His management style might not be HR approved, but he was the boss and she was his assistant. So, he set the rules.
Pam Weston didn't have many choices as far as employment went. Her prison sentence saw to that. With limited secretarial skills, and an even more limited budget, she never considered herself executive material. So, when she was ordered to report to the CEO of her company as his new personal assistant, she fully expected to be checking out the "Help Wanted" section of the paper before the day was over.
Robert Peterson knew his management style was not HR approved, but he believed in using the stick as well as the carrot. Employing the tenets of domestic discipline, he helped mold his personal assistants into confident women who recognized their own self-worth. Even so, his unorthodox methods were only one of the reasons many considered the position of his assistant to be a revolving door. To Rob's mind, Pamela Weston was perfect for his purposes, though given her past, he expected convincing her to agree to his program would be a challenge.
Pam continues to talk to Mr. Peterson on the phone while she waits for the dinner he ordered her to be delivered.
Pam gave another harrumph, but sat down as ordered.
"That's two, my dear. Keep it up and you're going to get a lesson in manners a lot quicker than I planned."
"What are you implying?"
"Never mind. We’ll discuss everything tomorrow. I'm just warning you, I consider eye-rolling and harrumphing as forms of disrespect, for which I possess zero tolerance."
"You're right," she admitted, realizing she was being ungrateful after all he'd done for her. "I'm sorry. I'm being too familiar."
"No, Pam. That's not it. As we get to know each other better, I'll expect you to call me Rob when we're alone. So, it isn't the lack of formality I object to, it's the disrespect inherent in your actions. You're saying you'll do what I ask because I'm the boss, but since you don't agree with my reasons, you dismiss them as mere nonsense."
"So, I'm not allowed to disagree with you?"
"Okay, you're splitting hairs. Of course you may disagree with me, if you are so inclined, but I expect—no, I demand—you do so respectfully. Understand?"
"You will. I intend to make all my expectations abundantly clear, so you’ll recognize when you cross a line that will get you in trouble."
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Lessons in Love is Kathryn R. Blake's sixth novel with Blushing Books, and fifth spanking romance where Domestic Discipline is primary to the plot. Although Kathryn is relatively new to the spanking romance market, she is not new to stories where the hero spanks the heroine. In fact, most of her novels have some sort of spanking in them. However, even in Kathryn's novels where the hero firmly believes in using spanking as a deterrent, he has no desire to cause the heroine injury and takes no delight in hurting the woman of his heart. In fact, sometimes he finds it extremely difficult to follow through on his threats or promises.
To date, all of her heroes are dominant, alpha males who are extremely protective of the women they love. However, part of that protectiveness includes the need for a certain amount of control. They do not suffer defiance or disobedience lightly. Even so, these men aren't infallible, and they do make mistakes, but love and respect will always triumph in the end.
Kathryn has been a member of RWA since the early 1980s and has joined several local and special interest chapters. Besides writing, Kathryn enjoys traveling, reading, attending the theatre, and is a passionate lover of animals, so much so that in 2015 a stray cat adopted her. The stray now sleeps in Kathryn's bed. She has also recently taken up the expensive hobby of making and selling jewelry.
Her personal website, www.kathrynrblake.com, is filled with photos and links to information about her many interests as well as peppered with quizzes, contests, games and lots of other fun things to do and she loves to hear from her readers, so she has an e-mail link at the bottom of every page.
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Interview with Pamela Weston
1. Nickname: Most everyone just calls me Pam
2. Job: I've been rotating as an administrative assistant at Peterson Enterprises for the last 6 months.
3. Level of schooling, or self-taught: High School. I received my GED.
4. Favorite type of pet: I like all pets, but I guess I'd have to pick dogs as my favorite.
5. Favorite place to visit: I haven't been many places, so I can't really pick a favorite.
6. Most important goal: Staying below the radar and keeping my nose clean. I need my job.
7. Worst fear or nightmare: Getting sent back to prison.
8. Favorite food: I like a variety of different foods from American backyard barbecues to Chinese. My limited budget doesn't alow for much experimentation.
9. Wealthy, poor, or somewhere in between?" Making ends meet right now. Could definitely use a raise which is why I'm hoping once I start working for the CEO, he doesn't fire me. However, I'm more than a little worried about what I've heard concerning his management style.