up with her. “Come on Sweet Cheeks, you know you want it.”

If she ran for her car, he might still catch her and keep her from getting in. Drunk as he was, he had strength on his side. He clamped his hands on each side of her waist and pulled her to stagger back against him. With a bent arm, she aimed her elbow at his arm, but when she landed a blow, he didn’t seem to feel it. He maneuvered a knee under her coat and between her legs. With all her strength, she twisted her body and loosened his grip on her waist, spun, and kneed him. He doubled over, swearing violently. “You fucking little bitch.”

She backed away, keeping an eye on his bent body. “You’re a goddamn pig,” she screamed. “And if you think you’re in pain now, you have no idea the damage I can do. Don’t you ever fucking come near me again.”

He wasn’t chasing her. She spun to face forward and run for her car. And slammed into a hard, male chest. “What’s going on here?” Hal Barmak asked. He looked past her at Mason who was still bent over, hands on his knees. Hal held Lainie carefully by her arms. “Seems like I keep asking you if you’re okay. I don’t even know your name.”

“Lainie,” she panted, nodding that she was all right. His hold on her was firm but careful. She wasn’t sure, but he might be keeping her upright, her balance was shaky.

Hal looked over her head. “You go on up to your room now, Mason. I think you’ve had enough fun for tonight, don’t you?”

Mason grunted. Lainie turned to watch him slouch off, back to the elevator.

“You did tell me you could handle yourself. I guess that’s true. Although, I’m not sure what would have happened if I hadn’t come along, and heard the screaming.”

Lainie regained her equilibrium and pulled free from Hal’s hands on her arms. “I was dealing with it,” she said.

“Don’t I even get a thank you?”

Screw manners. Anna’s words came back to her. You have just the right mix of polite and firm. Polite had vanished into the cosmos as soon as her shift had ended. “I told you I can handle myself, and I just did. Now I’d like to go home.”

“I could do a lot for you, give you a position that would pay better, and no one would lay a hand on you.”

“This again. Offering to pay me.”

“I have the money,” he said. “Why not spend some taking care of you?” He rested one hand on her shoulder.

“Because,” she twitched away and stepped back, “you can’t buy people. Maybe you do in politics, but you can’t buy everyone.”

“Wrong. Everyone has a price. You just have to find out what it is.” He didn’t step toward her, but his eyes explored her face. “My driver’s waiting.” He brushed a strand of hair back from her cheek. “Let me get you out of here safely.”

“Thank you,” she forced herself to say, “but my car’s right over there.” She pointed to her battered two-door car.

His gaze followed her finger. “Let me drive out with you,” he said. “Underground parking’s not the safest place in the world.”

“All right.” She sighed. It would be faster to just go along with him now. Refusing would only prolong the argument.

The drive through the deserted garage took minutes, and at the booth, he insisted on paying. When she had cleared the exit gate, Lainie stopped her car on the sidewalk, waiting for Hal to get out. She saw the black stretch limo that had to be his across the street.

He didn’t reach for his door. “One more thing, Lainie,” he faced her, “when you come work for me, if you ever use language like what I heard from you tonight, I’ll flip you over my knee and pound on your behind until you learn how to behave in the political arena.”

When?” Lainie was incredulous. “When I come to work for you? Didn’t you hear me say no?”

“You will,” he smiled, showing white, and perfectly even teeth. “I just need to find out your price.”

Wasn’t he ever going to get out so she could go home to her own space?

He patted her arm a little harder than she thought he should have, and got out. When he closed her car door behind him, she breathed a sigh of relief and looked around, preparing to accelerate away. As she turned right, and left the driveway of the parking garage, she heard the scream of tires, and a sickening thump before she even saw the accident. The garage entrance was in the middle of the block, and at the corner, a figure lay in the street. A streetlamp showed only the dark mass of a body.

Slamming on her brakes, she stopped her car by the curb, shoved open her door, and was out and running. As she neared the corner, she saw a black car just behind the prone figure backing away, and then, to her shock, it moved forward, toward the person lying in the street. Didn’t the driver see that he’d hit someone?

