Love Heals

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Karen Donahue is learning that karma is a bitch. While she was licking her wounds and enjoying some quality time with her hunk of a boyfriend, Brandon, one of her employees staged a coup and replaced her as CEO. Now all she can think about is sweet, thrilling revenge.

The only problem is that her boyfriend can’t find out. He’d never approve, but she can’t just take this sitting down. She has to fight back.

As she plots and schemes, keeping secrets becomes harder than she can imagine. Soon, one lie turns into another and another and she just knows that she’ll get the spanking of her life if he finds out. Or worse – she’ll lose him.
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Chapter One

"Remember the rule," Brandon whispered huskily into my ear, making me shiver as warmth traveled throughout the length of my body. "Don’t come until I say you can."

"Yes, Sir." My reply was a breathy little whisper that did little to convey how close I was already. It didn’t take much where my smokin’-hot boyfriend was concerned. All it took was a look, the one he got when he found me impossible and sexy all it once, and I was ready.

My promise proved harder to keep than I’d originally imagined, which was the whole point of the game. He did everything he could think of to take me to the brink of ecstasy and the promise of what would follow if I disobeyed was enough to send me tumbling over the edge.

"Don’t," he warned in a low overtone as he teased and pinched my hardened nipple between his fingers.

I pressed my legs together, trying to fight my desire, or at least hold it at bay for as long as possible. He’d been delivering a steady barrage of torturous pleasure for over half an hour now and I didn’t know how much more I could take. My thighs were moist with longing and squeezing my legs together only served to make me hyper-aware of my need for release.

"Close your eyes," he whispered and I obeyed without delay. The assault began anew as he traced his fingers along every contour of my naked body, leaving a trail of goose bumps as he went.

"Brandon," I gasped, another breathy murmur.

"Shh, I’m hardly even touching you." He was right, of course, but somehow that feather-light touch awakened every nerve in my body. Every inch of me was shivery and aroused, every bit of skin begging for his attention. I drew my breath in slowly, waiting to see what he would do next. My nipples were hardened to the point of pain which might have a little something to do with the nipple clamps he’d put on them earlier. My pussy was throbbing in need, but it didn’t seem like he planned on sating my desire any time soon. I pressed the back of my hand to my mouth, muffling my frustrated moan.

He heard it anyway and chuckled low in his throat. "Soon, baby girl, if you’re good. You do want to be good, don’t you?"

God, I’d never wanted anything more in my life. I arched my back, pushing my breasts out toward him, not bothering to try to hide my moan this time. I was lying on his bed, flat on my back, my wrists tied to the bedposts for no other reason than because seeing them bound excited him. When he took my nipple into his mouth, the heat of his lips against my tender skin made my breath hitch in excitement and I couldn’t bite back the moan of ecstasy that rose to my lips.

"Not yet," he scolded before he went back to alternating between suckling and biting down on my nipple.

I laid flat again with a whimper, desperately wishing I could talk him into fucking me. I would try if I thought I had half a chance of being successful, but I’d begged before and I was determined not to do it again. I was a CEO of my own company, for God’s sake! I was used to being begged, not the other way around!

He switched nipples, making my groans deepen with urgency. When his fingers traced the outside of my pussy I thought I’d come on the spot. "Not yet," he murmured wickedly. When he slid a finger in, testing my wetness, I nearly came undone. Every single cell in my body was begging for release, an end to this torture that would only stop one of two ways: either with him fucking me until we were both sweaty and exhausted and incapable of speech, or until my body betrayed me and disobeyed him. To do so would land me right over his knee, which I suspected was what he’d been hoping for. Well, I would be damned if I gave him what he wanted?or at least I’d die trying, which was starting to look more likely.

The second finger slid in next to the first and Brandon strummed me expertly, making my sex clench and hum with anticipation. I could feel my climax building, my body going taut to fight it. He let go of my nipple abruptly and it tingled with the loss of his touch. He bent down and blew a stream of warm air on my wet pussy lips, which was all it took for me to surrender to the pleasure that had been striving to overtake me.

I caught sight of the satisfied grin moving across Brandon’s face right before I closed my eyes and shuddered against his hand. He was a gentleman, he didn’t believe in leaving things unfinished and he let his fingers dance wildly, mercifully inside me until my orgasm reached its peak. He walked around the bed to untie my hands and climbed back in bed beside me, pulling me to him while I trembled with another orgasm.

I snuggled close, curling against his big, strong chest. "I think you like it when I lose."

"You know something?" he asked, trailing a finger down my cheek. "I think you like it, too."

"You certainly seem pleased with yourself," I huffed, hiding a smile.

"Course I am, baby. I’ll be even more pleased when I’ve got that glorious ass of yours over my knee and paddle in hand."

I pulled back to look at him, my eyes wide. "You didn’t say anything about a paddle!"

"Didn’t I?" he asked, laughter dancing in his dark blue eyes.

"Brandon?"

"Okay, okay, no paddle. Maybe I’ll bring the flogger out to play."

I relaxed and snuggled back up to him. I liked the flogger, which he knew all too well. He gave me a few minutes to lounge in the luxurious warmth of his body before patting my bottom and standing. I groaned when I felt the bed shift as he got off, but it was only for effect. I was smiling behind my hand.

