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The Harlot Bride

By: Alice Liddell
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At last, a new book from Alice Liddell, the mistress of dark erotic BDSM. 

 

"Like many men before him, and many men since, Edward Tazewell, Earl of Chiltenham, discovered his future bride in church on a Sunday morning. Now, I am aware that it is hardly unusual for a gentleman to find a wife in a House of God, for there are few enough opportunities for the sexes to come together in polite society. But it does surprise in Lord Tazewell's case, for his tastes in women were unusual and specific. The sort of female who suited his dark desires was far more likely to be found in a gaming house."

Thus begins this absorbing and erotic tale of a powerful earl and his young bride, Miss Lucy Farquhar. In the Victorian era, a lady’s reputation could not afford even a whisper of scandal.  Raised in India but sent back to England when both her parents suddenly pass away, Lucy's behavior, innocent fun but wild nonetheless, sets London on its ear. In short order, she is shunned as an outcast. But an orphaned pariah is just what the earl desires: a girl he can mold to his own desires with no interference from concerned friends or family. He strikes a deal with the great-uncle to whom Lucy was entrusted and -- after an extremely thorough and embarrassing examination to confirm her virginity -- Lucy is married off and whisked away to the earl's remote country estate. 

There, Lucy's life is strikingly different from what she expected. Hardly a bride yet not a servant, her very strict husband trains her to humility and obedience through the frequent application of bare-bottom spankings, the strap, the birch, and even unusual anal discipline – all of which is described in loving detail. Lucy secretly longs to enter the marital bed but she’s too proud to admit it, and in any case, Lord Tazewell has his own ideas about that.

While this story includes the elements of a traditional romance story – a strong man, a feisty leading lady, a historical setting in Victorian times, and ultimately love – it also contains explicit sexual scenes, including anal play, and a great deal of non-consensual and severe spanking. There is also a hint of BDSM themes such as domination. If such material offends you, please do not buy this book.  But if the image of a submissive virgin bride, obediently parting her own undergarments as she waits for her husband's birch rod thrills you, then don't wait for this one!

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Like many men before him, and many men since, Edward Tazewell, Earl of Chiltenham, discovered his future bride in church on a Sunday morning. Now, I am aware that it is hardly unusual for a gentleman to find a wife in a House of God, for there are few enough opportunities for the sexes to come together in polite society. But it does surprise in Lord Tazewell's case, for his tastes in women were unusual and specific. The sort of female who suited his dark desires was far more likely to be found in a gaming house.

Nevertheless, it was on a rare appearance in church, while visiting with his eldest sibling in London, that Lord Tazewell first laid eyes upon Miss Lucy Farquhar. His sister Eleanor actually pointed the lass out to him, yet it is fair to say that he would have noticed her in any case, for the young lady was a handsome specimen, with a lovely head of auburn hair and no small degree of poise.

Lord Tazewell had, through long and active years of sporting, developed the ability to view, as it were, through any amount of clothing, the exact form of the woman within. Thus Miss Lucy Farquhar's modest church attire posed no obstacle whatsoever for his practised eyes. He discerned at once that she had a slender but saucy form, making her precisely the type of female he most liked to bed. The pew back obscured his view of most of her, but he was quite certain there was, seated atop the pew cushion, a strap�worthy derriere set off stunningly by a trim and tapered waist. But, in truth, even more than the lassie's shape, it was his sister's whispers that aroused Lord Tazewell's interest in Miss Lucy Farquhar.

"Quite a scandal that one caused," Eleanor confided. "Yes, that one. In the green dress. That one there, seated between the elderly couple."

"Oh?" Lord Tazewell inquired, feigning only passing interest in his sister's gossip, though in fact he was intensely keen to hear whatever she had to say about this young woman. And as luck would have it, the object of their quiet discussion chose that moment to glance back, not at him of course, but at someone or something in the pew behind her. Tazewell went still, transfixed. The girl was pretty, no question, but there was something more. A spark that was obvious even from three rows back. This was a filly just begging to be tamed.

"Everything was arranged for her to be presented at the last cotillion," his sister was confiding, oblivious to the fact that the girl's countenance had had any affect on her brother. It was just as well that Miss Farquhar chose that moment to return her attention to the front of the church, because Lord Tazewell was not entirely certain that, had she not reversed her position, he would have been able to continue to suppress all outward evidence of his now thoroughly aroused interest.

"She could have married well, that one, despite a modest if respectable background," he heard Eleanor say as soon as he was able to focus again. "It was less than a year ago that she came to live with her great aunt and uncle, who, poor dears, have been quite overwhelmed by all that has transpired."

Lord Tazewell inquired about the circumstances that brought the young woman to her great uncle's household.

"Orphaned, and quite suddenly," his sister replied. "I understand that the girl's father was some sort of minor functionary in Calcutta until malaria took him and his wife, both at once."

"She's been living in India, has she?"

"Born and raised there, and like a heathen, it would seem. Her behaviour here in London has caused quite a stir; I'm rather surprised you haven't heard," his sister said, peering up at him from under the veil of her Sunday hat. Then she shifted her heavy backside on the pew cushion and straightened her spine, summoning forth a good dose of condemnation to accompany the tale of Miss Farquhar's indiscretion.