With a leap, she landed herself in front of the body and waved both arms frantically. Tinted windows hid the driver’s face, but the car stopped, pulled back, and screeched away, past them. For a Saturday night, the city’s nightlife seemed to have slowed to a crawl. There was no one around to witness the hit and run. Fingers on the side of his neck, Lainie felt for his carotid pulse. There was none. She hammered the nine-one-one button she had programmed into her phone, placed the fingertips, and then the heels of both her hands on the center of his chest and began compressions. A quick check for a carotid pulse told her that the victim wasn’t back, and she blew into his mouth. She repeated the cycle, alternately listening for sirens, and looking around for help.

Partly concealed by the streetlamp, a man watched her. So she wasn’t completely alone. He was too large to be completely hidden by the lamppost as he peered out, and when she saw his face under the light, she recognized him. Mason.

Her focus was on checking the man’s pulse again when she heard a deep, familiar male voice asking her if she needed help. Hal dropped to his knees beside her. “I’ll sub in,” he said. “I know CPR.”

“Not yet.” She kept pumping.

The movement, as he lifted his phone from a pocket, caught her attention. “This is Governor Barmak. I need an ambulance at Fifth and Central. Immediately.”

“I’ve already called,” she said.

“I have pull,” he said. “I’ll get an ambulance here faster.”

Sirens wailed up beside them. The ambulance attendant ran to them, nodded to the governor, glanced at Lainie, and dropped down to take the injured man’s pulse.

“I’m a med student,” Lainie said. “I’ve been doing CPR since he was hit, but no response. No pulse, he’s not breathing.”

The paramedic slipped a resuscitator mask over the man’s face while his partner felt for a pulse and took over chest compressions. A police car pulled up, and a female officer asked Lainie what had happened. Hal stood close to her, listening.

“I didn’t see the car hit him, but I heard it, and it was hit and run. The car was a four door, big and expensive with tinted windows. I didn’t know it was going to drive off, so I didn’t notice the license plate.” She looked up at the streetlamp where she’d seen Mason. “I only noticed one other witness. He’s gone now, but I recognized him.” She turned to Hal. “It was Mason, I’m sure it was him by the lamppost, watching.”

“You know him, Governor?” the cop asked Hal.

“Yes, unfortunately, I do. His last name’s Shore.”

The cop nodded to her partner who reached in through their open car door and touched the screen on the dashboard computer. “Got an address,” he called back.

“He’s staying in there tonight.” Hal gestured toward the hotel.

The cops nodded their thanks, spoke quickly to the EMT workers who were loading the body, with the blanket pulled up over the man’s face into their ambulance, and then took off for the hotel.

Lainie spun to face Hal. “What do you know about Mason? Other than he pays big bucks toward your campaign?”

“He used to work for the opposition, but he changed parties. He’s a big supporter now. I know he can be a pain when he’s drunk, but I have no idea how he could witness something like this and then vanish.”

“If you find out that he’s into something illegal, will you keep taking his money so you can stay in office?”

Hal stared hard at her. “You must really enjoy thinking the worst of me, don’t you?”

“Just answer the question.”

“Easy there, Lainie. You sound more like a lawyer than a med student.”

“Are you avoiding my question?”

His hands gripped her. “No, Lainie. I don’t avoid anything. And I would not accept money from a criminal. All right?” He held tightly to her shoulders. “Now it’s your turn. Why do you sound so much like a lawyer? I believe you’re a student, or you wouldn’t be waiting tables. Law student?”

Fair’s fair. “Medical,” she said. “What I told the cops, that’s the truth.”

“And that’s why you know your way around CPR,” he said.

“I fuckin’ hope so,” she said. “After four years of grinding study.”

