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Embraced

By: Carolyn Faulkner
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It was an offer she had to resist: cooking for the incredibly sexy Barratt Costas and his family over the rest summer and earning darn near more than she earned during the whole year as a teacher. But that would mean having to put up with his tantalizing, testosterone filled presence for longer than the two weeks Megan usually visited his sister for. In the past, she'd always managed to hit it when he was away, but she hadn't been so lucky this time - this time she was constantly coming nose to broad, lightly hairy chest with him... this man who unapologetically spanked his grown sister.

Meagan wasn't at all sure she could keep herself out of trouble for that long... or that just being a friend of the family - or the cook - would get her a pass on having to go over his lap if she put her foot in it.

She wasn't at *all* sure she wanted a pass, either... was she?

Meagan O�Reilly was too exhausted from her three day drive to look where she was going while she tried to drag the last of the big suitcases through the screen door of her best friend�s old style ranch house. As she struggled with a big valise in her left hand, she blindly reached into the house to throw the small travel bag onto the floor, to be dealt with later. Much later. 2010 sounded like a good year to her.

But as she reached into what should have been the blank air of the enormous kitchen, her fingers were rudely crunched up against a wall that she knew couldn�t be there. She flexed her fingers, realizing that it was a solid, warm, flesh-wall � as unyielding as the brick kind (and just about as smart, she thought to herself . . .) but much, much sexier. Craning her neck back while still maintaining a death hold on the suitcase, her eyes confirmed the identity of the owner of the chest she�d run into, and she snatched her hand back as if it had been stung.

Mandy Costas � her best friend from college whom she visited religiously in Texas for 2 weeks every summer during Meagan�s summer vacation from teaching fifth grade � had 3 brothers, each slightly more muscular and intimidating than the other. Her knuckles had rubbed up against the biggest of them all, of course; the one she knew and liked the least.

When she took her hand back, she realized that he�d relieved her of the smaller bag, and, within seconds, she was being crowded right back out the door as his big bulk overwhelmed her smaller frame, reaching past her to lift the huge suitcase as if it weighed nothing. He deposited it next to the eat-in table. �Anything else?� He growled, and it came out sounding gruffer than he intended, but he always reacted to her like that. She aroused him. There was no other way to put it. He went for well-rounded women � not fat but proportioned more toward the fifties, Marilyn Monroe- look than the nineties, Kate Moss, one-good-wind-would-knock-her-over-look. Meagan�s red hair had always been long and it had what he assumed to be natural waves and curls � she never smelled of that nasty permanent solution Mandy was always using � but then he�d never had that much opportunity to smell her, either. Since he was going to be home for the next two weeks while she was here, he was going to have a hard time keeping himself from wrapping his hands up in her soft tresses. He supposed she was pretty but not beautiful, pleasant looking but not a knockout. It was her personality that attracted most people to her. Meg had an easy way with the grumpiest of people, himself included. She made you want to laugh at life along with her, and he sure needed that some times. If he could just get her to stop going out one door as he was coming in the other . . .

�One more thing, but I�ll get it.�

Meg took as much time as she dared getting Butch�s stuff together. Finally, Yorkie in tow, she entered the kitchen, having no other excuse to avoid the seething, masculine, hunk of man in the kitchen.

Set free by his mistress to explore his summer home, Butch immediately wiggled over to see if Barrett was friendly. �I hope you don�t mind the dog. I usually bring him down, but you�re not usually here.�

He seemed absorbed in the dog. �Sit,� he commanded firmly, and Meagan almost complied herself with the authority in his tone. It made one want to obey � or else. Her mothers� heart fluttered with pride when Butch complied immediately. �Good dog.� Meg had to turn away momentarily as Barrett scooped up the little dog carefully in one large paw, afraid that her tongue was lolling out of the side of her own mouth, just like the dog�s. �What�s his name?�

What the hell was that damn dog�s name, anyway? Every rational though had fled her brain as her mind concentrated on the play of muscles just beneath the worn T-shirt he was wearing. She knew they had a light layer of soft hair covering them . . . �Uh - Butch.�

A grin spread across his face, and Meg caught her breath. Barrett would never be considered classically good looking, but who the hell cared? From the time he�d first been introduced to her about six years ago, he�d become the prototype for every romance novel hero she ever read about. He was 6�3� and weighed a good 230 at least. With short, raven black hair, steel gray eyes, and muscles on his muscles, you would think from the looks of him that he was all brawn and no brain. But Meg knew from Mandy that though he�d had to quit high school to take care of the four of them when their parents died unexpectedly, Barrett had gotten his GED and gone to college, majoring in business, and now had his masters in the same subject. Brawn and brain. Meg almost felt like he�d been built to her personal specifications, and it scared the bejeebers out of her. Mandy had quickly absorbed the fact that for some reason, Meg didn�t like her oldest brother, and always invited her down when he wasn�t going to be there. It had worked like clockwork � the most time she�d ever had to spend in the same house with him was less than a day, until now. He didn�t look like he was planning to go anywhere soon, damnit.

