Suzie Q

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Running from him wasn’t her best idea.

Hunter made a slight error in judgement when he disciplined his girlfriend and co-worker, Suzanna. He went overboard and he’s been backpedaling ever since, trying to get Suzie Q to forgive him without renouncing his belief in a loving, domestic discipline relationship.

Suzie’s not having it – no way, no how! She loves him but her first experience with over-the-knee discipline was horrible and it’s not something she’s willing to entertain again. When Hunter gets a promotion at work and becomes her boss, tensions rise. Oh hell, no! She’s not going to be under his thumb 24/7, no matter how much she adores him.

Quitting her job and taking off for Montana to spend some time with their friends Joy and J.R. Everly might not have been her smartest move. Leaving Hunter without a word was asking for trouble and, in hindsight, she knows she probably has just put her heart and her hind-end at risk.

Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary Western romance contains elements of action, adventure, humor and power exchange.

Chapter One

Hunter walked into headquarters wearing a three-piece suit and tugging uncomfortably at his tie. Crap, this was just the beginning. There would be daily briefings, conference calls with agents in the field and he’d probably be trapped in the office most of the time. He almost refused the promotion. It wasn’t something he was aspiring to, that was for damn sure, but J.R. talked him into it. After all, it meant he would see Suzie Q every day, Jay reminded him. That alone was worth something.

Not that she was speaking to him. Sure she’d gotten him the information he needed while forcing his way into his boss’ last hurrah. Hunter had been helping his best friend Jay get his wife, Joy out of Chet’s clutches. Damn old man was losing his fucking perspective if he thought he could get away with abducting an agent’s wife. It was time the agency retired him.

Hunter didn’t mind that. He just never expected to be tapped for Chet’s job. No amount of trying to worm his way out of it worked either. No, the powers that be had made up their minds. They wanted Hunter and it didn’t particularly matter what Hunter wanted.

Apparently, they weren’t the only ones happy to have him in charge, as he was nearly mobbed as soon as he stepped off the elevator. There were handshakes, back-slapping and a generally elated atmosphere that caught him off guard. He hadn’t known how despised Chet was, or how readily he would be received as his replacement. Noticeably absent however, was Miss Suzie Quantrill.

As soon as the hoopla died down and he’d shaken all the hands he was prepared to shake he made his way down the hall to her office, rapped once and opened the door.

“I take it you’re still mad at me,” he sighed, closing the door behind him.

“Once again your powers of deduction astound me,” she replied glancing up at him.

“I thought maybe you’d cooled off. You did get me that information.”

“It’s my job,” she answered shortly as she shuffled papers on her desk.

Hunter sauntered to the chair in front of her and eased down. At this point towering over her was probably not working in his favor, not that he didn’t tower over most people, but Suzie wasn’t most people, not in his book.

“You didn’t have to. You could have refused me. Technically, I wasn’t assigned to the case,” he pointed out as his eyes traveled hungrily over her.

“I like J.R. and his wife is a nice person. Chet’s been a little off his rocker for some time now,” Suzie explained. “It was nothing personal.”

“I see. So you didn’t help because I asked. In fact, you wouldn’t have helped at all if it were not for Jay.”

“That is correct, Mr. McCaughey.”

“So that’s the way it is?”

“As far as I’m concerned,” she replied, looking at him with a frozen expression.

“And you’re not going to forgive me?”

“Apparently not.”

“For God’s sake,” he growled, running his hand through his short cropped blond hair. “It was only a little spanking.”

“Hunter, you left bruises,” she hissed, stiffening her spine.

“I won’t do it again,” he ground out leaning forward.

Suzie pushed her chair back putting more space between them and he cringed. She was not some tiny little thing. Damn, she was nearly six foot with heels on. And she was strong. As he recalled she’d put up quite a fight when he pulled her over his knees. Yet he still intimidated her, physically at least.

“You won’t spank me again?” she asked suspiciously.

“I didn’t say that. I won’t leave bruises,” he clarified.

Suzie snorted, rolled her eyes and pulled her chair back to her desk. She focused on her computer.

“If there is nothing else, Mr. McCaughey, I have work to do,” she said firmly.

“Damn it, Suzie Q, you were asking for it. You know you were,” he insisted.

“I was not!”

“Yes you were, teasing me, almost daring me to put a stop to your sassy mouth. When you get wound up you’ll argue over anything, even stuff that’s meaningless. I’m not stupid. I know when a woman is trying to push my buttons, looking to see how much I’ll tolerate.”

“Well now I know,” she hissed, leaning forward so quickly her blonde ponytail swung wildly. Her brown eyes narrowed accusingly. “You hurt me, Hunter.”

