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The Apprentice : Book One

By: Lynn Forest
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: ©2017 by Blushing Books® and Lynn Forest
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Alicia Langford has just finished schooling to be a paralegal. Twenty-two and still living at home, she is finally free to pursue a social life, but she wants to stay in her Ohio home town, and job prospects are few and far between.

Through a chance encounter, she meets private investigator Donovan Brighton. Donovan needs an assistant, someone with some understanding of the law and the court system, so he extends a job offer to Alicia. However, it is quickly apparent to her that this handsome man in his forties demands things be done his way.

Donovan is immediately impressed with Alicia’s work – if not her attitude – and asks her to consider becoming his apprentice. But Alicia soon takes a needless risk with her safety, and discovers what his brand of discipline really feels like. And when another careless move results in her having to be rescued from kidnappers, she finds that Donovan knows just how to firmly address her second offense.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains some adult themes, including domestic discipline. If such material offends, please do not purchase.

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Chapter One

Alicia Langford sat with her drink at the circular table in a dimly lit Columbus club. As she and her best friend Monica sat and watched the group of bare chested male dancers writhe to the fast music, they laughed and giggled, each determining which dancer the other should flirt with.

Suddenly, one of the dancers, Alicia’s favorite, came dancing down the steps from the stage and into the crowd as the patrons laughed and applauded, and enjoyed the pounding music.

Alicia watched him closely, appreciating his physique, the sensuous movements and his glistening skin. Then he suddenly turned around, and began to dance straight toward their table, straight toward her.

To her amazement, he reached out to her, and she slowly stretched her hand out for him to take. He helped her from her seat as the crowd laughed and cheered, Monica encouraging the dancer to show Alicia a good time.

He took hold of her and turned her around, hugging her tightly from the back as he continued his erotic and undulating movements. But now his hands were suddenly upon her breasts, playing with the nipples that were becoming erect even through her clothing, then reaching down and pulling up the back of her dress, pressing her to him, swaying against her, his own arousal pressing into her backside.

He continued to grind against her from behind, and to fondle her breasts with one hand, while the other began to reach lower, lower down the abdomen, then down to her waist causing her to feel that she was about to� BEEP� BEEP� BEEP� BEEP� BEEP!

Alicia frantically reached for the button atop the troublesome alarm clock. She hit the snooze button to give herself another fifteen minutes, for she knew that if she did not take care of unfinished business at that moment, she would be distracted throughout her entire day.

It took only a couple of minutes of closing her eyes, remembering and reenacting her dream to allow her fingertips to finish what the dream had begun. She had been so highly aroused before the alarm had interrupted her, it did not take very long for the welcome, relieving spasms to overtake her. She then closed her eyes, and fell back to sleep for several minutes before she once again heard the unwelcome beeping sound. Not bad dreams for a virgin.

Forcing her eyes open, she sat up on the edge of the bed and stretched. Out in the hallway, she could hear the voices of her parents as they made ready to leave for another day of work at their small business.

She smiled and shook her head at the faint memory of the dream she was having when she was roused by the sound of the clock the second time it woke her. She was working, although she could not remember where, and her dream boyfriend had just strolled into the office where she was working. Unfortunately, she never had a chance to find out what happened next. Come back and see me tomorrow night.

It was the case, however, that the reality that awaited her upon waking was that she had not yet found a real job, and she had not really had a boyfriend in some years. But she had just finished school, and the twenty-two-year-old was ready and eager to address both of those deficiencies in her life.

Although she knew that the day was to be devoted to distributing her resume, she could not help but enjoy the lingering, slight trembling of arousal and yearning she felt throughout the middle of her body. She could not even remember what the dream lover looked like, but obviously the subconscious version of Alicia liked him very, very, much.

In real life, she had found that matters of the heart had been something short of adventuresome. Still living at home, she had mixed feelings about the protective cocoon, that was both physical and emotional, provided by her parents.

