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Hidden in the Walls

By: Joannie Kay
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: �2013 by Blushing Books� and Joannie Kay
5 chapters, 30,000 words
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Detective Sam Sutton thought the caller simply a frightened woman who needed to be told that she was all right, and then referred to someone who could help her, but when Nettie Carpenter peered at him through the cracked open front door of the home she was remodeling, he thought she was the cutest little redhead he'd ever met. She had been tearing down a wall in her home when she found a bag of money, and she was afraid to be alone. Sam couldn't believe the amount of money in the bag, or that for all intents and purposes, the money was hers.

Nettie begged Sam to stay with her until she could take the money and deposit it in the bank, and was pleased when he agreed. She felt safe with him there, and he was just the type of man she'd always longed for but didn't believe she would ever find! Sam promised he would keep her safe, and when a man broke into the house, claiming that everything left in the house by his uncle belonged to him, Sam confiscated the key he had, and tossed him out.


Nettie offered to cook for him, as a sign of appreciation, and a friendship ensued. But could there be more than just friendship? Nettie had a lot of buried fears from an abusive childhood. Could Sam be the one to coax her out a life of fear and learn to trust again? Perhaps, even to love?

Nettie had a determined look on her pretty face as she walked into the dining room of her new-to-her home carrying a large hammer.� She loved the old house, but she wanted to make some changes to the interior.� She preferred a home with an open concept layout on the first floor, and that was going to mean knocking out a few walls.� Nettie was more than capable of doing the work; she worked on a construction crew, and she was experienced at tearing out walls and making over spaces so that they functioned and looked better.� Of course, it was going to be like working overtime without any pay to work all day and then come home to her fixer-upper and put in more time on her own remodel.� But, when she was done, she would have a beautiful home she could live in or sell for a profit.� By doing all the work herself she would be building equity and doing things to suit her own tastes for a change.

Nettie was careful as she started knocking holes into the wall she wanted to tear down.� You never knew where the ductwork was located, or electrical wires.� It was safest to go slowly until you knew what you were getting into.� Nettie was fairly certain that this wall had been added long after the house was built in 1945.� It was obvious that someone at some time decided they wanted a formal dining room in addition to the eat-in kitchen, and they slapped in a wall, making two smaller rooms instead of one larger one.� She worked steadily, and once she was positive there was nothing inside the wall, she used a lot more force and soon had it down to the studs.

All of a sudden something in the corner of the wall caught her attention and she walked over to investigate.� It was a large satchel that someone had placed between the two walls of dry wall.� She knelt down and tugged hard to remove it from between the studs.� She couldn’t imagine why anyone would put a satchel inside a wall!� It was obviously old.� The leather was cracked, and opening the lock on the bag took patience.� When she finally got the lock to give way, Nettie looked inside the bag and gasped in shock!� It was money!

*****

“Hey, Sutton, there’s a hysterical broad on line two.� She wants to speak to a Detective and she won’t tell anyone what’s wrong.”

Detective Sergeant Samuel Sutton controlled his temper with practiced ease.� Jerks like Delaney were a dime a dozen on the force.� He should let the Captain know that Delaney was still referring to women as ‘hysterical broads’, but figured he’d save that for a day when he was bored and could be there to watch the Captain chew on Delaney’s ass and send him to sensitivity training once more.� Delaney was a lost cause when it came to treating women with respect, but he was good in a fight and had your back.

“Detective Sergeant Sutton.� May I help you?”

“Yes, I hope so.� I found something in my wall, and I need to speak to you in person and show you what I found.”

“What did you find?”

“I don’t want to say over the telephone.� I’d be too afraid.� I don’t know who I can trust.”

“Very well.� May I have your name and address?”

“Yes.” Nettie answered him, and then asked, “How long will it take you to get here?� I’ve got all the doors locked, and I don’t want to open them to anyone but you.� Will you please hurry?”� Nettie didn’t know why she trusted the man with the silky voice, but she did.

“I’ll be there as soon as traffic allows, Miss.”

“Good.� What do you look like?”

“Six-five, dark hair and eyes.� I’m wearing a dark blue suit with a red tie,” he replied, smiling, and positive the woman was overreacting to something.

“Okay.� Thank you for not calling me crazy; I’m not.� I’m just very frightened, and I don’t like feeling this way.� Please hurry.”

