Ticket to Hide
When punishment and class segregation are the law, no cop can write a ticket to freedom; not even his own. Short months before earning his Ticket of Leave, Constable Joel Agnew has dreams of working as a free man once and for all. In the penal colony of Van Deimen's Land, his prospects and aspirations don't go as high as finding love and romance until he crosses paths with fellow indentured servant Tilly Marsden. Though equally attracted to Joel, Tilly harbors a secret that could have both their passes to freedom permanently revoked.
It was such a nice change to have a historical romance set in someplace unexpected...in this case Van Diemen's land, aka Tasmania. Who would have thought of that? While the culture and living conditions of these early colonists/convicts is grim, the author notes the comparative beauty and freshness of an untamed island environment to the alternative of a rotting London dungeon. Despite cruelty and hardships, Tilly and Joel can still dream of the future and a life together, unless a certain amoral officer ruins everything first.
The Crime and Punishment aspect of the story is both bizarre and quaint, particularly when it comes to Joel's administration of punishment to the helpless Tilly. Stranger still is Tilly's (and the general population of the time) acceptance of such indecent acts as normal, inevitable, and eventually...arousing. It may be old as sin, but sometimes being bad can feel really good, even in the modern world.
Read Her Convict Constable and take your punishment!