�Butch. I like that.� Well, at least he appreciated the irony.

�My next dog is going to be a Great Dane named � �

�Tiny,� he supplied, and they both laughed.

�Or FiFi, or Pooky, or something else specifically designed to give him a doggie identity crisis.� The object of their discussion had snuggled into the crook of Barrett�s arm as if he�d been surgically attached there, and Barrett held him with firm and tender confidence. He was a man aware of his own strength, comfortable with his physical abilities. He enjoyed animals � and � given half the chance � he�d love to enjoy this one�s owner, but she rarely let him within 15 feet of her for some reason. She couldn�t be afraid of large men - he�d scouted Mandy out on that and as far as she knew, there�d never been any sort of abuse in her family. Hell, Mandy confided, Meg�d never even been spanked!

Barrett had tucked that tidbit of information into his steel-trap mind for future reference. No, it couldn�t be his size; he�d heard her laughing and joking with his brothers more than once, and, though he was the largest of the three, they weren�t small by any stretch of the imagination, but she inevitably clammed up when he appeared. He�d racked his brain � trying to think if he�d insulted her somehow, and even asked Mandy, who hadn�t met his eyes, but shook her head. He wasn�t about to ask Mandy betray a confidence, so he left it at that. But it�d bothered him all the same.

He watched her from beneath hooded lids; lazily scratching an appreciative furry chin and enjoying the view of her jean clad bottom. She had a big suitcase in either hand and the travel bag over her shoulder as if she thought he wasn�t gentleman enough to carry them to her room when suddenly she doubled over by a violent coughing spasm. Barrett dumped the dog and quickly got up, removing her hands from the two big bags. That cough sounded bad; a worried frown creased his forehead as he guided her to the chair he�d vacated. �Sit,� he said for the second time since she arrived, and she, like her dog, obeyed him without protest, too busy fighting for breath to argue.

Just what I need, Meg thought, is to cough a lung up in front of him. Tears streamed down her face, and she doubled over, very very close to retching. Recovering from pneumonia can be fun.

�Drink.� A cool glass of water was pressed to her lips, and she took a small sip, which seemed to soothe the raw ache in her throat and lungs. He left the glass on the table in front of her and disappeared, returning to hand her piece of hard candy. �Suck,� he commanded succinctly, but not without a grin, and despite herself, Meagan giggled, which set her off again.

�You � sadist � don�t � make � me,� breath, �laugh!�

He squatted in front of her, wearing that wonderful smile, and Meagan knew what all the romance novelists meant when they wrote �her heart skipped a beat.� His overwhelming nearness wasn�t helping her breath but the candy helped her control the urge to cough, and soon she was feeling almost human. Broad, work-roughened hands had somehow landed on her denim knees; she could feel his warmth right through the material. Giving herself a mental shake, she tried to get up, but instead found herself pressed back into the chair with little or no effort on his part. His strength amazed her. �Don�t. Stay still for a minute. I�ll take your stuff to your room.� Mandy was right. Even Barrett�s usual voice more often than not said that he expected to be obeyed; disobedience would result in dire consequences. Mandy had been subject to those exact dire consequences since their parents had died when Barrett was sixteen and Mandy was a mere four. Despite the fact that he never hesitated to tan her bottom good when she needed it, Mandy - and all the rest of the siblings - thought the sun rose and set on Barrett�s massive shoulders.

Meg couldn�t help but grin at the sight of her tiny, eager little puppy following adoringly at the booted heels of the cowboy giant. Against her better judgement, she leaned her head back against the chair, coughing slightly, trying to relax, until suddenly, she felt airborne, and realized that he�d snuck up and lifted her into his arms. Her head tucked all-too-naturally into the curve of his neck, and, realizing how easily she could completely surrender to him, Meagan began to struggle.

Her weight felt amazingly good in his arms, warm forehead pressed to the side of his neck and one smallish hand over his heart. Until she started to wiggle. �E-nough.� One word rumbled from deep in his chest, and his arms contracted slightly around her in warning, keeping her still and safe against him. Meg remained tense but quiet as he deposited her gently on the bed in what she�d come to think of as �her room.� It was the bedroom next to Mandy�s that she�d taken over on every visit. He�d pulled back the covers and piled 3 pillows on top of each other for her, knowing that lying flat would be the worst thing for her.

