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Risky Chance

Chances of Discipline : Book Four

By: Tabitha Marks
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: ©2017 by Blushing Books® and Tabitha Marks
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Being the single father of a preemie at twenty-five was not what Keith Lane envisioned for his future, but after a one night stand, that’s exactly where he ends up – juggling work and caring for his son, and struggling to keep it all together.  

 

Sara Saunders has a heart of gold and a sweet disposition, and wants nothing more than to have a relationship with her nephew. When she finds out Keith needs a nanny it seems like the perfect solution ­– Keith needs help, and she’s the most qualified candidate he could ever hope to find!

 

Despite his initial reservations and instant attraction to her, Keith takes a risk and hires Sara. Sparks fly and he soon realizes that he wants her as more than just a nanny, but Sara’s habit of acting without thinking lands her over Keith’s knee before they even have a first date.

 

Luckily, Sara craves the discipline and structure that Keith can provide, and their relationship thrives. But when the past shows up on his doorstep Keith questions everything he thought he knew about Sara, and wonders if taking a chance on her would turn into the worst mistake of his life. 

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Chapter 1

The twin aggravations of noise and distraction reverberated through the house right as Keith was rushing to get out the door and off to work. The phone rang, the baby cried and the doorbell chimed all at the same time, creating a mangled cacophony of sound that made Keith curse under his breath. He rushed down the hall to Carter’s bedroom to deal with the most important issue first—his five-month-old son lying in his crib, already dressed and ready to go to the sitter’s. Hence the crying. The boy did not like to be left alone, even for the five minutes that Keith needed to make sure the diaper bag was properly stocked, his work duffle held a clean uniform and he hadn’t accidently left the stove on, again. He’d learned his lesson after showing up at work with a bag full of onesies and wipes.

“Okay buddy,” Keith said, picking up the red-faced baby. “Let’s go see who’s at the door.”

Carter immediately quieted and gave Keith a gummy grin, his tears drying quicker than a desert storm. He swore the kid knew exactly what he was doing and how to push his father’s buttons to get exactly what he wanted. Keith knew he needed to quit giving in, but he couldn’t help it. Carter had needed constant attention and care after being born prematurely. Now that he was growing and doing well, Keith couldn’t stand to hear him cry, even for a minute. If that made him a softhearted pushover, then so be it.

The doorbell rang again, but the phone had thankfully stopped. Keith made his way down the hall, tripping over a pile of toys and stumbling into the highchair in the kitchen. Even though he’d upgraded from his small one-bedroom apartment to this three-bedroom, two-bath house, it still felt like there wasn’t enough room for him, Carter and all of Carter’s stuff.

He opened the door to find his brother’s girlfriend on the front porch looking very smug.

“Having a tough time there, Keith,” she said in greeting, before stepping into the house. Angie took every opportunity she could find to suggest that Keith get help taking care of Carter. Mrs. Thompson next door watched him several days a week, and Angie and his brother Kevin both helped whenever they could. Despite the help, the bigger Carter got, the more Keith struggled to keep up with him. After working a ten-hour night shift at the factory, all he wanted to do was shower and collapse into bed. Unfortunately, Carter generally woke up a few hours after Keith went to bed, making that impossible, so he’d been living in a perpetually sleep deprived state for months.

He tried to sleep whenever Carter did, and that worked for now, but as Angie liked to remind him every time he saw her, Carter would start sleeping less and less during the day, and then Keith would be screwed. He couldn’t function on less than the five or so hours of sleep he currently snuck in throughout the course of the day.

While he hated the idea of having a stranger in his home all day, alone with Carter, he was beginning to resign himself to the fact Angie was correct. He needed to admit that he couldn’t do it all by himself. There wasn’t any shame in doing whatever he needed to do to make sure his son was well cared for, and since Carter’s mother wanted nothing to do with him, hiring a live-in nanny appeared to be Keith’s only option.

Closing the door behind Angie, Keith took a deep breath before meeting her knowing gaze. Was he really about to do this? Relent after months of claiming he could handle everything, and running himself ragged in the process?

“Yeah, I think I need some help, Ang.” He waited for her to gloat, or dance around yelling ‘I told you so’, but he should have known Angie would never do something so mean. At least not anymore, and not to his face. Before she started dating his brother, she had quite a reputation as a mean girl with a wild streak. Kevin somehow managed to tame her with love and discipline, and now Angie was one of the most thoughtful, caring people Keith knew. Although she did still have a stubborn streak and a bit of a temper, that was his brother’s cross to bear.

“You have excellent timing, bringing that up now,” she said, taking Carter out of his arms for a snuggle. “Remember that cousin of Molly’s who came to see Carter in the hospital?”

Keith did remember her, mostly because he threw her out of the nursery when he found out she was visiting his son. He didn’t want anyone associated with Molly getting anywhere near Carter. Molly had never been a mother to Carter. She was nothing more than the woman who gave birth to Keith’s son. Keith had been so angry he couldn’t see straight. He was angry at her poor choices that led to Carter coming into the world early, jeopardizing the baby’s life. He was furious at Molly’s refusal to take any interest or responsibility for the child she had brought into the world. That bitch had hightailed it out of the hospital as soon as the doctors cleared her to leave. While she’d said all along she didn’t want the baby, Keith had thought—and hoped—that seeing Carter would make some dormant maternal instinct kick in and Molly would clean up her life and be a mother. He didn’t mind taking primary responsibility for Carter, but he’d really believed she would want to spend some time with her son. Though in hindsight, Keith knew he wouldn’t have allowed her to take Carter, given her lifestyle and living situation.

