In my new novella, Playing It Safe, Ivy Walker is a travel nurse who comes to Dallas for a short-term job at Parkland Hospital. While there, she meets Deacon Sullivan, who introduces her to the concept of domestic discipline. Today’s snippet is the first time Deacon brings it up.


Not anymore,” Deacon said. “If I catch you doing it again, I’ll turn you over my knee.”

Deacon knew he was crossing the line that could never be uncrossed. Whether Ivy accepted it or ran screaming, there would be no going back. He hoped he hadn’t just ruined his relationship with the best friend he’d found in a long time, but he couldn’t stand to let her continue treating herself this way.

Ivy laughed. “And here I thought you were serious –”

Deacon didn’t smile or laugh in return. Instead, he watched her with a straight and steady look, waiting. He saw the moment the implication of his reaction dawned on her. She went wide-eyed and the color drained from her face.

“Oh God, you’re not joking are you?”


When travel nurse Ivy Walker comes to Dallas for a three-month stint working in the emergency department at Parkland Hospital, a relationship is the last thing on her mind. She just wants to do her job and see a few sights before moving on to the next job. However, when she is assigned to work with former firefighter turned 911 dispatcher Deacon Sullivan to find sponsors for a community health and safety fair, she finds herself falling hard for him. Despite being paraplegic, Deacon doesn’t want her to take care of him. He wants to take care of her. He introduces her to domestic discipline and gives her things she never knew she needed – love, boundaries, and protection. Yet even as the two fall ever deeper in love, the time until Ivy must leave grows shorter. What will Ivy do when her contract ends? Will she walk away from a lucrative career to stay in Dallas with Deacon or leave behind the greatest love she’s ever known for the sake of her career?

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