In the beginning, I’d found the idea of a grown woman being spanked?especially a smart, powerful one like myself?absurd. But then, Brandon could be very persuasive with his broad shoulders and rock-hard abs. The first time I’d felt his hand collide with my bottom in a hard barrage of punishing smacks, I’d vowed it would never happen again, but as we continued to date he taught me that spankings could be as wonderfully pleasurable and relaxing as they could be painful. Thankfully, it was the former I had in store for me today. It would hurt a little, but it would also amplify the pleasure.

"Roll on your stomach and push your bottom toward me, honey." His voice was as smooth as velvet and it was enough to make me shiver in excitement. He was always so gentle with me, which I found downright sexy.

Look at that, already horny again before the first swat has even landed, I thought to myself as I obeyed.

"Mmm," he said as his large, broad hand stroked my bare cheeks. "You know, I’d bet Aphrodite herself would envy this ass."

"Are you saying the Goddess of Love had a flat butt?" I teased, muffling my laughter with the pillow. Laughter that quickly turned to an indignant screech as his hand collided with my cheek in a firm spank.

"Not at all, just that it couldn’t have been nearly as perfect as yours." Another firm smack punctuated his words.

I relaxed and let myself fall into the rhythm of the spanking, often sighing after a swat. Never, ever did I think I would list spanking under relaxing activities, but it was right up there with hot baths and yoga?only much more fun.

"Do you like that, my naughty girl?" he asked huskily as he continued to spank my bottom. "You’re starting to blush already."

He said it like it was a compliment and I giggled.

"You didn’t answer my question." He tsked his tongue and the smacks got a little harder.

"Hey, no fair!" I protested, turning around. "This isn’t supposed to hurt!"

He arched a dark brown eyebrow and gave me that look that turned my insides to jelly. "Is that right, little girl? And since when do you get to tell me how to spank you?"

He had a point. Damn it, I hated it when he was right, because it usually meant more pain for my poor bottom. "I don’t, but?"

"You did," he countered, still frowning in a way that made my thighs quiver?whether in fear or excitement I wasn’t quite sure.

A thousand retorts leapt to my lips, but in the end I lowered my lashes and went with the one that would be the most helpful. To my bottom, that was. "I’m sorry, Sir."

"We’ll see. Turn around."

I obeyed, grateful for the playfulness I could hear underneath his stern tone. The next spank landed quickly, followed rapidly by another to my other cheek. Both stung and were followed by half a dozen more, delivered rapid-fire.

"I make the rules, Karen and if I choose to make your spanking hurt, you’ll take it without the attitude. Understand?"

"Yes, Sir," I sniffled. It was what I’d agreed to, after all, and having him take me in hand made me as wet as it made him hard. Weird or not, it was what worked for us.

"Now, I’m getting the flogger. Put your legs together, please."

I winced. The only time he ever told me to close my legs was when he intended to spank my thighs. I’d had such high hopes for tonight and I had to ruin it with being sassy. Thankfully, from the first swat I could tell he’d switched back to playful. The spanks hurt a little, but the sting faded quickly and was replaced with a tingling that made me purr contentedly.

"Are you ready for the rest of your punishment, little girl?"

"Yes, Sir," I replied dutifully, turning to face him.

"On your knees then."

I obeyed quickly with a radiant smile on my face as I unzipped his fly and pulled out his erection. The sight of it never failed to make me horny. I took to my task with gusto, pulling the length into my mouth as far as I could without making myself gag.

Brandon’s hand tangled in my hair, guiding me as he groaned his pleasure.

Hearing it spurred me on and I slid my lips up and down his cock with more enthusiasm than I’d imagined possible before meeting him. When I tasted the drop of pre-cum on the head of his cock, I slurped lustily, eager to have his seed spill into the back of my throat.

"God, Karen." He grabbed me around the waist and hauled me to my feet.

"But?"

He interrupted my pouting with a quick smack to my tingling rear. "Bed. Now."

I scampered to obey his huskily growled command, throwing myself on my back and opening my legs?not to mention my dripping pussy?to his cock. He plunged into my soaking depths with a roar that made me grab fistfuls of sheet and brace myself. Normally unendingly tender, it set my heart to racing when Brandon took me forcefully, his pumping, hurried thrusts telling me how much my body pleased him.

When he came, I let myself go and climaxed right behind him, our bodies shuddering together in mutual bliss. When he fell on me, his tight, muscled body glistened with a sheen of sweat. He kissed my temple and whispered something that sounded like I love you in between quick, gasping breaths.

I was too spent for words, so I grabbed his cock and moved my hand up and down his shaft to show him instead.

***

My ass was still tingling?in a very tantalizing, delicious sort of way?when my phone vibrated on the nightstand. "Crap," I muttered when I saw the calendar reminder flashing at me.

"What?" Brandon walked out of the bathroom wearing nothing but a plush, dark blue towel wrapped around his waist.

