For 18-year-old orphan Callie Broderick, going west as a mail-order bride seems to be the only hope she has for a decent husband. But when she sets out for the gold-mining town of Sacramento with nothing more than the clothes on her back and a stagecoach ticket, she quickly discovers that the trip will be quite a bit different than she expected.
As a former soldier and an experienced coachman, Jude Johnson is used to difficulties and dangers of all kinds during the arduous journey west, but he has never had to deal with trouble like Callie before. Not being the kind of man to kick a penniless orphan off his coach, he puts up with the sassy, disobedient girl for as long as he can, but when Callie's antics put the lives of his passengers at risk Jude is forced to take matters into his own hands and spank her soundly.
The stern punishment leaves her thoroughly chastened and promising to behave, and Jude soon realizes that when she puts aside her foul-mouthed, defiant façade, the real Callie is as sweet and kind as she is beautiful. As the days pass, he takes it upon himself to guide her, care for her, and give her the loving discipline she so desperately needs, as often as she needs it. But when they reach their destination, will he be able to give her up?
Publisher's note: Corralling Callie includes sexual scenes and spankings. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.
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OLD FASHIONED SPANKING... AT FIRST!
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I was thoroughly entertained listening to this story. Callie was so adorable, mixing tall tales with stretched and unbelievable but true claims. Jude stood no chance against her willingness to please him. Spanking for discipline was customary in those times but when the feelings go beyond platonic, well... touches usually do, too. I wanted to see a bit more heat in those alone times, though. The HEA had a twist thrown in that was unexpected.
Narrator had a good "Western" voice. Worked well with the story.
Two Thumbs Up!
- sheryl beauchemin "Say something about yourself!"