Recently I got this review for my story The Scheming Miss Sinclair:
"i really like a story where the husband has to discipline his wife for bratty
behavior but this was a little to over the top. yes she did trick him to have to
marry her but she loved him and wanted to be a good wife to him and she did
deserve punishment but the last punishment really was cruel and undeserved."
I reread the ending, and I could see where this comment came from. It got me thinking.
I'm someone who goes for a happy ending in pretty much every story I write, including Miss Sinclair. But is there a point where the hero has been so harsh that a happy ending is impossible? Is there a place where there's no going back to romantic feelings?
One of the reasons that I often switch back and forth between the male and female point of view is that I think it can help in situations where the hero might be coming off as, if not cruel, then unfeeling, because it can show that he cares deeply about the heroine. And when I move into the heroine's point of view, it can show thoughts and feelings, especially about being spanked, that she isn't ready to share with the hero.
Are there stories that have stopped working for you because the punishment didn't feel as if it fit the crime or because you felt like the hero was way out of line?