Bobby Sutterfield cannot believe the nerve of Lawson Carter when he shows up on her father's ranch after daring to spank her for jumping her stallion on his property! All thoughts of Christmas, and trying to find a suitable project of her own for the season of giving, fly right out the window when she sees him standing right there talking to their foreman. Bobby runs through the house, grabs her father's new gun from his study, and dashes out the door, shooting the hat off of Lawson's handsome head.
Lawson can't believe that RJ Sutterfield has such a spoiled brat for a daughter, and decides that if the girl's father won't discipline her, then he will do the honors himself. He tosses her over his knee for the second time and demands Bobby buy him a new hat. The spanking is abruptly brought to an end when Law feels the barrel of RJ's gun at the back of his head.
Bobby is delighted to see her father, until RJ learns why she was over Law's knee. RJ insists that Bobby and Lawson work on a Christmas Project together!
This book is written by a friend of mine and could have just as easily been called, "The Diary of a Spanked Housewife." Joanna Miller (a pseudonym, naturally,) has kept a charming five- year diary of her adventures as she and her husband, Sam, meander down the new and often confusing path of Domestic Discipline, trying to deal with a familiar series of problems and questions. Sometimes touching and often hilarious, Jo's Diary follows the daily trials and growing insight of a loving, devoted couple sometimes overwhelmed by three badly behaved kids, speeding tickets, a bald, asthmatic hamster, vacations from hell, annoying in-laws, and exploding turkeys.
"Being spanked," Jo observes in a philosophical moment, "can be a remarkably funny experience, looked at in the proper light, and from an adequate distance - a lot like thirty-eight unmedicated hours in hard labor."
A once successful working artist, now a frustrated soccer-mom working her way inexorably down the ladder of success, Jo agrees, with Sam's help, to try to rein in her tempestuous temper, her exhaustive vocabulary of Anglo-Saxon expletives, and her worst habit - smoking. "On good days, " as Jo describes her smoking habit, "I was like a burning junkyard full of smoldering truck tires."
When Sam comes up with the idea of giving Domestic Discipline a try, Jo agrees (although Jo says "agreed" is probably too generous a word. She prefers "hoodwinked.") Once begun, Jo finds that "Doing It Sam's Way " is rewarding, (in the end), but a little more complicated, and a lot harder on her own rear end than she had been led to believe.
Balancing holiday preparations with her work as a nurse midwife, Casey Jordan-Minter is surprised when tall, lean and irresistible Preston Fuller steps back into her life. They haven't seen each other in years, during which she was happily married and then tragically widowed.
She doesn't think she needs another man in her life until Preston reclaims every part of her heart that had once belonged to him. But is there really such a thing as love getting a second chance? Is the romanticism of that season to blame... or is it working its magic?