Haunting Astrid

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Jodi didn’t like Astrid, and with good reason. Astrid was always threatening to fire her, and Jodi couldn’t afford to lose her job in the prestigious law firm. She’d vowed to get even with the other woman, but her method of doing so had to be carefully planned. When Jodi put her plan into motion, she didn’t know that she was going to fall in love with Joseph Chantry III, or that he believed in old-fashioned discipline!

Before Jodi knew what was happening, things had gone too far, both in terms of her feelings for Joseph and the prank she was playing on Astrid. Is she in too deep?

What on earth would he do when he discovered that she was haunting Astrid?

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?I saw her coming toward my desk ten minutes before it was time to leave for the day, an evil smile on her face, and I knew that I was not going to like whatever it was that she had to say. Ever since Astrid got a promotion that made her my boss, she enjoyed taking every opportunity to rub it in my face that she was the one given the pay raise, the private office with her name on the door, and the perks that came with being the office manager in a large law firm such as ours.

?I?m so sorry, Jodi,? she said, looking at me with an expression that said she was anything but sorry.? ?Mr. Chantry Three has a client coming in and requested that you sit in and take notes, and prepare whatever documents he requires.? I hope you didn?t have anything planned for this evening??? The glint in her eyes said she hoped she was canceling a date that I?d been looking forward to for a long, long time.

I wasn?t about to tell her that I did have plans; she would gloat too much, so I lied!? ?No, I am free this evening.? Please tell Mr. Chantry that I will be pleased to sit in on his meeting.?? I forced a smile to my lips and Astrid frowned.? Score one for me!? Not for the first time I swore I was going to get even with the snotty witch.? Of course, it is illegal to run over someone when they walk in front of your car in the parking lot!? But, I would find a way, and soon!

As the offices of Chantry, Chantry, and Chantry cleared out for the weekend, I remained at my desk amid stares from the others.? I knew exactly what they were thinking, and they were right. Astrid Butterfield was being vengeful yet again, and there was nothing I could do about it that wouldn?t get me shown to the door.? I?d worked too hard to earn my position of respect among the legal secretaries, so, I put on my fake smile and waited until Astrid left to relax.? I moved to the reception desk to greet Mr. Chantry Three?s client and escort him to the youngest Chantry?s office.?

If I had to work late I was glad it was for this particular Chantry.? He was handsome to a fault, and he filled out a suit nicely in all the right places. If I daydreamed about an office romance, which I would never act upon, Chantry Three was the object of my fantasy. When I brought the client into his office, Chantry Three stood and walked around the desk to shake the man?s hand.? He made a bit of small talk, but rather quickly brought up the subject for the meeting.? The client was nearly positive he was going to be arrested at any time, and he wanted Chantry Three?s opinion on what he should do if the inevitable happened.? When Chantry Three asked if he was guilty of the charges, the man crossed his arms over his chest and admitted he was guilty.? Mr. Chantry nodded, and told him to refuse to answer any questions without his attorney present.? They talked longer, and Chantry seemed to think that mitigating circumstances would make the Judge more lenient if it came to a trial.? With the trend leaning toward plea-bargaining, he didn?t think the client would actually do time.? Did I mention that my job is very interesting?

After showing the client to the door, I returned to my desk to type up the notes of the meeting and put them into a paper file as well as in Mr. Chantry’s client files on the computer.? Our files are properly protected with firewalls and passwords, which are changed on a weekly basis.? It doesn?t mean that we cannot be hacked, but that we take precautions to keep that from happening.

Mr. Chantry came to my desk a few minutes later and I nearly drooled when I saw that he?d taken his suit coat and tie off and unbuttoned his collar and rolled his shirtsleeves up to his elbows.? ?Thank you for working late, Jodi.? It was good of you to volunteer this morning when I told Astrid to see if anyone was free, although I can?t understand why a young woman who is as beautiful as you are didn?t have plans for the evening!?? Astrid again!? The lying witch!? She planned this all day long!?

I smiled and said, ?I am pleased to be of service, sir.?

?My name is Joseph,? he said, correcting me, much to my surprise.? ?It?s after working hours; how much longer will you be typing up those notes, Jodi?? he asked.

?I?m almost finished; is there something else I can do for you??? I almost added the ?sir? out of habit, but caught myself just in time.

?Would you have dinner with me, Jodi??? He saw my startled expression and quickly added, ?No pressure now.? It?s just my way of saying thank you for working late, and it?s a chance to get to know you better.? But, if you aren?t interested, just say so and no hard feelings.?

?I would love to have dinner with you, sir,? I answered.

?Joseph.? He corrected me again, smiling as he did so.

?Joseph,? I repeated, smiling shyly.? Was I dreaming or what?? When he turned his back to me after telling me he would be ready to leave in about twenty minutes, I pinched myself? hard!? It hurt, so I knew I was truly awake and the gorgeous hunk of an attorney had really asked me to go to dinner with him!? It sure beat fast food and a movie with the girls, and Astrid was going to be livid.? That was the best part of all.

I was ready to leave by the time Mr. Chantry ? Joseph? came to my desk to escort me out of the law offices and to his car in the parking lot. My poor car was in the shop again, and I was forced to rely on public transportation.? ?Where is your car, Jodi?? Joseph asked curiously.