Meg had hoped that he�d see that she was comfortable and leave. No such luck. A glass of water appeared on the nightstand, as well as a handful of hard candy for future reference. �I have a bowl of it on the desk in my office. Feel free to restock whenever you need it.� She�d never been in his study before, and didn�t intend to start now.

Maybe if I close my eyes, he�ll go away, she thought, only to feel the side of the bed sink under his weight. �Bronchitis?� he asked, tucking the covers over her.

Eyes still closed, �Pneumonia.�

He swore softly under his breath. �And you drove by yourself down here?�

One eye opened to glare at him. �I�m almost fully recovered. It�s been 2 weeks.�

A low, warning growl issued from deep in his chest. �So fully recovered you nearly passed out on my kitchen floor from a coughing fit.�

�I just got off the steroids and antibiotics. I�m a lot better than I was.� She closed her eyes again, realizing for the first time just how tired the trip had made her.

He had a frightening flash of her alone on the floor of her small bedroom, passed out from a coughing fit, and a small shudder passed through him. Grimly, he stated, �If you were mine, I�d wait until you were more fully recovered and blister your bottom good.� His aggressive words were at odds with the way his hand stroked tenderly over her forehead, delving into the mass of thick red hair in a soothing, rhythmic motion meant to hasten her to sleep.

Meg drew a deep, cough-free breath. �Lucky for me, I�m not yours.� He watched her yawn and continued to pet her softly, hypnotically. He knew the exact moment when she finally surrendered to sleep, her body relaxing completely, rosebud mouth slightly opened.

Unable to resist, he pressed his full lips to hers in a Prince Charming kiss. �Unlucky for me, Sweetheart.� Barrett grabbed up the startled dog, who was accustomed to sleeping next to his mistress, and tucked the whining pooch under his arm. �I know how you feel, Pup. I�d rather be in bed with her, too.�

gail on 10/13/2015 09:38am
good story,,
gail on 10/13/2015 09:38am
good story,,
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Denise on 04/02/2014 12:56pm
Perfect story from beginning to end. Not too much or too little. Very believable. You could relate to the characters. Loved every minute of it.
Denise on 04/02/2014 12:56pm
Perfect story from beginning to end. Not too much or too little. Very believable. You could relate to the characters. Loved every minute of it.
Mattie on 03/25/2014 03:56pm
I love books set on ranches with dominate cowboys. Barratt and Meagan's relationship creates sparks due to his dominant personality and her spirit.
Mattie on 03/25/2014 03:56pm
I love books set on ranches with dominate cowboys. Barratt and Meagan's relationship creates sparks due to his dominant personality and her spirit.
LJ on 03/02/2014 03:40pm
This book is a winner. Embraced is a great read with plenty of spankings but all handed out in love. The spankings in this story are not harsh but loving. A book I will definitely read again.
LJ on 03/02/2014 03:40pm
This book is a winner. Embraced is a great read with plenty of spankings but all handed out in love. The spankings in this story are not harsh but loving. A book I will definitely read again.
Vicki on 01/16/2014 04:08am
Carolyn Faulkner never fails at writing a great alpha male. Meagan is spending the summer working for her friend's family as a cook. Normally when she visits it's just for a couple of weeks and Barrett isn't there. However, this visit, he is the first thing she encounters. He's big, yummy and all alpha male. It's a good story with great characters.
Vicki on 01/16/2014 04:08am
Carolyn Faulkner never fails at writing a great alpha male. Meagan is spending the summer working for her friend's family as a cook. Normally when she visits it's just for a couple of weeks and Barrett isn't there. However, this visit, he is the first thing she encounters. He's big, yummy and all alpha male. It's a good story with great characters.
S.L. on 01/01/2014 06:58pm
I am a huge fan of Carolyn Faulkner and this story did not disappoint. The discipline is light compared to some of her other books but the story was a fun, romantic read.
S.L. on 01/01/2014 06:58pm
I am a huge fan of Carolyn Faulkner and this story did not disappoint. The discipline is light compared to some of her other books but the story was a fun, romantic read.
Laurel on 12/28/2013 05:55pm
Carolyn Faulkner winner. Compared to some of her story's this one is milder with lots of spanking, not overly severe.a true spanking romance. I like to see a follow up about The sister, Mandy.
Laurel on 12/28/2013 05:55pm
Carolyn Faulkner winner. Compared to some of her story's this one is milder with lots of spanking, not overly severe.a true spanking romance. I like to see a follow up about The sister, Mandy.
Tia on 11/10/2013 04:53pm
I enjoyed this story very much. Meg and Brett have known each other a very long time, and Meg has always felt shy and a little scared around Brett. But when he offers her a choice she really can't refuse they start on a journey that will take them through the trials of domestic discipline relationships. Very enjoyable read!
Tia on 11/10/2013 04:53pm
I enjoyed this story very much. Meg and Brett have known each other a very long time, and Meg has always felt shy and a little scared around Brett. But when he offers her a choice she really can't refuse they start on a journey that will take them through the trials of domestic discipline relationships. Very enjoyable read!
Jill on 11/03/2013 05:55pm
I gave this book five stars because I will read it again. Mandy is a good strong female lead I would have like it if her the reason why she was a little shy afraid of Barrett would have been explained better. I liked Barrett he is strong without be to harsh. The spankings were good. Would love to see a another story about Barrett's sister Mandy and Jake her love interest. This is one of Carolyn Faulkner's milder spanking books. JL
Jill on 11/03/2013 05:55pm
I gave this book five stars because I will read it again. Mandy is a good strong female lead I would have like it if her the reason why she was a little shy afraid of Barrett would have been explained better. I liked Barrett he is strong without be to harsh. The spankings were good. Would love to see a another story about Barrett's sister Mandy and Jake her love interest. This is one of Carolyn Faulkner's milder spanking books. JL
K on 09/22/2013 09:17pm
This was a highly entertaining tale. Brett and Megan prove that there is more than one way to wins someone's love. He allows his subtle dominance to persuade Megan to behave and the journey is comical.
K on 09/22/2013 09:17pm
This was a highly entertaining tale. Brett and Megan prove that there is more than one way to wins someone's love. He allows his subtle dominance to persuade Megan to behave and the journey is comical.
Sarah on 09/13/2013 01:39am
I really enjoyed this book. i loved how Brett uses his kindness and subtle dominance to get Megan to surrender to him. This was a very sweet story and the spankings though light were very good
Sarah on 09/13/2013 01:39am
I really enjoyed this book. i loved how Brett uses his kindness and subtle dominance to get Megan to surrender to him. This was a very sweet story and the spankings though light were very good
melissa on 09/01/2013 06:57am
This was a great book with two very interesting characters. The story about their weekend together with Rod completely in control was hot! I would've like to have seen the story continued after the completion of their weekend. Looking forward to a sequel.
melissa on 09/01/2013 06:57am
This was a great book with two very interesting characters. The story about their weekend together with Rod completely in control was hot! I would've like to have seen the story continued after the completion of their weekend. Looking forward to a sequel.
Kendra Trafton on 08/25/2013 07:38am
Yes it is predictable but very funny and cute with just the right amount of romance and just a few spankings to make things interesting.