Sam promised he would, and he left the station as soon as he told the Captain where he was going.� He used his personal car at work. �It was a lot more reliable than anything the city provided for plain clothes officers.� It was cheaper for them to give him a reimbursement for mileage and gas than it was to provide a reliable car and pay the insurance on it.� He found the little cottage and immediately started to think how he would renovate it.� That came from working for his father’s construction company in high school and during college, and even now he pitched in when his dad was shorthanded and Sam could take time from his own work to do so.� Sam had an eye for detail and could see the house needed some TLC.

He knocked on the door and had the feeling he was being stared at.� The door finally opened a crack and a cute female put her freckled nose in the crack and said, “Show me your ID, please.”

Sam was ready for that.� The female was afraid, and she didn’t trust anyone.� He wondered what she found in that wall, and knew that he wasn’t getting inside until she was positive he was who he claimed to be.� “Miss, are you being threatened?” he asked, his dark eyes looking for any sign of trouble.

“No, not yet, but I am afraid.� I don’t feel safe right now.”� Nettie pushed his ID through the crack, and then she undid the chain, and she let him in the house.� “Oh my gosh, you are really tall!”

Sam smiled.� “You are really short!”

“Yes, I am.� I’m 4’10” short, and I get teased all the time at work because of it.� I’ll bet you get teased about your height, too?” She guessed in the form of a question.

“Some, but not as much as I did as a kid.� Miss Carpenter, if you would tell me about your problem, I will try to help you.”� She did not seem the sort of person who imagined things, and he truly wanted to help solve her problem.� She brought out all of his protective instincts.

“Okay.� I trust you, Sam.� And please don’t call me Miss Carpenter; I prefer Nettie.”

“Nettie is a pretty name,” Sam found himself saying, and then he wanted to kick himself in the behind.� He wasn’t supposed to make comments of that sort on the job.� If Nettie got angry over something, she could use the compliment against him.

“Thank you, Sam.� I promise to talk soon.� I’m still pretty shaken, and it takes a lot to do that, believe me.”� She took several breaths, and then said, “I bought this old house to fix it up.� I decided to take out that wall first.” She pointed toward the one with just studs there.� "It is a simple fix because it isn’t load bearing, and now I am thinking it was built to be a sort of bank for the man who owned the house for many years.� I found a satchel full of money.”� There, she said it.

“How much money?” Sam asked.

“I haven’t counted it, but it is a lot, Sam.”

“Let’s use your coffee table here and we’ll start counting.� A satchel full of ones might look like a lot, but it probably won’t be so much.”

“Sam, don’t insult my intelligence.� I know a ‘lot’ when I see a ‘lot’.� Let me make sure the front door is locked.� I am so nervous at having this much money in the house.”

Sam did his best not to smile.� Nettie Carpenter was the cutest female he’d seen in a long time.� He would love to ask her out on a movie date, but he never mixed work with pleasure.� “I am here with you, Nettie, and I promise I will protect you should it be necessary.”

“Thank you, Sam.� I do trust you, but someone did break into this house right after I bought it, but before I moved in.� There was no sign of forced entry, and it makes me think that someone has a key, and they knew or suspected this money was here.”� She picked up the satchel and then said, “Hold your breath now.”

Sam could only stare as Nettie covered her coffee table, and the floor around it with piles of money.� The bills were hundred dollar bills, and a hundred of them to a stack.� Sam’s dark eyes were wide.�

“There is something else in here,” Nettie said, trying to shake it out.� To her surprise, it was a journal.� She dropped the satchel and then picked up the blue book and a piece of paper fell out.� She picked it up and started reading.� “This book is the property of Robert Stillwater. The money I’ve saved is from a lifetime of hard work.� I figure that whoever ends up buying this house will someday knock down the wall I built to hide my savings.� That gives me pleasure.� I just don’t want my greedy nephew, Gerald Brinkman, to get his hands on even one penny.� He is a squanderer, and he wouldn’t work if he had to.� If you have knocked down a wall, then you are not afraid of work.� If you were hired to do the job, then I insist you give the money to a church for charitable works.� I guess I’ve just written my last will and testament.� Thank you for honoring my wishes, and use the money wisely.”� Nettie looked at Sam.� “Is he seriously just leaving this money to me?” she asked.

“It sure sounds like it.� What is in the book itself?”

“It is dates and the amount that he’s put back from each pay, or extra job he did for someone.� He sure didn’t keep out much to live on.� Oh, he also has dates listed when he went to the bank and traded in ones, fives, and twenties to get hundred dollar bills.”