?In the shop,? I answered glumly.

?Again?? You just got it back last week!?

I was surprised that he knew about that.? ?Yes, I know.? I wish I could afford to trade it in on a new one.?

Joseph looked at me but didn?t say anything.? I didn?t feel like explaining why I couldn?t afford a new car on the nice salary I was paid.? ?I like your car,? I said, pretty darn sure I?d picked a subject that Joseph would be happy to talk about if he was like most men.

?It gets me where I need to go.? Dad is the one who picked this out and gave it to me to celebrate my passing the bar and joining him and Granddad in the firm,? he explained as he opened the car door for me.? Once I was inside he walked around the car and got inside and immediately put on his seatbelt.? I abhor seatbelts because they are not comfortable for someone as short as I am, and I never wore one.? Joseph looked at me, waiting, and it took me a few moments to realize that he was waiting for me to buckle up!

?Ohhh,? I said as I fathomed the why of his look.? ?I don?t like seatbelts, Joseph, and I never wear one, so just go ahead.?

?Absolutely not.? No one rides in my car without buckling up.?

?So this will be a first!? I said lightly, hoping he would simply laugh it off and not make a big scene.? No such luck!

He looked at me until I was nearly squirming and then he said in a low, threatening voice, ?If you don?t put that seatbelt on right now, Jodi Vanscoy, I will put it on you, and then, when I take you home tonight, I just might turn you over my knee.?

Now, my eyes flew wide open at that!? I quickly looked into his dark eyes to see if he was joking, but there was no sign of humor in his expression.? If anything, he appeared ready to carry out his threat here and now.? I gulped.? I also didn?t like being called a stubborn fool, but before I could argue the point, he reached across me, pulled down the seatbelt and fastened it.? I gasped, and immediately reached down to unfasten the offending strap that was already chafing my neck, but Joseph grabbed my hand and asked me if I was so anxious to find myself over his knee.? I could only shake my head no.? He nodded, started the car, and we were on the busy street before I could demand he let me out of the car!

Surprisingly, Joseph seemed to flip a switch within him, turning off the temper I never expected him to have.? He brought up the coming Halloween holiday and wondered if I had special plans to dress up in a costume and go to any spooky parties.? ?I love Halloween, and I would have a costume party myself, but my apartment isn?t large enough to accommodate very many people at one time,? I explained.? ?I?ve thought of renting a place, but there again, I can?t afford to do that.?

?I think that we should prevail upon Astrid to have a party.? She?s moving into that big old house she just bought, and she could have a Halloween masquerade/housewarming party.?? Astrid?s moving into a new and larger home was news to me. She rarely shared anything with any of the secretaries since she?d been promoted.? She was too busy finding ways to torment all of us.

?I think that is a great idea, Joseph,? I immediately agreed with him.? ?What kind of costume would you wear?? I asked.

?Oh, I want to be a Sheriff in the Old West,? he answered immediately, and then grinned and added, ?I think you should go as the naughty saloon girl.?

?Really??? I didn?t know what to think of that, but before I could ask him what he meant, we arrived at one of the most exclusive new restaurants in town.? I could hardly believe that I was actually going to get to see the inside of the place, much less get to sample their food!? My budget didn?t allow for much in the way of entertainments and meals out.

Joseph parked the car, unfastened his seat belt, then got out and rounded the car to open my car door.? I tried to get out, but the fastened seat belt tightened across me and prevented me from moving!? I was embarrassed when Joseph shook his head, and then reached inside the car to unfasten the infuriating thing.? I truly hate seat belts and I casually reached up and rubbed the tender spot on my neck where it had rubbed during the short drive.

Joseph took my hand and walked me inside the well-decorated restaurant, and even the lobby looked lovely.? I was startled when a man came right up to us.? ?Joseph, it?s good to see you!?

?Thanks, Devon.? I?ve been anxious to come and see what you?ve done with this place.? Looks like you?re busy???

?Better than I?d dared to hope we would be for no longer than we?ve been open, Joe.? Who is this lovely lady??

?This is Ms. Jodi Vanscoy.? Jodi, this is Devon Jacobs, my college roommate.?

?It?s nice to meet you, Devon,? I said politely.? The man?s smile was contagious.

?It?s good to see Joe out with someone like you, Jodi.? He works much too hard.?? He looked over at the hostess and said, ?Do you have Mr. Chantry?s table ready, Darla??

?Yes, Mr. Jacobs.? Right this way, please.? Darla smiled at Joseph, but the look she gave me was full of jealousy.? I could see that she thought I was more than a legal secretary in a large law office, but I smiled with confidence even though I was far from feeling self-assured.? Our table was in a quiet corner, and I felt like Cinderella at the ball.? I almost giggled when I thought of Joseph as the handsome Prince. He could certainly pass the part since he was tall, dark, and handsome, but I was as far from Cinderella as I could be.? Cinderella was a blonde, but I have red hair, and my eyes are green instead of blue.? I?m also very short; that doesn?t lend itself to being graceful as a swan.

?Jodi?? I suddenly realized that Joseph was speaking to me, and I blushed with embarrassment. ?Would you like some wine?? he asked.