Kendra Trafton on 08/25/2013 07:38am
Yes it is predictable but very funny and cute with just the right amount of romance and just a few spankings to make things interesting.
Kathy on 08/19/2013 04:38pm
I really liked this story. Although I agree with some of the reviewers that it was light and predictable I mostly agree with most of the reviewers that this was a really nice romantic story
Kathy on 08/19/2013 04:38pm
I really liked this story. Although I agree with some of the reviewers that it was light and predictable I mostly agree with most of the reviewers that this was a really nice romantic story
JK on 08/18/2013 05:13pm
Great spanking story! I loved the whole relationship between the 2 main characters; Meg and Barrett. Their story was sweet and loving and had plenty of spankings! A very good read!!
JK on 08/18/2013 05:13pm
Great spanking story! I loved the whole relationship between the 2 main characters; Meg and Barrett. Their story was sweet and loving and had plenty of spankings! A very good read!!
Paula on 08/18/2013 10:12am
I really liked the length of this book. The plot is typical of the western ranch cowboy meets girl, but I do enjoy those stories. I am hoping CF will continue the story with Amanda's life as well.
Paula on 08/18/2013 10:12am
I really liked the length of this book. The plot is typical of the western ranch cowboy meets girl, but I do enjoy those stories. I am hoping CF will continue the story with Amanda's life as well.
DJ on 08/11/2013 11:54am
This was on the very tame end for CF and was not one of her stronger stories. There was no real strong plot and the character conflict felt weak. I would not recommend this for fans of the author or as a compelling story.
DJ on 08/11/2013 11:54am
This was on the very tame end for CF and was not one of her stronger stories. There was no real strong plot and the character conflict felt weak. I would not recommend this for fans of the author or as a compelling story.
Tara on 08/08/2013 08:35pm
I am kinda on the fence about this one. I wanted the story to be more compelling, but I did like it enough to want to read more about the family, so I am just not sure overall.
Tara on 08/08/2013 08:35pm
I am kinda on the fence about this one. I wanted the story to be more compelling, but I did like it enough to want to read more about the family, so I am just not sure overall.
Angie on 08/07/2013 11:40am
This book was really good and I was intrigued with Meagan when she first got her spankings and also how Barrett reacted to Meagan.
Angie on 08/07/2013 11:40am
This book was really good and I was intrigued with Meagan when she first got her spankings and also how Barrett reacted to Meagan.
TG on 08/06/2013 01:13pm
Very enjoyable read. Although something strange going on. When I ordered the book it had a pic of a woman being embraced from behind. Now, the review book pic has a cowboy and woman on cover (which fits better with the story, in my opinion).
TG on 08/06/2013 01:13pm
Very enjoyable read. Although something strange going on. When I ordered the book it had a pic of a woman being embraced from behind. Now, the review book pic has a cowboy and woman on cover (which fits better with the story, in my opinion).
Adele on 08/05/2013 10:49am
I lived this book. I thought how Meagen kept trying to deny her feelings were so girl. Later when Barrett gave her a puppy i jyst melted. I really didnt want the story to end. I really liked how the story didnt stop as soon as thay married.
Adele on 08/05/2013 10:49am
I lived this book. I thought how Meagen kept trying to deny her feelings were so girl. Later when Barrett gave her a puppy i jyst melted. I really didnt want the story to end. I really liked how the story didnt stop as soon as thay married.
drb on 07/27/2013 06:33pm
I loved this book. I have already read it twice and will read it again. Meagan and Barratt are great together and I loved the story – very romantic. I just about melted when he gave her an engagement puppy.
drb on 07/27/2013 06:33pm
I loved this book. I have already read it twice and will read it again. Meagan and Barratt are great together and I loved the story very romantic. I just about melted when he gave her an engagement puppy.
S.F. on 07/25/2013 10:00pm
I really enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining and I love Carolyn Faulkner. It definitely didn't have the intensity that many of C.F.'s book have but I still really enjoyed this lighter romantic read.
S.F. on 07/25/2013 10:00pm
I really enjoyed this book. It was very entertaining and I love Carolyn Faulkner. It definitely didn't have the intensity that many of C.F.'s book have but I still really enjoyed this lighter romantic read.
Denise on 07/14/2013 10:00am
I loved this story! It was fun and light with a lot of passion. I did feel that this was a shorter story with less character development. But as always beautifully written and a joy to read! I do certainly recommend this book.
Denise on 07/14/2013 10:00am
I loved this story! It was fun and light with a lot of passion. I did feel that this was a shorter story with less character development. But as always beautifully written and a joy to read! I do certainly recommend this book.
Jaycee on 07/11/2013 12:04pm
This was an OK, light story and worth it for the sale price. A lighter DD story from Faulkner than usual, but not a whole lot of depth. It seemed very similar to another story by Layla Roberts - An Old-Fashioned Man. Not sure if that is another pen name for Faulkner, but the stories are so similar that there wasn't much new to this for me.
Jaycee on 07/11/2013 12:04pm
This was an OK, light story and worth it for the sale price. A lighter DD story from Faulkner than usual, but not a whole lot of depth. It seemed very similar to another story by Layla Roberts - An Old-Fashioned Man. Not sure if that is another pen name for Faulkner, but the stories are so similar that there wasn't much new to this for me.
Anne Cassie on 07/10/2013 11:04am
This is a light story with disciplinary spankings. It is a nice romance and the outcomes are predictable.
Anne Cassie on 07/10/2013 11:04am