Since high school, her dating experiences had been sporadic. Her parents had put most of their money into their fledgling business, and Alicia had to work a variety of part-time jobs to pay her tuition. There had been little time for a social life.

Now she was prepared for another day of looking for a job, and hoped that she would be able to finally bring some order and true adulthood to her life. But her search for a position in her chosen field had not yet been fruitful, and she had saved her search in her hometown for last.

Alicia waited patiently with a sense of subdued optimism in a well-padded armchair in the lobby of the law firm. It was the third such firm where she had dropped off her resume, and as Clayman, Ohio was a small city, this would be her last stop of the afternoon. It was a pleasant and mild day in May, just warm enough to go into the backyard of her childhood home and do some sunbathing for the first time that year.

She knew at least one attorney in each of the law offices she had visited that day in her hometown. Or, at least she had gone to high school with one of their children. In any case, she hoped that she could put her recently earned paralegal certification to work where she would feel comfortable with her surroundings, rather than moving on and applying for positions in the countless larger law offices in nearby Columbus.

Of course, she would do so before accepting another job working as a store clerk or waiting tables. That was how she had earned her tuition money, and she wanted to put such work behind her. At the same time, she knew that the odds were against her. None of the firms she had visited that day were actively or publicly seeking a new paralegal, but she wanted to cover all of her bases.

Upon her arrival ten minutes earlier, the receptionist had told her that she was welcome to meet with the managing partner if she were willing to wait until his appointment was over. In high school, she had actually dated his son, and had gotten along with her boyfriend’s parents famously. If nothing else, perhaps she could at least wrangle a letter of recommendation from him.

She was stirred from her thoughts by the sound and movement of the entrance door next to her. A tall, broad shouldered man strolled past her and walked up to the receptionist, who looked up at him with a knowing smile. “Donovan, I think that Mr. Lowell will be free shortly. Please have a seat.”

The man nodded his head, and then turned around. That was when Alicia got just a partial glimpse of the handsome face beneath the unruly brown hair, with the remnants of a small cut below his left eye. He was dressed in blue jeans, along with a dark tan corduroy sport coat. Alicia could not help but look forward to seeing if his entire face was as interesting as what she could readily tell about his physique.

The receptionist looked over at him again. “I see your little injury is almost healed. The next time, remember to duck.”

He smiled and laughed. “I promise you, Marjorie, I will.” He then glanced toward the only other person in the lobby, and nodded warmly to Alicia. She felt herself blush as she forced a smile in response, as she realized that as soon as he had turned around, she had been unable to avert her gaze from him, although he appeared to be many years older than she. But oh, did she find him to be handsome, and he possessed a general appearance that she would have described as rugged. Please take off your shirt.

At the same time, there was something familiar about him. She was convinced that they had certainly crossed paths at some time in the past. Embarrassed at her reactions, Alicia quickly turned her eyes back to the resume on her lap, pretending to be reviewing the document. She was afraid to look back at the vaguely familiar man, but wondered if he was looking at her. Maybe I should subtly hike my skirt.

He was indeed looking at her, with as much subtlety and good manners as he was capable of. For he also thought that she looked familiar to him as well, and as he closed his eyes and recalled why that was the case, a thin smile creased his lips.

Even if there had not been that glint of recognition, she would have captured his attention. She appeared to him to be about five and a half feet tall, and the light brown hair that fell down upon her shoulders and back appeared to be soft and welcoming. She had an innocent girl�next�door look about her, her petite nose only adding to that persona.

She was dressed with an acceptable level of formality for a day of job hunting, wearing a blue pinstriped pencil skirt beneath a white blouse and gray blazer. Still, her shapely legs were sufficiently visible to remind Donovan of how she had appeared during their previous encounter years before.

Recalling how they had met, and its stark contrast to the present circumstances of their proximity, Donovan found himself somewhat amused. He finally decided to break the silence in the lobby. “Excuse me, but I take it you’re looking for a job?” And a man!

Alicia nodded warily in return. “Trying to find a paralegal position. I just got my certification last week.”