?Yes, thank you,? I agreed, deciding I needed to enjoy the experience. And I did.? Joseph and I talked and laughed, and I found it difficult to believe I?d worked with this man for a little over a year now and didn?t know what a great sense of humor he had.

?I?ve had a great time tonight, Jodi,? Joseph said as we walked outside in the crisp, cool fall air.

?So have I, Joseph.? Thank you so much for asking me to join you.?

?It was my pleasure, and I hope we can do it again soon.?

?That would be nice, but aren?t you concerned what others at work would have to say??? I knew I was being bold, but a healthy dose of reality was needed here, lest either of us forget the true circumstances in our lives.? I was positive that the other Chantry men, Dad and Granddad, would not approve of the heir apparent dating the hired help.

?Why would I worry about that, Jodi?? I have waited a long time to ask you out, and we got along just like I knew we would.? If I have to fire you just so I can date you, then I will!?

?Please don?t do that!? I couldn?t help begging.? Joseph had no idea how terrified his words made me.? The threat of being jobless was what kept me from dealing with Astrid as she deserved.? I didn?t dare make waves with her having the power to fire me, and the witch knew it, too.? I couldn?t even complain about her with others who worked in the law firm for the simple reason I couldn?t trust that one of them wouldn?t go to Astrid and tell her what I?d said.

?Don?t be silly, Jodi,? Joseph said, his soft voice taking away my fear.? ?I would never do that, but please don?t tell me that you aren?t interested in going out with me again.? It hurts my feelings.?? When I looked at him in disbelief, he said, ?Yes, I am serious.? I do have feelings.?

?Of course you do!? But, won?t your father and grandfather be upset with us?? I don?t want one of them to fire me, either!?

?I?ve already spoken to them of my feelings.? They both think you a wonderful asset to the firm, and said I could do a lot worse.? Granddad said that if he was younger and single he would give me a run for my money.?

?He did??? I knew I was dreaming now, and did the pinch test again, only to yelp when it hurt.

?What?? Joseph asked in concern.

?I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming.?? Joseph just laughed and opened my car door for me.? This time I got into the car and put the damned seat belt on without being told.? I wasn?t about to do one thing that would cause Joseph to remember what he promised to do earlier.? The spanking threat had been in the back of my mind all evening, and to tell the truth, I knew my panties were damp because of that threat.? The truth was that imagining myself lying across his lap with my bottom all bare while he spanked me with his bare hand appealed to me in some strange, inexplicable way. Still, fantasy was one thing, reality another? and it was much too soon for an actual spanking.

Joseph got into the car, took one look at me and smirked, then said, ?That?s not going to work, young lady.?

?What?? I asked, hoping I sounded confused and innocent.? He dared to laugh!? When Joseph started driving, I asked, ?Don?t you wish to know where I want to be dropped off??

?I am taking you home, Jodi.? It?s too late for you to take the bus, and then walk the rest of the way to your apartment from the bus stop closest to your place.?

?You know where I live??

?I looked it up before we left the office,? he told me, obviously pleased with himself.

Now what did I do?? I couldn?t ask him in.? He lived in a mansion, and I lived in a one bedroom apartment with a sleeper sofa in the living room for when my brother stayed over, which was nearly every weekend.

?You look upset??? Am I coming across as a stalker, Jodi?? Do you fear that you need to say ?yes? to me just because you work for the firm?? I?m not like that, I promise.? I will never pressure you to sleep with me.? I just want the same chance you would give any other man that you met and took a liking to.? Okay??

?I trust you, Joseph.? I really do.?? I was telling the complete truth.? I lost my parents when I was barely eighteen, and I?d quickly learned who to trust, and which type of man not to let near me. I learned to be very careful of allowing any man to take me home.? I knew Joseph was a good, solid man.? ?The problem is that I really do like you, and I don?t want you to think the worst of me.?

?Why would I do that??

?Because you know what I make, and compared to Astrid, who has her own house now, I have a tiny apartment that isn?t well furnished.?? There, it was in the open.

?I don?t care about any of that, Jodi.? It?s you I want to see, and I?d hate to see what a mess I would make of my own place if I had one.? I still live at home,? he confessed, making a comical face.

?I?m so pleased we?ve taken the time to get to know each other, Joseph.??

112 reviews for Haunting Astrid

  1. liliana (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this book.

  2. liliana (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this book.

  3. Artsy1 (verified owner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I thought Jodi handled herself pretty well considering she has Astrid to deal with every day. Astrid is the manager of her dept. and she uses everything she can to destroy Jodi and make her look bad in front of the Chantry men, most especially Joseph. Unfortunately for her it backfires and sparks fly in all directions. I really liked Joseph and Jodi and thought there was a good balance in there relationship. Nice read.

  4. Artsy1 (verified owner)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I thought Jodi handled herself pretty well considering she has Astrid to deal with every day. Astrid is the manager of her dept. and she uses everything she can to destroy Jodi and make her look bad in front of the Chantry men, most especially Joseph. Unfortunately for her it backfires and sparks fly in all directions. I really liked Joseph and Jodi and thought there was a good balance in there relationship. Nice read.

  5. Adele (verified owner)

    A cute story it was good, not great. I found the dialouge to be written some what inmaturely. Ok i\\\’m not a writter but i do read a lot. I still foynd the overall story enjoyable.