"One week before the cotillion, just one week, if you please, she is out in the shops with her great aunt and meets up with a boy she knows from summers in some hill station or the other. Darjeeling, I should imagine. And off she runs with him, without so much as a by�your�leave to her poor aunt, and was subsequently seen all over town riding in a hansom cab full of young rakes and laughing and singing like a hellion. It ended in a supper club, not a chaperone in sight." Eleanor actually sniffed. "Or one hopes it ended there, although I shouldn't be surprised if there's more to that tale. And one certainly hopes Miss Farquhar thoroughly enjoyed her little escapade, because that was the end for her. She's finished. Quite finished."

Noticing that the organist was making his way to the organ, his sister reached for a hymnbook from the rack in the back of the pew in front of them.

"Doomed to spinsterhood, and I hear there's no fortune or family charity for her to rest upon. Once her old aunt and uncle pass on, she'll have to make her own way in the world. She'd best find try to a position as a teacher or a governess, although I dare say it won't be easy. Why employ a scandal? There are plenty of honest women available."

Indeed, thought Lord Tazewell, as the first chords from the organ filled the room. There is no shortage of morally upstanding young women. It is tainted women such as the lovely Lucy who have proved so much more difficult to find, at least among females of suitable learning and refinement.

Brother and sister rose with the rest of the congregation as the vicar walked toward the pulpit, but Eleanor still had a moment, before the service started, to pass sentence on the young woman in the green dress, and she did so with alacrity.

"Her looks won't help her now. After a scandal like that, there's not a decent man that would marry her!"

Perhaps not, Lord Tazewell thought, smiling to himself. But I'm no decent man. And Miss Lucy Farquhar will serve my purposes very well. Very well indeed.

And as the good Christian men and women around him sang praise to the Lord, Edward Tazewell, Earl of Chiltenham, congratulated himself on his good fortune in having come to church that day, and passed the rest of the service weighing various options for how he might take, for his very own, that saucy young scandal in the green dress.

* * *

It was clear from the reception he received upon his arrival at the house at 17 Pickford Street that that Mr. and Mrs. Graham did not know what to make of the Earl of Chiltenham's request to pay them a call. Lord Tazewell had sent his footman around earlier with a letter, written on fine stationary and sealed with wax, and had instructed his man to wait for the couple's response. Of course the Grahams would be deeply honoured to receive his Lordship, said the reply. They would await his call at 3 o'clock that afternoon, just as his Lordship had suggested.

The house was modest, but there was a maid to bring in the tea tray and probably a cook in the kitchen, judging from the freshly baked scones. As the maid set the tray down on the small mahogany table in the center of the room, the flustered elderly couple did their best to make polite conversation, although it was clearly a challenge for them to keep their mind on anything other than the maddening question of why an earl was seated in their parlour.

Lord Tazewell waited until the second cup of tea.

"I expect you're wondering why I've asked to meet with you," he said.

Mr. and Mrs. Graham allowed, through nervous noises, that this was indeed the case.

"I've come to ask for the hand of your niece Lucy."

The old man dropped his teacup. Actually dropped it. It fell first against his knee, soaking his trousers with the sweet milky liquid, and then to the floor where it shattered into a dozen pieces.

Hearing the commotion, the maid returned in a great hurry from the back of the house, and thus nothing more could be said until the mess was attended to and the man of the house had been provided with a fresh cup of tea and a towel to drape over his trouser leg. When at last the maid had left the room again, poor Mr. Graham cleared his throat.

"Perhaps you're not aware, my lord�"

"I'm well aware," Lord Tazewell said flatly.

The old couple exchanged glances, plainly confounded.

"There has been something of a scandal, you see," Mrs. Graham tried again.

"Scandalous indeed," Lord Tazewell agreed, sipping his tea calmly.

Mr. and Mrs. Graham stared at the gentleman, wondering if he was out of his mind. They decided they must have misunderstood him. He couldn't possibly want Lucy as a wife.

"I blame myself," Mr. Graham said finally, shaking his head sadly. "I knew we'd been landed with a hellcat but I'm too old and too frail to do what I knew was necessary. Her parents spoiled her. Let her run wild out in India. I should have taken a stick to that girl the moment she arrived."

"Indeed you should have, Mr. Graham," Lord Tazewell concurred, with more candor than good manners permitted, even in the case of an earl. "She'll not find me a lenient husband."

Good god, Mr. Graham thought, throwing a baffled look at his wife. He's serious about marrying Lucy. What kind of madness was this?

Lord Tazewell drew out pen and paper from his coat and wrote out a figure.

"There will be no ceremony, given the circumstances, but she will be legally wed. Further, I would like to settle a modest sum upon you, her guardians, as reparations for the emotional distress you have suffered as a result of my future wife's appalling behaviour."

He folded the paper and slid it discretely across the little table towards Mr. Graham. "I trust this sum will be sufficient to make amends."

Mr. Graham picked up the paper, unfolded it, and was stunned again.

