Release Date: May 6, 2011
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.
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
“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.