  6. Adele (verified owner)

    A cute story it was good, not great. I found the dialouge to be written some what inmaturely. Ok i’m not a writter but i do read a lot. I still foynd the overall story enjoyable.

  7. KatD (verified owner)

    I liked this story well written

  8. KatD (verified owner)

    I liked this story well written

  9. JK (verified owner)

    A pretty fun little story. I thought that it jumped pretty quickly into a relationship between the 2 main characters, but was still a good read!

  10. JK (verified owner)

    A pretty fun little story. I thought that it jumped pretty quickly into a relationship between the 2 main characters, but was still a good read!

  11. JC (verified owner)

    A very short story, took less than 45 minutes to read. The characters are enjoyable but I wish there was more to them. This seemed rushed.

  12. JC (verified owner)

    A very short story, took less than 45 minutes to read. The characters are enjoyable but I wish there was more to them. This seemed rushed.

  13. Angie (verified owner)

    This was a really good short story. Things backfired for both Astrid and Jodi when they weren\\\’t honest. Jodi learned what happened when she wasn\\\’t honest with Joseph.

  14. Angie (verified owner)

    This was a really good short story. Things backfired for both Astrid and Jodi when they weren’t honest. Jodi learned what happened when she wasn’t honest with Joseph.

  15. Arleen (verified owner)

    This was a cute story about the beginnings of a DD relationship. It was told with love and affection between the characters. It was also a good Halloween story about a house with hidden passages. It\\\’s a wonderful light Halloween read.

  16. Arleen (verified owner)

    This was a cute story about the beginnings of a DD relationship. It was told with love and affection between the characters. It was also a good Halloween story about a house with hidden passages. It’s a wonderful light Halloween read.

  17. Es (verified owner)

    I thought this was a cute short read, but I was disappointed that we actually didn\\\’t really get to see the relationship grow. We\\\’re just told they spent this day together, or that day together talking and laughing, but not about what. I did like the spanking scenes though, and getting to see justice served for more than one woman that stepped out of line. There were a few times I had a really good laugh at the misfortunes of the ladies in this book, which I don\\\’t usually do, so it was good to have that.

  18. Es (verified owner)

    I thought this was a cute short read, but I was disappointed that we actually didn’t really get to see the relationship grow. We’re just told they spent this day together, or that day together talking and laughing, but not about what. I did like the spanking scenes though, and getting to see justice served for more than one woman that stepped out of line. There were a few times I had a really good laugh at the misfortunes of the ladies in this book, which I don’t usually do, so it was good to have that.

  19. Gayle (verified owner)

    Ok for a freebie. The main characters are somewhat boring but they make a nice couple. The antagonist is suitably nasty and was the most interesting character in the book.

    Sorry to say this, but the cover models for the book are not attractive in the least. I\\\’m wondering why they were chosen.

  20. Gayle (verified owner)

    Ok for a freebie. The main characters are somewhat boring but they make a nice couple. The antagonist is suitably nasty and was the most interesting character in the book.

    Sorry to say this, but the cover models for the book are not attractive in the least. I’m wondering why they were chosen.

  21. anon (verified owner)

    This cute, little story was ruined for me by the Joseph character. I detested his sense of fairness. He can spank before discussing the behaviors that require spanking, he can loose his temper and spank without explanation or consequences. Astrid gets one spanking for years of abuse yet Jodi gets severely spanked and punished for forty-one days for, what I feel, justified retribution. Personally, I\\\’d tell Joseph to walk especially since there was no background to make any of the punishments feel lovingly given. Shame, since the story idea was a good one.

  22. anon (verified owner)

    This cute, little story was ruined for me by the Joseph character. I detested his sense of fairness. He can spank before discussing the behaviors that require spanking, he can loose his temper and spank without explanation or consequences. Astrid gets one spanking for years of abuse yet Jodi gets severely spanked and punished for forty-one days for, what I feel, justified retribution. Personally, I’d tell Joseph to walk especially since there was no background to make any of the punishments feel lovingly given. Shame, since the story idea was a good one.

  23. kitty_ranma (verified owner)

    41 days of being punished. a bit harsh i thought. thou a well done book if a bit short.

  24. kitty_ranma (verified owner)

    41 days of being punished. a bit harsh i thought. thou a well done book if a bit short.

  25. Cherish (verified owner)

    A Good read a must have book although it ended too soon I would love to see the rest of Jodi and Brian relationship

  26. Cherish (verified owner)

    A Good read a must have book although it ended too soon I would love to see the rest of Jodi and Brian relationship

  27. Tara (verified owner)

    This was a fun read, if a bit short. I really appreciated the heroine\\\’s ingenuity in the haunting storyline, and also enjoyed the relationship\\\’s evolution.

  28. Tara (verified owner)

    This was a fun read, if a bit short. I really appreciated the heroine’s ingenuity in the haunting storyline, and also enjoyed the relationship’s evolution.