One hand slipped down and patted her bottom. “You’re going to come work for me,” he said, “and learn, maybe the hard way, to watch your language. If Mason had anything to do with that accident, he’s dangerous. And I don’t want you to have to deal with him if you end up working at another banquet he attends. He shows up everywhere.”

“That’s rich. You don’t want me to deal with him, so, you’ve decided I’m going to work for you. I think that’s my choice, don’t you? I’ve handled him so far. And I plan to find out if he had anything to do with that man’s death tonight. I don’t know who the hell you think you are, but you can’t pay me to do what you want. No. Fucking. Way. I’ve had enough of staying within the limits of courtesy with creeps tonight, and I’m off shift now.” She slipped her hand between his palm and her buttocks, grabbed his wrist, and pulled it up and out, past the waist of her short, uniform skirt, ignoring the spark of electricity his touch there generated. “Good night.”

“You have a price,” he said. “As I said. Everyone does. Name it.”

She turned away and strode toward her car, which was still stopped by the sidewalk next to the hotel driveway. “Stop trying to goddamn buy me.”

His long legs made it easy for him to keep pace with her. “No,” he said. “I’m not going to stop. Are you planning to use that foul mouth of yours on patients when you start working with them? Are you going to swear at them, too?”

“Of course not. I’m not an idiot.” She stopped at her car. His limo was still across the street. As she got into the driver’s seat, he opened the passenger door and slipped inside, sitting next to her.

“Your limo’s waiting right there.” She pointed to the black stretch. “What are you doing?”

“Waiting for you to say yes. Name your price.”

“Please get out of my car.”

“Agree to work for me.”

“No. How many fucking times do I have to say it? No, no, no.”

Without a word, he shoved open the passenger door, stepped out, and whipped around to her side. He yanked open her door, grabbed both her arms and pulled her to her feet. With his foot, he closed the door, and before she could react, he had an iron arm around her and was half carrying her with him across the street to the limo. The driver was standing by the door, holding it open.

24 reviews for Behave: Rule of Love, Book 1

  1. Laurel Lasky

    This was a fun delightful read. Medical student Lainie meets Hal, the incumbent Governor and sparks fly. Dangerous villein Mason is out to get the Gov. and is also after Lainie. This storyline has it all, danger, violence, romance, hot sex and lots of spanking. Well written page turner.

  2. Laurel Lasky

    This was a fun delightful read. Medical student Lainie meets Hal, the incumbent Governor and sparks fly. Dangerous villein Mason is out to get the Gov. and is also after Lainie. This storyline has it all, danger, violence, romance, hot sex and lots of spanking. Well written page turner.

  3. SL

    3 ½ – 4 stars.
    It was a nice read. It was about a Governor, Hal, who is running for re election. He stumbles
    upon a waitress/med student in distress, Lainie. He wants to help her, but she is stubborn and independent. Lainie was also pretty needy, which turned me off a bit. She is taken in hand and taught to be more patient and not swear. Hal took control of Lainie from the beginning which surprised me in that she went along with it. There is a subplot of trying to keep the Governor from being elected. There
    are some detailed sexual scenes as well as spanking, mostly with his hand. It was a nice read.

  4. SL

    3 ?_ – 4 stars.
    It was a nice read. It was about a Governor, Hal, who is running for re election. He stumbles
    upon a waitress/med student in distress, Lainie. He wants to help her, but she is stubborn and independent. Lainie was also pretty needy, which turned me off a bit. She is taken in hand and taught to be more patient and not swear. Hal took control of Lainie from the beginning which surprised me in that she went along with it. There is a subplot of trying to keep the Governor from being elected. There
    are some detailed sexual scenes as well as spanking, mostly with his hand. It was a nice read.

  5. Martha (verified owner)

    Actually there was so humor in this book.

  6. Martha (verified owner)

    Actually there was so humor in this book.

  7. JK

    This was a quick little read that had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see what happened next! Lainie meets Hal, the Governor, while at work dealing with a drunk customer. Things go badly for Lainie and Hal steps in to offer help. Things get interesting pretty quickly! Great sex and hot spankings!! I loved it and just wished it could have been even longer!