"It's.. it's far too generous, my lord. Forgive me for questioning you, Lord Tazewell, but I don't understand why�"

"It is enough for you to understand that I have said I am willing to marry your niece, Mr. Graham," the earl said impatiently. "You and I are both aware that she will not receive another offer, and while society may not comprehend or condone my decision, it will have no choice but to accept it, if only grudgingly and after a suitably lengthy period of time has passed, for no reason other than that an earl has chosen to make her his wife. For a woman who has shamed herself as your niece has, my offer is nothing less a hand snatching her from the gates of Hell."

Mr. and Mrs. Graham exchanged a worried look.

"What you say is unquestionably true, my lord," Mrs. Graham began carefully. "It's far more than Lucy has any right to expect, after what she did. But I fear that Lucy doesn't�" The elderly woman hesitated. "Lucy doesn't�.well, she has never fully appreciated the seriousness of her situation. Perhaps it's having been raised in India, but she doesn't seem to understand the way a grown woman ought to conduct herself, nor does she have a realistic view of social expectations. She has told us on more than one occasion that the fuss would blow over in a month or two and�"

Lord Tazewell interrupted with a snort.

"And, well, naturally, it hasn't," Mrs. Graham continued, even more nervously. "It's been seven months now, and we've been shunned right along with her. I suppose that has sobered her somewhat, but even so she's not as humbled as a girl in her situation ought to be."

"She will learn humility at my hand," Lord Tazewell stated flatly. Then he stood, making ready to depart.

Mr. and Mrs. Graham looked up in surprise. "Don't you wish to speak to Lucy, my lord?" Mrs. Graham inquired.

"No. I am sure you and your husband will help her see she has little choice but to accept my offer. I shall send my solicitor to see you tomorrow, and I will send for Lucy in a fortnight. I have some preparations to make before she arrives in my household. I thank you for the tea. Good day, Mr. and Mrs. Graham."

The old couple stood, bewildered, as Lord Tazewell took his leave.

* * *

It was the solicitor, the next day, who informed Mr. and Mrs. Graham of his Lordship's condition. The necessary papers had been prepared, and a sizeable cheque was sitting discretely within an envelope on the table.

"There is just one more matter," said Mr. Bailey of Bailey, Fulford and Johnston. "His Lordship's personal physician will call here tomorrow at ten o'clock to examine your niece. She should be bathed and dressed in clothing that will facilitate rather than hamper the procedure."

The couple immediately exchanged an anxious look, which was intercepted by the solicitor.

"I trust that will be not be a problem," Mr. Bailey said, arching his eyebrows into a question.

"Mr. Bailey, do you mean�?" Mr. Graham started, then stopped, quite unable to continue.

"I mean," Mr. Bailey said, "that His Lordship will not accept your niece as his wife unless she is confirmed by his own physician to be virgo intacto." He noted the effect his words had on the old couple.

"Mr. Graham? Mrs. Graham? What is it? Do you doubt your niece's virginity?"

They did, in fact. Lord only knows what happened on that night she tramped all over London. Or in India, before she came to them. They hadn't dared to pose any questions but both had secretly watched the girl's waistline for several months after the disastrous night she had run off, before each concluded, separately and with great relief, that there would be no child.

"It's�it's more that we doubt that Lucy would ever submit to such a thing," Mrs. Graham said tremulously.

"Then you must convince her," the solicitor said, gathering his papers as he made to rise. "She has very little choice, don't you think?"

They did think.

* * *

That evening, passersby on Pickford Street were startled by the sound of breaking china emitting from an upstairs window at Number 17, the modest brick townhouse two doors from the corner with Ash Place. They heard raised voices as well. But things quieted down eventually, as poor exhausted Mr. Graham sank into his armchair for a much�deserved whiskey. The maid was sent to sweep up the shards as Miss Lucy Farquhar lay sobbing on her bed.

She may have been young, and headstrong, but Lucy was not stupid, and she had, at long last, and through considerable persuasion on the part of her great uncle and aunt and notwithstanding some flinging of childhood figurines, been made to admit that her circumstances were indeed dire, and that she truly had no choice but to go to Lord Tazewell, and on his terms. She had been made to accept, although it had taken a great deal of convincing, that she also had no choice but to submit to his prenuptial demand, however humiliating it might be.

Still, it was a bitter pill to swallow. Lucy had expected better of life � glamour, adventure and romance! And now she found herself in the deepest of disgrace, shunned by all of society, and about to be married off to a man she hadn't even laid eyes upon. There would be no wedding, no splendid dress; instead, she was to be whisked away from the gossips of London and closed up in a dusty old estate in the damp English countryside. More than anything, Lucy longed to return to India, but that too, they had convinced her, was simply out of the question for a young woman with no family, no means and no prospects of ever finding a husband.

As for Lord Tazewell, Lucy Farquhar was as baffled by the man's interest in her as were her aunt and uncle, but unlike them she was not the least impressed that he was an earl. Why, the man hadn't even had the decency to court her! He had come to her uncle's house to conclude a business arrangement, buying her as chattel without so much as a by�your�leave milady. Lucy started sobbing again, and promised herself that his Lordliness would not find Lucy Farquhar an easy conquest. She wouldn't love him. She wouldn't honor him. And she certainly wouldn't let him put his old, gnarled paws upon her person!