  29. KArc (verified owner)

    This is a great story. Jodi works in a law firm where one of her coworkers is her greatest fantasy and another is her greatest enemy. Joseph is the grandson of the firms founder and the object of her fantasies. Astrid is the office manager who makes Jodi\\\’s work life miserable. As Jodi is getting her revenge on Astrid, Joseph is making his move on Jodi. Unfortunately for Jodi, Joseph doesn\\\’t approve of the revenge. And though his punishment is very creative, it needed more detail which would have given the story the length it needed to feel complete.

  30. KArc (verified owner)

    This is a great story. Jodi works in a law firm where one of her coworkers is her greatest fantasy and another is her greatest enemy. Joseph is the grandson of the firms founder and the object of her fantasies. Astrid is the office manager who makes Jodi’s work life miserable. As Jodi is getting her revenge on Astrid, Joseph is making his move on Jodi. Unfortunately for Jodi, Joseph doesn’t approve of the revenge. And though his punishment is very creative, it needed more detail which would have given the story the length it needed to feel complete.

  31. melissa (verified owner)

    This was a sweet, almost Cinderella like, story of Jodi and Brian. After Jodi is repeatedly treated very poorly by another female in the office, she extracts revenge. However, in doing so, she also meets the disapproval of Brian who is quite old-fashioned in his discipline methods. Somewhat short though enjoyable.

  32. melissa (verified owner)

    This was a sweet, almost Cinderella like, story of Jodi and Brian. After Jodi is repeatedly treated very poorly by another female in the office, she extracts revenge. However, in doing so, she also meets the disapproval of Brian who is quite old-fashioned in his discipline methods. Somewhat short though enjoyable.

  33. Jaycee (verified owner)

    This story had a good premise, but it fell flat for me mainly because the main character, Joseph, was just so unlikable! First of all, he spanks Jodi on the first date – when he is so pissed. The second spanking was because she yelled at him in a restaurant and because she failed to tell him how Astrid – the office manager from hell – had been treating her for so long. Even when she explained WHY she kept it from him – because she feared being fired or causing problems, he still blamed Jodi! Then he didn\\\’t believe Jodi when she told him how Astrid would react at the office. And he wonders why Jodi didn\\\’t trust him?? Like another reader stated, Joseph didn\\\’t deserve Jodi and I really wanted her to say enough! Perhaps if the story had been longer, the author could have taken the time to develop this relationship. As it was, it never felt real because I have a hard time believing that a woman would put up with a man like Joseph.

  34. Jaycee (verified owner)

    This story had a good premise, but it fell flat for me mainly because the main character, Joseph, was just so unlikable! First of all, he spanks Jodi on the first date – when he is so pissed. The second spanking was because she yelled at him in a restaurant and because she failed to tell him how Astrid – the office manager from hell – had been treating her for so long. Even when she explained WHY she kept it from him – because she feared being fired or causing problems, he still blamed Jodi! Then he didn’t believe Jodi when she told him how Astrid would react at the office. And he wonders why Jodi didn’t trust him?? Like another reader stated, Joseph didn’t deserve Jodi and I really wanted her to say enough! Perhaps if the story had been longer, the author could have taken the time to develop this relationship. As it was, it never felt real because I have a hard time believing that a woman would put up with a man like Joseph.

  35. TG (verified owner)

    Was ok. Not great. Seemed way too short.

  36. TG (verified owner)

    Was ok. Not great. Seemed way too short.

  37. DNF (verified owner)

    This is a nice short story, a fast reading although the male characters are too superficial they don\\\’t see what it is happening in their firm.

  38. DNF (verified owner)

    This is a nice short story, a fast reading although the male characters are too superficial they don’t see what it is happening in their firm.

  39. K (verified owner)

    Light but enjoyable. I like a little mystery in my romance novels. It would\\\’ve been nice were it longer.

  40. K (verified owner)

    Light but enjoyable. I like a little mystery in my romance novels. It would’ve been nice were it longer.

  41. Laura (verified owner)

    I liked this short story. Lovef the details and all the spankings. I love the idea of the male being head of the home and taking his wife overhis knee.

  42. Laura (verified owner)

    I liked this short story. Lovef the details and all the spankings. I love the idea of the male being head of the home and taking his wife overhis knee.

  43. Laura (verified owner)

    I liked this short story. Lovef the details and all the spankings. I love the idea of the male being head of the home and taking his wife overhis knee.

  44. Laura (verified owner)

    I liked this short story. Lovef the details and all the spankings. I love the idea of the male being head of the home and taking his wife overhis knee.

  45. Rose (verified owner)

    This was a really cute short story with a definitely different theme. I enjoyed it and think you will, too.

    Jodi is a secretary at a family-owned law firm. The bane of her existence is her supervisor, Astrid, who not only destroyed Jodi’s application in order to beat her out for a lucrative promotion, but then lords it over everyone on her staff, especially Jodi. Astrid’s malicious scheming backfires when she continually requires Jodi to stay late to work for the youngest partner, Joseph Chantry III, all the while telling him that Jodi has volunteered. As it turns out, Joseph III takes this as a sign that perhaps Jodi is as interested in him as he is in her.

    Even though Astrid’s scheming has worked out to her advantage, Jodi determines to seek her revenge on Astrid, taking the risk that this may not sit well with her employers at all should they find out.

  46. Rose (verified owner)

    This was a really cute short story with a definitely different theme. I enjoyed it and think you will, too.