“That is good; a written record of where the money came from.� No one can claim this is stolen money� and if you own this house, the money is yours.� Do you still want me to help you count it?”� Sam admitted he was curious as to the amount, but he really didn’t have a right to stay.

“I do not want you to leave!� I was terrified until you got here.� What if someone breaks in?� This is a lot of money to worry about, Sam.� I won’t breathe until I get to the bank and make a deposit.”

“Okay, I’ll stay,” Sam promised.� “At least until I get called to go to a crime scene.”

“Thanks, Sam.”� They started counting, and by the time they were finished, there was well over a million dollars.�� Nettie was in shock.� “What am I going to do, Sam?� I work hard for a living, and I don’t know what to do with all that money.”

“First of all, we take you to your bank and get it deposited.� We also keep quiet about it until you figure it out.� You don’t have to spend it right now, but it will be a nice nest egg for your future.”

“Please stay here with me.� I really am afraid.”� Nettie’s pretty green eyes filled with tears.� She hated feeling so vulnerable, and right now she was terrified.� What if the person with the key was to come back?� She swung a mean hammer, but it was hard to do so when you were so afraid you couldn’t move.� She thought she’d put the past behind her, but fear was fear� and it brought back all the ugly memories.

“I’ll stay with you, Nettie,” Sam assured her.� “Just let me call in and get off the clock.”

Nettie listened, her eyes wide, as Sam called in and told his Captain that he needed to take some personal time.� She heard the Captain ask in concern if there was a problem, and Sam said, “No, sir.� I have a friend who needs some help.”� Nettie smiled; it was nice to have a new friend.� She liked Sam.� He made her feel safe, which was a shock.� She might work with men, but she seldom spent time alone with one.

“There now, Nettie.� I’ll keep you company and take you to your bank in the morning.� Do you have anything in the house to eat?” he asked after his stomach loudly reminded him that he hadn’t eaten for several hours.� “Or do we need to order a pizza?”

“I have a stocked kitchen,” she said proudly.� “I’ll cook.”

“I don’t want to be any trouble,” Sam quickly stated.� He was breaking all sorts of rules he’d created for himself!� He didn’t want to make anyone he helped in the line of duty feel obligated to do anything for him!� “I can just call and order a pizza.”

“No, please!� Cooking will take my mind off of things.� Besides, you just called me a friend, and I would like to cook for my newest friend.”

She smiled and Sam knew he was hooked but good.� He’d always been partial to redheads, and Nettie was cute as could be.� If she could cook, too, well� he was hooked.� “What can I do to help?” He found himself offering.

“Just keep me company,” she said with a smile, but then she frowned.� “What should we do with the money?” she asked.� “Leaving it out in the open like this just doesn’t seem very wise.� What if that person with the key comes back and has a gun?”� Her eyes were wide with fear once again, and she swallowed hard.� “Oh, I know I’m being a big baby!”

“Having this much cash in the house is bound to make anyone nervous, Nettie.� We’ll put the money out of sight, though.� That is a really good idea just in case someone comes by.� You don’t want to have to explain to anyone.� It’s no one’s business but your own,” he said firmly.

“Where can we hide it?” she asked, looking around.� “Oh, I know!”�

Sam watched as she pulled the coffee table away from the sofa, and then she removed the cushions from the old sofa.� “There used to be a hide a bed in here, but someone took it out and built in storage.� See?” She lifted the fabric covered lid and sure enough, there was a box underneath!� Nettie put the bag of money inside, covered it with a couple of blankets, and then put the lid down and tucked the quilted fabric, which looked like a regular lining around the lid.�

“That is the best I can do,” she said, the doubt showing in her lovely eyes.� “What do you think, Sam?”

“Ingenious.”� He had to admit that he’d never seen anything like it, and he’d seen some pretty strange hiding places.� “I’ve never seen anything this clever,” he admitted.� “It looks like a regular sofa, with no hint that it could be a hide a bed, and yet, when you take the cushions off, it looks like a normal sofa.� Where did you get it?” he asked curiously.

“At an auction,” she replied.� “I needed something to sit on, and didn’t want to spend good money on a new sofa.� So, I went to a lot of garage sales, and auctions.� Pretty much everything I own is second hand.� I wanted to buy a house of my own,” she told him.� “So, I saved and saved, and I was finally able to buy this place.� It needs a lot of work done, but that is perfect.”