“Spankings are supposed to hurt. I have that on good authority,” he insisted, leaning forward as well until they were almost nose to nose.

Suzie backed up, picked up a pen and started tapping it on her desk.

“So, you’re an expert on corporal punishment now, are you?” she said with a laugh.

“Not yet, but I imagine I will be by the time I can get you to behave.”

“I wouldn’t count on that,” she said rising. “I’m sorry to cut this short, but I have a meeting, and so do you.”

“Shit,” Hunter said glancing at his watch. “We’ll continue this conversation later,” he stated firmly as she skirted both her desk and him and walked to the door.

“I’m sorry. I don’t think I’ll be available later,” she countered, smiling sweetly at him over her shoulder. “In fact, I don’t believe I’ll ever be available again, not to you anyway.”

She was gone by the time he shot to his feet. He watched her walking down the corridor, swinging her hips. It was as though she’d somehow trained her ponytail to move in the opposite direction. Her sweet, sassy bottom went one way, her hair the other. He stood, mesmerized until Helena came up beside him.

“Easy there, tiger,” she whispered. “You’re on probation. Right now, you’re the Acting Director and I, for one, don’t want to see you screw that up. You don’t need another episode like the one you had a few weeks ago.”

“You heard about that, did you?” Hunter asked dragging his eyes away from Suzie Q’s ass.

“Don’t delude yourself,” Helena advised with a laugh. “The entire department knows about it. That kind of gossip never stays quiet.”

“Fucking great,” he growled out.

“Now don’t get upset,” she placated sweetly. “There are a good many men in this office who suddenly have a great deal of respect for you, and a few women who may swoon if you get too close. Suzie can be a real bitch when she wants to. Besides, not everyone is opposed to a little slap and tickle, Hunter. You just picked the wrong girl,” she cooed, reaching up and placing her hand on his shoulder.

It was at that moment Suzie stopped and glared at them before she turned to enter the conference room. Her derisive snort could be heard all the way down the hallway, and he was pretty sure she stuck her tongue out at him. Shaking Helena’s hand off, he strode after Suzie.

***

The meeting was short. Hunter took charge of it.

“I appreciate the support you’ve all demonstrated this morning and I’m hopeful the transition period will be smooth and timely. As of this moment I have nothing to tell you. Things will proceed as usual and I’m well satisfied with having everyone remain on board.

“Over the next three or four weeks, Miss Quantrill will be assisting me in reviewing the manual and we’ll be taking recommendations for any procedural changes under consideration. Then we will meet again to discuss them. I will be interested in your input. I’ve always felt the men and women in the field have a lot to offer in that regard.”

“Mr. McCaughey, I’m really much too busy with my own work to assist you. Get someone else,” Suzie stated clearly.

“Miss Quantrill, we’ve worked well together in the past and I see no reason why we can’t continue to do so. Helena will pick up any slack,” he informed her firmly.

“Certainly, Mr. McCaughey,” Helena replied with a smug grin aimed at Suzie. “You know you can always count on me for anything.”

“Thank you, Helena. Now as far as immediate changes there are only a couple and they will be implemented and a memo sent out. No agent will attempt to recruit a new operative on their own. All suggestions will cross my desk, and I don’t care how helpful the individual has been to the agency.”

“I assume that abducting an agent’s wife is also off limits?” Baker asked with a laugh.

“You assume correctly,” Hunter replied as a general chuckle went around the table. “That kind of action has always been and will continue to be crossing the line. The only exception is when any member of an agent’s family is in imminent danger. Such an aggressive action has to be approved by me unless there are extenuating circumstances. If such is the case an agent has the authority to act quickly and I trust you all to have judgement that is superior to my predecessor.”

“How are Jay and his wife?” Thornton asked quietly.

“They are back on their ranch and enjoying a quiet life,” Hunter replied. “I don’t believe you’ll see Joy Everly around here again, despite her skills. Not unless Jay suddenly loses his mind,” Hunter said wryly. “As her husband Jay is adamantly against her working for the agency.”

“That’s a shame. She’s very talented,” Baker added.

“She certainly is, but Jay is against it, so that’s the end of it.”

“Hasn’t she ever heard of women’s rights?” Suzie drawled sarcastically.

Hunter’s jaw clenched and the room fell silent.

“I’m certain she has, but believe it or not Miss Quantrill, there are still some women who fall into a different category, women who value their husband’s opinions and respect them enough to actually listen.

“I don’t believe Joy will ever go behind her husband’s back again, and even if she does something as foolish as that, she’d have to work through me.”

