Review: Tender Mercies by Kitty Thomas

Release Date: May 6, 2011

Price: $4.95

From the Publisher:

“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.

My thoughts:

I was looking through my to review list and this book caught my eye. I read it over 2 months ago but I remember it being such a mindfuck and out of this world good. I need to read more books by Kitty Thomas that much I know is true.

First off let me say that I think Grace is bat shit crazy for wanting hardcore kink so much that she moves to an island where she has no rights and is a legit sex slave. Um.. no thanks. In her defense, she did talk online to the guy that she moved there for almost a year. He seemed not crazy but of course once she got there the crazy was out in full effect. All I know is as I was reading this I was thinking I would have lost my shit. Some of the things that happen to her are extremely brutal and this book is not for the faint of heart.

Grace is abused by Master Lucas who brought her to the island. Some of the things that he does are unspeakable. Its disgusting. Lucky for Grace she gets sold to Asher. Lucas only does this because he thinks that Asher killed his previous slave and he wants nothing good to happen to Grace. Asher is still reeling from the accidental death of his previous slave and when he sees Grace for the first time he has to have her. He knows that she has been brutal abused, only an animal would bring her to an auction with fresh scars. Most people would be smart enough to have their slave in pristine condition if they want to get top dollar for them. He also afraid for what kind of person would want to buy her with all the scars she has. Grace is afraid for what her new master will be like. Asher has to get her to trust him and to trust himself with another person after his judgement was so wrong last time. It’s a great story of trust and letting the past go.

This is described as a dark erotic novel. It’s definitely dark. There are some erotic moments but it’s not like your traditional erotic novel.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quotes:

“I’m sorry. I thought I could give you the option of freedom. I know it’s the right thing to do. I’ve only had you a day. I shouldn’t be this attached. But I can’t do it. It’s worse that I even offered. You’re never leaving here. I will never free you.”

“Thank you, Master.”
Asher tensed. “For?”
“For giving me the choice long enough to know I didn’t want that burden anymore. And for taking it away before I had to decide.” ”

Excerpt From: Kitty Thomas. “Tender Mercies.” iBooks.

 

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Review: Jagged by Kristen Ashley

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Price: $3.79

From the Publisher:

The next novel in Kristen Ashley’s sizzling Colorado Mountain series introduces a new electrifying relationship that turns Carnal, Colorado into a hotbed of action, romance, and suspense.

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn’t interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara’s lost her business, her marriage, and she’s barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara’s plight, he’s on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham’s faced his own demons, and he’s learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he’s meant to live. So when he hears that Zara’s having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he’s a changed man.

My Thoughts:

I love KA. Seriously, I do. I look forward to anything new that comes out by her. She is not for everyone. Some people get really annoyed with how her male characters speak. Personally, I think it’s endearing and hot. Therefore, I love Kristen Ashley. I was a little concerned when I read the synopsis for this because what kind of hot alpha male goes by Ham? Seriously?! Honestly I got all worked up for nothing. Ham is hot! He also goes by Reece to anyone other than Zara which makes it infinitely more acceptable.

Alright, enough about names, let’s talk about the story. I found the premise of the book very interesting. I don’t think I have read anything like it. So, Ham and Zara met working at the same bar when she was 24 and he was 35. They spent 4 months living and working together and it was the best time of Zara’s life. She understood that one day he would leave because he was a drifter. He never stayed in one place for long. They still kept in contact and would call each other and hook up when he was traveling through. Five years of this…. Five! In Zara’s defense it wasn’t just booty calls. Anytime she needed someone, he would drop everything and come to her. So five years of this and one night Ham calls, Zara decides its time to break it off. Shes been dating this nice guy Greg for a couple of months and she knows that Ham will never give her the relationship she wants.

Zara gets married, then divorced a couple of years later. Her life is in shambles and who comes back? Ham. He refuses to take no for an answer on getting her back on her feet. She eventually gives in and its a rollercoaster ride of emotions after that. So many things happen that can’t talk about. As soon as I would get it together and stop the tears some other crazy shit would happen and the tears were back. There are a lot of touching moments. We find out what happened that pushed Zara and Ham together in the first place. We find out why Ham is so resistant to giving himself to a relationship.

All in all, I really loved this book. It was extremely touching and well written. The only thing I can fault KA for is sometimes she is a little long-winded and books go on longer than I feel they should. Not the case on this one.

 

Rating : 4.5 out of 5 Stars