Even though he’d fucked me thoroughly mere minutes ago, the sight of his hard, toned body glistening with water was enough to make me ache all over again for the feel of his cock inside me. From the moment my eyes landed on his taut, perfect body, I was entranced. I couldn’t resist going to him and stepping into his arms, welcoming the embrace he offered. I didn’t mind that my hair dampened as I leaned against his chest. Just inhaling the manly, sandalwood scent of his skin made up for that. Simply being near him made it more than worth it.

"What is it, Karen?"

"Nothing," I sighed, already regretting that I had to leave. These days, I lived for the weekends, for the two whole days I could spend with him uninterrupted by work. It was comical, considering that only a few short months ago my stance on it had been live to work rather than work to live. As CEO of the company I’d created, Dusty Records, I’d once had a habit of working twelve to fourteen grueling hours a day. Now, I came in late, left early and some days even slipped away for an extended lunch. There had to be some perks of being at the top, right?

"Doesn’t sound like nothing," he replied, his hands reaching around to cup my ass. When he gave my right cheek a pinch, I gasped and tried to pull away, but his hands trapped me easily. "If I have to ask again, the paddle will come out."

I shivered at the huskily murmured threat. "I just have a meeting I’d rather not attend."

"Tsk, tsk," he scolded playfully. "Who’s this woman and what have you done with the real Karen? She’d never miss a day of work."

"What can I say, you’ve corrupted me."

"In more ways than one," he said with a sexy grin that made my stomach flip.

"Skip work today," I begged, tightening my grip around his waist.

"You know I’d love to, just like you also know that I can’t."

I tilted my head back, widening my brown eyes and chewing my bottom lip in a way that I knew he found irresistible. "Please?"

"Don’t make me repeat myself, woman," he growled, dipping me backwards and kissing my mouth. "You’ll regret it."

Thinking that a spanking would at least keep him with me another half hour, I was willing to risk it until I saw the resolution in his eyes.

He pulled me back up and released me?I could see his regret, but he let go nonetheless. "Better start getting ready, babe. Do you want me to turn the shower back on for you?"

"You should have let me share yours," I mumbled sullenly.

"You know that’s against the rules." He stroked my hair and leaned over to kiss my head lightly before he turned and headed back for the bathroom.

There was nothing I could do but watch him leave, admiring his broad shoulders, tanned back and tight, firm ass. Just looking at him got me wet again, which was why he’d made it a rule that we couldn’t shower together on the weekdays. He said it was pointless, because we couldn’t keep our hands off each other and never got clean. After he’d been late to work twice in the same week, he’d laid down the law. It was just one more reason I looked forward to the weekends.

With a long suffering sigh, I went into the bathroom to take a shower. Alone. I knew he was right, of course?his body was irresistible enough to make me want to call in sick every day of the week.

"Have a great day," he said, giving me one more lingering kiss.

"Whatever," I mumbled.

"Are you pouting, Karen? Do I need to remind you what happens to little girls who pout?" He asked before I could answer.

"No, Sir," I replied quickly, forcing my tone back toward civility.

"Are you sure? I’d be more than happy to remind you that spankings aren’t always so much fun."

"You have to be at work, remember?"

He frowned at my sassy tone. "You’re right, otherwise I’d deal with that smart mouth right now. But you know what, I think I’m going to head in and leave you to your shower. But make no mistake, we will be having a discussion about it this evening. And you have all day to think about it."

Worry about it, he meant. I squirmed under his stern gaze. I knew the pouting would put him on edge. He hated it when I tried to make him feel guilty and I never seemed to know how to stop myself. "I’m sorry," I apologized meekly.

"We’ll see. I love you."

"I love you, too."

"Have a good day and be a good girl for me, okay?"

He said "be good" but what he actually meant was "be nice" and I quickly turned away so he couldn’t call me out on rolling my eyes and add it to my growing list of sins. Besides which, I was always nice. If not, at least I always got the job done and that was close enough, right? Yeah, they were practically the same thing.

"Karen?" There was an undercurrent of warning in his voice that prodded me to turn and face him.

"Yes, Sir," I agreed, trying hard to keep the annoyance out of my voice. I held the opinion that my business was my business, but my boyfriend didn’t happen to share that view.

It was clear that he’d caught it despite my attempt to hide it, but he let it go with another stern look. "I’ll see you back here later?"

"Of course."

He gave my bottom one more pat as a reminder before he turned to leave. I let the water run as I watched him walk away. Oh, but he was yummy. It was one of the reasons I had such a hard time going to work these days?for one thing, his scrumptious bod made me want to keep us between the sheets, but for another, there was no way he wasn’t being ogled by other women. Hell, he was chiseled enough to be getting cat calls from other men, too and the thought of anyone looking at him made me insanely, irrationally jealous. It was just something that I was going to have to live with.

I hopped into the shower and washed my hair as quickly as I could, running a soapy loofah over my body as I rinsed my hair. I didn’t take long showers; I was out in less than five minutes, dripping wet and feeling deliciously clean. As I blow dried my hair, I couldn’t help but smile at the thought of getting dirty in the very best of ways when he got home. I might have made one more stab at convincing him to ditch work and stay with me, but it looked like he’d gotten dressed and left while I was in the shower. It was probably for the best; I didn’t enjoy punishment spankings as much as the other and I knew as well as he did that’s exactly where it was headed if I kept pushing.