“And you would rat her out,” Suzie sassed.

“In a heartbeat,” Hunter replied with a brisk nod of his head as he stared at her. “I might remind you, Miss Quantrill that typically a civilian’s only involvement with the agency is when they are under our protection as witnesses. We do not allow untrained personnel to immerse themselves in missions they have no clue how to handle no matter how skilled they happen to be in their field.”

“Yes sir, Mr. McCaughey,” Suzie shot back.

Hunter noticed her blush and hid his smile. In his opinion ‘sir’ had a nice ring to it.

“Now, let’s all get back to work. I have an open door policy. Should something come up that needs my attention, don’t hesitate to see me. Miss Quantrill, meet me in my office in ten minutes. We have a few things to discuss. Have a nice day everyone.”

***

Shit! Shit! Shit! Suzie thought as she gathered up her papers and left the room. Damn, the man was bossy enough as a lover, now he was going to be her superior at work. It was untenable. She was going to have to look for a new job and there was not a damn one that would pay what she was making at the agency. Why had she bought that condo? The walls were paper thin and at least three of her neighbors had looked at her with knowing smirks after the night Hunter spanked her to tears, well to shrieks if she was honest! It had been embarrassing as hell.

The man was a complete Neanderthal that much was clear. Sure she’d rattled his cage a few times, and maybe she was looking for some sort of reaction. A girl needed to know the kind of man she was getting serious about. Was he even tempered? Could he take some razzing now and then without losing his cool? Was he someone who would retaliate physically?

Suzie was no slouch. She’d sailed through training like a champ and at 5’10” she wasn’t easily intimidated, but Hunter was mammoth, a giant at six foot eight and incredibly strong. Besides that, he was remarkably agile and quick. It still galled her to recall how easily he’d overpowered her. She was tough, for sure, but she didn’t stand a chance against Hunter.

Truthfully, his size attracted her from the beginning. As a rule, tall men were attracted to tiny little women, or so it seemed to her. She towered over more dates than she cared to remember, and most men didn’t particularly want a girlfriend who could kick their ass with one hand tied behind her back. They wanted someone small and dainty who would coo up at them, gushing about how big and strong they were. Gag me with a spoon, Suzie thought as she stomped down the hall to her office and slammed the door behind her.

Plopping onto her chair she couldn’t prevent the smile that crossed her lips as she remembered their first date. It surprised her when he asked her out. All evening he’d been a perfect gentleman, opening doors, asking her what wine she preferred and talking to her like a long-lost friend.

Deeply disappointed she was shocked when he escorted her to her door. This was going nowhere she thought. She might as well have been his sister, or maybe an old friend of the family. Suddenly he’d pulled her against him, kissed her passionately and whispered that he’d like to fuck her into next week.

With her hands shaking she unlocked her door and decided to test his mettle. He didn’t disappoint. Hunter didn’t exactly fuck her into next week, but he did fuck her until next week for they didn’t leave her apartment until Monday morning when they had to go to work. It had been heavenly.

As impressive as he was in his clothes, he was even more so out of them. He showed some wear and tear, she didn’t deny that. There was a wicked scar on his thigh about eight inches long and half an inch wide.

“If not for J.R., I would have died from that,” he’d told her huskily as she gently traced it with her fingers.

Another scar was clearly from a gunshot wound, and there was a third notable gash along his side, but the rest of him was magnificently well-formed and for weeks after that night she dreamed about his body. Watching him remove his clothes had been like an unveiling, stunningly beautiful yet moving her in ways that were new to her.

No shy virgin, at almost thirty she’d had her share of lovers, but no one to compare to Hunter. If he didn’t have that nasty little quirk of thinking he should always be in charge he’d be damn near perfect. In bed he was more flexible; as long as she didn’t do anything that tickled him, he was game.

For a while she thought she might marry him. Hunter was the sort of man you kept if you were lucky enough to run across him. They worked well together, were of equal intelligence so their conversations were never stilted or boring and he could make her body sing. He had a sense of humor, could take a fair amount of ribbing and was quick to give it right back. In a word, he was fun, in and out of bed.

Until that horrible night several weeks ago that changed everything, she thought sadly. Heaving a heartfelt sigh she grabbed her tablet and cell and made her way to his office. Soon she’d start looking for a new job. Already she had a few interesting leads, but there was one place in particular she wanted to learn more about before she made the leap.

