Book Review: ‘Tough Love’ by Ava Sterling

Title: Tough Love: A Spanking Story

Published: 10th June 2017

Publisher: Red Lace Publishing

Author: Ava Sterling

Twitter: @ava_sterling



Lingerie is Kate’s ultimate weakness. That, and spanking.

The spanking kink between Kate and Colin started years ago, and it’s only heated up since then. But with Colin away at a conference, Kate falls back into her old ways of overspending on lingerie. The lingerie is mostly a gift for him, after all.

The only problem is the budget and the credit card interest. As soon as Colin gets home, he’ll likely be upset, and what better way to dole out his punishment than bending his fiancée over his knee?

(This explicit, 4,000 word story is intended for adult readers only)



Another fun short read to get stuck into. Flowed nicely from the start and had a good pace throughout. Interesting dynamics with both Kate and Colin with how they reacted to each other. Giving the other what they needed, when they needed it. Might be a punishment for being bad but it soon turns into pleasure for both of them.

Kate has found a way to get the desired reaction from her fiancé if she does something that is a bit bad. Buying a lot of expensive lingerie without permission will do that, but she can’t seem to deny herself them. She loves the thrill of getting something new but I think its more that she likes the thrill of knowing she will be in trouble for it. Though she does think at the time that she has more time before having to face Colin. Seems his business trip got cut short and she is going to face the music sooner than she thought.

I liked that neither could seem to keep a secret from the other. It is the bases of their relationship to be completely honest with each other, no matter the consequences for Kate. She longs to please him in every way but can’t help reacting in certain ways to get the release she longs for – even if she has to be a little bad to get it. It’s about giving up control to the one person who loves her most. Control is something he has in spades as he can get her blood pressure to rise with merely a few words and a look. His too as you can clearly see he is just as excited to play their games as she is. She may get some tough love with her punishment but he sure finds a fun way to reward her afterwards for taking it so well. Something they both enjoyed and will continue to do so from now on. She likes the rewards she gets from being a good girl but you just know it won’t be long before she is a bad girl again.

4 out of 5 stars

I am a Beta reader for the author and received this ARC for my honest review.


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