Mercy Walcott has been tried and found
guilty of sexual congress outside of marriage. A widow,
Mercy has yearnings and as such, is not repentant at all.
In fact, while the young men assigned by the preacher to
restrain her during her flogging are holding her down, she
has more than just her flogging on her mind. As she is
experiencing the whipping of her lifetime, she has never
been more aware of her sway as a woman – especially when she
meets the eyes of the local blacksmith, Seth Burroughs.
Mere days later, Mercy finds herself married to this dark
and formidable man. His mastery over her is absolute, but
he isn’t finished with his new wife. He knows who else she
desires and is willing to bring Adam into their life.
Punishment and Mercy was
unlike anything I have ever read – and I loved every single
word of it. Written almost like a diary, I was brought into
the lives of Mercy, Adam, and Seth. The story begins with
Mercy’s punishment by the spiritual advisor of the colony in
which she lives and what should have been a devastating act
is actually something that Mercy welcomes. She tries to
hide her arousal, but Seth knows what she is feeling and he
acts on it. There is not a lot written on Seth and Mercy’s
relationship – I could have used more. But the relationship
of Adam and Mercy was beyond what I could have imagined.
Morality is brought into question in Punishment and
Mercy and I really enjoyed seeing it from Ms.
Anson’s point of view.
Not your average, everyday historical
romance, Punishment and Mercy delves into the
forbidden for this time period. Love, lust, and the illicit
is the name of the game. Add in a surprise ending and
Punishment and Mercy became one of my favorites