Tender Mercies

Kitty Thomas
Tender Mercies
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Burlesque Press
Release Date
May 2011
BDSM, Erotic Romance

"Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will."
Fed up with play kink, Grace Warner moves to an island that embraces erotic slavery to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to the realities of actual enslavement.

Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins.

DISCLAIMER: This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent. This work contains subject matter which is not appropriate for minors including depictions of abuse, slavery, dubious consent, and anal play.

Book Review by I ♥ Bookie Nookie (reviewer)
Sep 17, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
114 people found the following review helpful
So, who wants to live in a D/s relationship 24/7, raise your hand. Now keep your hand raised if you are willing to give up your life in modern society to live on an island full of rich, dominant men AND give up all your rights as a human being according to modern laws? Are you willing to do that for a man you have only chatted with on the phone, internet and webcam?

Well, that is exactly what Grace Warner thinks she wants. Now, I have to give it to her, it took her a year to make the decision to begin this real life relationship with a man she barely knows. She enters her new life with full knowledgeable of what she was in for...sort of. How well can you really get to know someone over the phone or Internet? You only get what they want you to see, but I guess that is true of getting to know someone in person too.

The second she arrives on the island, she experiences a whirlwind of emotions...and worst of all, she realizes she has been duped. The realization comes after she relinquishes her rights as a person. I felt so sorry for her. She was sold the promise of one life and got something totally different. Having given up her rights, there is nothing she can do about it except settle in for an eternally miserable existence and that is exactly what she does.

Then, one glorious day, her monstrous master finally tires of her and sells her to Asher Collins, a master rumored to be a killer...surely he is more sadistic, right? This is the aspect of the sale that is most appealing to Master and he relishes in the possibility of breaking her even further and the cherry on top is that he will make a nice chunk of change from the sale. As is typical, she expects the worst, but again, things don't go exactly how she plans which is when the story really starts to heat up.

When Grace's life on the island began, I wasn't sure I was going to be up for finishing the book because the sadistic asshole of a master she began with turned my stomach. The book ended with a big twist in the story and tied up just perfectly! I thought it was a fantastic read, I really enjoyed it!
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