“I don’t know too many women who would agree with you,” Sam said, following her into the kitchen.� He looked around and started planning what he would do to ‘fix it.’

“I’m not like most women,” Nettie seriously proclaimed.

“I didn’t mean that as an insult, Nettie.� It was a compliment.” Sam hastened to reassure her.� “I used to work construction, and I still give my Dad a hand if I’m off and he needs help.� I think it makes sense to buy a house like this one and make it your own.”

“I agree.� I haven’t decided yet if I am going to fix this for myself to keep, or to sell at a profit.”

“It needs a lot of work, and it will cost quite a bit to get this kitchen done, Nettie.� I could ask my Dad to give you an estimate if you’d like.”

“No thanks,” she said with a giggle.� “I plan to do the work myself.”

“That might not be a good idea,” he said softly.� “There is a lot of work that goes into a kitchen, Nettie.� Electrical, plumbing, and you need permits for most of it.� Hanging cabinets the right way is also pretty important.� In an older home, the walls might not be straight, and�”� He stopped talking when she burst into laughter.� “I’m sorry; did I say something to amuse you?”� He was trying to give her some serious advice, and she was laughing at him.� Sam Sutton was not used to being laughed at!� He was suddenly irritated, and he felt his palm itch.� He wanted to give her rounded backside a firm swat, but he restrained himself.

“I agree with all that you said, Sam.� However, I am used to doing everything you just mentioned.� I work in construction,” she admitted, then waited for him to make fun of her.� To her surprise, he didn’t crack a smile.� “This is where you are supposed to tell me that I’m too little to work construction, or make some remark about my being the only woman in an otherwise all man crew.� Or ask me why I think I should work a man’s job?”�

