His Word Is Law

I loved creating the medieval-type backdrop for this book: the costumes, the horses, the primitive living quarters, the occupations and the characters.

I chose the name Raoul for the hero because it has a lovely Norman ring about it. Although quite young, he has tremendous responsibility and he carries out his duties with dignity. He's so decisive that he's able to assess the character of a young woman, Bess, whom he sees running wild, and after capturing her he sets about training her. He's prepared to pretend to his people that he's being harsher on her than he really is, but he will always keep his word to her, and that includes carrying out any threats.

It seems a natural thing for Bess to run away from the strict regime she's supposed to be following, but she doesn't make a very good job of it and Raoul captures her again, whips her, locks her up, and spanks her for her continuing defiance. He recognises her entirely stubborn will and so - in a way which for me makes him the complete hero - he takes a step towards her to entice her to come willingly to meet him. It's neither humility nor compromise on his part, exactly, but it reveals true love and the skill of a born negotiator. I'm very fond of Raoul.

His Word Is Law - An Erotic Historical Romance by Melissa Harding

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"Bess knew that she needed a strong hand. The young men of her village had lusted after her but she had always run from them, and hid if necessary. Some of them could have subdued her by force, but a wife needed to be brought to obedience through respect rather than fear. She would rather have died than be brought under the will of a man whom she despised.

Raoul was strong, handsome, powerful, but it was by that little touch of tenderness that he had shown himself worthy of her respect. He had been harsh with her, but no more harsh than she deserved, and then he had shown mercy and understanding by giving her an unexpected and oh so welcome helping hand. In the future, she would always know that he could punish her and bend her to his will whenever he wished, but she would not want him to have cause. She would fear his condemnation of her behaviour more than his spankings."

His Word Is Law - An Erotic Historical Romance by Melissa Harding

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