Donovan folded his arms and nodded slowly. “Well, congratulations. I hope you land a position very soon.” He leaned toward her slightly. “I’m Donovan Brighton.”

Alicia took a deep breath. “Alicia Langford. Um, are you an attorney?”

He shook his head. “No, I work as a�” Before he could finish his answer, a door swung open and an older, gray-haired man called out to him with a smile.

“Donny, thanks for coming in. I need your help with something.”

Donovan stood and smiled at the young woman. “Please excuse me. Nice speaking with you.”

Thirty minutes later, Alicia stepped outside into the bright afternoon sunlight. Although she had been told that the firm had no openings for a paralegal at that time, she was gratified that the elderly and respected attorney had spontaneously offered to send her several original letters of recommendation for her use, and had been generous with his time to provide her with some tips and encouragement in her job search.

After she had taken several steps away from the front of the building, she heard someone call her name out. She turned to her left to see Donovan Brighton resting on the hood of a Ford Taurus, his arms crossed but still conveying an attitude of total relaxation and confidence.

As soon as Alicia’s eyes met his, he stood up and walked toward her. “Any luck?”

She sighed and forced a smile. “Not yet.” Except, possibly, for you.

He pointed to a diner two doors away. “Then I would like to talk to you. Could I buy you a cup of coffee?”

Feeling somewhat intrigued and amused, to say nothing of flattered, Alicia smiled. “Thanks. That would be nice.”

As they walked toward the blue-collar eatery, Alicia’s mind raced to try to recall why this older but undeniably hunky fellow seemed familiar. He opened the door to the diner, and they were greeted by the lingering aromas of coffee and fried foods.

They sat down in a booth, and the waitress, who was obviously familiar with Donovan, smiled when he held up two fingers. A moment later, she brought two cups and a decanter of coffee along with sugar and cream. She smiled at Donovan and made some lighthearted comment that Alicia could not discern.

When they were alone with their coffee, Donovan smiled and leaned forward. “When Ed, I mean, Mr. Lowell, came to get me I was going to tell you that I’m a private investigator. I do work in this area, of course, some in Columbus and to the north.”

He took a sip of coffee and smiled. “I could use an assistant who has some understanding of the law. Somebody who could also help me manage my office and records and so forth. But most of all, I need somebody with a sense of what’s legal and not legal, how the courts and police operate, and trustworthy enough to help me with just about anything that comes up.

“I could pay you forty-five thousand dollars a year. Length of days will vary, and when I’m off the job, so are you. Interested?” Yes� I’m also interested in the job.

Alicia took a sip of coffee and gulped loudly. “Well� I think so. I would get to use my education. I think this sounds kind of� interesting.” And you are interesting as well.

Donovan laughed. “I’m afraid that if you’ve watched too many movies, the reality of working for a private investigator may not measure up to how Hollywood portrays the life. Most of my time is spent observing people who have claimed disabilities, but are out playing tennis all day, and following spouses believed to be engaged in extracurricular activities. That’s how I got this little cut on my face.” He gestured to his eye.

“It seems that a restless wife I was following had a boyfriend who was able to sucker punch me. And he was wearing a large ring. Of course, every once in a while I get something a little more� interesting.”

Alicia arched her eyes. “So today� did you pick up some interesting work?”

Donovan smiled conspiratorially and leaned closer to her again. “I did indeed.”

Alicia laughed softly and tilted her head, a combination of mannerisms that made him want to reach out and take her hand in his. “So are you going to tell me about it?”

He grinned and shook his head. “I can only tell you about it if you agree to work for me.”

Alicia sat back and took a deep breath. “And when would I start?”

“The moment you tell me that you would accept my offer. And by the way, every attorney in that law firm where we just met will vouch for my integrity and trustworthiness. And so will most of the police in this county.”

Alicia sat in stunned silence for a moment. Then a cautious smile spread across her face and she nodded her head. “I’ll do it. So you used to be a cop?”

Donovan allowed a big smile. “I spent my first four years out of high school in the Army. Then, I spent twenty-two years as a sheriff’s deputy here in Steele County. That was how I first met you.”