* * *

Lawrence P. Randolph, physician, arrived at the Graham residence promptly at ten o'clock the following morning. The lady of the house herself, the elderly aunt, opened the door to him the very moment he rapped upon it with his cane. The woman was nervous and obsequious as she showed him in, a state he considered quite fitting given the nature of his visit. He noted that the girl was nowhere to be seen, and smiled thinly. She was no doubt waiting upstairs in a state of agitation, which also was well and good and precisely as it should be. He would have considered it quite immodest of her had she been sitting calmly in the parlour.

He accepted Mrs. Graham's offer of a cup of tea, not because he had any desire for refreshment or passing pleasantries with people who bored him, but because it pleased him to make the young lady upstairs wait. He knew his voice was deep and carried well. Even if she hadn't heard his rap on the door, and he was quite certain she had been listening just as intently as her aunt, she would hear his voice from the parlour. And as the minutes passed, she would grow ever more frantic about her impending ordeal. He smiled to himself to think of it. It was no accident that Doctor Randolph was the personal physician to the Earl of Chiltenham. If ever there were two gentlemen cut from the same cloth, it was Lord Tazewell and his friend the good doctor.

After twenty or thirty minutes, Doctor Randolph set down his teacup.

"Well. Thank you for the tea, Mrs. Graham. I expect it's time I moved on to the matter at hand. Will you be so kind as you conduct me your niece?"

Lucy's aunt, who had been nearly beside herself with anxiety while the doctor took his own good time over tea, rose as quickly as her old knees allowed.

"She's upstairs, Doctor. In her room. If you'll just follow me, please, sir. I'm afraid I'm a bit slow on the stairs. Oh, how my knees torment me! It's a wonder I get out of bed every morning."

She continued to fuss as she led him up a flight of stairs, and when she at last reached the top, short of breath, she stopped at a closed door and knocked tentatively.

"Lucy?"

There was no reply. Mrs. Graham glanced fearfully up at the doctor, and knocked again, just a little louder.

"Lucy? The doctor is here. I'm afraid you'll have to let us in. Please, Lucy."

She tried the knob and seemed surprised when it turned.

"Oh! It's not locked. I just thought�"

Doctor Randolph gently moved the old woman's hand aside. "I think it's best if I take things over from here, Mrs. Graham. Although you are of course welcome to remain with your niece if you�"

"Oh, no! I couldn't. No, I'm sure she'll be all right with you, sir. I expect my presence would only make matters more trying�"

"Very well. In that case, please return to the parlour," he said, in the sort of voice one used to calm an agitated mare, his hand upon the doorknob to Lucy's room. "I shan't be long. His Lordship specified that a complete examination would not be necessary."

Poor Mrs. Graham went quite red in the face, as the doctor's words only emphasized what part of her niece the doctor had been sent examine.

"A... ah� yes.. well, yes�I'll wait downstairs then, sir," she stammered as she turned away from the door and fled, as fast as her poor old knees allowed, back towards the top of the stairs.

Doctor Randolph turned the knob and opened the door into a small and pleasant bedchamber, quite bright and clean. He glanced around appraisingly and established that the morning light coming in through the paned window was sufficient for a proper examination and that it would therefore not be necessary to call for a lamp, although adding that bit of embarrassment might have amused him. That matter settled in his mind, he looked about for the girl, and it took a surprisingly long moment for him to find her, a trim figure standing very still at the side of the window. She was wearing a dark blue frock of almost the same color as the curtains, which was, he understood, the reason he hadn't spotted her immediately.

"Good day, Miss Farquhar. I am Doctor Randolph," he offered by way of introduction, setting his black medical bag on the end of the neatly made bed while he looked her over more closely. He thought to himself that he would have enjoyed today's errand under most any circumstances, but he certainly hadn't expected that he would be given the pleasure of a proud young beauty to toy with.

"I trust you have been informed of the purpose of my visit this morning?" Doctor Randolph queried.

The girl did not reply, or even look at him. She stayed at her place by the window, one hand on the curtain, pointedly maintaining her gaze on the carriages passing in the street outside, as if no one had entered the room.

"No answer? Well, never mind. I imagine you are very well aware why I am here, Miss Farquhar, but since you have chosen not to answer my question, I am forced to state the nature of my visit quite explicitly."

He saw there was a pitcher of water and a clean towel folded on the washstand, so he poured some water into the basin and washed his hands as he spoke to her.

"I am here, Miss Farquhar, at the request of Lord Tazewell, Earl of Chiltenham, to confirm, prior to the conclusion of negotiations for your marriage, that your maidenhead is intact."

Doctor Randolph did not bother to look at her. He knew full well the effect his words would have on her.

"For this purpose, Miss Farquhar, I will require your cooperation in removing your clothing and positioning yourself such that I may conduct a proper examination."

Doctor Randolph took up the towel and dried his hands. He looked at Lucy even if she would not look at him, and considered whether he would do her the favor of adding some pat phrase about regretting the distress and embarrassment such an intimate inspection would undoubtedly cause her. But since he didn't regret it �� in fact he would take a great deal of pleasure in precisely that distress and embarrassment�he decided to say no more on the subject.

"We will begin, Miss Farquhar."