This is a light story with disciplinary spankings. It is a nice romance and the outcomes are predictable.
Artsy1 on 07/10/2013 04:15am
I gave this story 3 stars because, although I did read the entire story, I kept waiting for something to happen. It seemed repetitive and long-winded. I glossed over many paragraphs because it felt like I just read the same thing earlier in the book only the location had changed. I never warmed to Barrett even though I like strong Alpha males in my stories. Everything was his way or the highway which left no room for the relationship or storyline to grow. As far as Meg's character, I won't spoil the book by expressing why she got on my nerves. Read it and see what you think.
Artsy1 on 07/10/2013 04:15am
I gave this story 3 stars because, although I did read the entire story, I kept waiting for something to happen. It seemed repetitive and long-winded. I glossed over many paragraphs because it felt like I just read the same thing earlier in the book only the location had changed. I never warmed to Barrett even though I like strong Alpha males in my stories. Everything was his way or the highway which left no room for the relationship or storyline to grow. As far as Meg's character, I won't spoil the book by expressing why she got on my nerves. Read it and see what you think.
Arleen on 07/09/2013 12:19pm
This was a great DD romance that really held your attention. I loved the story and the characters. I felt the spankings were done well until the end. The epilogue could have been left off in this case or at least found a better reason for a spanking than something that happened at the beginning of the story. That is why I gave it a 4 star instead of 5 stars. A story looses some of it's credibility if the hero gives spankings for the smallest reason or no reason. This story is definitely worth reading.
Arleen on 07/09/2013 12:19pm
This was a great DD romance that really held your attention. I loved the story and the characters. I felt the spankings were done well until the end. The epilogue could have been left off in this case or at least found a better reason for a spanking than something that happened at the beginning of the story. That is why I gave it a 4 star instead of 5 stars. A story looses some of it's credibility if the hero gives spankings for the smallest reason or no reason. This story is definitely worth reading.
KatD on 07/07/2013 10:43pm
Good story line ...need more oomph!
KatD on 07/07/2013 10:43pm
Good story line ...need more oomph!
JC on 07/07/2013 06:26pm
The characters here are awesome. Barratt is a strong male who knows what he wants which includes Meagan.
JC on 07/07/2013 06:26pm
The characters here are awesome. Barratt is a strong male who knows what he wants which includes Meagan.
anon on 07/05/2013 08:15am
Control freak Barrett makes control freak Meagan look like a rank amateur. It's a good thing she had feelings for Barrett because he really gave her no other option. He placed her on the fast track to his ownership. Nice, predictable story. Maggie's future was hinted, but I'd like to hear about the brothers as well.
anon on 07/05/2013 08:15am
Control freak Barrett makes control freak Meagan look like a rank amateur. It's a good thing she had feelings for Barrett because he really gave her no other option. He placed her on the fast track to his ownership. Nice, predictable story. Maggie's future was hinted, but I'd like to hear about the brothers as well.
Brandy on 05/04/2013 07:51pm
I enjoyed this story, it had a good story line. It took awhile for the first spanking to occur, but it was worth the wait.
Brandy on 05/04/2013 07:51pm
I enjoyed this story, it had a good story line. It took awhile for the first spanking to occur, but it was worth the wait.
kelly on 04/07/2013 08:02pm
Embraced was a good story with a good mix of humor and spankings mixed in. Although I felt it took to long before the heroine received her first spanking I felt the characters were very well rounded and full of personality.
kelly on 04/07/2013 08:02pm
Embraced was a good story with a good mix of humor and spankings mixed in. Although I felt it took to long before the heroine received her first spanking I felt the characters were very well rounded and full of personality.
kelly on 04/07/2013 07:55pm
Embraced was a good story with a good mix of humor and spankings mixed in. Although I felt it took to long before the heroine received her first spanking I felt the characters were very well rounded and full of personality.
kelly on 04/07/2013 07:55pm
Embraced was a good story with a good mix of humor and spankings mixed in. Although I felt it took to long before the heroine received her first spanking I felt the characters were very well rounded and full of personality.
C on 04/04/2013 11:23pm
This is a nice long reading story that you dont want to miss. It has a bit of everything in it...from spankings, to romance, to the intimacy of marriage and its a cowboy western in our era earning it a 5 star rating. I hope to see a sequel with the little sister and the man she doesnt think she likes, hint hint. cara
C on 04/04/2013 11:23pm
This is a nice long reading story that you dont want to miss. It has a bit of everything in it...from spankings, to romance, to the intimacy of marriage and its a cowboy western in our era earning it a 5 star rating. I hope to see a sequel with the little sister and the man she doesnt think she likes, hint hint. cara
Inga on 03/30/2013 10:50pm
This was a sweet story. It is not as intense as other CF books, it is similar to A Good Man or Reluctant Bride. The storyline is a reluctant h and a patient/dominating H. I'm not sure if I was expecting more intense chemistry or I wanted a more dominating H, unfortunately because it's a CF book I have higher expectations of her than others. I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 3 because I suspect I'm harder on CF than I am with other authors.
Inga on 03/30/2013 10:50pm