Alicia sat in silence for a moment, tilting her head again as she strained to remember. Finally, she recalled the interesting Saturday evening soon after she'd turned eighteen, when she was riding in a car being driven by her best friend, who'd had far too much to drink to be on the road.

She remembered the emotions when the red and blue flashing lights came up behind them and illuminated the interior of the sports car. Her jaw dropped open and her eyes grew large as saucers. “You were the deputy�” I want to crawl in a hole right now.

Donovan nodded slowly, a sinister grin his only expression. “I remember that you were innocent of any crime, but you certainly were quite mouthy.” He also remembered the young beauty in the snug red shorts and white tank top being quite attractive in spite of her intoxication.

Alicia buried her crimson face in her hands. “I know I was awful that night. How close did I come to being charged with something that evening?”

Donovan put a finger to his lip as if trying to remember. “Such as, disorderly conduct� public intoxication.” Total idiocy?

Alicia finally allowed herself to look at him again. “I suppose I should have been taken to jail.” Or placed under house arrest in your apartment.

Donovan leaned closer once more, another sinister expression displayed. “Actually, if I had been free to do so, I would have delivered some immediate and appropriate justice to both of you ladies right then and there. Of course, I guess I’m kind of an old-fashioned fellow.”

Alicia sat for a moment with an expression of puzzlement, before the meaning of his words finally registered with her. Her face once again turned dark red, but this time she began to giggle and nod her head in agreement. “I guess I really don’t have any disagreement with that. Even though I was eighteen, I think that’s what my father wanted to do to me when he found out about it, but my mother intervened on behalf of my backside.” And that was a close call.

Donovan laughed again. “At least no one got hurt that time. Before I retired, I saw too many people who did. I don’t miss that part of the job.”

Alicia pursed her lips and nearly whispered. “I suppose that when you’re young, you don’t understand risk.”

Suddenly, Donovan’s expression grew more serious. “Actually, I disagree with that. By the time I was nineteen, I was patrolling the border between North and South Korea. It was a hair-trigger situation. Anybody making a mistake could have brought about gunfire and bloodshed. I had a lot of responsibility thrust upon my young shoulders, and so did my fellow soldiers.”

Alicia felt as if she had just been scolded, and suddenly did not like her new boss as much a she had a moment earlier. “Okay� I get you. So where do I report to work?”

“About six miles from here, just outside Clayman on the way to Columbus, there’s that horse farm with a big brick house and all that white fence.”

Alicia nodded. “I know it. That’s a beautiful place. It’s yours?”

“Actually, my parents still own it, but they live in Florida now. The back of the house is a separate little residence, and the farm manager and his wife live there too. My office is in the house as well.”

He smiled. “So, how about being there around 9 o’clock? I don’t get a real early start, because a lot of my work is in the evening and I often get home around midnight or later.”

Alicia began to feel a twinge of reluctance as if a small voice in the back of her mind were crying out to her to change her mind. But she glanced at one of the waitresses hustling back into the hot kitchen, and discovered that her determination had been reinforced. “See you then.”

Although she was distracted by the anxiety of starting new employment the following morning, employment that was also promising to be quite unconventional, Alicia was still able to enjoy some time stretched out in her bikini on a lounge chair in the backyard. She made use of what little sunlight remained, before going into the house, getting dressed and heating up some leftovers for her dinner.

One thing that she had not anticipated, however, was that while soaking up the sun she could not shake the desire to recount certain words that had come from the lips of Donovan Brighton. He had made a clear reference to the effect that when she and her best friend had been pulled over on that evening years ago, he would have preferred to have simply given both of them a spanking.

The fact that she felt fluttering sensations in her abdomen as a result, made her feel uncomfortable. She had never been spanked, even as a child, but she was finding that the thought of any type of physical contact with Donovan Brighton caused her to feel warm and wanting. Even a spanking? Really? Really? Probably!