When Sam scowled at her, she felt her tummy whirl nervously.� Somehow she’d upset the man and now she was feeling a bit of fear as she waited for him to say something� or even worse, move towards her.� Her eyes went to his hands, which were resting on the table, and she sighed in relief when he didn’t appear to be ready to strike her.
Janice on 01/14/2016 02:18pm
Great
Janice on 01/14/2016 02:18pm
Great
Pamela on 12/04/2014 12:11pm
Good story. Doesn't bounce around and easy to follow. Spanking episodes are pretty good.
Pamela on 12/04/2014 12:11pm
Good story. Doesn't bounce around and easy to follow. Spanking episodes are pretty good.
on 07/19/2014 01:45pm
There are treasures hidden in all of our homes. Things we placed and have forgotten about. When we find them, there is a joy in the discovery. The joy is even greater if what you find was placed there by someone else who left it for you. This book celebrates that joy and the troubles that might accompany it, if the treasure is valuable. It is also a good romance where the Dominant male firmly applies wisdom to the seat of understanding.
on 07/19/2014 01:45pm
There are treasures hidden in all of our homes. Things we placed and have forgotten about. When we find them, there is a joy in the discovery. The joy is even greater if what you find was placed there by someone else who left it for you. This book celebrates that joy and the troubles that might accompany it, if the treasure is valuable. It is also a good romance where the Dominant male firmly applies wisdom to the seat of understanding.
lana on 06/16/2014 11:49pm
If you like a sweet clean story this is for you..It's not rushed and I love how she's short but mighty.. It's sweet that he's gentle and doesn't rush things.. it could have been longer. A story added with his family would be nice
lana on 06/16/2014 11:49pm
If you like a sweet clean story this is for you..It's not rushed and I love how she's short but mighty.. It's sweet that he's gentle and doesn't rush things.. it could have been longer. A story added with his family would be nice
Jaimie on 06/13/2014 07:02pm
Good, could have been longer.
Jaimie on 06/13/2014 07:02pm
Good, could have been longer.
Monica on 05/27/2014 06:14pm
Nice, i like the author
Monica on 05/27/2014 06:14pm
Nice, i like the author
Sarah on 05/11/2014 02:29pm
this story was cute, but very short. I liked the relationship between Sam and Nettie.
Sarah on 05/11/2014 02:29pm
this story was cute, but very short. I liked the relationship between Sam and Nettie.
Jennifer on 05/04/2014 02:49pm
Nice read
Jennifer on 05/04/2014 02:49pm
Nice read
Tara on 04/20/2014 06:58pm
A sweet, fast read; I appreciated the relationship's development and the fact that the heroine wasn't simply a helpless whiny woman.
Tara on 04/20/2014 06:58pm
A sweet, fast read; I appreciated the relationship's development and the fact that the heroine wasn't simply a helpless whiny woman.
Kirsty on 04/19/2014 10:24pm
Good, but the dialogue is not very realistic. Other than that, an enjoyable read.
Kirsty on 04/19/2014 10:24pm
Good, but the dialogue is not very realistic. Other than that, an enjoyable read.
Carrie on 04/15/2014 05:59am
A very interesting novel on the effect of a domestic discipline relationship over a girl who has been abused by her grandparents, as she struggles to accept the kind of protection her alpha male is able to provide.
Carrie on 04/15/2014 05:59am
A very interesting novel on the effect of a domestic discipline relationship over a girl who has been abused by her grandparents, as she struggles to accept the kind of protection her alpha male is able to provide.
Carrie on 04/15/2014 05:59am
A very interesting novel on the effect of a domestic discipline relationship over a girl who has been abused by her grandparents, as she struggles to accept the kind of protection her alpha male is able to provide.
Carrie on 04/15/2014 05:59am
A very interesting novel on the effect of a domestic discipline relationship over a girl who has been abused by her grandparents, as she struggles to accept the kind of protection her alpha male is able to provide.
Margaret on 04/11/2014 03:30pm
A nice story about too lovely people getting together and how to stay that way. Thank you
Margaret on 04/11/2014 03:30pm
A nice story about too lovely people getting together and how to stay that way. Thank you
Robin on 04/09/2014 04:28pm
I didn't really like this much, she was a silly, scared rabbit.
Robin on 04/09/2014 04:28pm
I didn't really like this much, she was a silly, scared rabbit.
Jessie on 04/01/2014 09:31pm
Yes there were plenty of loving spankings, but the story seemed rushed and not very detailed.
Jessie on 04/01/2014 09:31pm
Yes there were plenty of loving spankings, but the story seemed rushed and not very detailed.
Laura on 03/31/2014 08:53pm
The author usually hits it out of the park with her books - this time not so much. The book was choppy and so rushed. The premise went nowhere. The reason for the h's fear was not there.
Laura on 03/31/2014 08:53pm
The author usually hits it out of the park with her books - this time not so much. The book was choppy and so rushed. The premise went nowhere. The reason for the h's fear was not there.
Merna on 03/31/2014 06:44pm
The story was OK, but I didn't really understand why she was so afraid after finding the stuff hidden in the wall. It didn't really make sense to me.
Merna on 03/31/2014 06:44pm
The story was OK, but I didn't really understand why she was so afraid after finding the stuff hidden in the wall. It didn't really make sense to me.
Bri on 03/31/2014 03:54pm
This one really disappointed me. It had a really promising story line and premise but it fell flat. It was super rushed and the conflict with the guy trying to get into the house never went anywhere.
