Sadie is the perfect woman for Simon, if only she can learn to follow his rules.
When feisty Sadie Donohue meets Simon Jacobson at a New Year’s Eve party, she thinks it’s a chance encounter, but not all is as it seems. Simon is a busy executive who prefers to be the master of his own destiny.
Over dinner the next night his authoritative personality starts to emerge. Always one to question authority, Sadie rebuffs his gentle suggestions for more polite behavior with a lively, sharp wit. Simon is amused but unmoved.
If Sadie wants to continue seeing him she must accept his rules. Rules that will be reinforced by spankings when she fails to comply.
A strong, independent woman, Sadie struggles with his demands. A tragedy from Simon’s past makes him more determined than ever to make her obey. Their worlds collide.
This romantic story, set in cold climes of Canada, is warmed with frequent spankings.
Rating: NC-17 Adults only (oh um gee... MY FAVORITE KIND!)
Glancing at his watch, he gave me a signal to rise. I struggled to my feet and stood there, hoping he'd get up and we'd leave. Instead he shifted further back into the sofa. I stared at him but he just kept looking at his Rolex. "You know the drill: skirt around your waist, panties around your ankles, and over my knee. You have a three-stroke penalty to start off with because you are taking so long."
The cocktail dress was so tight it felt painted on. I'd planned on eating nothing at dinner because even a single pea might burst a seam. I wriggled it up to my waist with some effort. The lining caught on the bracelet I was wearing and it took a while to detangle it. Simon didn't take his eyes off his watch. Panicking, I slid my panties down and dived across his lap.
"That took you a full thirty seconds. You'd better work on that. I expect you across my knees in less than ten seconds, normally. Otherwise it tells me you're not fully compliant to this agreement."
What was this new wrinkle? A frigging time and motion study on the practice of spanking? I swallowed that smartass thought. Panting with nervousness, I waited for the first smack.
"Have you forgotten something?"
My mind traveled back to the week before. Oh yes. Without further prompting, I placed my hands in the small of my back and he clamped his hand over them. My pulse pounded in my ears.
"Why are you in this position right now?" Simon's voice hardened to steel.
"Because you're mean," I said and immediately regretted it. He spanked me hard and fast for so long it felt like I would die. He had to stop and trap my legs again because I started to kick.
When he stopped a second time, I gasped for air.
"Let's try again. I'll phrase the question differently. Why are you being spanked today?"
"Because I lied to you?" I made it like a question because I didn't want to admit I'd done anything wrong. Besides that, now I was mad. I didn't want to be spanked, but I didn't want to lose him either. I only put up with this because I hoped he'd get tired of it after a while. I decided to put things into perspective.
"Don't you ever watch the Discovery Channel? They had a program that showed most people lie sometimes." Anger burned through my voice.
Before I could say anything else, he started again. He spanked so hard I couldn't hear what he was saying. Every ounce of me was tuned into the spanking that was raining down on me. Starbursts of heat and pain radiated out of my bottom, and that all-too-sensitive sit spot. Why couldn't I keep my mouth shut?
"Stop!" I pleaded, my voice ragged with defeat.
For a second, he stopped. "What did I just say?"
"I don't know. I couldn't concentrate." "Okay, we'll start again."
"Please no!" But either he didn't hear or he chose to ignore me. This time the smacks were slow and punctuated by the message that hadn't registered the first time.
"Repeat that back to me."
Even though I was bouncing around trying to escape the inescapable, I was still tempted to repeat exactly what he said, saying you instead of I. Not a good move, I decided. The words our relationship triggered some deep longing in me.
In a quiet voice I said, "I will not define our relationship by what other people do."
"Good girl," he said. Then he started again.
Within minutes I was crying, frantically trying to wrestle away from him but he clenched my wrists in an iron hold. When I finally fell limp with resignation, he spanked some more and then stopped. He drew me into his arms and dried my tears with a cotton handkerchief that smelled of sunlight. My mascara left big blotches all over it.
A strange sort of happiness washed through me. Some primal part of me understood this spanking ritual after only having experienced it a couple of times. Simon was a powerful man, used to ruling his small world. The fact that he wanted me to be part of that domain was good. Establishing ground rules made it easier for me to understand what was needed to fit into his life. I melted against him and wondered what I wanted for my side of the deal. In the next breath I knew. I wanted exactly what he had given me so far. I loved his daily phone calls, the way he asked about my job, my family, and my friends. I loved the way he paid attention to me, to all parts of me, good and bad.
With a delicate kiss on my mouth, he eased me back beside him on the sofa. "Now I don't want us to have to start each date like this, so please remind me, what are the ground rules of our relationship?"
About the author
Libby Campbell lives on the West Coast with her husband of over twenty-five years. She reads a lot and loves books that feature strong, independent women engaged in hand-to-butt combat with funny, sexy men.
Her favorite pastimes are reading, writing and hiking with her husband.
Libby reads and writes for pure escapism. If you like her books, she hopes you will leave a review – it will help her write the next one.
Since Libby is a newbie to my blog, I wanted to ask her some questions and answers. So here goes!
What was your favourite character to write and why?
I enjoyed writing both Sadie & Simon because it gave me the chance to create polished dialogue between them. In the heat of a true OTK power challenge with my husband, words often fail me. Sadie knew just what to say and Simon always had the perfect answer.
What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?
There are so many good ones! Recently I read Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan. It is laugh out loud funny in some parts and very helpful in others. I also found Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King to be an excellent tool in my writing toolbox.
What was your best date ever?
On our first date, my husband said I deserved a spanking for teasing him. He had never spanked a woman before. Once he got a taste of it, he mastered the art quickly.
What would you like us to know about the book before we read it?
Simon Says is not capital-L Literature. It’s meant to be funny and romantic. It’s also meant to explore the way one couple’s DD life might involve. You know the average type of couple: the neighbourhood billionaire and his everyday girlfriend. I have a dry sense of humour which I hope will appeal to readers.
What is next in store?
I’m writing a sequel with the working title Simon Says I Do. At the end of book one, Simon thinks he’s got Sadie right where he wants her but the shine has started to fade. She is going to challenge many of the things she agreed to in the heat of their early romance.