When my tresses were dry, I took a moment to scrutinize my reflection. My dark brown eyes were glowing?something they’d taken to doing often since I’d met Brandon. My straight black hair fell to my shoulders and my high cheekbones were a rosy color, highlighting my complexion that was the color of light brown sugar. I’d never thought of myself as a pretty girl, until Brandon. He’d changed a lot of things?hell, he’d changed the way I saw the world. But I knew my voluptuous ass was his favorite feature by far.

A quick glance at my watch told me I’d been dawdling too long. I dropped the towel and walked into the bedroom, heading toward the closet where my navy pinstripe business suit was hanging by itself. Brandon had offered more than once to give me half the closet, or at least a drawer, but as much as I loved him, I couldn’t bring myself to take him up on it. I was too independent and I’d been that way too long to think that giving up my apartment was a good idea. Sure, it would start out as a drawer?didn’t it always? But we both knew that was where he was hoping it would go.

I wanted to move cautiously, just in case. Although, in a way, it was already too late?he already had possession of my heart. The thought of things not working out made a sharp pain erupt in my chest.

"Get it together," I muttered as I zipped up my skirt. I couldn’t afford to think this way, not now. I had to switch into CEO mode, which was a lot like shifting gears in a car. Before Brandon, I’d only had one mode?alpha bitch extraordinaire, with a can of whoop ass on the side. Boyfriends, however, liked to believe that there was a softer, feminine side lying underneath and my boyfriend in particular used a paddle to bring out that side of me. While I’d done my best to keep my biting sarcasm and impatient temper to a minimum, there were still parts of me?the soft, feminine ones, for example?that I couldn’t afford for my employees to see.

One in particular sprang to mind: Mark Patterson, my Vice President of Operations. He was a very intelligent, highly capable man. Perhaps too much so, when it came right down to it. In some people, it would be considered a good thing?not so much with the man who wanted to steal your job. Not that I could blame him; in his shoes, I’d be the same way and perhaps that was part of the problem: I knew he was too much like me to be trusted.

That was why it was essential that I get to this meeting on time, whether I wanted to be there or not. Mark had called all the board members together to discuss the future of Dusty Records now that the merger I’d personally planned had fallen through. Our stocks had fallen ten points on the day that SunFilm managed to find a loophole that allowed them to prevent my company from taking over theirs, and the numbers had been sliding downhill ever since. Something had to be done.

Putting my game face on?which included a little makeup and bags under my eyes, which were practically a prerequisite for a CEO?I gave my reflection one more glance-over before hitting the door. My black Porsche was waiting in the driveway and I took a moment to stroke the hood. "Morning, baby. Mama’s got a busy day ahead of her."

Yes, so I talked to my car. So what? You would too, if you’d dreamt of owning a Porsche since you were a little girl. Every time I saw the gleaming chrome, I felt a little lighter, even if it only lasted for a moment. That Porsche was the embodiment of everything I’d worked for as a Puerto Rican girl from the wrong side of the tracks; it was the culmination of everything I’d ever dreamed of having one day, and it was mine, because of my hard work. My success was my own, which was why I tried so hard to hold onto a company that I was losing interest in.

It didn’t help matters that things with Brandon and me had just started around the whole merger debacle. Sometimes, I couldn’t help thinking that if I’d been more focused, worked longer hours instead of spending time with my boyfriend, maybe things would have turned out differently. The so-called merger had been a multi-million dollar deal that would have secured hundreds of new jobs. I was far from the only person who had been bitterly disappointed, but the only one who had the blame laid at their feet. Sometimes, I thought that CEO was just a fancy title for "fall guy".

I chided myself as I cranked the radio up to drown out the traitorous thoughts. Stop thinking about it! This isn’t helping. You need to be calm and collected when you go in there. The board members are probably going to whine and need some serious hand holding. You’ve got to bring your A-game.

It was hard to let go though. It had been the biggest, boldest move of my six year career as CEO, and if I let myself think on it too long, I became overwhelmed with insecurity and self-loathing, which was precisely why I couldn’t think about it right now. The self-flagellation would have to wait until later.

I peeled out of the driveway as though I had Satan himself trailing me and before I knew it, a glance at my speedometer showed that I was going 60?in a 35. Damn. I tapped the brake to slow accordingly, craning my neck for any sign of cop cars. When I’d gone a few miles without blue lights flashing behind me, I allowed myself to relax a fraction. Brandon didn’t like my lead foot one bit, a point he’d made painfully clear with his belt the last time I’d brought home a speeding ticket. Thankfully, what he didn’t know couldn’t hurt me.

I barreled into the parking lot ten minutes early, to my immense relief. I leapt out of the car, yanking the cap off a gold tube of Red Satin and applying it to my lips hurriedly before throwing it back inside and slamming the door. I took off at a run, pressing the auto lock as I went. My high heels pounded on the pavement like a hammer on a nail as I sprinted toward the door, my blood was pumping with adrenaline that kept pushing me forward. I stopped by my office for my assistant, but Jack was nowhere to be found. I felt my stress level rise another notch, but there was nothing I could do right now. Although later I could certainly tongue-lash him to tears.