“Yeah, I remember her.” He struggled to picture the young woman in his mind, but only came up with a vague image of long blond hair, skinny jeans and a black sweater. Oh, and blue eyes that widened in nervousness and fear when he confronted her at the hospital. “What about her?”

Angie hesitated to answer and Keith knew he wasn’t going to like whatever came out of her mouth next. “Well, she came back a few times to see Carter and really seemed interested in him.”

“When?” he asked. “I never saw her again. In fact, I’m pretty sure I told her not to come back.”

Angie paused again and Keith gave her a hard stare, prompting her to spit it out. “I kind of told her to come back when you weren’t there.”

“Angie, why would you do that?” Keith cut her off more sharply than he intended, but what the hell? “You knew I didn’t want anyone from Molly’s family around.”

“And I didn’t understand why.” He gave her another look at that comment, this one extremely exasperated, because Angie knew exactly why Carter was off limits to Molly. “I mean, I get why you didn’t want Molly around, but her family didn’t turn their back on Carter and walk out of the hospital, and I thought they could help you.”

“From what I understand, her parents are no better than she is. That’s why she ended up the way she is.” He couldn’t believe Angie had gone behind his back and let some stranger near his kid.

“Keith, I know you’re angry right now, but just listen to me,” she pleaded. “I really think Sara cares about Carter, and she’s not some druggie or crazy person. She goes to school part-time and was working at a day care up until a little while ago.”

Keith took a deep breath, struggling for calm. “How do you know all this, Angie?”

Her eyes darted around the room before she answered. “I kind of kept in touch with her and we’ve become friends.”

“What do you mean, you’re friends?” he barked. Carter jumped at the harsh tone of Keith’s voice and he tried to rein it in before he made his son cry. “Does Kevin know about this?”

“Um, yeah. He does now.” Angie’s cheeks turned pink and Keith knew his brother hadn’t been happy with Angie’s deception. That was most likely why she was paying him this unannounced visit. Kevin must have made her come over here to fess up. Keith bet she probably couldn’t sit comfortably either.

“At first, he was upset because I didn’t tell him who she was when she and I became friends, but he actually agrees with me.”

“Agrees with what?” he demanded. Kevin couldn’t possibly think that this random woman should be a part of Carter’s life.

“That she would make a good nanny for Carter.” Keith opened his mouth to argue, but Angie cut him off. “She’s got experience with small children, goes to school part-time and needs a job. And she’s really nice and actually cares about Carter. She asks about him all the time and loves seeing pictures.”

“So I should just let this woman move into my house tomorrow and leave my son alone with her? Is that what you’re suggesting, Angie? Because that’s not going to happen.” Keith turned and headed back to Carter’s room to finish grabbing everything he needed for the day. Angie had clearly lost her mind suggesting this hare-brained idea. Hiring someone who had connections to Molly was a risk he wasn’t sure he wanted to take. He had that woman out of his and his son’s lives, and he didn’t want her back in it—not even a little bit.

Angie’s insanity became more evident when she followed him down the hall, still holding Carter, and unfortunately, still talking.

“No, I’m not saying that you should jump in that fast, but you could meet her and maybe let her come over and see how she is with Carter. If that visit goes well, then let her babysit a few times. Then make the decision about whether she should be here full time.”

He busied himself stuffing diapers, wipes and several changes of clothes into the bag to take to the sitter’s house, thinking about Angie’s suggestion. As much as he hated to admit it, she made sense. He still wasn’t convinced this Sara would be good with Carter, but he needed help and he had to start somewhere. Meeting someone who was related to Carter, and that Angie knew, was better than putting an ad online and having who knows what kind of people responding. Maybe she would be just like Molly and it wouldn’t work, but, maybe Angie was right, and Sara had her head on straight and would take good care of Carter. If anyone could spot a walking disaster, it was definitely Angie, since she used to be one. What could it hurt to meet her and have a conversation? If she were crazy, he’d leave and never see her again. If not, then he’d take the next step and have her spend some supervised time with Carter at home.

“Yeah, okay,” he said finally, after a long pause that Angie silently waited through. “Give me her number and I’ll set up a time to meet with her.”

“Really?” Angie cried. “That’s great. I’m so glad, Keith, and I really have a good feeling about this.”

“Don’t get too excited, Angie. I’m only agreeing to have coffee and feel her out. It may not work out how you’re imagining.”

“I just know you’re going to love her,” she said, carrying on like Keith hadn’t said a word. She’d grabbed Carter’s light jacket and was trying to get his squirming baby arms into the correct sleeves.

“We’ll see,” he replied, not bothering to argue with Angie any more. Once she had an idea in her head, it was tough to shake out and it really didn’t matter what she thought anyway. Ultimately, Keith made the final decisions where Carter was concerned. He knew when to ask for help, like now, but even then, he was in control. He couldn’t have his life any other way.