Bri on 03/31/2014 03:54pm
This one really disappointed me. It had a really promising story line and premise but it fell flat. It was super rushed and the conflict with the guy trying to get into the house never went anywhere.
Bri on 03/31/2014 03:54pm
This one really disappointed me. It had a really promising story line and premise but it fell flat. It was super rushed and the conflict with the guy trying to get into the house never went anywhere.
Bri on 03/31/2014 03:54pm
This one really disappointed me. It had a really promising story line and premise but it fell flat. It was super rushed and the conflict with the guy trying to get into the house never went anywhere.
drb on 03/30/2014 04:53pm
I enjoyed this story. It is a very quick read. Enoyable but quick.
drb on 03/30/2014 04:53pm
I enjoyed this story. It is a very quick read. Enoyable but quick.
Star on 03/30/2014 11:34am
Not the best book for this author very rushed.
Star on 03/30/2014 11:34am
Not the best book for this author very rushed.
K Tyler on 03/30/2014 12:53am
This was a fun quick read. It was sweet but too short.
K Tyler on 03/30/2014 12:53am
This was a fun quick read. It was sweet but too short.
Arleen on 03/28/2014 09:55am
If you're looking for a fun read this is a good choice. I would have given it a higher rating except that I didn't find it that realistic. But it did have the protective male hero rescuing the fearful heroine.
Arleen on 03/28/2014 09:55am
If you're looking for a fun read this is a good choice. I would have given it a higher rating except that I didn't find it that realistic. But it did have the protective male hero rescuing the fearful heroine.
madpuss on 03/25/2014 09:19pm
This was a sweet little story. It wasn't particularly original but it was well written and an enjoyable light read. Nettie and Sam were a nice couple. It could have become a much better story had the nephew of the previous homeowner not given in so easy and caused them more trouble. I have read much better stories from this author in particular her historical westerns.
madpuss on 03/25/2014 09:19pm
This was a sweet little story. It wasn't particularly original but it was well written and an enjoyable light read. Nettie and Sam were a nice couple. It could have become a much better story had the nephew of the previous homeowner not given in so easy and caused them more trouble. I have read much better stories from this author in particular her historical westerns.
JK on 03/25/2014 04:47pm
This was a perfect little romantic, sexy, hot spanking story! I loved both main characters! She was such a feisty little gal, and he was a very caring dominant man. A perfect recipe in my book!!
JK on 03/25/2014 04:47pm
This was a perfect little romantic, sexy, hot spanking story! I loved both main characters! She was such a feisty little gal, and he was a very caring dominant man. A perfect recipe in my book!!
Mattie on 03/25/2014 03:48pm
Finally a cop around when you need him. I like the fact that both characters have honor and that he nephew does not get any of the money. It needed to be a bit more detailed.
Mattie on 03/25/2014 03:48pm
Finally a cop around when you need him. I like the fact that both characters have honor and that he nephew does not get any of the money. It needed to be a bit more detailed.
Jessica on 03/24/2014 05:39pm
This was an entertaining read, and I liked the story line in general. However, I felt that it was a little forced and didn't draw me into the characters emotions because the dialog was too superficial.
Jessica on 03/24/2014 05:39pm
This was an entertaining read, and I liked the story line in general. However, I felt that it was a little forced and didn't draw me into the characters emotions because the dialog was too superficial.
Artsy1 on 03/23/2014 05:16am
I realize this was a free story but it didn't seem anything like I've read from this author before. It was short with little plot at all. Nettie was starting to get on my nerves with her continual fear of keeping the money she found in her home. I liked Sam and felt his character was better developed than Nettie but it would have been nice to have a little more background. Again, this was a free one so you can't complain too much.
Artsy1 on 03/23/2014 05:16am
I realize this was a free story but it didn't seem anything like I've read from this author before. It was short with little plot at all. Nettie was starting to get on my nerves with her continual fear of keeping the money she found in her home. I liked Sam and felt his character was better developed than Nettie but it would have been nice to have a little more background. Again, this was a free one so you can't complain too much.
CJO on 03/22/2014 12:16pm
This was pretty good, but way too short. Some of it was a little unrealistic, but I thought their relationship was really sweet.
CJO on 03/22/2014 12:16pm
This was pretty good, but way too short. Some of it was a little unrealistic, but I thought their relationship was really sweet.
Cindy on 03/20/2014 02:24pm
Absolutely wonderful. Sweet and charming and interesting.
Cindy on 03/20/2014 02:24pm
Absolutely wonderful. Sweet and charming and interesting.
on 03/20/2014 02:22pm
Absolutely wonderful. Sweet and charming and interesting.
on 03/20/2014 02:22pm
Absolutely wonderful. Sweet and charming and interesting.
DNF on 03/19/2014 10:44pm
This is a nice short story but undeveloped to be complete, it hard to believe the nephew would give up so easily. Overall a pleasant read that could have been so much more.
DNF on 03/19/2014 10:44pm