As was typical, her parents had eaten packed meals between waiting on customers at their gift shop in a shopping center on the edge of Clayman. She was anxious to tell them about the day’s events, and poured a small glass of wine to help her cope with the building anxiety she was feeling.

She spent an hour doing laundry, intermittently walking to her bedroom to open her closet and ponder what to wear to work. From talking to Donovan, it sounded as if she needed to be ready to interact with a variety of people on a moment’s notice.

To keep her mind occupied, she also took care of the dishes that had been left untouched from the previous day, and tidied up around the house in general. As was usually the case, her mother would be able to tell right away that her daughter had felt the need for mental distractions.

Just before 9:00 PM, the familiar van pulled into the driveway that led to the brick ranch house where she had lived her entire life, even commuting into Columbus each day to attend her classes. She looked through the front door as her father began the process of carrying some boxes from the van to store in the garage.

Alicia returned to the kitchen, and took another sip of wine to await her mother. A minute later, an attractive woman who looked much like her strolled in the room. “Mom, I start a new job tomorrow.”

Her mother sat down at the table with a smile. “As a paralegal?”

Alicia took a deep breath. “Not exactly. It’s kind of a long story, but I’m going to start working for a guy named Donovan Brighton.”

Her mother arched her eyebrows in response. “You’re going to work for Donny?”

Alicia felt a twinge of anxiety. “You know him?”

Suddenly her father walked in, and patted her on the back on the way to the refrigerator to retrieve a beer. Alicia’s mother turned to look at him. “Jim, Alicia starts work tomorrow for Donny Brighton.”

The father cocked his head as if puzzled, then sat down at the table. “But isn’t he doing private investigations now?” I want him to check me out thoroughly.

Alicia began to sense some unease in his demeanor. “I’m going to be an assistant to him. Things like legal research, court filings, probably some errands and some general office work. I’ll still get to work with the courts and the other authorities, and it will be good for my resume.”

Her father sighed, then rubbed his hand across his jaw. “Sometimes he deals with some bad situations. I just don’t want you getting in the middle of any of that.”

“He didn’t mention anything like that. Besides, I got the distinct impression that he wants to do things his way, and I don’t think this is going to involve me playing detective.”

Her mother leaned back and sighed, then shrugged her shoulders. “At least, Donny is a very good person. I feel okay about you working with him.”

Alicia glanced back and forth nervously. “How well do you guys know him?”

Her mother smiled and appeared to be reminiscing. “Your father and I played cards with his parents before you were born. I remember when he went into the Army, and when he became a deputy. But I think I only met his wife one time.”

Alicia felt a touch of surprise in feeling disappointment at hearing the reference to his spouse. “Of course, such a thing would not come up in a job interview. But he never mentioned being married.”

Her mother shook her head. “Oh, no. They were married for less than ten years. His mother told me one time that his wife could not deal with the stress. She knew that he did undercover drug work, and often handled the more hazardous cases. She finally broke down over worrying about whether he would come home from work every day.”

Alicia sat silent for a moment. “He seems capable of being a tad overbearing. I considered backing out of the deal, but I start tomorrow. His office is at his house.”

Alicia’s father began to laugh. “Wait until you see just what that house is like. And as for his attitude� I think that you need to consider that he may have earned the right to feel that he’s always in charge. He’s done and seen a lot.”