Cindy on 06/25/2016 07:23am
Appropriately named, although not like I had thought. A cruel, cold husband turns his virgin wife into a harlot bride reserved only for himself. Sexy in a way, but so awful if you imagined it to be that way for someone. Enjoyed it though. But still makes you mad at the idea.
Cindy on 06/25/2016 07:23am
Appropriately named, although not like I had thought. A cruel, cold husband turns his virgin wife into a harlot bride reserved only for himself. Sexy in a way, but so awful if you imagined it to be that way for someone. Enjoyed it though. But still makes you mad at the idea.
sandy on 12/03/2014 01:39am
Very much enjoyed this book. There was more than just spanking and naughtiness within this story. At times I felt sorry for our bride.But then again she did ask for the attention she got with her temper and tantrums. Sex scene in the carriage was in such detail I was able to visualize the scene which left me gasping opened mouthed for more.
sandy on 12/03/2014 01:39am
Very much enjoyed this book. There was more than just spanking and naughtiness within this story. At times I felt sorry for our bride.But then again she did ask for the attention she got with her temper and tantrums. Sex scene in the carriage was in such detail I was able to visualize the scene which left me gasping opened mouthed for more.
judith on 07/09/2014 11:26am
Very cruel.
judith on 07/09/2014 11:26am
Very cruel.
Jennifer on 04/19/2014 02:00pm
Alice is awesome. Please keep up the good work.
Jennifer on 04/19/2014 02:00pm
Alice is awesome. Please keep up the good work.
melissa on 04/03/2014 05:12pm
Interesting story depicting Lucy's willful behaviors that were believed to disgrace her family's name. Lord Tazewell offers for her hand in marriage, but seeks only to teach her submission. She quickly learns her place in his household, though not of respected wife but more of willful child. The story ends with the promise of more to come as she is ushered into the nursery for yet further lessons in humility and respect.
melissa on 04/03/2014 05:12pm
Interesting story depicting Lucy's willful behaviors that were believed to disgrace her family's name. Lord Tazewell offers for her hand in marriage, but seeks only to teach her submission. She quickly learns her place in his household, though not of respected wife but more of willful child. The story ends with the promise of more to come as she is ushered into the nursery for yet further lessons in humility and respect.
Denise on 03/22/2014 08:55pm
Ok, so maybe in the day she would have been considered a harlot. But, it seems that he cares for her, why does he half to degrade her to such an extreme. Why not make it a better ending. I would rather be dead than to live like that. She unwittingly did what she did. But to treat her this way, is awful. At least let there be some redemption for her.
Denise on 03/22/2014 08:55pm
Ok, so maybe in the day she would have been considered a harlot. But, it seems that he cares for her, why does he half to degrade her to such an extreme. Why not make it a better ending. I would rather be dead than to live like that. She unwittingly did what she did. But to treat her this way, is awful. At least let there be some redemption for her.
JC on 12/21/2013 02:06pm
A pretty good book. I felt that is was very harsh at times and was missing the love factor.
JC on 12/21/2013 02:06pm
A pretty good book. I felt that is was very harsh at times and was missing the love factor.
Jaimie on 11/21/2013 05:09pm
Seemed abusive at times.
Jaimie on 11/21/2013 05:09pm
Seemed abusive at times.
Beverly on 08/27/2013 07:33pm
Not enough romance in it. The husband was harsh and had attraction but no emotional interest towards the woman. He just used her for sex. Guess it is not my type of read.
Beverly on 08/27/2013 07:33pm
Not enough romance in it. The husband was harsh and had attraction but no emotional interest towards the woman. He just used her for sex. Guess it is not my type of read.
Beverly on 08/27/2013 07:28pm
Not enough romance in it. The husband was harsh and had attraction but no emotional towards the woman. He just used her for sex. Guess it is not my type of read.
Beverly on 08/27/2013 07:28pm
Not enough romance in it. The husband was harsh and had attraction but no emotional towards the woman. He just used her for sex. Guess it is not my type of read.
Meg M on 08/26/2013 05:19pm
I have a sneaking suspicion that Alice Liddell is the same authoress as Carolyn Faulkner, whom I also adore; whether that is true or not, I do not know, however I enjoyed this story just as much as any of the other other ageplay-laced BDSM punishment ones. The setting was great and the reasons for the character to be in her situation seemed to be a perfect excuse for the story.
Meg M on 08/26/2013 05:19pm
I have a sneaking suspicion that Alice Liddell is the same authoress as Carolyn Faulkner, whom I also adore; whether that is true or not, I do not know, however I enjoyed this story just as much as any of the other other ageplay-laced BDSM punishment ones. The setting was great and the reasons for the character to be in her situation seemed to be a perfect excuse for the story.
S on 08/16/2013 07:58pm
Do you like brattiness meeting its match and then some? Do you like a strict and forceful Master? If so, get this book. I cannot give enough praise for the story of the discipline and the warring individuals--I felt like I should be there as a referee. Who do you think wins? The Master or the Brat? What a fun ride!
S on 08/16/2013 07:58pm
Do you like brattiness meeting its match and then some? Do you like a strict and forceful Master? If so, get this book. I cannot give enough praise for the story of the discipline and the warring individuals--I felt like I should be there as a referee. Who do you think wins? The Master or the Brat? What a fun ride!
Anne on 07/29/2013 03:51am
Liddle never dissappoints. I am always fascinated with her novels in a horrifying kind of way. This read was a helpful reminder, that I am in a healthy loving relationship. It was well written, excellant character development and entertaining.
