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Comfort Food
     

Comfort Food

4.2 169
by Kitty Thomas
 

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity. Told in the first person from Emily's perspective,

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BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity. Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

DISCLAIMER:

This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about "actual" slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.

REVIEWS:

" . . . dark, provocative, and glaringly honest . . ." H. Turley, Reader

"Disturbing, twisted, and just plain weird . . . " Amy, GoodReads Reviewer

" . . . an intelligently written, well-researched and very erotic exploration of the extremity of power dynamics . . . It's refreshing to read someone brave enough to tackle erotic themes that are truly taboo and seldom published." - Remittance Girl, Reader and author of "Gaijin" and other erotic novellas

"They are a match made in a twisted sort of hell. I don't, as a rule, like erotica, but I'm likely to check out Ms. Thomas' future work just to see how far she can push the envelope." - A Taste For Ebooks, Review Blog

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981943664
Publisher:
Wizbonics Media
Publication date:
10/31/2010
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
335,921
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Comfort Food 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 170 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first read the reviews for this book I thought "yeah, right." How can these readers be so caught up in what I believed from book descriptions to be a story of forced slavery? I started the book months ago only to stop in the middle of the first chapter. I didn't think that I was ready to enter this dark and unsettling world. I went back to it the other day, just to "get it over with." I finished about 5 minutes ago, and maybe I should wait a bit before doing a review, but I have to get these feelings out. What the ever loving mind f***k did I just read!? I feel disgusted with myself that I loved it so much, and that, like Emily, I came to see Master as gentle and generous. I think that even after reading some of the clues in his journal, but, while I noticed and they niggled in the back of my mind, it didn't click for me until it clicked for Emily. The bigger picture, the actual game Master had been playing at the whole time, just, um... wow. I think, especially the way the book is written, that I developed Stockholm Syndrome while reading this book. I had read reviews by readers basically saying the same thing, and, again, I thouht they were out of their minds. Kitty Thomas wrote the story in a way that the reader is right there with the characters. I, too, found myself wanting Master to be happy. After Emily had her "freedom", I found myself feeling like the bad cell was better than where she was in her life. It hurt a little to know that he could never have feelings for her, or anything, I'd like to imagine, from heretofore, that one day these two will be in a loving, albeit BDSM, relationship. That said, THIS IS NOT IN ANY WAY,SHAPE,OR FORM A LOVE STORY. YOU WILL BE VERY DISAPPOINTED IF YOU GO IN TO THIS NOVEL WITH THAT EXPECTATION. Not sure why I felt the need for all caps, it seemed like an all caps moment. Without giving much more away, I can't put anything else in this review. Maybe I need a support group and we can sit around and discussed how f**ked up our brains are after reading this. Or, I could just join a book club. I really wanna talk about this book with someone, just to purge it from my system. I recommend this book for people who can stomach a really twisted and dark story that messes with your mind. Not recommended for the faint of heart. Even though there is no non consentual violence, if you notice, Ms. Thomas never describes Master as having emotions either. Which makes is doubly screwed up that, given that he never expressed any emotion, and was not capable of doing so, and HE NEVER SPEAKS ONE WORD DURING THE ENTIRE BOOK!, we, as readers, still became irrevocably attached to this man. That is a true testament to the author's talent.
AsianCocoa More than 1 year ago
I am not a regular reader of erotica. I got this book after reading a very intriguing blog review. I wasn't the least bit afraid to read something outside my comfort zone so I took the plunge and am very glad that I did! This book is very well written. Ms. Thomas made me connect and even fall in love with both Emily and Master. I mean, really, I actually like the man who has painstakingly prepared and planned the kidnapping of an innocent woman! I was really creeped out by the way Master treated Emily and knew in my mind what he was doing was wrong but at the same time I was kind of turned on by their "courtship". Master never acts violently towards Emily without her consent so it almost makes it seem okay. The way he breaks her is so smooth and complete that they almost seem made for each other. The reader's mind gets messed with just as completely as Emily's! If you enjoy twisted, emotionally charged stories you will LOVE this one. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I probably should not have read this book. I just was so uncomfortable about the premise of it. It was written well--even the psychologicalbabbel made sense! The eroticism was satifying. My one big "but" was it made me soooooo sad. I was sad about it for several days after reading it; hence, the 4 stars--because it could garner a true emotion from me. I know it is a story on the edge; and I hope I am naive enough to pray this could never be real, but doubtful. Read it at your own risk.
Laila Bradshaw More than 1 year ago
i read this book in four and a half hours, all i can say is wow! twisted, erotic, just plain jaw dropping. i've read some f**kn' awesome erotica, but this is one of those books that leave you eerily wigged out but horny too. its f**kn' freaky...i just dont have the words.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written, and really enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book. I think it's important to note that you shouldn't let the disclaimer scare you away from reading this book.(Re: about how the slavery that occurs in the story is non-consensual) It is (for me, at least) easy to imagine as a fantasy story. (I want to say more, but I'm afraid I'd give too much away!)
Ellie_Black More than 1 year ago
