Guest Authors · Old West Romance

Under the Mistletoe by Tess Matthews

underthemistletoeA missing bride and a determined husband.

Tess Matthews joins my blog today with an excerpt from her sweet holiday romance Under the Mistletoe. This is a western domestic discipline story (my personal favorite) that is sure to bring some warmth to your holidays.

About Under the Mistletoe

If you are a girl and you fall in love with a boy you see only once a year, on Christmas Eve, for many years, do you marry him when you get older and he insists upon it? You do if you’re Janie Dunn and your only option is to remain under the thumb of a drunken and abusive father.

But the rash and impulsive marriage between Janie and Levi Atwood is hopelessly marred from the beginning. Janie disappears shortly after the ceremony, and the sheriff finds her father in their home, murdered with Janie’s knife.

But Levi refuses to give up hope, never believing either that she murdered her father or that she, herself, suffered the same fate. He keeps searching for years until he finds her. Then it is up to him to help her sort out the twisted web of intrigue that her life has become, and along the way to instill respect for him and for his hard hand and paddle on her bare bottom.

He also must prove to her how much he loves her, and how much he wants her to love him.

Publisher’s Note: Under the Mistletoe  is a romance novel that contains descriptions of sex and of domestic discipline in the form of bare-bottom spanking and paddling. If such subject matter offends you, please do not read this book.

Buy Under the Mistletoe

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Levi touched his hand to her chin and gently moved her face to look him in the eye. She was uncomfortable as he studied her face. Then his eyebrow went up, and Janie knew it was over. He had found her out.

“Janie Dunn Atwood, I know what you are thinking, young lady!”

Janie folded her arms across her chest and scooted a few inches away from her husband. “No, you don’t, Levi Atwood. No one can read a person’s mind.”

Levi reached for her and slid her back to his side. “Well, I can read yours, and you are still planning on running away, aren’t you?”

Janie bit down on her lip and whipped her face toward Levi and glared. “I will do as I please. I am a grown woman.”

Levi grabbed her and sat her on his lap. “You are my wife and you are staying here, and if you do run, I’m gonna add to the spanking you are going to get for running away in the first place.”

Janie froze. Her stomach flip-flopped, but she tried to remain unaffected. “You most certainly will not, Levi Atwood.”

“We will see.”

About the Author

After raising her children and retiring from a career in education, Tess Matthews is following her passion – writing romance. Her stories are full of adventure, intrigue and above all romance, but not your ordinary vanilla romance, Tess writes about strong alpha men who love their feisty women and take them in hand when needed. Although she enjoys all types of romance stories, her favorites take place in the old west –  after all, who can resist those cowboys!

Tess lives on the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northern Alabama with her husband and a variety of dogs, cats, and chickens.

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Twitter @blushingtess



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