For now, I had bigger fish to fry. So let’s start heating up the oil, I thought to myself as I made my way to the boardroom. When I approached the imposing double doors I took a moment to catch my breath and smooth back my hair. When I opened the door, I entered the room with my shoulders thrown back and my head held high, briefcase in hand.

From the moment I entered the room, something felt off. An inkling that I couldn’t name tickled the back of my neck. I tried to push it aside as I strode into the room, but at my approach the low murmur of conversation ceased completely. Something’s going on here, the devil on my shoulder hissed. Nothing I can’t handle, I tried to reassure myself. Yet, as I felt every pair of eyes on me, I wondered. What the hell was going on? There shouldn’t be this many people in here?there were always a few last minute stragglers, but no, every board member and assistant was present.

Including mine. I spotted Jack standing at the head of the table, blocking the person in my seat. My seat. Who would dare? Even before he stepped aside, I was pretty sure I already knew the answer.

The eyes on me felt like laser beams?my face responded to the attention by flushing hotly, even though I wasn’t quite sure why. I had to do something. "Good morning," I called out, trying to keep my voice from shaking. I was overreacting. There was nothing wrong here. This was just a board meeting, I’d been to dozens. So what if everyone was early for once? That didn’t have to foreshadow anything sinister.

But no one answered me. I became even more conscious of the eyes on me, imagining I heard the whispers start up again as I passed. The room was so silent I could hear my heart beating a steady tattoo in my chest which, as the seconds ticked by, sped up dramatically. But I forced myself to smile; you could never let them see you sweat. It wasn’t good for the stock numbers.

As I moved toward the table, Jack stepped aside and I saw Mark Patterson keeping my seat warm. My pulse picked up speed, but I’d already known that he was the only one who would be so bold. What bothered me wasn’t the fact that he was sitting in my chair, but the fact that he was lounging in it as though it had been handpicked with his ass in mind, that when he saw me coming he didn’t make a move to stand. In fact, as I met his light green eyes, they looked distinctly satisfied in a way that made my earlier flutters of trepidation feel like mere butterflies.

I schooled my features so that the traitorous emotion wouldn’t show. "Mark, how are you?"

"Good morning, Ms. Donahue," Mark said breezily, grinning for all he was worth. "How nice of you to join us."

I should have thrown you out on your ass long ago, I thought, narrowing my eyes. "I think you got confused. Your chair is over there." I pointed. "Though it looks to be taken at present. Maybe you can stand in the back."

His grin only grew and my stomach knotted at the sight of it. For someone who was getting publically humiliated in front of the most important people in the business, he looked strangely at ease. In fact, he looked like he was enjoying himself. "Of course," he said smoothly in a voice that I distrusted immediately.

Still, when he stood, I took my seat?the bastard stepped out of range before I could push him out of the way, which I would have done with pleasure?and slammed my briefcase on the table. "I officially call this meeting to order," I announced with an air of authority.

Normally, you would hear the rustling of notepads being opened, pens being uncapped, summaries being flipped through. The room was dead silent, except for a board member who couldn’t stop coughing. It looked like I had plenty of reasons to justify the nervousness fluttering in the pit of my stomach. Mark hadn’t moved and was still hovering by my elbow. He looked more smug than before, if that was possible. I glanced around the room and noted that not only was no one talking, no one would meet my eyes. Even my assistant, when I looked his way, studiously avoided my gaze.

The knots in my stomach tightened as I cleared my throat. "If you’ll turn to page one in your handouts, we’ll get started." Still nothing, except for a few blank stares. I could feel the pulse in my neck racing. I turned to page one, trying to ignore the foreboding that was making my breath quicken and my head pound. I started reading, but

34 reviews for Love Heals

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  5. Laurel Lasky

    Dinah does it again. Karen is the CEO of a company that’s eliminates her position and she wants to get revenge, but doesn’t want to have her boyfriend find out. The story line is well developed, romance, hot sex and spanking. A great read.

  6. Laurel Lasky

    Dinah does it again. Karen is the CEO of a company that’s eliminates her position and she wants to get revenge, but doesn’t want to have her boyfriend find out. The story line is well developed, romance, hot sex and spanking. A great read.

  7. Rhonda

    I always enjoy this author\’s books and this book was everything I\’ve come to expect from her. A great storyline, believable characters and smart dialogue. I loved how we saw Karen grow. And I thought the varying kinds of spanking were related in a way that was very thoughtful. Especially when Brandon had to deliver a severe discipline spanking. You can tell he takes no pleasure in it. But knows it\’s necessary for the relationship

  8. Rhonda

    I always enjoy this author’s books and this book was everything I’ve come to expect from her. A great storyline, believable characters and smart dialogue. I loved how we saw Karen grow. And I thought the varying kinds of spanking were related in a way that was very thoughtful. Especially when Brandon had to deliver a severe discipline spanking. You can tell he takes no pleasure in it. But knows it’s necessary for the relationship

  9. Ellienora

    This book had some hot sex scenes and I really watched the heroine grow. Also, the hero was a hot teacher, and although he was dreamy and seemed perfect, he was almost too perfect. Where were his mistakes? But all in all, the journey of watching how she dealt with herproblems and changed from someone who thought she could work for anyone she wanted and step on anyone she wanted to a less selfish person was great.