Anne on 07/29/2013 03:51am
Liddle never dissappoints. I am always fascinated with her novels in a horrifying kind of way. This read was a helpful reminder, that I am in a healthy loving relationship. It was well written, excellant character development and entertaining.
Marva on 06/02/2013 09:25pm
Loved this book. Hopefully there will be a sequel!!
Marva on 06/02/2013 09:25pm
Loved this book. Hopefully there will be a sequel!!
Richard on 05/10/2013 07:19pm
I was surprised by how much I did not like this one. I usually like Alice Liddell's works. First, this story had a few too many typos (some missing words in the middle of sentences and some pronoun trouble.) Second, the author stops the story a few times to directly address the reader. If this had been the tone all throughout the story it would have been fine. This took me out of the story. As for the story itself, there is no love at all between the characters and the female lead acts in ways that are not believable to the situation she is in. Also be warned there is a forced fellatio scene at the end.
Richard on 05/10/2013 07:19pm
I was surprised by how much I did not like this one. I usually like Alice Liddell's works. First, this story had a few too many typos (some missing words in the middle of sentences and some pronoun trouble.) Second, the author stops the story a few times to directly address the reader. If this had been the tone all throughout the story it would have been fine. This took me out of the story. As for the story itself, there is no love at all between the characters and the female lead acts in ways that are not believable to the situation she is in. Also be warned there is a forced fellatio scene at the end.
Pamela on 04/05/2013 05:39pm
Really great read. The storyline progressed and continued to keep my interest. The ending came too quickly. I just wish there was more.
Pamela on 04/05/2013 05:39pm
Really great read. The storyline progressed and continued to keep my interest. The ending came too quickly. I just wish there was more.
Linda on 03/07/2013 06:42pm
I was looking forward to reading this book after reviewing the trailer. After reading the book I was very disappointed especially with the ending.
Linda on 03/07/2013 06:42pm
I was looking forward to reading this book after reviewing the trailer. After reading the book I was very disappointed especially with the ending.
Charlotte on 02/20/2013 12:56pm
This is awful! I thought that there would be some love to mitigate the punishments, but he's just an arrogant and abusive twat. The first time that I read the book there wasn't a ninth chapter, however after reading that now thinking that just maybe things would work out a little better I'm just left with a bad taste in my mouth. That Lucy is the slightest attracted to him or want him at all after what he has done just makes her seem unreal to me. She should have hated him, or become depressed, or just something for goodness sakes!!!!
Charlotte on 02/20/2013 12:56pm
This is awful! I thought that there would be some love to mitigate the punishments, but he's just an arrogant and abusive twat. The first time that I read the book there wasn't a ninth chapter, however after reading that now thinking that just maybe things would work out a little better I'm just left with a bad taste in my mouth. That Lucy is the slightest attracted to him or want him at all after what he has done just makes her seem unreal to me. She should have hated him, or become depressed, or just something for goodness sakes!!!!
Dawn on 02/13/2013 01:52pm
I found The Harlot Bride by Alice Liddell to be something of a twist---the bridegroom wanted to be able to do anything he wished with his bride so he found a young lady who had become sullied. He then was able to train her to be as he wished when it came to marital matters. WOW!
Dawn on 02/13/2013 01:52pm
I found The Harlot Bride by Alice Liddell to be something of a twist---the bridegroom wanted to be able to do anything he wished with his bride so he found a young lady who had become sullied. He then was able to train her to be as he wished when it came to marital matters. WOW!
Margaret on 02/07/2013 04:20am
Well written but does not seem to be finished. What happens next? Is that it!!! Do they fall in love or what? It could have been spun out so much but we don't know!!!
Margaret on 02/07/2013 04:20am
Well written but does not seem to be finished. What happens next? Is that it!!! Do they fall in love or what? It could have been spun out so much but we don't know!!!
Maria on 12/18/2012 10:43am
Loved it!!!
Maria on 12/18/2012 10:43am
Loved it!!!
Tina on 12/15/2012 12:17pm
I really did not like this book much. I thought Lord Tazewell was always punishing Lucy and never giving any affection to her. It was very sad story. For the first time ever I actually deleted the ebook from my computer and Nook. Yes, it was that terrible.
Tina on 12/15/2012 12:17pm
I really did not like this book much. I thought Lord Tazewell was always punishing Lucy and never giving any affection to her. It was very sad story. For the first time ever I actually deleted the ebook from my computer and Nook. Yes, it was that terrible.
Sassy on 12/07/2012 07:50pm
The Harlot Bride was very well written and had many componants that can make a great story. Unfortunately it missed it's mark with me. I missed that connection & spark to the characters and also between the characters. There was not enough development in their relationship. The story had a very cold feeling unlike Alice Liddell's other books which are among my favorite's.
Sassy on 12/07/2012 07:50pm
The Harlot Bride was very well written and had many componants that can make a great story. Unfortunately it missed it's mark with me. I missed that connection & spark to the characters and also between the characters. There was not enough development in their relationship. The story had a very cold feeling unlike Alice Liddell's other books which are among my favorite's.