A childhood spent with no mother and a mostly absentee father had made Keith crave stability. His older brother tried hard to take care of both of them, but Keith often felt like a rudderless ship with no captain. He didn’t want that for Carter, or himself, and he could feel his life careening in that direction. While he appreciated everyone’s help, Carter needed something more stable than being carted to a different sitter’s house every day. Not to mention the fact Mrs. Thompson was seventy years old and Carter was getting too big, and too mobile, for her to keep up with. She hadn’t complained yet, but Keith knew it was only a matter of time before she wouldn’t be able to do more than a few hours at a time.

Speaking of Mrs. Thompson, they needed to get a move on.

“I need to drop Carter off and go to work, Angie, but thanks for stopping by,” Keith said, shouldering the diaper bag and reaching for the baby. “I appreciate your concern and I know you only want what’s best for Carter. I’ll meet with this girl, but you can’t be mad at me if I don’t hire her for the job,” he warned.

Angie paused on her way out the door and pinned him with a serious, but compassionate, look. “I won’t be mad if you don’t hire Sara. This isn’t about her specifically, though I do think you’ll like her, but you have to start thinking about the future, about what you’re going to do as Carter grows and becomes even more of a handful than he already is, and she’s as good a place as any to start.” Without waiting for a response, she turned and walked out of the house.

Keith locked up and made the short walk next door to drop his son off. The elderly lady doted on Carter like one of her own grandchildren and had the patience of a saint, so Keith had no concerns about leaving his son for the day. By the time he reached his car five minutes later, his phone had already vibrated with a text from Angie that included the cousin’s name and phone number. He took a deep breath as he started the car, and before he could talk himself out of this crazy idea, he called the number and made plans to meet the next day.

 

 

Chapter 2

Nerves threatened to force the skinny latte Sara had just inhaled right back up her throat. The only thing stopping the vomiting was the equally terrifying thought that Keith would walk into the food court at exactly the moment she started to spew. This meeting was far too important for her to screw up, so she took a deep breath and swallowed slowly, forcing calm into her twitching limbs.

When he’d called yesterday, she’d barely been able to squeak out a time and place to meet before he abruptly hung up. Not that he was really rude, just busy. And maybe not that interested in meeting with her. Angie had gone out on a limb by befriending her and then asking Keith to consider letting her watch Carter. It just so happened that Keith needed childcare help and Sara was a childcare specialist. Well, almost.

Besides, who would take better care of the baby than his second cousin? Not a stranger, that’s for sure. The problem was Sara suspected that Keith hated Molly, Carter’s mother and Sara’s cousin. Of course, he certainly had every right to dislike Molly, as did several hundred other people within a fifty-mile radius.

Molly was not the nicest girl in the world, to put it mildly, and never had been. She’d picked fights in elementary school, started taking drugs in middle school and slept with half the male athletes in high school, but Molly had always looked out for Sara in her own way. Smaller, nerdy Sara, who lost her parents as a young child and had very few real friends of her own. Molly was her friend, or so she claimed, and dragged Sara into many of her wild escapades. The fact Sara often got bullied into taking the biggest risks or the bulk of the blame didn’t click until her junior year of high school, when straight-A Sara failed every class one quarter due to her lack of attendance. After getting into serious trouble, a month of being grounded, and the very real possibility of not being able to go to college, Sara smartened up and started saying no to Molly’s ridiculous plans. Especially after one particularly humiliating night that she didn’t like to think about. Of course, Molly hadn’t liked that very much and they drifted apart, though they never completely lost contact.

Unfortunately, Molly usually only called Sara when she needed something, like money, but Sara held out hope that one day Molly would clean up her act and follow Sara’s example. They’d both grown up in the same low income neighborhood. Sara was raised by her grandmother just one street over from Molly and her family, but while Sara’s grandmother, who was loving and kind, had tried to provide structure for her, Molly’s parents spent more time drinking and doing drugs than they did caring for their only child. Grandma did her best with both girls, but the older Molly got, the more difficult she became. While Grandma had guardianship of Sara, and didn’t hesitate to discipline her when needed, she didn’t have much of an opportunity to do the same with Molly. Eventually Molly spun out of control while Sara managed to get her feet back under her, before she lost any hope for a decent future.

After graduation, Sara went to the local community college, majoring in education. The plan had been to get her associates degree then go into a four-year program and become a teacher, but life threw her a curveball just a few months in. The grandmother who gave up her retirement to raise Sara after her parents died, had a debilitating stroke, and after a year of taking care of her full time, Sara made the decision to use the insurance money left from her parents’ estate to put Grandma in an assisted living facility close by. That money had been paying her tuition bills, but Sara couldn’t stomach going to school while her grandmother suffered in a subpar facility, and she couldn’t adequately care for all Grandma’s needs alone. So, she’d reduced her course load to part-time and found a job at a local daycare. She worked there full time, took a few classes when she could and still managed to spend time with Grandma.

That had worked for almost three years, and then a few months ago a scandal hit the daycare and forced it to close. Apparently, one of the other caretakers had a bit of a sordid history, and a prospective family managed to dig it up in their very thorough research on the facility. They went public with their information, despite the person having been fired immediately and pleas from the owners to reconsider. The newspaper and local television stations ran multiple stories about the daycare’s failure to do a complete background check on its employees, which led to them hiring a convicted sex offender. A former high school teacher who had sex with a teenaged, but still underage, student. Sara had never seen anything improper between the employee and her charges, though they didn’t normally work in the same room, and the woman was pleasant if a little quiet. In hindsight, she probably kept quiet because she was hiding her past.