  10. Ellienora

    This book had some hot sex scenes and I really watched the heroine grow. Also, the hero was a hot teacher, and although he was dreamy and seemed perfect, he was almost too perfect. Where were his mistakes? But all in all, the journey of watching how she dealt with herproblems and changed from someone who thought she could work for anyone she wanted and step on anyone she wanted to a less selfish person was great.

  11. Redrabbitt

    Love come with responsibilities and consequences. This is book 2 that continues from Love Hunts with the relationship of Brandon Fuller and Karen Donahue. Although this is a continuation, it can work well as a stand-alone book. The relationship between Brandon and Karen is a loving one with domestic discipline. But Karen\’s high stressed A type personality can cause problems. Brandon is firm and fair in dealing with her. This story has great sex and spanking. You can\’t help but love the relationship between Brandon and Karen.

  12. Redrabbitt

    Love come with responsibilities and consequences. This is book 2 that continues from Love Hunts with the relationship of Brandon Fuller and Karen Donahue. Although this is a continuation, it can work well as a stand-alone book. The relationship between Brandon and Karen is a loving one with domestic discipline. But Karen’s high stressed A type personality can cause problems. Brandon is firm and fair in dealing with her. This story has great sex and spanking. You can’t help but love the relationship between Brandon and Karen.

  13. SH

    Can you spell HOT because seriously, this book is! I mean, get a fan hot! What a fantastic continuation of book one \’Love Hurts\’ but believe me it does stand alone. I love the dynamic between Karen and Brandon, as I find it completely believable, and their relationship grows in a beautiful way. If you have not read book one, do yourself a favor and read it and then follow with this one, you won\’t regret it! Very well done again Ms. McLeod!

  14. SH

    Can you spell HOT because seriously, this book is! I mean, get a fan hot! What a fantastic continuation of book one ‘Love Hurts’ but believe me it does stand alone. I love the dynamic between Karen and Brandon, as I find it completely believable, and their relationship grows in a beautiful way. If you have not read book one, do yourself a favor and read it and then follow with this one, you won’t regret it! Very well done again Ms. McLeod!

  15. Meg

    Karen is a woman who has fought long and hard for success. She is the CEO of a company she has built from the ground up when she is suddenly taken down by the conniving VP, Mark. Instead of coming clean in her scheme to get revenge, Karen makes the huge mistake of lying to her boyfriend, Brandon. Brandon is a man who is willing to forgive a great deal – well, after the punishment has been given and received, of course. Karen gradually learns that she doesn’t have to do everything on her own and to finally trust that Brandon will always love her – even when she disappoints him. This book has a great deal of spanking, all of which are deserved and very well written. The book is one of hope – learn to trust and give all of yourself and life is far, far better. If you like a wonderful story with some hot spanking, you’ll really like this one.

  16. Meg

    Karen is a woman who has fought long and hard for success. She is the CEO of a company she has built from the ground up when she is suddenly taken down by the conniving VP, Mark. Instead of coming clean in her scheme to get revenge, Karen makes the huge mistake of lying to her boyfriend, Brandon. Brandon is a man who is willing to forgive a great deal ??? well, after the punishment has been given and received, of course. Karen gradually learns that she doesn??t have to do everything on her own and to finally trust that Brandon will always love her ??? even when she disappoints him. This book has a great deal of spanking, all of which are deserved and very well written. The book is one of hope ??? learn to trust and give all of yourself and life is far, far better. If you like a wonderful story with some hot spanking, you??ll really like this one.

  17. CJO

    I enjoyed this sequel to Love Hurts. It continues the story of Brandon and Karen, who still have great chemistry. Karen\’s career issues lead her to start keeping secrets from him. She eventually learns to trust him, though. I hope there will be a 3rd book!

  18. CJO

    I enjoyed this sequel to Love Hurts. It continues the story of Brandon and Karen, who still have great chemistry. Karen’s career issues lead her to start keeping secrets from him. She eventually learns to trust him, though. I hope there will be a 3rd book!

  19. Marybeth

    This is the continuing story of Karen and Brandon who we met in Love Hurts. If you haven’t read Love Hurts, don’t worry, you don’t need to read it to enjoy this story. Karen is the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Brandon is a high school teacher. One of Karen’s employees stages a coup and she is replaced as CEO. She is both hurt and angry and want revenge. But, if she tells Brandon, he will disapprove of her getting revenge. So, she doesn’t tell him. Of course, she knows this will earn her a trip across Brandon’s knee. But, she pursues revenge and eventually is found out. Brandon is hurt and Karen must convince him that she is sorry. Karen must suffer through a severe discipline spanking but, as always, Karen is forgiven once it is done. Karen eventually learns that business success is not everything. I really enjoyed this story. Dinah McLeod always writes a wonderful story. We read along as Karen grows and finds out that love is not always enough. I give this 5 stars.

