Friday, August 23, 2013
Spanking Stories Book Club: The Headstrong Miss Henley
When I decided to go from one book per month to one per week, I figured I needed to add a few books that I had already read and the first book I thought of was The Headstrong Miss Henley because I enjoyed it so much and I wanted to try to show it a little love and let others know about it.
Blurb: Lord Whitford will do anything to keep his reputation untarnished. Sadly, that proves most difficult when he becomes engaged to Miss Henley, a headstrong American who finds most of the ton rules ridiculous.
Whitford is forced to administer a series of spankings--going as far as to use a crop and a hairbrush on her bare bottom--to prevent her from humiliating them both with her abominable behavior. To his consternation, he finds this chore not entirely unpleasant. In fact, he finds it arousing, which is most improper.
This was a fun and playful book and Miss Henley was a likeable heroine.
Here are a couple of questions, but feel free to just say whatever is on your mind.
1. I think it's fair to say that this book needed a proofreader. There were extra words and for a few pages Lord Whitford turned into Lord Whitman and Lord Whitfield. In general, this sort of thing makes my head spin, but I liked this story so much, that I sort of got over it. Well, I probably didn't completely since I am still talking about it.
So, here is my question. Do readers (as opposed to writers who are readers) care about these things? What I'm talking about is poor proofreading as opposed to bad writing.
2. Lord Whitfield wasn't perfect and he had a lesson or two to learn along the way too. Is it just me, or are many of the heroes on romances and spanking romances too perfect?
3. I am a fan of books in the 70-100 page range. What about you? It's nice to have a book you can finish in a lazy afternoon or a late night of reading. Or has the prevalence of novellas ruined things?
Next week we'll be talking about Kate Richard's Spanking Ms. Whitman. You won't want to miss it!