I saw her gather herself. I drew back my arm and swiped her hard across the buttocks, the crack of leather against flesh loud in the still room. She flinched at the blow, but made not a sound. Brave though she assuredly was I knew she wouldn’t remain silent for long, since a heavy tawse wielded with conviction will test the mettle of even the most courageous. Silence would give way to gasps, and gasps to groans, though it would go no further than that. There would be no shrieking and certainly no blubbering, for my governess was made of sterner stuff.
Obliged To Bend introduced James Montague, Victorian gentleman of leisure and master spanker. Their Master’s Pleasure described his continuing adventures. Now, in Hard Strokes, comes the concluding part of James’s story.
With his sweet young wards, their governess Irene Hammond and a houseful of maids in need of constant discipline, life for James has grown rather hectic. Cane, strap and paddle have never been busier, in fact, yet he cannot afford to relax, for fresh victims soon arrive on the scene – women from the village guilty of various misdemeanours, his former maid-of-all-work, Polly, and a beautiful but rash young woman who foolishly tries to rob him.
Has the master of Bleekston Hall bitten off more than he can chew, or will his strong right arm rise to the challenge?