Within a week of the news breaking, seventy-five percent of the families that had attended the daycare removed their children, and without any clients, they could no longer operate. Sara had scrambled to find a job, any job, and ended up working at a clothing store in the mall. She absolutely hated it. Hated the monotony and dealing with rude shoppers. And the store manager, who was two years younger than Sara, but thought she knew everything. Children were far more fun and interesting, even when they were crabby. She loved teaching them new things, watching their young minds absorb new skills like a sponge. Folding clothes with a fake smile on her face all day made her want to pull out her own fingernails with a pair of pliers.

She desperately wanted this job as Carter’s nanny, and not just because she needed to get out of her stupid mall job before it rotted her brain. She wanted to get to know him and be a part of his life because he was family, and family was the most important thing in the world. If not for her grandmother stepping up and taking her in, Sara would have grown up in foster care. She couldn’t screw up this interview with Keith no matter how nervous she was. Maybe he’d feel awkward too, meeting his ex-girlfriend’s cousin. She didn’t know how long they had dated, just that they weren’t together when Molly had Carter. One could only hope.

Sara took a deep breath and scanned the area, searching for him. She’d only seen him once, and he hadn’t been at his best after being in the hospital at Carter’s side for days, but even then, he’d been handsome. Dark brown hair that was a bit too long and curled up at the ends. Matching brown eyes framed by long dark lashes gave him a seductive, romantic look, like an old-fashioned pirate, especially when paired with the long hair. She didn’t know if he normally kept it long or if getting a trim just hadn’t been a priority at that time. She did know he worked in the local steel factory and had just bought a house for him and Carter, information Angie helpfully provided.

Thoughts of what Keith might look like now were erased when suddenly the man himself stood in front of her. She knew it was him even though she’d only spent a few minutes in his company almost half a year ago. Same longish hair, same intense brown eyes. Same stony look on his face, though this time he wasn’t yelling irately at her. Yet.

“Sara?” he asked, making butterflies take flight in her stomach. His voice was commanding, even when asking a question with just one word.

“Yes,” she replied after a few seconds of stunned silence. “Hi, Keith. It’s nice to meet you.” She went to stand and shake his hand, but he motioned for her to stay seated as he took the chair opposite her. She barely had her butt back in the seat before he took control of the situation without even a hint of awkwardness or hesitation on his part, dashing her hope that he shared her nerves.

“Let’s not beat around the bush here, Sara, you know who I am and I know who you are. I’m sure you’re aware I’m not a fan of Molly. In fact, I don’t want her anywhere near my son, not that she’s tried to make contact anyway. I need to hire someone to watch Carter and I’d prefer to have someone who actually cares about him. Angie tells me that you might be that person.” He paused long enough for her to nod her head in agreement before he started again. “I’m not sure that you are, but I agreed to meet with you as a favor to her, and because I do trust her judgment.”

Wow! Sara knew he didn’t like Molly, but she had no idea his feelings were so extreme. His tone was firm and left no room for discussion. In fact, it sounded like he actually hated Molly!

Angie hadn’t come close to explaining how much of an uphill battle Sara would have to get this job. Looking at Keith and returning his penetrating stare, she straightened her spine and drew on the same reserve of strength she’d called on when Grandma had her stroke. If she could handle that situation, she could make Keith realize that she was the perfect person to take care of Carter.

“Why don’t I tell you about myself and why I want the job?” she offered, giving him her best retail smile and brightest attitude. Keith started in surprise at her perkiness and Sara stifled a giggle. If he thought his speech would scare her off, he was very wrong. It took more than a hardheaded alpha male to scare Sara Saunders away.

“Sure, let me get a coffee first and then we’ll talk,” he said, standing and reaching for his wallet. “Do you want another one? I’ll buy.”

Sara smiled and gave him her order. As he walked towards the coffee kiosk, she allowed herself a moment to enjoy the view of his backside. And what a view it was! Then she took a deep breath, shook away all dirty thoughts of her future boss and tried to organize her argument. With only twenty minutes of her lunch break left, she needed to make the most of her time. Failure was not an option. She had to persuade Keith to give her a chance.

* * *

Keith hadn’t planned for this to happen.

In fact, he’d planned for exactly the opposite outcome, and had arrived with a bad attitude and rude words on the tip of his tongue. She was supposed to run away, or at the very least see the foolishness of the endeavor and give up, but for some reason, instead of Sara being put off by his blunt assessment of the situation, she took it as a challenge and became determined to prove him wrong. When he first approached the table, he could see that she was nervous, twisting her empty coffee cup in her hands, but once he laid his feelings out, she toughened up and flashed him a smile that made his heart beat loudly in his chest. He bought them coffees and she proceeded to spend the next fifteen minutes telling him her history and why she wanted to watch Carter. He asked her a few follow up questions and then she had to get back to work. He promised he’d think about it and call her soon.

After hearing her story, even Keith had to admit she was a strong and determined young woman. Sacrificing her college education so that her grandmother would have the best care possible showed how deeply she loved her family. She was almost finished with her two-year degree in early childhood education, having taken three years of part-time classes to get to that point. Once her summer classes ended in a few weeks, she was ready to move on to the local university and work on her teaching degree, still going part time. Since Keith worked mostly afternoons and evenings, she could go to school in the morning, and then watch Carter while Keith was at work and study after she put the baby to bed.

It all sounded good, perfect actually, but anyone could put their best face forward for half an hour. He could tell from the way her forehead scrunched up when she told him about her current job, that Sara hated working at the mall and had only taken it because she needed to work. She lived in her grandmother’s old house so she didn’t have rent, but still had to pay for utilities and food on her own, making a job a necessity. He admired that about her as well. That she’d do whatever it took to take care of herself, even if it meant doing something she despised, rather than running up student loans like so many other people.

Even though he knew he’d give her a chance to come over and see how she was with Carter, Keith forced himself to take the night and really think about it. He turned the proposition over in his head, trying to come up with reasons why he shouldn’t give Sara a shot, but what kept filtering to the top of his brain wasn’t anything about her past or her personality. It was a picture of her face, with that determined smile she gave him in the face of his rudeness, framed by silky blond hair that hung past her shoulders. Her clear blue eyes meeting his straight on, without any fear or hesitation, as she told him about herself.

Sara was the exact opposite of Molly, in looks and personality, at least from what he knew of them both. Molly was a red-headed temptress that he’d met at a club and taken to a motel after having far too much to drink. They parted ways the next morning with no plans to meet up again. He didn’t even know he’d given her his number until the day she called two months later and told him she was pregnant. He’d gotten to know a bit about her after that call, and what he learned he didn’t like at all. Molly was a selfish user who only cared about where the next party was at and how messed up she could become. She swore she would stay clean while pregnant, but Keith and the doctors who delivered Carter two months early, seriously doubted that had happened. On top of that, she practically ran out of the hospital the day after the birth and never came back, proving she was an absolute jerk.

Sara, on the other hand, appeared to be honest and trustworthy, two traits he highly regarded. Carter needed stability, and since he didn’t have a mother, Keith had to find an acceptable substitute. Not to mention that Sara looked like the girl next door, something Keith found very attractive. He normally went for women who were a little on the wild side, but look where his choices in ladies had gotten him—single father status at age twenty-five. No more crazy women for him, no matter how good they were in bed. Now when he pictured the type of woman he wanted to spend the rest of his life with, someone like Sara popped into his head.

He firmly squashed down the faint idea creeping up from the recesses of his mind that Sara could be a mother to Carter, not just his nanny. If she took the job, she’d be off limits as a girlfriend.

At least that’s what he told his rebellious brain, and all the other parts of his body that wanted to get to know her much, much better.

 

 

CJO on 11/19/2017 02:52pm
This was the fourth book in the series, and I've loved all of them so far! We had met Keith in the third book, who had a baby son that the mother didn't want anything to do with. Sara, who is the mother's cousin, is completely different than her cousin and ends up being the perfect nanny, then lover, for Keith. They were perfect for each other, but Sara had a lot of issues from her past, which led to a suspenseful portion toward the end. Very good book!
DB on 11/19/2017 12:32pm
Third book in this series, but you definitely don't have to have read the other two first. Keith and Sara are a great couple after they start dating while she is a nanny for Keith's son, Carter. They do have a dd relationship and there are a number of punishment spankings. I did enjoy this book and it is very believable. It has humor, dominate males, non-obeying female, a drug/alcoholic cousin, sex, a good length and a HEA ending. 5 big stars
Kitty Ranma on 11/19/2017 12:11am
I adored this and didn't want it to end. I'm hoping it goes to audio.
This book was given to me for free at my request from the publisher or author and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Great world building, Page-turner, Entertaining, Happily Ever After, Steamy, Easy-to-read, Funny, Wonderful characters, Romantic, Action-packed.
Ajjmb on 11/17/2017 06:54pm
Tabitha Marks new book Risky Chances is cute domestic discipline book. Sara often finds herself in trouble because she has a soft heart and wants to help anyone who she thinks needs help. Unfortunately, her kind hearted choices usually leave her in unsafe situations and her new boyfriend is just not willing to allow that. His way of dealing with her is a trip across his knee for a lesson or two or three and she is often sporting a sore bottom. Sara is no stranger to discipline because she was raised by her grandmother who would address any misbehavior with a swift paddle to the butt. Sara loves her new boyfriend and his infant son Carter, who she gets to take care of daily. Now she just needs to learn to say no to her cousin Molly who is always dragging her into trouble. I really enjoyed the dynamics of this book. I strongly recommend it. I also voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
Toni L on 11/15/2017 04:26pm
A great story about a single dad aiming to do the best that he can for his son. This was a wonderful story even though at times both Keith & Sara annoyed me. I found this to be a great story about 2 people trying to leave behind their past & past mistakes & move forward. It is part of a series but is completely standalone, so don't worry if you haven't read any previous as it won't impact your enjoyment.
JigsawGirl on 11/14/2017 03:23pm
This was an ok story. Keith and Sara got together pretty quickly despite the fact that a relationship was not their original intention. Sara made really bad decisions and didn't object to Keith correcting her. She spent all of her time trying to protect everyone with no thought to herself. It became a bit tiresome.

Anyway, you get your HEA.

I voluntarily read and reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy.
anon on 11/14/2014 11:06am
This was a story that I am afraid plays out all over the country: a father caring for and protecting his new born son alone. Sara is a cousin of the absent mother. She loves her nephew and wants to be a part of his upbringing. Keith, the father, is skeptical, but takes a chance on her. I have to admit I liked Keith as a father, but did not care for him as a man until the end of the story when he realized he had to change. This was a very realistic story and an endearing one.
anon on 11/14/2014 11:06am
This was a story that I am afraid plays out all over the country: a father caring for and protecting his new born son alone. Sara is a cousin of the absent mother. She loves her nephew and wants to be a part of his upbringing. Keith, the father, is skeptical, but takes a chance on her. I have to admit I liked Keith as a father, but did not care for him as a man until the end of the story when he realized he had to change. This was a very realistic story and an endearing one.
JK on 11/12/2014 05:54pm
This was such a heart warming story! I loved the way that Keith took to fatherhood! He put his son first!! And ,Sara was just such a sweet ,if a bit naïve, caring and trusting person that you couldn't help but love her! Great spanking scenes, usually deserved, in Keith's way of thinking :) and not too severe. Loved it!!
JK on 11/12/2014 05:54pm
This was such a heart warming story! I loved the way that Keith took to fatherhood! He put his son first!! And ,Sara was just such a sweet ,if a bit nave, caring and trusting person that you couldn't help but love her! Great spanking scenes, usually deserved, in Keith's way of thinking :) and not too severe. Loved it!!
elizabeth Goodman on 11/05/2014 08:10pm
I adored the characters! This was a fun and engaging read from cover to cover. The story was well written and engaging. The characters relationship developed very sweetly over time and the spanking scenes were sizzling! I can wait to read more by Tabitha Marks.
elizabeth Goodman on 11/05/2014 08:10pm
I adored the characters! This was a fun and engaging read from cover to cover. The story was well written and engaging. The characters relationship developed very sweetly over time and the spanking scenes were sizzling! I can wait to read more by Tabitha Marks.
madpuss on 11/04/2014 06:44pm
This is a realistic and contemporary story line. The characters were real everyday people, the plot line believable and the time taken to develop the relationship between Sara and Keith made that realistic also. It was an enjoyable and entertaining read as Sara and Keith get to know each other and care for each other.
madpuss on 11/04/2014 06:44pm
This is a realistic and contemporary story line. The characters were real everyday people, the plot line believable and the time taken to develop the relationship between Sara and Keith made that realistic also. It was an enjoyable and entertaining read as Sara and Keith get to know each other and care for each other.
Meg on 11/04/2014 09:04am
Sara Saunders is a young woman who has a huge heart. She worries more about others than she does herself – sacrificing her own comfort in order to provide better care for her grandmother who raised her. When her cousin Molly gives birth to a baby that she doesn’t want and has absolutely no desire to raise, Sara’s wish to is make sure that the baby has some connection with his family. Keith, Carter’s dad, is doing everything he can to make a good life for his son. Even though he found himself going from party-goer to single-dad, he never once regrets having Carter. His family is supportive to the point of his brother’s girlfriend insisting he give Sara a chance to become Carter’s caretaker. Keith pushes aside his anger at Molly to give her cousin a chance. This book speaks about taking chances – some that teach you important lessons and some that change your life. There are some very tender moments, including spanking scenes. If you like a sweet, romantic story as a couple learn that taking chances together is a great thing, you’ll really enjoy this one.
Meg on 11/04/2014 09:04am
Sara Saunders is a young woman who has a huge heart. She worries more about others than she does herself sacrificing her own comfort in order to provide better care for her grandmother who raised her. When her cousin Molly gives birth to a baby that she doesn۪t want and has absolutely no desire to raise, Sara۪s wish to is make sure that the baby has some connection with his family. Keith, Carter۪s dad, is doing everything he can to make a good life for his son. Even though he found himself going from party-goer to single-dad, he never once regrets having Carter. His family is supportive to the point of his brother۪s girlfriend insisting he give Sara a chance to become Carter۪s caretaker. Keith pushes aside his anger at Molly to give her cousin a chance. This book speaks about taking chances some that teach you important lessons and some that change your life. There are some very tender moments, including spanking scenes. If you like a sweet, romantic story as a couple learn that taking chances together is a great thing, you۪ll really enjoy this one.
Margaret Corcoran on 11/02/2014 12:36pm
A very lovely story of love and spanking with two nice ordinary people. Well worth the read and I would highly recommend it to all.
Margaret Corcoran on 11/02/2014 12:36pm
A very lovely story of love and spanking with two nice ordinary people. Well worth the read and I would highly recommend it to all.
Mary Keenen on 11/02/2014 10:35am
I'm glad I took the chance. This was a very good story about how this man gave this girl a chance even knowing that this person Sarah was related to the mother of his child that he had no respect for to work for him as a nanny. Their relationship evolved very nicely with twists and turns that keeps the reader interested. Would recommend
Mary Keenen on 11/02/2014 10:35am
I'm glad I took the chance. This was a very good story about how this man gave this girl a chance even knowing that this person Sarah was related to the mother of his child that he had no respect for to work for him as a nanny. Their relationship evolved very nicely with twists and turns that keeps the reader interested. Would recommend
K Tyler on 11/02/2014 05:50am
This is the story of Keith who has a child and is a single parent as the childs mother didn’t want him. He hires a nanny Sarah who happens to be the childs biological cousin. Keith falls hard for Sarah especially as he witnesses how is son adores and responds to who. They fall in love and must deal with the Drama of a drug induced mother who brings around the wrong element and Sarah’s grandmother who is sick and recovering from a stroke. Keith occasionally have to show Sarah the error of her ways across his lap for her to learn a lesson never to be forgotten.
K Tyler on 11/02/2014 05:50am
This is the story of Keith who has a child and is a single parent as the childs mother didn۪t want him. He hires a nanny Sarah who happens to be the childs biological cousin. Keith falls hard for Sarah especially as he witnesses how is son adores and responds to who. They fall in love and must deal with the Drama of a drug induced mother who brings around the wrong element and Sarah۪s grandmother who is sick and recovering from a stroke. Keith occasionally have to show Sarah the error of her ways across his lap for her to learn a lesson never to be forgotten.
Katy Beth McKee on 11/01/2014 01:15pm
Even though I haven't read all the other books in this series I was able to enjoy this book on it's own. It explores a strong man whose life has gotten out of control as he tries to raise his son on his own. Keith has trust issues for a reason. Sara want to help and prove that she is nothing like her cousin. But she is slow to trust and feel free to be totally honest herself. They seem to be just what the other one needs but and it was great to watch them step forwards and backwards through trust and building of a relationship. Loved the wrap up at the end.
Katy Beth McKee on 11/01/2014 01:15pm
Even though I haven't read all the other books in this series I was able to enjoy this book on it's own. It explores a strong man whose life has gotten out of control as he tries to raise his son on his own. Keith has trust issues for a reason. Sara want to help and prove that she is nothing like her cousin. But she is slow to trust and feel free to be totally honest herself. They seem to be just what the other one needs but and it was great to watch them step forwards and backwards through trust and building of a relationship. Loved the wrap up at the end.
Monique Dillon on 10/30/2014 06:32pm
This is a very modern story. If you're looking for a macho dominant man with Neanderthal cave tactics, then this book is not for you. Everything is entirely consensual and Keith is constantly looking for feedback from Sara to make sure he is not being too overly aggressive. It is very interesting to see the story as it switches back and forth between the perspective of both Keith and Sara. The story is held together by a lot of strong internal emotions that drive both characters. Overall, a feel good story with a couple dramatic twists thrown in for good effect.
Monique Dillon on 10/30/2014 06:32pm
This is a very modern story. If you're looking for a macho dominant man with Neanderthal cave tactics, then this book is not for you. Everything is entirely consensual and Keith is constantly looking for feedback from Sara to make sure he is not being too overly aggressive. It is very interesting to see the story as it switches back and forth between the perspective of both Keith and Sara. The story is held together by a lot of strong internal emotions that drive both characters. Overall, a feel good story with a couple dramatic twists thrown in for good effect.
Redrabbitt on 10/30/2014 09:58am
This is a series but each book reads as a standalone and therefore you have no problem keeping up in the story. Keith Lane, 25, is a single father to Carter who was born 2 months premature because his one-night-stand with Molly refused to take care of herself. Not only that, but she abandoned them at the hospital. Sara Saunders is cousin to Molly and loves the little boy immediately. Keith needs childcare for Carter and his brother's girlfriend suggest Sara, who loves children and has worked childcare. But can Keith trust anyone from Molly's family to care for his son. This story covers the loving relationship Sara has with her Grandmother, Carter and Keith. She had been raised by her Grandmother who believed and dispensed domestic discipline. Keith also believes in DD and he spanks Sara when she does something wrong. It is always safe, sane and consensual and with love. The relationship between Keith and Sara is slow developed and with much respect towards a future.
Redrabbitt on 10/30/2014 09:58am
This is a series but each book reads as a standalone and therefore you have no problem keeping up in the story. Keith Lane, 25, is a single father to Carter who was born 2 months premature because his one-night-stand with Molly refused to take care of herself. Not only that, but she abandoned them at the hospital. Sara Saunders is cousin to Molly and loves the little boy immediately. Keith needs childcare for Carter and his brother's girlfriend suggest Sara, who loves children and has worked childcare. But can Keith trust anyone from Molly's family to care for his son. This story covers the loving relationship Sara has with her Grandmother, Carter and Keith. She had been raised by her Grandmother who believed and dispensed domestic discipline. Keith also believes in DD and he spanks Sara when she does something wrong. It is always safe, sane and consensual and with love. The relationship between Keith and Sara is slow developed and with much respect towards a future.
Marybeth on 10/27/2014 04:14pm
Chances of Discipline 4 by Tabitha Marks This is the fourth book in the books by Tabitha Marks. In this story, we learn about Keith and his nanny, Molly. Molly is the cousin of Carter’s mother, who didn’t want to be a parent and signed away her rights before leaving the hospital. She really doesn’t want a baby. But, Keith does, so he raises little Carter. He soon discovers he needs help and Angie recommends Molly. Keith really doesn’t want to have anything to do with Molly, but he gives her a chance and he realizes that she is nothing like her cousin. Eventually, the two of them fall in love. There are spankings in the book and they are well written. I just wish that there were more! I give this story 5 stars.
Marybeth on 10/27/2014 04:14pm
