They were instantly attracted to each other. But can she accept that he is a Dom?

Cade McCauley and Lydia Lang knew there was something between them the first day they met on a construction site where Cade was the foremen and Lydia was in the unusual position of serving as an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher for hearing-impaired high school students in a school-to-work program.

Cade found Lydia an enigma. She was independent and full of spunk yet Cade suspected she was submissive. She was sassy and strong-willed but became submissive when he called her to task on issues of health and safety.

Lydia thought Cade to be highly annoying, but because she had almost no experience with men, she struggled mightily with her attraction to him. He was domineering and take-charge but also gentle and caring. Lydia’s inexperience with relationships and confusion about her feelings for Cade made it difficult for her to reconcile her growing attraction and his need for dominance. The barriers to moving ahead in a relationship seemed insurmountable to Lydia, but when she is in danger, Cade races to save her. Will that convince her that his feelings for her are real?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy romance contains a theme of power exchange.

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Almost immediately, Lydia realized the mistake she had made. She had issued a challenge to him from which he would not back down. He lifted her off the counter and flung her over his shoulder. She screamed and beat at his back all the way to the bedroom where he was taking her. She knew where this was going but fought tooth and nail. It didn’t even slow him down.

Cade sat down on the corner of his huge, high bed, flipped her over and yanked down her yoga pants and panties. His huge hands delivered searing swats to her bottom and thighs. He gave her twenty to thirty hard smacks before he began to lecture her. She was already crying, but he was still yelling so she heard every word.

“From now on, I need to know where you are at all times. You need to check with me,” he said as he paused spanking for a moment but then started right back up. “This is not a negotiation!” he said as he actually sped up the smacks. “Do you understand?”

Lydia had never been in so much pain. He was truly setting her bottom on fire but she was mad too, so she recklessly screamed between sobs, “No! I will not! Cade, please stop. It hurts!!”

Lydia thought she actually heard him growl as he picked her up, threw her over his shoulder again, and made his way into the bathroom. He slammed through a couple of the drawers she used for her things, and apparently found what he was looking for. As he turned to go back into the bedroom, Lydia caught sight of herself in the floor to ceiling bathroom mirror. She could see her bright red and mottled bottom and thighs obscenely slung over his shoulder and then, to her horror, she saw what he had found in the drawer—her hairbrush!