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9 reviews for Suzie Q

  1. Redrabbitt

    Before I share my review, I will say I was shocked at the non-consensual spankings that are addressed but glad I read the book with an open mind. In reality, it is an excellent story of two people starting a serious relationship, even if the discipline was non-consensual to start. They work together, love each other, and Suzie Q needs to be taken in hand, and I’m glad that Hunter admits he was wrong, too harsh, and didn’t know what he was doing. Together, they navigate the right and wrong way for a couple to enter a committed domestic discipline relationship and make it work.

    The story is a stand-alone featuring two couples, friends, and the right and wrong ways of having a domestic discipline relationship. The first half of the book revolves around a difference of opinion, attitudes, and non-consensual discipline. The second half will bring Hunter and Suzie to talking about what happened and changing the status between them. It will be with the help of friends, Jay and Joy, who live a D/s DD lifestyle.

    Hunter McCaughey never wanted to be placed in charge, but that is exactly where he finds himself after his boss finds himself in a legal mess—Hunter liked being an agent. When it comes to Suzie, even he will admit he took things too far, and not correctly when he spanked his girlfriend, another agent, Suzanna Quantrill, to get valuable information needed. The problem, he never had her permission for a DD relationship, so it was non-consensual, and he bruised her because he honestly didn’t know what he was doing. Because of that, now Suzie is leaving the agency, whether he approves or not—and now their relationship is on shaky grounds.

    “Her relationship with Hunter, while passionate and intriguing, was simply a casualty of war. That was life she told herself with a shrug as she knocked on his office door and opened it.”

    “So where does that leave us? We’re in a stalemate. You fully intend to spank me when you deem it necessary and I’m committed to the idea that it better never happen again. We’re stuck, Hunter.”

    When he refuses her resignation, she decides to take her leave a different way, mailing it and then getting on a plane to Montana to visit with Joy and Jay. She has already accepted a position with another agency without a set start date. Now, can she convince Joy to teach her how to hack without getting caught properly? Jay is so protective of his wife and doesn’t trust Suzie, and eventually, Hunter will become involved too—he is determined to spank some sense into his girl—consensual or not.

    “Before you begin, I want to make it perfectly clear that this is not consensual. This is not domestic discipline. As far as I am concerned, it’s abuse, and I could have your credentials revoked for this. I am sorry I ever met you, sorry I dated you and most of all I’m sorry I fell in love with you. You are the worst mistake I’ve ever made, and I’ve made some big ones.”

    “I’m sorry too, Susie Q. Oh, I’m not sorry for spanking you—I’m sorry you feel the way you do about me, you know, loving me and hating me at the same time, because I know with one hundred percent certainty I’m not going to be able to walk away from you. I’ll never let you go, baby, not unless I truly believe we don’t have a chance of making this work.”

    The story has conversations between Joy, who accepts her D/s DD relationship with her husband, Jay, and with Suzie trying to understand it all. It also has Jay discussing the right and wrong way of handling a DD relationship, especially if you plan on it being part of your lifestyle and future. It will have Suzie and Hunter finally having an honest conversation and coming to an agreement—or a partial agreement and Hunter will learn that it isn’t exactly what he wanted but will accept for now.

    Both Hunter and Suzie are strong-willed people and while he wants what is best for both of them, for Suzie to acquiesce to him isn’t easy. The truth of it is, he disciplined her without an agreement, and it has caused a rift between them. He is trying to make things right, but she is so stubborn and still trying to control everything. When they talk, honestly talk, they must acknowledge what is important—they love each other, have great chemistry together, he is looking out for her, and she needs someone to take her in hand.

    “Hopefully you won’t find yourself in this position too often, but you should know that I’m done allowing you to hurt us, whatever fears you have about this lifestyle we’ll work out together, but taking off is not allowed. Understood?”

  2. Stats23

    I have always enjoyed books by Ms. MacFarlane and this is certainly no exception. The story rings true in so many ways, and lays out a relationship conundrum that I am sure plays out in real life more often than we think. What happens when a strong minded, independent and modern woman is spanked, against her will, by a man she truly adores in every other manner? Hunter makes the most unforgivable mistake of taking Suzie in hand and taking the punishment too far due to his own lack of knowledge and knowhow. She loves him and he loves her, but this spanking stands between them and has effectively ended their relationship. Hunter still wants to be with her, but insists on a domestic discipline style relationship. Suzie still has strong feelings for Hunter but is absolutely opposed to submitting to his caveman-like authoritarianism. How can two grown adults living in the modern world possibly resolve such a dichotomy? It takes a writer like Stevie to delve into this real life problem and present a believable story with great compassion and romanticism. 4 Stars.
    I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