This was a sweet story. It is not as intense as other CF books, it is similar to A Good Man or Reluctant Bride. The storyline is a reluctant h and a patient/dominating H. I'm not sure if I was expecting more intense chemistry or I wanted a more dominating H, unfortunately because it's a CF book I have higher expectations of her than others. I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 3 because I suspect I'm harder on CF than I am with other authors.
Dawn on 02/08/2013 09:17am
I liked this book because of the struggle the heroine has with her response to orgasms, I think a lot of women may struggle with this. As a CF book, I didn't think the hero was as stern as normal.
Dawn on 02/08/2013 09:17am
I liked this book because of the struggle the heroine has with her response to orgasms, I think a lot of women may struggle with this. As a CF book, I didn't think the hero was as stern as normal.
DNF on 01/10/2013 09:48pm
This is a great romantic story, the characters are well-developed and the scenes are very detailed.
DNF on 01/10/2013 09:48pm
This is a great romantic story, the characters are well-developed and the scenes are very detailed.
Jackie on 01/08/2013 03:04pm
This was the first spanking romance book I ever read, before I knew anything about the genre. I really loved it, and appreciated the dominant yet sweet relationship that Barratt had not only with Meagan but also his little sister Mandy. This book will always be special to me.
Jackie on 01/08/2013 03:04pm
This was the first spanking romance book I ever read, before I knew anything about the genre. I really loved it, and appreciated the dominant yet sweet relationship that Barratt had not only with Meagan but also his little sister Mandy. This book will always be special to me.
Sassy on 11/27/2012 02:32pm
I love, love, love this book. It is the perfect love story! This is what DD fiction is all about! Steamy hot and sweet all at the same time!
Sassy on 11/27/2012 02:32pm
I love, love, love this book. It is the perfect love story! This is what DD fiction is all about! Steamy hot and sweet all at the same time!
lani girl on 10/27/2012 03:34pm
This is probably one of my favorites by CF! Megan visits her best friend Mandy every summer at her family's ranch. She always times it to miss Mandy's oldest brother Barrett. She just can't trust herself and her feelings around him. But this summer, things change. they're all on the ranch together and Barrett and Megan are thrown together by a series of events. I love the sweetness in this story and how the love grows slowly. This is a must have and you will reread it many times!
lani girl on 10/27/2012 03:34pm
This is probably one of my favorites by CF! Megan visits her best friend Mandy every summer at her family's ranch. She always times it to miss Mandy's oldest brother Barrett. She just can't trust herself and her feelings around him. But this summer, things change. they're all on the ranch together and Barrett and Megan are thrown together by a series of events. I love the sweetness in this story and how the love grows slowly. This is a must have and you will reread it many times!
Evelyn on 10/23/2012 11:09pm
This is a great story by CF and is one of the reasons why I love her books so much. In this one there is sefinitly an alpha male who keeps his sister in line with a good spanking when she needs it even though she is now an adult. Meaghan is a very independent woman who isnt really sure how she feels about Barratt and his old fashioned beliefs. I like that things progressed at a nice pace and nothing just fell into place they had to work for it. The spankings are not overly harsh and the romance is is light and fun to read.
Evelyn on 10/23/2012 11:09pm
This is a great story by CF and is one of the reasons why I love her books so much. In this one there is sefinitly an alpha male who keeps his sister in line with a good spanking when she needs it even though she is now an adult. Meaghan is a very independent woman who isnt really sure how she feels about Barratt and his old fashioned beliefs. I like that things progressed at a nice pace and nothing just fell into place they had to work for it. The spankings are not overly harsh and the romance is is light and fun to read.
onyx lilly on 10/13/2012 09:14pm
This was really good. It was the right length. And I liked how conflicted she was about him punishing someone he loved like the sister and then later her. It was nice to see her be conflicted about it and not just accept it like most books do. Good read.
onyx lilly on 10/13/2012 09:14pm
This was really good. It was the right length. And I liked how conflicted she was about him punishing someone he loved like the sister and then later her. It was nice to see her be conflicted about it and not just accept it like most books do. Good read.
Lola M on 10/07/2012 02:52pm
I love Carolyn Faulkner books, and this one might be my favorite. Right amount of romance and I like the sibling relationship. Fast read, loved Barrett.
Lola M on 10/07/2012 02:52pm
I love Carolyn Faulkner books, and this one might be my favorite. Right amount of romance and I like the sibling relationship. Fast read, loved Barrett.
Tamara on 09/24/2012 03:18am
I really loved this story! I t had the perfect amount of love, affection, discipline, and sex for me. This was one Alpha male I would love to have for my own! The heroines concerns and reluctance are handled really well, too. She never comes off as whiny or weak, no doormat here, and yet you still see and understand how much she needs his care. Great book!
Tamara on 09/24/2012 03:18am
I really loved this story! I t had the perfect amount of love, affection, discipline, and sex for me. This was one Alpha male I would love to have for my own! The heroines concerns and reluctance are handled really well, too. She never comes off as whiny or weak, no doormat here, and yet you still see and understand how much she needs his care. Great book!
Matthew on 09/14/2012 01:23pm
