I'm looking for books that the hero grovels correctly. To date, I've only read two books where the hero grovels to the point where I wanted the heroine to forgive him regardless of what he did.
Lady Gallant by Suzanne Robinson. Oh, what can I say about Kit's grovel except that he deserved to suffer and indeed, he did suffer for quite a while. In this book, the hero, Kit, thought that the heroine, Nora, betrayed him so he proceeded to make her suffer. He verbally taunted her right after their wedding night and many times after. He arranged his mistress to live with them and make it where the heroine would catch them in bed together. The heroine grew from a mousy slip of a girl to one that made him beg on his knees (literally). Even after he found out his mistakes and begged the heroine to forgive him, she shunned him. She refused to talk to him and was indifferent to him. She made him work for his redemption for months before finally, after witnesses something very sweet that the hero did, forgave him. But you can tell that the hero suffered, physically and mentally. The groveling really saved his book.
Simply Love by Catherine Anderson. The hero wanted the heroine for a mistress so he arranged for her father and brother to be arrested so that she had no one to turn to except him. She's really naive and innocent and didn't realize what it would mean for her to move in with him. He tried to seduce her but because of her innocence, was rebuffed everytime. He grew to love her and actually married her but then she found out about his treachery. He groveled so much. He even worked in the mine with her father and brother to gain her love again. It took many weeks, even months, for her to soften up to him. Finally at the end he was so desperate and thought that she was leaving him that he confessed his love for her. It was really touching.
These are the two books where hero did something so unforgivable but because of his groveling, redeemed himself. My pet peeve is when the heroine forgives way too easily.
ETA: I'm going to add Temptations by Charlotte Lamb as the third grovel book that I felt the H groveled correctly. The H met the h when she was 17/18 and seduced her. He left the next day. As it turned out, he was married already. Heroine got so depressed that she tried to kill herself. She was unsuccessful. Two years later h met H's son (who was her age) while in college. She didn't know it was H's son so she went with him to meet his family. She met H and boy did she make him suffer. Trust me when I say that I was reluctant to read this book for a long time because of all the ick factor and I thought there was no way the H could redeem himself. Well, by the time I was done, I wanted to forgive the H for all his transgressions. He groveled without pride. He put his feelings, his pride, his manhood out there for the h to stomp on because he loves her so much. He literally put his whole happiness in h's hands and gosh, she's my kind of girl. Vindictive and not very forgiving, at least towards the H and lets face it. He deserves it. So yeah, this book definitely makes my very short list of best grovel books.
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