Much praise to Kitty Thomas for exploring a topic that most people wont even think to touch. A complete mind f*** of a book, but I just couldn't seem to put it down. For once I wasn't annoyed with the main female character in a book. I'm so glad Thomas allowed her character to go somewhere no character has gone before. Great job! And I will be reading more from this author soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goodness, where to start. This tale is so wrong but yet very titilating! I can actually see how this totally messed up senerio Could happen and that in itself is weird. This story reminds me somewhat of the movie the Secretary w Maggie Geyllenhal and James Spader weird but still hot to the supposedly "normal" population.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a sample of this on my nook for weeks. I finally read the reviews on it and decided to give it a shot. I am soooo glad i bought this!! Yes this book is very dark. It is disturbing. It makes your mind whirl. But itll definitely make you think. I felt everything was so real. Like a memoir. Emily seemed so real. Even though Master kept her, did cruel things to her, it didnt feel like he was bad guy. This book was so worth buying and as soon as im done writing this review, im lookng at kitty thomas' other books :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great story of the human psyche if you can "read between the lines." Well done.
poeticlicense91 More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Kitty Thomas for giving me exactly what I wanted in this book. Is it normal? No. Is it right? Probably not in a court of law, but then, at some point or another this book is more about choices than it is about kidnapping or any of the major plot fixtures. The round about way that society is dealt with in this book is what impressed me about the writing and story. A sexy, almost relatable story that I've enjoyed twice now, Comfort Food is perfect. If you enjoyed the movie Secretary, you'll probably enjoy this.
TDB005 More than 1 year ago
First thing that jumped out at me was just how well it was written. It is very dark, twisted, and emotional. I really didn't think I was going to like it given the disclaimer, but I absolutely loved it.
Anonymous 3 days ago
Wow. It was a little dark at times but wow. A quick read but enjoyable
Anonymous 3 months ago
Comfort Food was totally different from what I normally read but I liked it. Master broke her after several months. Was surprised he let her go and more surprised she came back. She didn't fit back into her life after all those months of being held captive.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Just wow...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different, but very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so good. At first i was a little scared to read it but after a while i got so addicted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only reason I gave it four stars is because of its brevity. I wanted more. The characters are fleshed well in a very short time. I will continue to read books from this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book from Kitty Thomas that I've read. It's a great little story that delves deep into the psyche very quickly but without the gaps and underdevelopement that other authors fall victim to when writing a novella. Her characters are well rounded, the lack of dialogue takes nothing away from the meaningful communication between them and her story has some surprises. It's definitely worth the few hours it will take to consume this read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!! I couldnt read this book fast enough and was sad when I came to the end! Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much even though the ending was predictable . This was my first book from this author and I know I will read other books from her.
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
Comfort Food is one of my all-time favorite books. It follows the theme of Kitty 's other books that I have read, ownership of a human. A while back I reread it and decided to share about it's greatness. First off, I have always loved psychology, my major. Comfort Food is chalked full of behaviorism. The writing style totally draws you in. Emily speaks directly to you, telling you about everything. You are reading a personal, sexy, dark science experiment. The story begins with Emily waking up after having been abducted and imprisoned. Master, we never learn his name, is one of my top book boyfriends ever. He is always so in control and put together. Nothing rattles him or causes him to deviate from his plans. He's gorgeous, intelligent, rich, sexy, patient, determined, focused and leaning toward psychotic. Steadfast in getting his desires met, he wants to own her and everything about her by her choice. He never forces her to do anything, but lays the options in such a way that she wants to please him. Comfort Food takes us threw the process step by step of modifying Emily's beliefs, desires and thoughts about her life and the world. I cannot explain how interesting this truly is. You must read it for yourself.
Cat-in-a-hat More than 1 year ago
OMG! This story is disturbing and mesmerizing. I read this book in one day and dreamt about it all night. I think this book might be a textbook for how to create your own sex slave. This story makes me suspicious that the BDSM Master/slave relationship is a derivation of Stockholm syndrome. I'm left with so many questions, like, what will he do with her if he has to travel for business? What happens to her if he dies? What will he do if she gets a life threatening illness? Could they actually love each other? It makes me sick to think about. I can't stop thinking about it. I think I need to read it again very soon. Addendum: 11-13-2015 It's been over 2 years since I read this book and it still haunts me. I'm not permanently traumatized by it but I just can't forget it. It's scary to know that this stuff happens for real because art imitates life and vice versa. I know a girl who is so naive and trusting and only sees the good in people. She could so easily fall victim to someone like this and it scares me.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...& I didn't get as swept up in it as I was hoping. Just an okay superficially described book with stereotypical characters. Not bad, just lacked the intensity I was craving. As I read, it felt like going through the motions...just like the characters in the book lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago