After a tornado tears through her neighborhood in the middle of the night, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Simmons is determined to gather up her most precious belongings before leaving her badly damaged home. But the huge, handsome firefighter who arrives to rescue her makes it clear that the house could collapse at any moment, and when Sarah refuses to do as she is told he merely tosses her over his shoulder and carries her to a waiting ambulance himself.
Though Sarah is perhaps the most stubborn woman he has ever met—let alone pulled from the ruins of a building—John Ford knows right away that there is something special about her. He checks on her at the local hospital later that night, and after seeing the miserable, lonely look on her face, he does his best to comfort her. When she insists on trying to leave without the doctor’s permission, however, he decides that enough is enough and spanks her bare bottom thoroughly.
Upon discovering that Sarah is an orphan with nowhere to go after the destruction of her home, John takes matters into his own hands and offers to share his house with her. But while she lives under his roof she will be expected to behave herself, and failure to do so will have consequences for her cute little bottom.
To Sarah’s surprise, John’s old-fashioned approach to keeping a woman in line excites her deeply. She can’t help longing for him to claim her properly, and when he takes her in his arms the pleasure of his skilled, dominant lovemaking is more intense than she would have thought possible. But even as her passion for him grows, Sarah’s painful past leaves her hesitant to let herself fall in love. Can John find a way to heal her wounded heart before he loses her forever?