This was one of the first spanking romance stories I ever read, and it still holds a special place in my memory. Now that I'm older and a little more experienced, however, I can see even more so why I enjoy it so much. The sparks between Megan and Barrett are all over the place (much as she might like to claim they don't exist) from page one, and things consistently take believable turns. Add in the backgrounds of each, and the relationship heats up in a steady fashion--I especially like that each of them seems to fill one or more aspects of life that the other hasn't really enjoyed that much. All in all, it's a great story, and still one of my favorites.
Matthew on 09/14/2012 01:23pm
This was one of the first spanking romance stories I ever read, and it still holds a special place in my memory. Now that I'm older and a little more experienced, however, I can see even more so why I enjoy it so much. The sparks between Megan and Barrett are all over the place (much as she might like to claim they don't exist) from page one, and things consistently take believable turns. Add in the backgrounds of each, and the relationship heats up in a steady fashion--I especially like that each of them seems to fill one or more aspects of life that the other hasn't really enjoyed that much. All in all, it's a great story, and still one of my favorites.
Alicia on 09/08/2012 07:41am
This is a really good story by CF with a great feel about how good the relationship was between the siblings in this story and the his new lady love. Not ovely harsh and only a few spankings but a very nice book to read.
Alicia on 09/08/2012 07:41am
This is a really good story by CF with a great feel about how good the relationship was between the siblings in this story and the his new lady love. Not ovely harsh and only a few spankings but a very nice book to read.
K.D. on 08/12/2012 03:16pm
This a book that all romantics at heart will love. Great story that shows the developing relationship between two people with a D/D undertone. Just the right balance for someone who doesn't do the harsher side of D/D books.
K.D. on 08/12/2012 03:16pm
This a book that all romantics at heart will love. Great story that shows the developing relationship between two people with a D/D undertone. Just the right balance for someone who doesn't do the harsher side of D/D books.
Karen M on 06/05/2012 11:34am
Barrett offers Meagan a job which she can use but he also seems to be offering her something she doesn't even know she needs. This is such a strong love story. I really love how carrying and protecting Barrett was. I also thought all her dancing away from the truth of her own feelings was cute.
Karen M on 06/05/2012 11:34am
Barrett offers Meagan a job which she can use but he also seems to be offering her something she doesn't even know she needs. This is such a strong love story. I really love how carrying and protecting Barrett was. I also thought all her dancing away from the truth of her own feelings was cute.
Monique on 04/17/2012 12:09am
I really like a different component thrown into this one. Mandy has a hard time dealing with not being in control. Naturally this yields to her fighting Barratt's controlling nature. However, this becomes much more apparent during the sexual interludes. Mandy has a difficult time dealing with the overwhelming sensations Barratt's pleasure making can give. This is particularly true during an intense orgasm. Mandy's tendency to run away after an orgasm leads to some firm resolutions from Barratt. I like to see a character's emotionally raw scenes play out in stories like these. It's these imperfections that we can relate to.
Monique on 04/17/2012 12:09am
I really like a different component thrown into this one. Mandy has a hard time dealing with not being in control. Naturally this yields to her fighting Barratt's controlling nature. However, this becomes much more apparent during the sexual interludes. Mandy has a difficult time dealing with the overwhelming sensations Barratt's pleasure making can give. This is particularly true during an intense orgasm. Mandy's tendency to run away after an orgasm leads to some firm resolutions from Barratt. I like to see a character's emotionally raw scenes play out in stories like these. It's these imperfections that we can relate to.
SH on 04/05/2012 04:06pm
Another great book by a great author! I loved the way the story developed and the relationship between the characters! One I will definitely read more than once!
SH on 04/05/2012 04:06pm
Another great book by a great author! I loved the way the story developed and the relationship between the characters! One I will definitely read more than once!
Julie H. on 04/05/2012 03:53am
This was a sweet and romantic story and I enjoyed reading it very much.

I loved the brother sister relationship between Barratt and Mandy. It was lovely to watch the relationship between Barratt and Meaghan grow. Barratt is definitely a man who knows how to be the head of his house. Thank you.
Julie H. on 04/05/2012 03:53am
This was a sweet and romantic story and I enjoyed reading it very much.

I loved the brother sister relationship between Barratt and Mandy. It was lovely to watch the relationship between Barratt and Meaghan grow. Barratt is definitely a man who knows how to be the head of his house. Thank you.
Tan on 04/04/2012 09:49pm
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It's a feel-good book with a lovely story. I have read it many times and like the easy-manner style that it is written with.

The story feels real and Barratt Costas is a typical alpha male who has met his match in Meagan. However, Meagan is no pushover and so naturally sparks fly between them. If you are looking for some light, romantic reading with a spanking or two thrown in, then this is the book for you.
Tan on 04/04/2012 09:49pm
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It's a feel-good book with a lovely story. I have read it many times and like the easy-manner style that it is written with.

The story feels real and Barratt Costas is a typical alpha male who has met his match in Meagan. However, Meagan is no pushover and so naturally sparks fly between them. If you are looking for some light, romantic reading with a spanking or two thrown in, then this is the book for you.

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