BlueDiamond on 05/30/2017 11:23am
I really connected with Alicia and Donovan in this erotic love story. The book is so well written that I felt like I was part of the action, and I like when an author has the skill to pull me in and make me care about the heroine and hero. The setting provided the perfect backdrop for a spanking novel, lending plenty of opportunity for discipline.
lillie1922 on 05/26/2017 08:24pm
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book. Private Detective Donovan Brighton hires Alicia as his assistant. She's fresh out if school and ready for life. He's older and much more experienced and he warns her that he paddles if you put yourself in danger. Spanking, suspense, romance.
DB on 05/21/2017 06:53pm
Alicia starts working for Donovan as his assistant for his private investigation company. The two become attractive to each other fairly quickly and Donovan lets her know she is do nothing that will endanger herself while she is his assistant. Well she does and he spanks her for it. This book had a great many laugh out loud moments, mystery, suspense, sweet romance, spankings, little sex, not a lot of dialogue but it had very witty dialogue. 4 stars
Nicolette on 05/21/2017 02:55am
Alicia Langford is looking for a job as a paralegal on the day of her interview at one of the attorneys in town she runs into Donovan Brighton. Donavan is a sexy private investigator and finds the young lady quite fascinating. He keeps on thinking about the young Alicia and when he finds out she has been unsuccessful he offers her a job as his assistant. He warned her though that some of his cases can be dangerous and that she should never place herself in danger. When she does something dangerous in his opinion he takes out his displeasure on her behind. A real romantic story, lovely read.
DONNA L on 05/20/2017 05:16pm

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This review is from: His Assistant (The Apprentice Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
This book has a bit of everything,love,
humor,danger and a kidnapping.Its a
easy read with a simple plot.Alicia Langford
is a paralegal looking for a job in her field.
Having no luck at all she runs into private
investigator Donovan Brighton.Alicia recognizes
Donny as a cop who had stopped her friend and
herself years before for drink driving.Donny
offers Alicia a job as is personal assistant.Donny
had warned Alicia that she was not to be involved
in any investigations but she disobeys him with
painful consequences.As the investigations heat
up Alicia is again in danger.Will Donny be able to
save her.This story has only two punishment scenes
and mild sex scenes.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book
Joanie Miller on 05/20/2017 12:09pm
This book was heartwarming, romantic, and full of adventure and suspense. The characters were all well-developed and the main characters were awesome. I loved the way Donovan took responsibility for Alicia's safety and the way Alicia was conflicted about it. The danger element added suspense and made the story very interesting on a whole new level. The book was very well-written and I can't wait for book two.
Redrabbitt on 05/19/2017 10:15pm
The story will have Alicia and Donny meet again after several years. He had been a deputy, and they met when she was eighteen, and her girlfriend was drunk. Now four years later, they run into each other as she is trying to find a job at an attorney%u2019s office.

Alicia Langford, 22-year-old, recent graduate and paralegal comes back to her hometown seeking work. Meeting up with Donovan Brighton, 40ish, a former police officer now private detective at one of the law firms she is applying for a paralegal position. Donny invites her for coffee, explains his line of work and offers her a job since she has a legal background.

He has rules about being careless and about her safety and not taking chances. When she breaks the rules, she finds herself over his lap for a spanking. This story is well played out, has a nice mystery suspense element and several spankings scenes, with one sex scenes.
JigsawGirl on 05/19/2017 09:33pm
This was a very quick read, maybe 7 or 8 chapters. I thought this was going to be a tale of the "apprentice" getting into silly mishaps resolved by spanking.

WRONG! This was more of a romantic, domestic discipline, suspense story. Alicia got herself into a seriously dangerous situation. Donovan had given her many warnings in order to ensure her safety. I was not expecting what ultimately occurred.

No worries. You get your HEA.

I voluntarily read and reviewed this Advanced Reader Copy.
Toni L on 05/19/2017 06:11pm
This book was a good length for the story in that it moved at a good pace & didn't feel drawn out. I wasn't really a fan of having the characters thoughts included in the conversations but not enough to really have a problem with the book. I guess my biggest reaction is that it's OK. Didn't really grab me either way. I was a bit surprised that given so much was made about the older boss/young assistant that it was really downplayed in the book.
Knotty Girl Reviews on 05/19/2017 05:44pm
His Assisstant was an entertaining book, if not a bit vanilla for my reading tastes. The story line was well-written and it kept me hooked from start to finish

Alicia is on the hunt for a job as a paralegal, though she%u2019s not having much luck. She happens upon much older, but very attractive, Donovan Brighton, who offers her a job. He%u2019s a private investigator, and offers her a job as an assistant doing legal legwork on his cases. He%u2019s also an ex-cop who pulled her and a friend over 4 years ago. He tells her he would have liked to spank her for her transgression.

She goes to work for him and finds him to be very attractive, but very bossy. When she screws up, her bottom pays the price. He%u2019s attracted to her as well. When a case puts her in danger, will she listen to him?

Like I said, it kept me hooked, but aside from the spanking, it was bland in the sex department and sometimes overly descriptive.
K Tyler on 03/04/2015 12:24am
This was a sweet and engaging story. Donovan a private investigator gives Alicia a job as his apprentice and they stumble upon a dangerous case. When Alicia makes some unwise choices it’s her behind that suffers the consequence. Although there is little sexual content the story is good. The romance is believable and the discipline warranted.
K Tyler on 03/04/2015 12:24am
This was a sweet and engaging story. Donovan a private investigator gives Alicia a job as his apprentice and they stumble upon a dangerous case. When Alicia makes some unwise choices it۪s her behind that suffers the consequence. Although there is little sexual content the story is good. The romance is believable and the discipline warranted.
Tina on 12/14/2014 10:21am
While Alicia is searching for her first job as a paralegal she meets Donovan, a private investigator. Donovan first ran into Alicia 4 years ago when he was the deputy sheriff and Alicia’s friend was pulled over for driving under the influence. When Donovan finds out her job search has so far been unsuccessfully he invites her for a drink and then offers her a job on the spur of the moment as his assistant. Alicia is excited and nervous for the job as she will finally have a chance to use some of her knowledge even if it isn’t as a paralegal. Alicia and Donovan are working closely out of his office at his home and they begin to get to know each other. Donovan puts her protection as very important and emphasis on a number of occasions that she must do what he has asked her to do and not go off on her own leads without consulting him (although at the same time he lets her know that is she is interested in getting more involved he will slowly train her up). It isn’t long before Alicia decides to follow an idea she has, without even seeing that it’s against the rule and she is soon putting herself in danger. After the first spanking for putting herself in potential harm for not following the rules, Alicia and Donovan stop denying their feelings for each other. Most of this book is set over a very short time period, only about a week or so, but it isn’t rushed nor do you come away with the feeling that it needed to be longer for the story to really work. It was a great story of two people coming together. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
Tina on 12/14/2014 10:21am
While Alicia is searching for her first job as a paralegal she meets Donovan, a private investigator. Donovan first ran into Alicia 4 years ago when he was the deputy sheriff and Alicia۪s friend was pulled over for driving under the influence. When Donovan finds out her job search has so far been unsuccessfully he invites her for a drink and then offers her a job on the spur of the moment as his assistant. Alicia is excited and nervous for the job as she will finally have a chance to use some of her knowledge even if it isn۪t as a paralegal. Alicia and Donovan are working closely out of his office at his home and they begin to get to know each other. Donovan puts her protection as very important and emphasis on a number of occasions that she must do what he has asked her to do and not go off on her own leads without consulting him (although at the same time he lets her know that is she is interested in getting more involved he will slowly train her up). It isn۪t long before Alicia decides to follow an idea she has, without even seeing that it۪s against the rule and she is soon putting herself in danger. After the first spanking for putting herself in potential harm for not following the rules, Alicia and Donovan stop denying their feelings for each other. Most of this book is set over a very short time period, only about a week or so, but it isn۪t rushed nor do you come away with the feeling that it needed to be longer for the story to really work. It was a great story of two people coming together. I received this as an ARC for an honest review.
Marybeth on 12/07/2014 09:06pm
This is a cute short story. Alicia has graduated recently with her paralegal certification and she is looking for work. While in a lawyer’s office looking for work, she meets Donovan Brighton. He is a local private investigator and he has been interested in Alicia for quite a while. Donny hires her and they start on an investigation about a local campground that is suspected to be used to produce drugs. Of course, Alicia goes beyond what Donny asked her to do and gets herself in trouble. That is the set up for the first spanking between them. Alicia does not get angry with Donny, but allows that the spanking was deserved. I liked the interaction between the main characters. Donny is much older than Alicia, but that doesn’t stop them. They eventually have their HEA, but you’ll have to follow the twists and turns to get there. I give this 3 stars.
