Tagline: Will love and trust be enough to hold the family together when a night of enchantment turns into a nightmare, threatening to tear the family apart?
In the fourth book of the bestselling Hunter's Ridge series, we return to visit the people who have come together for the holidays. Lucy and Louisa continue to blossom under the stern but loving guidance of Lucas and Edward, every day being another step along the paths they have chosen.
But they are not the only ones making choices. Will Franny be able to set her fears of courtship aside and give Samuel Benedict a chance to win her heart? Or will that one impulsive, naughty decision she made ruin her chance of finding true love?
Meanwhile, not one but three men are vying to capture the heart of the vivacious youngest Lady Huntington. Ettie discovers that courtship is thrilling, yet she also learns that there is more than simply love to consider. She knows she needs to feel adored, but can any one of the three make her feel truly cherished?
What path do these two young women wish to take and who will take the journey at their sides?
As shopping is done and gifts made by loving hands, the house is full of secrets. Will Lucy decide to share what she has learned? And what exactly is the secret that Louisa is holding close?
Days are filled with skating, sleigh rides and racing across the snow covered fields. Courting abounds, and preparations are made to attend the Grand Ball. Will love and trust be enough to hold the family together when a night of enchantment turns into a nightmare, threatening to tear the family apart?
Disclaimer: This book contains the spanking of adult women, explicit sexual scenes, and anal play. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
Her Papa spun her until she was in front of him, held in his arms as he began skating backwards. "Kitten, no matter how you might plead, we both know that you would feel lost without paying for your naughtiness. The cane is an implement that I know has you seriously considering your behavior. And, young lady, if you don't wish to wear wheals across your beautiful arse, then all you have to do is be a very good little girl."
Not able to deny his words, she flushed and, tossing her head back, stuck out her tongue. Hearing his chuckle, she closed her mouth, smacking her lips. "What? Don't you love catching snowflakes on your tongue?" A soft yelp was her next sound as his hand connected with her back of her skirts.
"And this is the same girl who wondered if I'd prefer her never to be naughty?" He twirled her in a circle before drawing her close again, bending to speak quietly. "Tonight, my love, you can demonstrate a much better use for that little tongue and your beautiful, warm mouth."
She wondered if the cream she could feel gathering in her core would freeze in the cold temperatures and then decided that no, her body was far too hot to allow that to occur. After she had given him another kiss and a whispered, "Yes, sir, Papa," they skated some more until she traded places to allow him to escort Franny around.
"Are you having fun?" Ettie asked, skating and stopping beside her.
"Yes. I will always love this place. This is where I felt we became true sisters."
Ettie nodded. "Um, are you sure you are okay? I mean, you screamed pretty loudly when you fell earlier."
"I'm fine. I was… um, my bottom is just a little sore."
"Oh, you don't have to say anything else," Ettie said, her cheeks flushing a bit redder than the cold air warranted. After a moment, she smiled. "You and Lucas are so great together. Even when you've been…" She paused, shaking her head. "You two always seem so happy. Do you think I will ever find a man who makes me that happy?"
"I hope so, Ettie. If you find a man half as good as your brother, I can promise that your life will be wonderful even if he gives you a tender arse when you're naughty."
"Lucy!" Ettie said and then giggled. "I love you so much because you are always honest about who you are. Thank you."
The conversation didn't go further as Lucas skated up to them and held out his hand. "Please, may I have this skate?"
Ettie giggled and managed to give a curtsy despite the slick ice. "It would be my pleasure, sir."
Lucy watched as brother and sister took a turn around the pond. She'd never been good at lying or pretending to be someone she wasn't. Besides, every member of her Papa's family was well aware that she often had a tender bottom. And, if Ettie truly was thinking of becoming a woman who gave more of herself than most wives, it didn't seem right to keep at least the basic facts of what that life would require from her.
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Getting to know Maggie Ryan:
Maggie lives in the Lone Star state with her wonderful husband and writes both contemporary erotica and historical spanking romances. She creates characters that enjoy the provocative D/S lifestyle of today’s times as well as ones that live in the Victorian era, with age-play as a theme.
Maggie has always loved reading. Growing up in a family with four children, it was difficult finding a place to be alone so she spent hours in the tub so she could read without being bothered. She was probably one of the squeakiest clean girls on the planet. It wasn’t long before she began to make up her own endings to the books she read. From there, she began to write her own stories.
Not wanting to pigeonhole herself, she likes to write in many genres, capturing the many delicious possibilities out there and inside her head. She admits to being somewhat of a romantic though as her stories always must have a great deal of love, passion, corporal discipline and, of course, great, mind-blowing sex. She wants her readers to be able to see, hear, feel and know the characters that she is creating as well as she does as she as she brings them to life and transfers their stories to paper. Her women are strong of character but also strong enough to know that submission given in love and trust to their partners does not make them weaker; it makes them far stronger. Her men are sexy, strong, demanding alpha males who know how to take what they want while acknowledging it is a gift given by the women who have chosen to submit to them.
She wants no doubt that her main characters would truly would die for each other, no matter how outsiders might view their relationship.
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Lord Edward’s Law: Women of Wintercrest Book 2
Claimed: Women of Wintercrest Book 3
Lucy Surrenders: Women of Wintercrest Book 4
Becoming His: The Teaching of Rebecca
Lucy’s Journey Home: Hunter’s Ridge Book 1
Homecoming: Hunter’s Ridge Book 2
Reunion: Hunter’s Ridge Book 3
Designed for Submission: Divine Designs Book 1
A Submissive’s Dream: Divine Designs Book 2
Haven’s Promise: Divine Designs Book 3
The Christmas Pickle
A Submissive’s Gift: Divine Designs Book 4
Rosie’s Resolutions (Masters of the Castle)
My Charming Valentine (Corbin’s Bend)
Miss Summers’ School: Lessons in Submission, Book One
Cherry’s Jubilee: Lessons in Submission, Book Two
Ever Lasting Hope (Corbin’s Bend)
An Author’s Angst (Corbin’s Bend)
Realizing Her Dream (w/ Laurel Jane)
His Passionate Pioneer
My Sassy Settler
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