Love Princess (Saber Books, 1963)

Hitt - Love Princess

Talk about tawdry! This is one of Hitt’s “amoral women” novels (like Burlesque Girl, Teaser, Carny Honey, Campus Tramp, Gang-up, Ex-Virgin), and the young lady, Joy, is one soul-less, greedy little tramp/bitch/slut…although, is it really her fault or her step (or adopted) father’s doing after raping her?

Joy Flame is from “bad blood” — her father Sam married her mother, but her mother was pregnant with another man’s child, and when Joy was two, she took off with yet another man who later murdered her.  Joy is left in the care of Sam Flame, her “father” but not biologically…

When she was 16, Sam tried to have sex with her but fights him off. He says he’ll never do it again although he lusts for her and tells other people he has had her, which is untrue…  

Joy is dating Bill, who works with Sam in construction in the small town Croton.  Bill has been giving her $10 a week to put in the bank, money for when they’ll get married.  She refuses to sleep with Bill until they are married.  She is 21 now.

One night, taking a long sensual bath, Joy steps out of the tub and Sam comes in, drunk, determined to have her.  They debate the issue for pages, which is a strange read, and then he takes her.  The first time is rape. A fire boils inside her, fire and desire, a need for more sex, and they fuck all night at her instigation.  Have they really committed incest when he’s not a blood relation?  But he did raise her alone…

Joy goes to see the doctor to find out if she’s pregnant.  The doctor tells her she has a physical issue and cannot have babies.

Then she finds out that the man she wanted to marry, Bill, has been seeing a teenager girl on the side and has knocked her up.  The girl wants Joy to take their savings — $250 — out and pay for an abortion.  She refuses. She tells Sam he will have to marry the girl. Bill claims it’s her fault for not giving him sex and that pisses her off.

Joy feels betrayed — betrayed by men for her father taking her virginity and Bill cheating on her, betrayed by God for being unable to get pregnant.  She figures if she never has to worry about getting in the family way, she will have as much sex as with as many men as she can, and she will make them pay for it all.  She desires to ruin and destroy all men for their lust over her body.  She also decides she has her mother’s bad woman blood in her and will be true to her genetics.

Sam gets in a car crash and is paralyzed, his legs useless.  She figures this is divine karma for what he did to her.  Not only did he rape her, he set her off on her desire for sex.  She becomes promiscuous — she seduces the man who owns the diner she works with, convincing him to give her $2,000 in the safe for a real estate scheme Bill has cooked up, although she intends to double-cross both men and take off with the money.  She robs a drunk trucker who picks her up for a ride, only to later make him her lover because he’s a “big stud” and can satisfy her sexual needs, unlike her boss or Bill or any other men she seduces.

She is on a rampage using and ruining men, feeling justified because their view of her as a sex object is, in her mind, vile, so she has simply turned the table.

She gets hers in the end, so this is a moral tale…it’s much more “sleaze” factor than other Hitt books.  We have so sympathy for  Joy — she’s a heartless strumpet who deserves bad things coming to her.

Saber Books tended to publish books with incest themes. I wonder if this one is a Beacon/Kozy reject, if even Chariot or Novel Books didn’t want to publish it, so Hitt turned to Saber… or if he knew Saber would let him push the envelope so he gave it a whirl. Hitt only did one book with Sanford Aday’s Saber.   From what I have read, Saber didn’t pay much to writers, and their product was cheap and shabby: tiny print, thin paper, weak spine. The tiny tiny print of this 145 page is annoying and hard to read — surely Saber could have spent some extra for bigger type and a 180 page book.

Also, I would like to think Hitt wrote this as dark comedy, as pastiche of the genre of the “bad wanton,”  because at times it’s a bit over-the-top and ridiculous. The characters are not as developed as in some Hitt books, but Hitt does let us listen to Joy’s inner monologues as she justifies her bad actions.

Interesting book, nonetheless.

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