    Jodi is a secretary at a family-owned law firm. The bane of her existence is her supervisor, Astrid, who not only destroyed Jodi??s application in order to beat her out for a lucrative promotion, but then lords it over everyone on her staff, especially Jodi. Astrid??s malicious scheming backfires when she continually requires Jodi to stay late to work for the youngest partner, Joseph Chantry III, all the while telling him that Jodi has volunteered. As it turns out, Joseph III takes this as a sign that perhaps Jodi is as interested in him as he is in her.

    Even though Astrid??s scheming has worked out to her advantage, Jodi determines to seek her revenge on Astrid, taking the risk that this may not sit well with her employers at all should they find out.

  47. Laney (verified owner)

    A beautiful legal secretary, a handsome boss who won\\\’t hesitate to spank, love, a mean coworker, and a practical joke that went way too far. This is a recipe for a scorched behind. It was short – but It was also one of the free e-books – so I cannot complain too much about that. The one thing I did not like about the story was the fact that a person was coerced into taking a spanking to keep her job. That seemed a bit off to me – but this is a story – not real life. All in all, I liked this book.

  48. Laney (verified owner)

    A beautiful legal secretary, a handsome boss who won’t hesitate to spank, love, a mean coworker, and a practical joke that went way too far. This is a recipe for a scorched behind. It was short – but It was also one of the free e-books – so I cannot complain too much about that. The one thing I did not like about the story was the fact that a person was coerced into taking a spanking to keep her job. That seemed a bit off to me – but this is a story – not real life. All in all, I liked this book.

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  51. madpuss

    This was a well written story but only an OK read. To be fair others may really enjoy it. Personally, I\\\’m not a fan of stories where one day Jodi and Joesph are work colleagues talking to each other just on a professional basis and by the end of an evening there are declaring serious feelings for one another and are suddenly in a relationship with a view to being married. There was no fun or banter between them, no spark. The conversation between them seems very clinical, polite and formal. A story created purely for setting up the scene for spankings. For that reason for me it\\\’s not my favourite type of story.

  52. madpuss

    This was a well written story but only an OK read. To be fair others may really enjoy it. Personally, I’m not a fan of stories where one day Jodi and Joesph are work colleagues talking to each other just on a professional basis and by the end of an evening there are declaring serious feelings for one another and are suddenly in a relationship with a view to being married. There was no fun or banter between them, no spark. The conversation between them seems very clinical, polite and formal. A story created purely for setting up the scene for spankings. For that reason for me it’s not my favourite type of story.

  53. Gloria (verified owner)

  54. Gloria (verified owner)

  55. Kathy (verified owner)

    This was an ok book. I didn\\\’t not like it like some of the other readers but will not read it a second time either

  56. Kathy (verified owner)

    This was an ok book. I didn’t not like it like some of the other readers but will not read it a second time either

  57. Keekee (verified owner)

    An okay read. Fairly predicable but fun for October.

  58. Keekee (verified owner)

    An okay read. Fairly predicable but fun for October.

  59. Dawn (verified owner)

    I liked this story it was humorous and had a twist at the end and I can see why she wanted her work mate to have her comeuppance which was well deserved

  60. Dawn (verified owner)

    I liked this story it was humorous and had a twist at the end and I can see why she wanted her work mate to have her comeuppance which was well deserved

  61. Wendy (verified owner)

    Great Story.

  62. Wendy (verified owner)

    Great Story.

  63. Jessie (verified owner)

    Cute story about a new relationship where spanking comes into play. Astrid plays a prank too far and definitely gets her come uppance

  64. Jessie (verified owner)

    Cute story about a new relationship where spanking comes into play. Astrid plays a prank too far and definitely gets her come uppance

  65. Andrea (verified owner)

    This was a free read of month. It was a quick cute read. Entertaining and fun. Worth the read.

  66. Andrea (verified owner)

    This was a free read of month. It was a quick cute read. Entertaining and fun. Worth the read.

  67. CJ (verified owner)

    A cute story, and Jodi is a true brat. Fun little short story, not a bad one to read.

  68. CJ (verified owner)

    A cute story, and Jodi is a true brat. Fun little short story, not a bad one to read.

  69. Silvia (verified owner)

    I did not like this book. The storyline was very slow and I had a hard time finishing the book.

  70. Silvia (verified owner)

    I did not like this book. The storyline was very slow and I had a hard time finishing the book.

  71. Sherry (verified owner)

    I am not sure how I feel about this one. Jodi is just as mean as Astrid was. I understand why Jodi wanted revenge, but she didn\\\’t tell anyone about why she was upset, and instead of voicing her concerns to the powers that be who could have fixed her problems, she took revenge. Both needed to be punished and were. It had a happy ending and romance between a boss and his assistant. It is worth a read, but not my favorite. As I said Jodi was just as cruel as Astrid was.

  72. Sherry (verified owner)

    I am not sure how I feel about this one. Jodi is just as mean as Astrid was. I understand why Jodi wanted revenge, but she didn’t tell anyone about why she was upset, and instead of voicing her concerns to the powers that be who could have fixed her problems, she took revenge. Both needed to be punished and were. It had a happy ending and romance between a boss and his assistant. It is worth a read, but not my favorite. As I said Jodi was just as cruel as Astrid was.

  73. SL (verified owner)

    I am not sure how I feel about this one. Jodi is just as mean as Astrid was. I understand why Jodi wanted revenge, but she didn\\\’t tell anyone about why she was upset, and instead of voicing her concerns to the powers that be who could have fixed her problems, she took revenge. Both needed to be punished and were. It had a happy ending and romance between a boss and his assistant. It is worth a read, but not my favorite. As I said Jodi was just as cruel as Astrid was.

  74. SL (verified owner)

    I am not sure how I feel about this one. Jodi is just as mean as Astrid was. I understand why Jodi wanted revenge, but she didn’t tell anyone about why she was upset, and instead of voicing her concerns to the powers that be who could have fixed her problems, she took revenge. Both needed to be punished and were. It had a happy ending and romance between a boss and his assistant. It is worth a read, but not my favorite. As I said Jodi was just as cruel as Astrid was.

  75. Merna (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this story, but agree with one reviewer who said Jodi\\\’s behavior was out of line too, she was certainly provoked, but went way overboard in her revenge. I liked Joseph, and his handling of the situation.

  76. Merna (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this story, but agree with one reviewer who said Jodi’s behavior was out of line too, she was certainly provoked, but went way overboard in her revenge. I liked Joseph, and his handling of the situation.

  77. Connie (verified owner)

    Jodi works in the same law firm as Astrid. Astrid just got a promotion to office manager and threatens all the secretaries with being fired if they don\\\’t do exactly what she tells them to do. Jodi goes out to dinner with Joseph, the youngest partner, after working late with him one night and he spanks or after finding out she doesn\\\’t wear a seatbelt and she doesn\\\’t lock her apartment. Jodi finds out Astrid has bought old house and sets out to haunt it so she can\\\’t resell it and gets caught by Joseph. The punishment follows in love is in the air. Good story, and great characters.

  78. Connie (verified owner)

    Jodi works in the same law firm as Astrid. Astrid just got a promotion to office manager and threatens all the secretaries with being fired if they don’t do exactly what she tells them to do. Jodi goes out to dinner with Joseph, the youngest partner, after working late with him one night and he spanks or after finding out she doesn’t wear a seatbelt and she doesn’t lock her apartment. Jodi finds out Astrid has bought old house and sets out to haunt it so she can’t resell it and gets caught by Joseph. The punishment follows in love is in the air. Good story, and great characters.

  79. Rachel (verified owner)

    Got this when it was free and I actually enjoyed it. Lots of laughs and spooks! Fun read.

  80. Rachel (verified owner)

    Got this when it was free and I actually enjoyed it. Lots of laughs and spooks! Fun read.

  81. Tia (verified owner)

    This was a funny story, which I enjoyed, as it is not always something you find in spanking novels. Jodi is sick of putting up with Astrid\\\’s mean behavior, and decides to punish Astrid in her own way. But she lets things get out of hand, and her boss and boyfriend, Joseph, is more than happy to show her the error of her ways. And the conversation will happen between his hand and her bottom. I only wish it had been longer.

  82. Tia (verified owner)

    This was a funny story, which I enjoyed, as it is not always something you find in spanking novels. Jodi is sick of putting up with Astrid’s mean behavior, and decides to punish Astrid in her own way. But she lets things get out of hand, and her boss and boyfriend, Joseph, is more than happy to show her the error of her ways. And the conversation will happen between his hand and her bottom. I only wish it had been longer.

  83. Anonymous

    UnfortunatelyI really did notb particularly like the main character. The premise of her getting back at her mean coworker was ok but whst she did was just too over the top for me.

  84. Anonymous

    UnfortunatelyI really did notb particularly like the main character. The premise of her getting back at her mean coworker was ok but whst she did was just too over the top for me.

  85. Rhonda (verified owner)

    UFORTUNATELY I DID NOT PARTICULARLY LIKE THE MAIN CHARACTER. THE PREMISE OF HER GETTING BACK AT HER MEAN CO-WORKER WAS OK, BUT WHAT SHE DID WAS JUST TOO OVER THE TOP

  86. Rhonda (verified owner)

    UFORTUNATELY I DID NOT PARTICULARLY LIKE THE MAIN CHARACTER. THE PREMISE OF HER GETTING BACK AT HER MEAN CO-WORKER WAS OK, BUT WHAT SHE DID WAS JUST TOO OVER THE TOP

  87. Mattie (verified owner)

    I really love that Jodi gets Astrid back by scaring her into believing her house is haunted. To bad her boss and boyfriend Joseph finds out.

  88. Mattie (verified owner)

    I really love that Jodi gets Astrid back by scaring her into believing her house is haunted. To bad her boss and boyfriend Joseph finds out.