This is a nice short story but undeveloped to be complete, it hard to believe the nephew would give up so easily. Overall a pleasant read that could have been so much more.
KArc on 03/18/2014 12:06am
I enjoyed this story of domestic discipline. Sam and Nettie have a cute relationship that was fun to read about. However, the story was a little too short and undeveloped to be complete. I also found the dialogue to be forced and unnatural sounding.
KArc on 03/18/2014 12:06am
I enjoyed this story of domestic discipline. Sam and Nettie have a cute relationship that was fun to read about. However, the story was a little too short and undeveloped to be complete. I also found the dialogue to be forced and unnatural sounding.
Mark Sterling on 03/17/2014 03:13am
I always enjoy a story with a detective saving a damsel in distress. When saving her includes an over the knee spanking, well – a story with everything for a fun read. My only subtraction was the U-turn in Nettie’s character. After developing her as an accomplished artisan, the author leads her into uncharacteristic mistakes. But, then that is where the spanking comes in.
Mark Sterling on 03/17/2014 03:13am
I always enjoy a story with a detective saving a damsel in distress. When saving her includes an over the knee spanking, well a story with everything for a fun read. My only subtraction was the U-turn in Nettie۪s character. After developing her as an accomplished artisan, the author leads her into uncharacteristic mistakes. But, then that is where the spanking comes in.
Lila on 03/16/2014 09:05pm
What would you do if you found $3 million when you tore down a wall. She called the police and got a spanking. Then they fell in love.
Lila on 03/16/2014 09:05pm
What would you do if you found $3 million when you tore down a wall. She called the police and got a spanking. Then they fell in love.
Lasey on 03/15/2014 10:27pm
This was a cute little novella about a capable young woman and a handsome police officer. Both characters are likable but not without their flaws. I gave this book 4 stars because it left a number of loose ends. I suspect that these will be taken care of in a sequel - but it left the story feeling a bit unfinished for me. It was just a bit too short.
Lasey on 03/15/2014 10:27pm
This was a cute little novella about a capable young woman and a handsome police officer. Both characters are likable but not without their flaws. I gave this book 4 stars because it left a number of loose ends. I suspect that these will be taken care of in a sequel - but it left the story feeling a bit unfinished for me. It was just a bit too short.
melissa on 03/15/2014 05:03pm
A rather sweet story depicting an independent woman who has a few scars from the past and learns to slowly trust again. Made me smile when they fought over the toothpaste tube. Reality meets romance.
melissa on 03/15/2014 05:03pm
A rather sweet story depicting an independent woman who has a few scars from the past and learns to slowly trust again. Made me smile when they fought over the toothpaste tube. Reality meets romance.
S.L. on 03/14/2014 07:03pm
I did not enjoy this book. I thought Nettie and Sam's romance was forced. Nettie came across as a weak woman
S.L. on 03/14/2014 07:03pm
I did not enjoy this book. I thought Nettie and Sam's romance was forced. Nettie came across as a weak woman
kitty_ranma on 03/14/2014 01:03pm
So far I've really enjoyed all of Joannie Kay's books. She gives a good loving spanking to those in need. The only thing that kept it from getting a 5 stars is that it was short.
kitty_ranma on 03/14/2014 01:03pm
So far I've really enjoyed all of Joannie Kay's books. She gives a good loving spanking to those in need. The only thing that kept it from getting a 5 stars is that it was short.
Kathy on 03/11/2014 08:54pm
This story was ok. As some previous reviewers said it bounced around on the main character changes. I wish I could say it was better
Kathy on 03/11/2014 08:54pm
This story was ok. As some previous reviewers said it bounced around on the main character changes. I wish I could say it was better
Angie on 03/11/2014 06:53am
Cute short story! Nettie and Sam were so cute together.
Angie on 03/11/2014 06:53am
Cute short story! Nettie and Sam were so cute together.
Chrissie on 03/11/2014 06:18am
I thought the idea for this story was good and when I started reading it, I was intrigued. However, I thought that Nettie started out as quite a strong character and then became twee. Like other reviewers, I think the author missed the chance to build on the story particularly with the old home owner's nephew. I also found the direct speech between Sam and Nettie to be rather stilted and unnatural, especially the way Sam spoke to Nettie when she had supposedly done wrong. All in all, a pleasant enough read that could have been so much more.
Chrissie on 03/11/2014 06:18am
I thought the idea for this story was good and when I started reading it, I was intrigued. However, I thought that Nettie started out as quite a strong character and then became twee. Like other reviewers, I think the author missed the chance to build on the story particularly with the old home owner's nephew. I also found the direct speech between Sam and Nettie to be rather stilted and unnatural, especially the way Sam spoke to Nettie when she had supposedly done wrong. All in all, a pleasant enough read that could have been so much more.
KatD on 03/11/2014 04:37am
short needed more detail - the story of the nephew just did not develop....needed more suspense and action ..and character development
KatD on 03/11/2014 04:37am
short needed more detail - the story of the nephew just did not develop....needed more suspense and action ..and character development
on 03/11/2014 04:35am