  8. JK

    This was a quick little read that had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see what happened next! Lainie meets Hal, the Governor, while at work dealing with a drunk customer. Things go badly for Lainie and Hal steps in to offer help. Things get interesting pretty quickly! Great sex and hot spankings!! I loved it and just wished it could have been even longer!

  9. Margaret Corcoran

    A delightful little romp, with danger, violence romance and some spicy sex. The characters are well written and described. The reader will hate Mason, love Lainie and feel frustrated with Hal. Worth the read.

  10. Margaret Corcoran

    A delightful little romp, with danger, violence romance and some spicy sex. The characters are well written and described. The reader will hate Mason, love Lainie and feel frustrated with Hal. Worth the read.

  11. CJO

    The was a short, fun story. Things happened very quickly. The Governor attempts to keep Lainie safe from the day he meets her. Plenty of suspense to keep the story going, and wraps up nicely at the end.

  12. CJO

    The was a short, fun story. Things happened very quickly. The Governor attempts to keep Lainie safe from the day he meets her. Plenty of suspense to keep the story going, and wraps up nicely at the end.

  13. Juliette

    This was a short, easy read with enough spice, drama and life in it to keep the reader interested. There are three main characters Lainie the princess, Hal the prince and Mason the pig. All three annoyed me in their own way but made the story interesting. This story is well written though shorter than I usually like. I think had it been any longer I would have jumped in and kicked Hal in his very pompous posterior.

  14. Juliette

    This was a short, easy read with enough spice, drama and life in it to keep the reader interested. There are three main characters Lainie the princess, Hal the prince and Mason the pig. All three annoyed me in their own way but made the story interesting. This story is well written though shorter than I usually like. I think had it been any longer I would have jumped in and kicked Hal in his very pompous posterior.

  15. anon

    Behave Sage Delouise
    I am thankful this was such a short story. I found no humor or delight in it. Governor Hal was a pompous, self-righteous pig and Lainie was a fool for allowing him to dictate to her. How an independent woman would allow a spanking for bad language at their first meeting is beyond me. How a governor would take the risk of spanking a stranger is also beyond me. In all, the whole story was beyond me.

  16. anon

    Behave Sage Delouise
    I am thankful this was such a short story. I found no humor or delight in it. Governor Hal was a pompous, self-righteous pig and Lainie was a fool for allowing him to dictate to her. How an independent woman would allow a spanking for bad language at their first meeting is beyond me. How a governor would take the risk of spanking a stranger is also beyond me. In all, the whole story was beyond me.

  17. read1st

    Um…can I say this book literally \”hit the mark\”!?! First time read with this author, but I was frantically looking for her other books or a sequel. If you REALLY like Alpha men who mean what they say and handle what they consider THEIR business, this was sublime. Strong independent heroine and no nonsense man–yummy. It was a little disconcerting —no, it was just odd– that the relationship just \”popped up\” and they were a couple w/o dating. This wouldn\’t happen in real life in these career positions. Felt this area of the book could use some work in edits, BUT really enjoyed this author and I want MORE!!

  18. read1st

    “Um…can I say this book literally “”hit the mark””!?! First time read with this author, but I was frantically looking for her other books or a sequel. If you REALLY like Alpha men who mean what they say and handle what they consider THEIR business, this was sublime. Strong independent heroine and no nonsense man–yummy. It was a little disconcerting —no, it was just odd– that the relationship just “”popped up”” and they were a couple w/o dating. This wouldn’t happen in real life in these career positions. Felt this area of the book could use some work in edits, BUT really enjoyed this author and I want MORE!!”