Marybeth on 12/07/2014 09:06pm
This is a cute short story. Alicia has graduated recently with her paralegal certification and she is looking for work. While in a lawyer۪s office looking for work, she meets Donovan Brighton. He is a local private investigator and he has been interested in Alicia for quite a while. Donny hires her and they start on an investigation about a local campground that is suspected to be used to produce drugs. Of course, Alicia goes beyond what Donny asked her to do and gets herself in trouble. That is the set up for the first spanking between them. Alicia does not get angry with Donny, but allows that the spanking was deserved. I liked the interaction between the main characters. Donny is much older than Alicia, but that doesn۪t stop them. They eventually have their HEA, but you۪ll have to follow the twists and turns to get there. I give this 3 stars.
CJO on 12/07/2014 04:49pm
There's quite an age difference between Alicia and Donovan, but it didn't stop the sparks from flying. This book also had plenty of suspense, making it hard to put down.
CJO on 12/07/2014 04:49pm
There's quite an age difference between Alicia and Donovan, but it didn't stop the sparks from flying. This book also had plenty of suspense, making it hard to put down.
Redrabbitt on 12/04/2014 01:59pm
Alicia Langford, 22 year old, recent graduate and paralegal comes back to her hometown seeking work. Meeting up with Donovan Brighton, 40ish, former police officer now private detective at one of the law firms she is applying to. He ask her to coffee and offers her a job since she has legal background. He has rules about being careless and about her safety and not taking chances. When she breaks the rules, she find herself over his lap for a spanking. This story is well played out, has a nice mystery/suspense element and several spankings scenes, with one sex scenes that is not detailed.
Redrabbitt on 12/04/2014 01:59pm
Alicia Langford, 22 year old, recent graduate and paralegal comes back to her hometown seeking work. Meeting up with Donovan Brighton, 40ish, former police officer now private detective at one of the law firms she is applying to. He ask her to coffee and offers her a job since she has legal background. He has rules about being careless and about her safety and not taking chances. When she breaks the rules, she find herself over his lap for a spanking. This story is well played out, has a nice mystery/suspense element and several spankings scenes, with one sex scenes that is not detailed.
Laurel Lasky on 12/04/2014 10:36am
One of the reasons I love Carl Hamlin books are that they have a great storyline, read like a novel and have a little bit of everything. This well written book has adventure, mystery, danger with hints of violence, romance and spanking. Keep them coming Carl.
Laurel Lasky on 12/04/2014 10:36am
One of the reasons I love Carl Hamlin books are that they have a great storyline, read like a novel and have a little bit of everything. This well written book has adventure, mystery, danger with hints of violence, romance and spanking. Keep them coming Carl.
SL on 12/03/2014 10:52am
4 ½ stars I liked this one. It had a story, a bit of an adventure, and a happy ending. Alicia is a twenty something virgin that has just graduated para legal classes. She is looking for a job and is offered one by a private investigator named Donny. It is kind of love at first sight for both of them. She is mouthy for wanting a job so badly, and he is worried about all the enemies he has made and will make and trying to keep her safe. There was spankings with hand and hair brush. The bad guys come after Alicia because she does things that are immature and puts her in danger even though Donny warned her. There is a happy ending to a cute story.
SL on 12/03/2014 10:52am
4 _ stars I liked this one. It had a story, a bit of an adventure, and a happy ending. Alicia is a twenty something virgin that has just graduated para legal classes. She is looking for a job and is offered one by a private investigator named Donny. It is kind of love at first sight for both of them. She is mouthy for wanting a job so badly, and he is worried about all the enemies he has made and will make and trying to keep her safe. There was spankings with hand and hair brush. The bad guys come after Alicia because she does things that are immature and puts her in danger even though Donny warned her. There is a happy ending to a cute story.

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