  20. Marybeth

    This is the continuing story of Karen and Brandon who we met in Love Hurts. If you haven??t read Love Hurts, don??t worry, you don??t need to read it to enjoy this story. Karen is the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Brandon is a high school teacher. One of Karen??s employees stages a coup and she is replaced as CEO. She is both hurt and angry and want revenge. But, if she tells Brandon, he will disapprove of her getting revenge. So, she doesn??t tell him. Of course, she knows this will earn her a trip across Brandon??s knee. But, she pursues revenge and eventually is found out. Brandon is hurt and Karen must convince him that she is sorry. Karen must suffer through a severe discipline spanking but, as always, Karen is forgiven once it is done. Karen eventually learns that business success is not everything. I really enjoyed this story. Dinah McLeod always writes a wonderful story. We read along as Karen grows and finds out that love is not always enough. I give this 5 stars.

  21. Timberlan127

    Karen is a high powered executive in a DD relationship with her man friend Brandon. She is CEO of her company. Another executive takes over her company forcing her out. When she tries to get revenge by coming on to him and kissing him he foils her and fires her. Karen lies to Brandon about all of this. When Brandon finally finds out he tells Karen he needs some space. She is devastated. Read and discover how she handles everything and what happens to her relationship with Brandon. This is a very well written story with a nice build up to the problem and it\’s solution. The characters are easy to identify with. Very Enjoyable read.

  22. Timberlan127

    Karen is a high powered executive in a DD relationship with her man friend Brandon. She is CEO of her company. Another executive takes over her company forcing her out. When she tries to get revenge by coming on to him and kissing him he foils her and fires her. Karen lies to Brandon about all of this. When Brandon finally finds out he tells Karen he needs some space. She is devastated. Read and discover how she handles everything and what happens to her relationship with Brandon. This is a very well written story with a nice build up to the problem and it’s solution. The characters are easy to identify with. Very Enjoyable read.

  23. K Tyler

    This was a nice story about a woman who is the CEO of a company and makes no excuses for those she hurts as she strives to make it to the top. She is betrayed and begin to make careless mistakes that compromise her professional life but more importantly her love life. Her boyfriend is a traditional man and doesn’t hesitate to bring her to task for misbehavior and she must ultimately rely on him to help bring her back to the strong independent woman she is meant to be.

  24. K Tyler

    This was a nice story about a woman who is the CEO of a company and makes no excuses for those she hurts as she strives to make it to the top. She is betrayed and begin to make careless mistakes that compromise her professional life but more importantly her love life. Her boyfriend is a traditional man and doesn??t hesitate to bring her to task for misbehavior and she must ultimately rely on him to help bring her back to the strong independent woman she is meant to be.

  25. Tina

    This book is set over a very short period (mostly over a few days), usually I wouldn’t like this kind of style as the character development is left lacking and the story incomplete but it certainly isn’t true in this story; although I would’ve loved for the book to be longer, this was simply because it was a great book.

    After Karen loses her job as CEO of the company she created, she tries to get it back while getting vengeance on Mark, the man who turned the board against her and took her job. Knowing her boyfriend Brandon would not take well to her act of vengeance, she tells him her first lie about the situation, but soon the lies begin to build up.

    We follow Karen’s life over the few days as she tries to sort everything out. She begins to see herself from the eyes of those around her and understand what is most important to her.

    I would definitely recommend this book

    I received this as an ARC for an honest review.

  26. Tina

    This book is set over a very short period (mostly over a few days), usually I wouldn??t like this kind of style as the character development is left lacking and the story incomplete but it certainly isn??t true in this story; although I would??ve loved for the book to be longer, this was simply because it was a great book.

    After Karen loses her job as CEO of the company she created, she tries to get it back while getting vengeance on Mark, the man who turned the board against her and took her job. Knowing her boyfriend Brandon would not take well to her act of vengeance, she tells him her first lie about the situation, but soon the lies begin to build up.

    We follow Karen??s life over the few days as she tries to sort everything out. She begins to see herself from the eyes of those around her and understand what is most important to her.

    I would definitely recommend this book

    I received this as an ARC for an honest review.

  27. Denise (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this sequel. The scene in the classroom, would work better if he had an office or a room off the classroom. I cannot see any teacher doing that in their classroom, lock or no. He also made a comment about her earning his trust, which in this instance I\’m not sure she ever could. Lastly (and i have said this before), you can only spank so much, before it no longer will be effective. The long punishment I think may have been one of those, especially how many times he used the paddle. Best thing though was she was going to start up a new company, she was still going to be her own person; not someone he wanted her to be.

  28. Denise (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this sequel. The scene in the classroom, would work better if he had an office or a room off the classroom. I cannot see any teacher doing that in their classroom, lock or no. He also made a comment about her earning his trust, which in this instance I’m not sure she ever could. Lastly (and i have said this before), you can only spank so much, before it no longer will be effective. The long punishment I think may have been one of those, especially how many times he used the paddle. Best thing though was she was going to start up a new company, she was still going to be her own person; not someone he wanted her to be.

  29. Rayanna Jamison

    Love Heals is the sequel to Love Hurts, which was released on its own and as part of the Hearts Aflame box set in January. Both stories tell the story of Brandon and Karen. Love Heals picks up where Love Hurts left off, and in true Dinah McLeod style opens with a scorching hot erotic scene.