  3. Ajjmb

    There were parts of this story I liked and lot of it I didn’t. Susie was spanked hard enough to leave bruising which wouldn’t be a biggie for me except that she and Hunter had never discussed this type of dynamic in their relationship and it was done without her consent. That becomes abuse. Then he spanks her the second time and still without her consent even though he is much more careful. That still seems abusive to me even if it doesn’t leave bruises simply because Susie still hasn’t settled to the idea that this is what she wants in her life. This kind of lifestyle needs to be agreed on by both in the relationship and it wasn’t at first. The story did redeem itself towards the end even if it was rushed and Susie seemed to be doing all the giving in. This wasn’t my favorite story by this author. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  4. Margaret

    I loved Suzie Q. She is herself and will do anything to be her, even if it hurts her. Hunter loves her but has to work hard to prove that he is for her. All the characters are very well done, real and rounded. There are some sweet sexy scenes and spankings. This story reads so quickly think that it’s only a short story not a full novel. I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy of this book and I highly recommend it. Well worth buying.

  5. Rjr

    This was a bit of a different take on a domestic discipline romance. In this case, two people start a relationship and things seem to be going well. But Susie Q is her own woman who does not ask permission for the sometimes crazy things she does. When Hunter feels she goes too far, he disciplines her without the couple having ever discussed domestic discipline. He also took the punishment too far due to his inexperience. Suzie wants nothing to do with Hunter at that point. But Hunter is determined to save the great romance he knows they can have. They have good friends who practice domestic discipline which helps, as they each have a friend to confide in. The other part of the story that bothered me was the fact that Hunter was Suzie’s superior at work. That opens up a whole other can of worms that I wish the author had avoided. We all know that his career could’ve ended with one report from Suzie and she sure seemed angry enough to make that report. Still the couple has chemistry and there is an HEA . I recommend the book as long as you go in knowing that discipline is harshly administered without consent in the beginning.

  6. Marybeth

    First of all, this is a sequel to Assignment: Trouble. Suzie and Hunter are the secondary characters to Joy and J.R.’s story. Joy and J.R. are in this book as well. The spanking that is referred to in the beginning of the book, the one Suzie broke up with Hunter over, happened there. You do not have to have read that book to enjoy this one.
    This is really a book about the journey a strong, independent woman makes to be able to submit to discipline by her significant other. I’m not even sure that it is really domestic discipline. That being said, Suzie has to make the journey because she is in love with Hunter and he is not willing to forgo disciplining Suzie as he sees fit. The hubris this man has is amazing. But, as is frequently found, Suzie is the one to make the concessions so that they may have a life together. I enjoyed the story, I loved the give and take between them and I was happy they had a HEA. I highly recommend this book!

  7. Rhea

    I really liked the characters in this book. They were very real and so were their problems. It is a story of self-discovery, development, and acceptance of own desires and needs, and of how difficult it can be when those two are not the same and don’t seem to go hand in hand. It is very well-written, witty and warm story that I can only recommend you read.

  8. Hope W

    Suzie Q was the second story in the series but can be read as a standalone. The book is well written and interesting. I had mixed feelings about parts of the story but in the end I loved this couple. Suzie Q is a strong and independent woman working in a field that has dominant men coming from every direction. However, she is determined to stay true to who she is and what she wants. The only problem is that she has a submissive side and is just learning to let her guard down and explore that side of her. Hunter is a dominant man who wants to protect the woman that he loves but goes about it in the wrong way. He makes a mistake that sets off a series of bad circumstances to follow. In the story Stevie Macfarlane writes her characters in a way that the story is serious but there are plenty of fun moments that made me laugh out loud. Both characters are strong willed and opinionated, but they find that life is a journey and not a destination,. The interactions are deep and the emotions are raw. This couples friendship with Jay and Joy is strong and holds an important place in the story as they help Suzie see domestic discipline for what it is and not what Hunter made it become with his mistake. Suzie and Joy had interactions that made me laugh out loud and feel the deep friendship these ladies share. Overall, I loved the story and recommend it for an interesting nights read filled with love, friendship, and passion. Way to go! I voluntarily received an arc copy of this book.

    I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  9. BlueDiamond

    The compelling storyline drew me right in and kept me enthralled with the relationship between Hunter and Suzie Q as they struggle with the ins and outs of living a D/D lifestyle and trying to make their relationship a success. I love the way Hunter loves Suzie – so completely. Suzie is unsure she can commit to the kind of lifestyle Hunter needs, but no matter how far she runs, he is always in her heart. Hunter won’t let her go without one heck of a fight and seeks her out. They turn to their married friends Jay and Joy for help, and we get a fabulous and detailed look into their lives and how D/D works for them. This is one satisfying read as Hunter and Suzie work to find a solution that will fulfill both their needs.

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