Jean on 12/01/2012 04:57pm
The punishments in this book were a bit harsh to my mind, perhaps because there was no way our girl had much clue what was happening. I was a bit disappointed at the ending. Wanted that bedroom scene LOL. Would definitely buy it again.
Jean on 12/01/2012 04:57pm
The punishments in this book were a bit harsh to my mind, perhaps because there was no way our girl had much clue what was happening. I was a bit disappointed at the ending. Wanted that bedroom scene LOL. Would definitely buy it again.
Monique on 11/20/2012 06:52pm
There is definitely medical play thrown in here and that's great considering how rare it seems. This story seems very dark indeed. It mentions love in the story description but I don't see that at all. The lord seems like a man whom loves giving out punishment, gets turned on by bruises, and loves using force and degradation to get what he wants. I also dare say that the bride could not really be labeled harlot since she is a virgin. Lastly, I felt a warning that the sex wasn't consensual either should have been added. Indeed, I feel rape is a good description. She fought, she said no...yet he forced and admitted it was all about him and cared not for her pleasure. In a true BDSM relationship, the dominant cares for the submissive but I felt that was not the case here. Also, just when the story seemed to be getting interesting it stopped. I felt there was more opportunity for a story to develope.
Monique on 11/20/2012 06:52pm
There is definitely medical play thrown in here and that's great considering how rare it seems. This story seems very dark indeed. It mentions love in the story description but I don't see that at all. The lord seems like a man whom loves giving out punishment, gets turned on by bruises, and loves using force and degradation to get what he wants. I also dare say that the bride could not really be labeled harlot since she is a virgin. Lastly, I felt a warning that the sex wasn't consensual either should have been added. Indeed, I feel rape is a good description. She fought, she said no...yet he forced and admitted it was all about him and cared not for her pleasure. In a true BDSM relationship, the dominant cares for the submissive but I felt that was not the case here. Also, just when the story seemed to be getting interesting it stopped. I felt there was more opportunity for a story to develope.
AV on 11/19/2012 10:17am
I knew going in that this was a harsh story of non-con punishment, so I wasn't surprised. The writing quality is great, and indeed the punishment is harsh. But my main dislike of the book is that the governess should have been introduced from the very beginning...or we should have seen more of what happened after she arrived. Good story but not finished.
AV on 11/19/2012 10:17am
I knew going in that this was a harsh story of non-con punishment, so I wasn't surprised. The writing quality is great, and indeed the punishment is harsh. But my main dislike of the book is that the governess should have been introduced from the very beginning...or we should have seen more of what happened after she arrived. Good story but not finished.
anon on 10/31/2012 06:28pm
For the first time ever on this cite, I have to say I found absolutely nothing good about this book. Tazwell was a degenerate. His staff was sadistic and demeaning. Lucy was, with one exception, acting as her class was expected to act, but was told she was wrong. She had no recourse in that time period but to put up with her existence. How anyone finds a love story here is beyond me. Liddell let us all down on this one. She didn't even have the good graces to end the story. It just stopped. Yuck to it all!
anon on 10/31/2012 06:28pm
For the first time ever on this cite, I have to say I found absolutely nothing good about this book. Tazwell was a degenerate. His staff was sadistic and demeaning. Lucy was, with one exception, acting as her class was expected to act, but was told she was wrong. She had no recourse in that time period but to put up with her existence. How anyone finds a love story here is beyond me. Liddell let us all down on this one. She didn't even have the good graces to end the story. It just stopped. Yuck to it all!
Karen on 09/13/2012 04:34pm
Lucy has brought trouble on herself from making poor choices but Edward's solution proves to be harsh and non-consequential. Although, the situations are somewhat squeamish yet it was a very hot story. The only thing I didn't like was that the story seemed to have a very abrupt end I'm curious what will happen next in their lives.
Karen on 09/13/2012 04:34pm
Lucy has brought trouble on herself from making poor choices but Edward's solution proves to be harsh and non-consequential. Although, the situations are somewhat squeamish yet it was a very hot story. The only thing I didn't like was that the story seemed to have a very abrupt end I'm curious what will happen next in their lives.
Alicia on 09/07/2012 05:45am
I love a good historical novel that involves spanking which this story certainly does. It is well written and seems to be accurate. This is not a love story though and does deal with noncon.
Alicia on 09/07/2012 05:45am
I love a good historical novel that involves spanking which this story certainly does. It is well written and seems to be accurate. This is not a love story though and does deal with noncon.
Crystal on 08/30/2012 05:27pm
Book was good however I would have had to spank the husband as well as the wife. Him for being jerky and her for putting up with it.
Crystal on 08/30/2012 05:27pm
Book was good however I would have had to spank the husband as well as the wife. Him for being jerky and her for putting up with it.
TLC on 08/11/2012 01:44pm
I thought it needed more and at the end of the book it just wasn't complete. I thought.
TLC on 08/11/2012 01:44pm
I thought it needed more and at the end of the book it just wasn't complete. I thought.
Brenda on 07/06/2012 10:18pm