    Karen is enjoying her new relationship with Brandon, but her distraction causes problems for her at work. When her CEO position at her own company is usurped from her power, she takes desperate measures to try to get it back. All her plans backfire and she is left with a hot mess, and now has to worry about Brandon finding out what she has done. Her lies begat more lies and soon she has no choice but to decide between the spanking of her life, and losing Brandon for good.

    While Love Hurts was an enjoyable and believable story- Love Heals was blow it off the map incredible. I truly think this story was Dinah’s best work yet. Karen was a fun and naughty character to begin with, and that stayed but I think we saw a much deeper side to Karen in the sequel, where she had to learn to let go, and move on and search for what truly matters.

    Brandon is still an extremely hot dominant hero, and we got to see his vulnerable side in this story. He has to let go of some of the pain Karen causes him and decide to step up and be the man she needs regardless of his emotions, because ultimately, she is the one he wants.

    This story has so much going on both in and out of their relationship, and I thought Dinah did an incredible job showing the details of Karen’s struggling work life and how it affected her home life.

    Her erotic scenes are hotter and more well written than ever, and the banter between hero and heroine is endearing and at times, pure hilarity. Some of her more ingenious insults had me rolling with laughter and wondering where she gets her comedic material. Her background characters made the book too. From the sassy older school teacher with spanko tendencies, to the plotting, sympathetic assistant, I didn’t want to see them go.

    There are times, and stories that allow us to truly see the depth of a writer’s growth. This is one of those times. Please pick up this book and read it immediately. You won’t be sorry!

  30. Rayanna Jamison

    Love Heals is the sequel to Love Hurts, which was released on its own and as part of the Hearts Aflame box set in January. Both stories tell the story of Brandon and Karen. Love Heals picks up where Love Hurts left off, and in true Dinah McLeod style opens with a scorching hot erotic scene.

    Karen is enjoying her new relationship with Brandon, but her distraction causes problems for her at work. When her CEO position at her own company is usurped from her power, she takes desperate measures to try to get it back. All her plans backfire and she is left with a hot mess, and now has to worry about Brandon finding out what she has done. Her lies begat more lies and soon she has no choice but to decide between the spanking of her life, and losing Brandon for good.

    While Love Hurts was an enjoyable and believable story- Love Heals was blow it off the map incredible. I truly think this story was Dinah??s best work yet. Karen was a fun and naughty character to begin with, and that stayed but I think we saw a much deeper side to Karen in the sequel, where she had to learn to let go, and move on and search for what truly matters.

    Brandon is still an extremely hot dominant hero, and we got to see his vulnerable side in this story. He has to let go of some of the pain Karen causes him and decide to step up and be the man she needs regardless of his emotions, because ultimately, she is the one he wants.

    This story has so much going on both in and out of their relationship, and I thought Dinah did an incredible job showing the details of Karen??s struggling work life and how it affected her home life.

    Her erotic scenes are hotter and more well written than ever, and the banter between hero and heroine is endearing and at times, pure hilarity. Some of her more ingenious insults had me rolling with laughter and wondering where she gets her comedic material. Her background characters made the book too. From the sassy older school teacher with spanko tendencies, to the plotting, sympathetic assistant, I didn??t want to see them go.

    There are times, and stories that allow us to truly see the depth of a writer??s growth. This is one of those times. Please pick up this book and read it immediately. You won??t be sorry!

  31. JK

    This was an absolute winner for me! I loved it from the very beginning. The relationship between Karen and Brandon is sooooo perfect! The love they share is so sweet, even though they do make mistakes. I found it to be very touching and very real. Sit down and be ready for a touching, and let\’s not forget, hot story!!

  32. JK

    This was an absolute winner for me! I loved it from the very beginning. The relationship between Karen and Brandon is sooooo perfect! The love they share is so sweet, even though they do make mistakes. I found it to be very touching and very real. Sit down and be ready for a touching, and let’s not forget, hot story!!

  33. Laura

    This is a sequel to the book \”Love Hurts\” that I had not read. But that turned out not to matter at as this book could be read as a stand alone. Karen Donahue is a CEO of her own company, her boyfriend Brandon Fuller is a teacher and they enjoy a loving DD relationship. Karen loses her CEO job to nasty, manipulating Mark and instead of telling Brandon what happened she lies and proceeds to plot revenge. As you can imagine, once Brandon finds out he is not a happy camper.

    This was a really enjoyable story with good characters, hot spankings and a terrific message about trust. I have yet to read a book by author Dinah McLeod that let me down. I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion.

  34. Laura


    This is a sequel to the book “”Love Hurts”” that I had not read. But that turned out not to matter at as this book could be read as a stand alone. Karen Donahue is a CEO of her own company, her boyfriend Brandon Fuller is a teacher and they enjoy a loving DD relationship. Karen loses her CEO job to nasty, manipulating Mark and instead of telling Brandon what happened she lies and proceeds to plot revenge. As you can imagine, once Brandon finds out he is not a happy camper.

    This was a really enjoyable story with good characters, hot spankings and a terrific message about trust. I have yet to read a book by author Dinah McLeod that let me down. I received this as an ARC for my honest opinion.

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