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Title: Mercy's Prisoner (Life Prison, )
Author: Dusk Peterson
Cover Artist: N/A
Publisher: Love in Dark Settings Press
Reviewer: Monika
Genre: Historical
Type: Non-Romance
Pairing: Bisexual & Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating3 Stars
Book Rating3 Stars (3 / 5)

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review  


“‘You have committed a vile and savage act, one that any other nation would punish with death. Our punishment, on the other hand, will only be to give you what you want. You have sought to live in a world without boundaries of civilization, and such a world shall henceforth be your dwelling place.'”

A cold-hearted murderer. A vicious abuser. A young man hiding a shameful secret. A bewildered immigrant. A pure-minded spy.

All of these men have found their appointed places at Mercy Life Prison, where it is easy to tell who your enemies are. But a new visitor to Mercy is about to challenge decades-old customs. Now these men’s worst enemies may be hiding behind masks . . . and so may their closest allies.


Alternative historical, alternate universe, fantasy? All things I love. Sounds like the making of a good story and for some readers it will be. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me. The story was confusing, just as I felt I was getting involved it moved on to something else and I was lost. I didn’t feel like I was reading a historical, alternative or not, if I hadn’t been told the year it takes place I would never have thought it was an historical and the alternative universe wasn’t alternative enough.

This story takes place in a prison, a life prison where the worst of the worst go and never come out. The guards should be inmates their treatment of the inmates is criminal. It’s a dark, it’s brutal and it may make you cringe. Sex goes on between the inmates and the guards every day sometimes more than once a day. Inmates are punished for the least little thing, their punishment….being whipped and those parts were difficult to read. The sex isn’t graphic nor was it always on page but you get the idea it’s also brutal even though a lot of it was consensual.

I’m a character driven person, if I can’t connect to the characters in a story it becomes almost impossible for me to get involved in the plot. I can see that this may be a story many readers would like, it’s definitely out there and unique.