Could not put this down.
Brenda on 07/06/2012 10:18pm
Could not put this down.
Tamara on 07/06/2012 12:17pm
I didn't really like this story. I felt no real love or tenderness from the husband. There were a couple of good scenes in the book... but it was just too cold for me to enjoy the book overall.
Tamara on 07/06/2012 12:17pm
I didn't really like this story. I felt no real love or tenderness from the husband. There were a couple of good scenes in the book... but it was just too cold for me to enjoy the book overall.
TERESA on 06/26/2012 03:14am
To much anger and revenge.
TERESA on 06/26/2012 03:14am
To much anger and revenge.
BA on 06/16/2012 07:54am
I really loved this story. The punishments were harsh but I really felt like Tazewell cared for Lucy. I a very hot story. I would not recommend it if you are not open to severe punishments. The story was not completely finished and I look forward to the squeal
BA on 06/16/2012 07:54am
I really loved this story. The punishments were harsh but I really felt like Tazewell cared for Lucy. I a very hot story. I would not recommend it if you are not open to severe punishments. The story was not completely finished and I look forward to the squeal
mlb on 06/05/2012 08:19am
I was rivited by the story, although not a real romance as I prefer. I didn't feel much affection for Lucy from his Lordship and I felt sorry for her. Hoping for a sequel and a somewhat happy ending.
mlb on 06/05/2012 08:19am
I was rivited by the story, although not a real romance as I prefer. I didn't feel much affection for Lucy from his Lordship and I felt sorry for her. Hoping for a sequel and a somewhat happy ending.
Pooky on 05/30/2012 03:45pm
I think the author's focus was on humiliation and if you are looking for that you will love this book. There were quite a few spankings and anal punishments. I did not really like this book even though I think the author writes really well. I could not like either character. I couldn't romanticize the husband because he was so cruel and never changed. The punishments hardly felt as if they were really deserved and so it leads us back to feeling that he is cruel. And their was never enough character development of Lucy for me to begin too like her and sympathize with her.
I had a hard time placing the nursery bit with the husband because of his harsh ways. Usually with the age play there are some really intriguing pampering qualities to the caretaker figure. At the end the author does leave you hanging, I wonder as well if there is a continuation?
Pooky on 05/30/2012 03:45pm
I think the author's focus was on humiliation and if you are looking for that you will love this book. There were quite a few spankings and anal punishments. I did not really like this book even though I think the author writes really well. I could not like either character. I couldn't romanticize the husband because he was so cruel and never changed. The punishments hardly felt as if they were really deserved and so it leads us back to feeling that he is cruel. And their was never enough character development of Lucy for me to begin too like her and sympathize with her.
I had a hard time placing the nursery bit with the husband because of his harsh ways. Usually with the age play there are some really intriguing pampering qualities to the caretaker figure. At the end the author does leave you hanging, I wonder as well if there is a continuation?
Bruiserbear on 05/13/2012 10:05pm
Alice is a little old school (read 40's -70's) in her idea of a romance or rather a 'conquest'. Granted, Lucy seems a little slow on the uptake but this is a little more domination directed and while I might enjoy the maternal governess/Lucy sequel on my 'guilty pleasure' level; it's not the 'shared' romance give and take. where he learns to be more of a man and she more of a woman, that I enjoy reading. While a period piece it is not a romance per se. There is a good deal of spanking and other punishment and there has to be a sequel to finish the story. Kind of liked it and kind of didn't. Hence only 3 stars out of 5.
Bruiserbear on 05/13/2012 10:05pm
Alice is a little old school (read 40's -70's) in her idea of a romance or rather a 'conquest'. Granted, Lucy seems a little slow on the uptake but this is a little more domination directed and while I might enjoy the maternal governess/Lucy sequel on my 'guilty pleasure' level; it's not the 'shared' romance give and take. where he learns to be more of a man and she more of a woman, that I enjoy reading. While a period piece it is not a romance per se. There is a good deal of spanking and other punishment and there has to be a sequel to finish the story. Kind of liked it and kind of didn't. Hence only 3 stars out of 5.
SH on 04/18/2012 01:20pm
I have to say I felt sorry for Lucy throughout the story and was hoping for a happier ending! I hope there is a sequel to this to tie up the loose ends and maybe have a happy ending.
SH on 04/18/2012 01:20pm
I have to say I felt sorry for Lucy throughout the story and was hoping for a happier ending! I hope there is a sequel to this to tie up the loose ends and maybe have a happy ending.
Macy on 03/24/2012 10:42pm
This was not an enjoyable read for me. There is no love or consideration giving to Lucy. Her husband treats her terribly right to the very end. I was so hoping he would eventually show her some love or compassion. The story could have been slightly improved if Lucy showed total hatred towards him, trying to escape or turning into herself - giving her some strength of character.
Macy on 03/24/2012 10:42pm
This was not an enjoyable read for me. There is no love or consideration giving to Lucy. Her husband treats her terribly right to the very end. I was so hoping he would eventually show her some love or compassion. The story could have been slightly improved if Lucy showed total hatred towards him, trying to escape or turning into herself - giving her some strength of character.

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