  89. Margaret (verified owner)

    Too short. But good story

  90. Margaret (verified owner)

    Too short. But good story

  91. jeanped (verified owner)

    Unlike many of the reviews of this book… A bit on the short side, as far as I am concerned… I liked the plot of the story and though I felt that the haunting of Astrid was a bit on the sever side, I liked it… what I didn\\\’t like is that she had to break and enter Astrid\\\’s home (which is a criminal offense) to do it… Then again at the end she got her comeuppance, which I don\\\’t believe was very harsh, as well as her man…

  92. jeanped (verified owner)

    Unlike many of the reviews of this book… A bit on the short side, as far as I am concerned… I liked the plot of the story and though I felt that the haunting of Astrid was a bit on the sever side, I liked it… what I didn’t like is that she had to break and enter Astrid’s home (which is a criminal offense) to do it… Then again at the end she got her comeuppance, which I don’t believe was very harsh, as well as her man…

  93. Sarah (verified owner)

    I thought this book was very short. I liked that Astrid got some payback for what she did. but i also thought Jodie went just a bit too far, but at least she got her payback in the end too.

  94. Sarah (verified owner)

    I thought this book was very short. I liked that Astrid got some payback for what she did. but i also thought Jodie went just a bit too far, but at least she got her payback in the end too.

  95. Vicki (verified owner)

    Office politics to the extreme! Astrid tends to be the take credit for what everyone else does and Jodi seems to be the quiet, sit back and take it type… until she\\\’s not. Jodi decides to get revenge, but not by turning Astrid into HR. Nope… by setting up Astrid\\\’s house to make it seem haunted. In the meantime, Jodi has begun a relationship with the boss. The story was OK, but the haunting was just not my thing. If you enjoy pranks, this could be a book for you.

  96. Vicki (verified owner)

    Office politics to the extreme! Astrid tends to be the take credit for what everyone else does and Jodi seems to be the quiet, sit back and take it type… until she’s not. Jodi decides to get revenge, but not by turning Astrid into HR. Nope… by setting up Astrid’s house to make it seem haunted. In the meantime, Jodi has begun a relationship with the boss. The story was OK, but the haunting was just not my thing. If you enjoy pranks, this could be a book for you.

  97. Corinne (verified owner)

    Fun short story. I enjoyed the just desserts for Astrid\\\’s horrid behavior. Joseph & Jodi\\\’s romance was sweet.

  98. Corinne (verified owner)

    Fun short story. I enjoyed the just desserts for Astrid’s horrid behavior. Joseph & Jodi’s romance was sweet.

  99. lanigirl (verified owner)

    This book was poorly thought out and written. The characters were underdeveloped and boring and the plot predictable. The dialog was contrived and uninteresting. Neither of the characters were likable and I wasn\\\’t interested in them succeeding or failing, getting away with mischief or getting caught.

  100. lanigirl (verified owner)

    This book was poorly thought out and written. The characters were underdeveloped and boring and the plot predictable. The dialog was contrived and uninteresting. Neither of the characters were likable and I wasn’t interested in them succeeding or failing, getting away with mischief or getting caught.

  101. Cryspalitus

    Unlike many stories of this genre i.e. domestic discipline, this one did have a story. Some of it was a little contrived and the direct speech was quite stilted in parts but on the whole I enjoyed it.

  102. Cryspalitus

    Unlike many stories of this genre i.e. domestic discipline, this one did have a story. Some of it was a little contrived and the direct speech was quite stilted in parts but on the whole I enjoyed it.

  103. Kirsty (verified owner)

    I loved this. Really funny! A great plot too, poor Astrid! A nice sweet story. Highly recommended!

  104. Kirsty (verified owner)

    I loved this. Really funny! A great plot too, poor Astrid! A nice sweet story. Highly recommended!

  105. Jessica (verified owner)

    I was pleasantly surprised by this story, as I had previously been unable to finish a story by this author due to the terrible writing. However, this one was well written and my imagination was drawn into the book. I think that some of the extreme emotional defiance of the heroine was a little too forced, but was overall an entertaining read.

  106. Jessica (verified owner)

    I was pleasantly surprised by this story, as I had previously been unable to finish a story by this author due to the terrible writing. However, this one was well written and my imagination was drawn into the book. I think that some of the extreme emotional defiance of the heroine was a little too forced, but was overall an entertaining read.

  107. P. (verified owner)

    This book is excellent and after a conversation with my spouse who also read it, we can both recommend it as a supernatural story that delivers. It really has it all. An office employee paddled for destroying a job application, a haunting of Astrid and red panties which make you wonder if Jodi wore them to entice her hubbie to continue her spanking until they matched the undies. Astrid is mean to her fellow employees and office politics become bottom politics. Plus while Astrid is getting her paddling Jodi finds she wants her behind dealt with a similar manner as part of her ongoing relationship with the spanker. This all leads to a romantic story with a message to be nice to your co-workers or suffer the consequences.

  108. P. (verified owner)

    This book is excellent and after a conversation with my spouse who also read it, we can both recommend it as a supernatural story that delivers. It really has it all. An office employee paddled for destroying a job application, a haunting of Astrid and red panties which make you wonder if Jodi wore them to entice her hubbie to continue her spanking until they matched the undies. Astrid is mean to her fellow employees and office politics become bottom politics. Plus while Astrid is getting her paddling Jodi finds she wants her behind dealt with a similar manner as part of her ongoing relationship with the spanker. This all leads to a romantic story with a message to be nice to your co-workers or suffer the consequences.

  109. Laura

    This was a good book.

  110. Laura

    This was a good book.

  111. Livvy (verified owner)

    was a great book

  112. Livvy (verified owner)

    was a great book

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