  19. Redrabbitt

    I found this story interesting, with a great cast of characters with a mystery and suspense, murder, a touch of espionage, and even a kidnapping. Lainie Sam is a medical student, has a brilliant mind, is very focused, succeeding in her schooling, self-supporting and works part-time as a server at catering events for her friend Annie. She does have an issue with having a foul mouth and letting four-lettered words fly. She doesn\’t have much faith in people or men after her parents were so involved in their own lives she always felt abandoned growing up. Hal Barmak is the single and sexy state governor running for a second term, he is self-assured, dominant and protective. Witnessing a man getting frisky with Lainie at one of his fund raising dinners, he steps in to protect her, which she takes offense too. When leaving the venue, she witnesses a hit and run murder and tries to save the victim, where she is thrown into more danger, and Hal feels compelled to place her in protective custody. Hal doesn\’t put up with her attitude, evasiveness, and potty mouth, and takes her to task over it. The plot kept me riveted with the twists and turns, the dialog has a snarky-mouthed Lainie with a dominate Hal butting heads and then busting her bottom.

  20. Redrabbitt

    I found this story interesting, with a great cast of characters with a mystery and suspense, murder, a touch of espionage, and even a kidnapping. Lainie Sam is a medical student, has a brilliant mind, is very focused, succeeding in her schooling, self-supporting and works part-time as a server at catering events for her friend Annie. She does have an issue with having a foul mouth and letting four-lettered words fly. She doesn’t have much faith in people or men after her parents were so involved in their own lives she always felt abandoned growing up. Hal Barmak is the single and sexy state governor running for a second term, he is self-assured, dominant and protective. Witnessing a man getting frisky with Lainie at one of his fund raising dinners, he steps in to protect her, which she takes offense too. When leaving the venue, she witnesses a hit and run murder and tries to save the victim, where she is thrown into more danger, and Hal feels compelled to place her in protective custody. Hal doesn’t put up with her attitude, evasiveness, and potty mouth, and takes her to task over it. The plot kept me riveted with the twists and turns, the dialog has a snarky-mouthed Lainie with a dominate Hal butting heads and then busting her bottom.

  21. marcia

    This was so interesting, I like the politics angle! The hero for the most part acted as expected. Conservative and Controlling (but in a good way). The author went with opposites attract when she paired him with Lanie. Now after a while the back and forth did become a bit exhausting and some of the misunderstandings could have been resolved with a few conversations. In some cases I could not believe Lanie was capable of being a doctor but they are humans too. Sometimes you have to realize when people fall for someone they can act different then expected. All I can say, I am not mad I bought this. I would read this author again. I really liked where she was trying to go with this one. I just think the characters where a bit immature but not too irritatingly so. Sill worth the read.

  22. marcia

    This was so interesting, I like the politics angle! The hero for the most part acted as expected. Conservative and Controlling (but in a good way). The author went with opposites attract when she paired him with Lanie. Now after a while the back and forth did become a bit exhausting and some of the misunderstandings could have been resolved with a few conversations. In some cases I could not believe Lanie was capable of being a doctor but they are humans too. Sometimes you have to realize when people fall for someone they can act different then expected. All I can say, I am not mad I bought this. I would read this author again. I really liked where she was trying to go with this one. I just think the characters where a bit immature but not too irritatingly so. Sill worth the read.

  23. Denise (verified owner)

    I actually agree with the anon reviewer. I found a lot of the story to be unbelievable. I cannot imagine a Governor who was so concerned about his image to spank anyone in a setting where he could be spotted by the press. He did this on so many occasions. I think if they knew each other before they became involved would have helped make the story more believable. I also didn\’t see her letting him do this to her. When her best friend gave up her successful business because her boyfriend wanted her to, that was it for me. In some ways the writing was a bit immature.

  24. Denise (verified owner)

    I actually agree with the anon reviewer. I found a lot of the story to be unbelievable. I cannot imagine a Governor who was so concerned about his image to spank anyone in a setting where he could be spotted by the press. He did this on so many occasions. I think if they knew each other before they became involved would have helped make the story more believable. I also didn’t see her letting him do this to her. When her best friend gave up her successful business because her boyfriend wanted her to, that was it for me. In some ways the writing was a bit immature.

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