Chances of Discipline 4 by Tabitha Marks This is the fourth book in the books by Tabitha Marks. In this story, we learn about Keith and his nanny, Molly. Molly is the cousin of Carter۪s mother, who didn۪t want to be a parent and signed away her rights before leaving the hospital. She really doesn۪t want a baby. But, Keith does, so he raises little Carter. He soon discovers he needs help and Angie recommends Molly. Keith really doesn۪t want to have anything to do with Molly, but he gives her a chance and he realizes that she is nothing like her cousin. Eventually, the two of them fall in love. There are spankings in the book and they are well written. I just wish that there were more! I give this story 5 stars.
angel on 10/27/2014 03:45pm
Very sweet short story It is filled with romance and suspense Has a great plot that is well told. Will they get together can he take the chance You will have to read the book to find out
angel on 10/27/2014 03:45pm
Very sweet short story It is filled with romance and suspense Has a great plot that is well told. Will they get together can he take the chance You will have to read the book to find out
SH on 10/27/2014 10:47am
This is a great addition to the series and I loved it! It has a fresh plot idea that really worked and pulled you in from the very beginning. It was very easy to become emotionally invested with Keith, with very good reason, while he steps up to a difficult challenge. Sara, who has her own challenges, is absolutely the best woman for him. Together, they were great! Well done!
SH on 10/27/2014 10:47am
This is a great addition to the series and I loved it! It has a fresh plot idea that really worked and pulled you in from the very beginning. It was very easy to become emotionally invested with Keith, with very good reason, while he steps up to a difficult challenge. Sara, who has her own challenges, is absolutely the best woman for him. Together, they were great! Well done!
Laurel Lasky on 10/27/2014 09:18am
Tabitha Marks has become one of my favorite authors. Sara becomes a nanny to Keith's baby boy. Keith is a single dad after a one night stand with Molly, who is a drug addict, and doesn't want the baby. She is also Sara's cousin and nothing like her wild cousin. There is an instant attraction between Sara and Keith and a relationship develops. This was a well written story with excellent character development with humor, romance, mild sex and spanking. Very enjoyable read.
Laurel Lasky on 10/27/2014 09:18am
Tabitha Marks has become one of my favorite authors. Sara becomes a nanny to Keith's baby boy. Keith is a single dad after a one night stand with Molly, who is a drug addict, and doesn't want the baby. She is also Sara's cousin and nothing like her wild cousin. There is an instant attraction between Sara and Keith and a relationship develops. This was a well written story with excellent character development with humor, romance, mild sex and spanking. Very enjoyable read.
SL on 10/27/2014 08:23am
4 stars It was a likeable story…with a happy ending. Keith had a one night stand with Molly, Sara’s cousin, and a baby was produced. Keith is a single father raising this child and needs help. Sara wants to help and be close to the baby. She becomes the baby’s nanny and Keith and her become close. The book tried to show that Sara had a good heart to her own fault. I thought she was way too naïve and made very poor choices. The story has some sexual scenes before marriage. They were not overly graphic. There were hand spankings as well, also not overly severe. Overall it was enjoyable.
SL on 10/27/2014 08:23am
4 stars It was a likeable story_with a happy ending. Keith had a one night stand with Molly, Sara۪s cousin, and a baby was produced. Keith is a single father raising this child and needs help. Sara wants to help and be close to the baby. She becomes the baby۪s nanny and Keith and her become close. The book tried to show that Sara had a good heart to her own fault. I thought she was way too nave and made very poor choices. The story has some sexual scenes before marriage. They were not overly graphic. There were hand spankings as well, also not overly severe. Overall it was enjoyable.
sarah on 10/26/2014 09:52pm
Risky Chance by Tabitha Marks was very enjoyable read! It had an original plot, which can be challenging in romance books. I loved both the characters. Keith is a single dad trying to raise his son after Molly, his son’s mother, leaves them. Molly has a drug problem and continues to make poor choices but Molly’s cousin, Sara is nothing like her. Sara is a caring and compassionate person who is trying to support herself, while going to school and making sure her grandmother is getting the care she needs. Sara wants to be the nanny for Keith because she wants to know and care for her cousin’s child. Keith is unsure of hiring someone in Molly’s family but Sara wins him over. I loved the chemistry between Sara and Keith and the progression of their relationship. It had wonderful spanking scenes, they all seemed justified and to make sense in the story. Their first date was one of the highlights of the books: it was funny, had chemistry, and made you love Keith and Sara more. At times the storyline felt a little rushed, I am glad it had an epilogue. But I would loved to see “more” of their story all around. I think that a second book highlighting more of their relationship would be amazing. I would definitely recommend this book!
sarah on 10/26/2014 09:52pm
Risky Chance by Tabitha Marks was very enjoyable read! It had an original plot, which can be challenging in romance books. I loved both the characters. Keith is a single dad trying to raise his son after Molly, his son۪s mother, leaves them. Molly has a drug problem and continues to make poor choices but Molly۪s cousin, Sara is nothing like her. Sara is a caring and compassionate person who is trying to support herself, while going to school and making sure her grandmother is getting the care she needs. Sara wants to be the nanny for Keith because she wants to know and care for her cousin۪s child. Keith is unsure of hiring someone in Molly۪s family but Sara wins him over. I loved the chemistry between Sara and Keith and the progression of their relationship. It had wonderful spanking scenes, they all seemed justified and to make sense in the story. Their first date was one of the highlights of the books: it was funny, had chemistry, and made you love Keith and Sara more. At times the storyline felt a little rushed, I am glad it had an epilogue. But I would loved to see more۝ of their story all around. I think that a second book highlighting more of their relationship would be amazing. I would definitely recommend this book!

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