I really enjoyed Dinah McLeod's Swept Off Her Feet and I think you will too.
Blurb: Twenty-nine years old and still without a husband, Maggie Swift does her best to be happy living on the family ranch. Now that her brothers are both married, however, she cannot help but feel she is being pushed out of her own home by her sisters-in-law… especially Libby. Her brother does his best to keep his bride in line—often with a firm hand applied to her bare bottom—but Maggie cannot seem to reconcile with the beautiful, feisty shopkeepers-daughter.
She has all but resigned herself to miserable spinsterhood, until an absentminded stroll through town leaves her standing unexpectedly in front of a rough-looking saloon. It is there that she is confronted and scolded by the imposing, ruggedly-handsome Clayborn Callahan. Offered a ride with him, Maggie accepts, promising that she will not be missed for a few hours though she knows her brothers will be worried sick.
When her lie is found out, Maggie discovers that her new suitor is more than ready to take her out back and make her cut a switch. In spite of her sore bottom, Maggie feels something for Clayborn that she has never felt for any man, and she is excited when he asks to come calling again. She wonders, though, if she can be the well-behaved woman he expects, or whether she will find herself over his knee more often than her pride and her tender bottom can handle.
Publisher’s Note: Swept Off Her Feet is an erotic romance novel that contains graphic sexual scenes and spankings, including domestic discipline in a historical setting. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
My thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this story and read it in two sittings, which would have been one if I could have managed it. This story, which is the first in a series about the Swift Family, was heartwarming, romantic and sexy. Swept Off Her Feet introduces us to the Swift Family: Oldest Sister, Maggie, and her two brothers, Trent and Wesley. Their father died a few years ago and their mother is recently deceased. With Christmas approaching Maggie's grief over the loss of her mother makes her particularly cranky, especially toward her sister in law.
When brother Trent goes to town to wed his penpal bride, Maggie goes along and that's where she first encounters Clayborn, a no-nonsense older man who not only spanks Maggie, but then announces that he intends to come and call on her.
I enjoyed getting to know all the members of the Swift family. Dinah McLeod did a nice job of weaving in the stories of all three siblings, yet still focused on Maggie and her struggles. All the characters were interesting and had depth, even though this wasn't a particularly long story.
Maggie's struggles were realistic and understandable and it was nice to see how the attention and love of the right man helps her to see a future instead of living in the past.
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