This HaBO comes from Ana:
Dear Sarah and all the Smart Bitches: the TBTRom hashtag reminded me on probably the only Romance I read as a teen.
It was the last summer vacation we took before my parents divorced. We rented a set of rooms at resort but it rained most of the week. While trapped in a small room with my sister we entertained ourselves by raiding the small paperback collection in the resort lobby. There I found a very thick paperback romance.
I don't remember much but I remember the book was maroon or brownish. I don't think it still had a cover but I am sure if it had it would have been gothic.
I know the story featured a cruel Lord of the manor who has the heroine viciously whipped for interfering in some way. So time later he ends up needing her help although he doesn't recognize her. It is not till sexy-times that he realizes who she really is when he discovered her severely scarred back. There was much guilt.
I realize this is less than helpful as I don't remember the HEA. I just remember my eyes bugging out at the whipping. I am honestly surprised my mother didn't confiscate the book as she later took our Clan of the Cave Bear books.
Does anything sound familiar? Village woman stands up to the manor Lord and is scarred in a brutal whipping by the Lord of the Manor?
Does anyone recognise this book? (And does the hero grovel like whoa?!)