TENDER MERCIES by Kitty Thomas
Holy hell, this book made me uncomfortable in that way only an amazing dark read can.
Kitty Thomas’ writing is absolutely amazing in this book. She really takes you on a journey that is at times disturbing, shocking, dreadful, misguided, worrying and yet also filled with passion, tenderness and hope. In Asher and Grace she has created two individuals whose wants and needs mean they don’t fit within the bounds of what society considers ‘normal’. This is so different to the usual fayre offered by dark reads and is testament to the very twisted imagination of its creator. There’s very little actual BDSM/kink content, this is much more about the psychological aspects and power exchange, but that was fine – I really didn’t need anything more.
There are so many things ‘wrong’ with Asher and Grace’s relationship, one that in real life would probably horrify most of us. However it not only worked for them but fulfilled their deepest, darkest needs. Grace makes what is a really foolish choice, probably based more on the fact that so many others told her not to – and we all know how being told not to do something has you instantly itching to disobey. That girl really didn’t weigh up the pro’s and con’s properly, but she was so desperate to experience a total Master-slave relationship that she threw all caution, and sense, to the wind.
Months of abuse and misery have left Grace broken, possibly damaged beyond repair, but that makes her perfect for Asher, who is seeking redemption. Because Asher rescues her from deplorable and horrific circumstances he almostfeels like a hero, however the author cleverly weaves just enough grey into his character to ruin the effect. He isn’t a good man but rather a good bad man. One who is still happy to own a woman, but he also wants her, no needs her to be healthy and happy. His methods aren’t always honourable, and he sure gets turned on by things he shouldn’t, but he is perfect for Grace.
They are both quite damaged individuals, ensnared in a very unhealthy relationship but yet also perfect and so good for one another at the same time. I loved that twist towards the end, I should have guessed or at least expected it, but I was so caught up in the story it never even entered my head. I LOVED this book and it really should be a must read for all dark romance lovers.
“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 voluntary enslavement 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 reality.
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.
REVIEWS (author blurbs):
“Kitty Thomas’s hottest book yet . . . emotionally gripping and painfully real . . . impossible to read and remain untouched.”Annabel Joseph, author of Owning Wednesday
“Tender Mercies is a heart-rending tale that proves Prince Charming doesn’t always come charging in with a white steed . . . Sometimes it’s just a piece of paper and a platinum collar.”Claudia D. Christian, author of Devil’s Descent II: Impure
“I have never been more invested in a piece of fiction in my life. Kitty Thomas writes with a passion and purpose so pure she makes her readers live and breathe every word.”Emma Petersen, author of Reign of Pleasure
“An eerie and disturbing story tempered with compassion and love. I couldn’t put it down.”Fallon Blake, author of Wrapped Around Your Finger
“Intense and dark. Tender and sweet.”Nattie Jones, author of The Street Urchin