short needed more detail - the story of the nephew just did not develop....needed more suspense and action
on 03/11/2014 04:35am
short needed more detail - the story of the nephew just did not develop....needed more suspense and action
jeanped on 03/10/2014 11:57am
Joanie Kay has yet to disappoint me... I really enjoy her stories and always watch out for them... My one complaint is that they seem so short... Example, with this specific story, she could have enhanced it by introducing us to Sam's family... We here about them, but the only ones we actually get to meet are his father and brother... We could Aldo have been introduced to Nettie's boss... Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book and am off to ready another story by this author....
jeanped on 03/10/2014 11:57am
Joanie Kay has yet to disappoint me... I really enjoy her stories and always watch out for them... My one complaint is that they seem so short... Example, with this specific story, she could have enhanced it by introducing us to Sam's family... We here about them, but the only ones we actually get to meet are his father and brother... We could Aldo have been introduced to Nettie's boss... Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book and am off to ready another story by this author....
Jaycee on 03/09/2014 01:41pm
Very short, simple story. As one reviewer stated, the language was often so simplistic as to feel juvenile. Nettie is one minute so terribly afraid, then bouncing into the kitchen to make Sam dinner. Scene changes like that had no transitions. I did like Sam - he was strong and careful not to frighten Nettie during discipline. I just wish there had been more of a plot and definitely more character building.
Jaycee on 03/09/2014 01:41pm
Very short, simple story. As one reviewer stated, the language was often so simplistic as to feel juvenile. Nettie is one minute so terribly afraid, then bouncing into the kitchen to make Sam dinner. Scene changes like that had no transitions. I did like Sam - he was strong and careful not to frighten Nettie during discipline. I just wish there had been more of a plot and definitely more character building.
anon on 03/09/2014 08:15am
This is a simple, cute, modern day story of two people beginning out together. By the nature of the novella, it's a quick in and out version of a story, yet I felt Kay did a reasonable job of fleshing out both Nettie and Sam. As in life, both had problems fitting themselves together in a new marriage. Sam was smart enough to take Nettie's upbringing into consideration and Nettie was smart enough to look at situations through Sam's eyes. Well done.
anon on 03/09/2014 08:15am
This is a simple, cute, modern day story of two people beginning out together. By the nature of the novella, it's a quick in and out version of a story, yet I felt Kay did a reasonable job of fleshing out both Nettie and Sam. As in life, both had problems fitting themselves together in a new marriage. Sam was smart enough to take Nettie's upbringing into consideration and Nettie was smart enough to look at situations through Sam's eyes. Well done.
Rhonda on 03/08/2014 09:24pm
Joannie Kay is a versatile writer. Just this week she had both this contemporary novel and a western relesed by Blushing Books. I found this a very sweet story. Unfortunately like many of the shorter novellas they story moves rather quickly because if the length restraints. I was a little surprised but glad that the nephew did not show up in the story again. I thought Sam was a very loving man who while he punished Nettie when he thought she deserved it he was also aware of the emotional baggage she carried and took that into consideration when he was disciplining her.
Rhonda on 03/08/2014 09:24pm
Joannie Kay is a versatile writer. Just this week she had both this contemporary novel and a western relesed by Blushing Books. I found this a very sweet story. Unfortunately like many of the shorter novellas they story moves rather quickly because if the length restraints. I was a little surprised but glad that the nephew did not show up in the story again. I thought Sam was a very loving man who while he punished Nettie when he thought she deserved it he was also aware of the emotional baggage she carried and took that into consideration when he was disciplining her.
Adele on 03/08/2014 06:18pm
Cute story, although a little rushed. I also found it hard to believe the nephew would give up so easely.
Adele on 03/08/2014 06:18pm
Cute story, although a little rushed. I also found it hard to believe the nephew would give up so easely.
LJ on 03/08/2014 01:02pm
I normally enjoy books by this Joannie Kay, but do not think this one is up to par. The characters were not realistic. The story was rushed and feels incomplete.
LJ on 03/08/2014 01:02pm
I normally enjoy books by this Joannie Kay, but do not think this one is up to par. The characters were not realistic. The story was rushed and feels incomplete.
Kat31 on 03/08/2014 07:38am
The story line was a great idea however, I found the writing a little too simple and somewhat juvenile. The characters also seem 1 dimensional and unreal. The 45 page novella was a free read and I was glad that I hadn't actually purchased it. I'm willing to try this author again as it's possible the next book will be better.
Kat31 on 03/08/2014 07:38am
The story line was a great idea however, I found the writing a little too simple and somewhat juvenile. The characters also seem 1 dimensional and unreal. The 45 page novella was a free read and I was glad that I hadn't actually purchased it. I'm willing to try this author again as it's possible the next book will be better.

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