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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 ha 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.


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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 ha 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.

30 review for Comfort Food

  1. 4 out of 5

    Shannon The Show Stopper

    I've been all over the place on rating and reviewing this book. So if you gave it a low rating, I'm in total agreement with you! My rating is based solely on the fact the book was able to take my mind (and libido) in places I would normally be totally against. It was able to totally manipulate me emotionally. I know somewhere in my subconscious I was doing this I went in blind thinking it was some type of The answer to that would be a big fat We have two characters in this book: Emily and the guy I've been all over the place on rating and reviewing this book. So if you gave it a low rating, I'm in total agreement with you! My rating is based solely on the fact the book was able to take my mind (and libido) in places I would normally be totally against. It was able to totally manipulate me emotionally. I know somewhere in my subconscious I was doing this I went in blind thinking it was some type of The answer to that would be a big fat We have two characters in this book: Emily and the guy who's never named....Let's call him 'The Monster'....it fits. As soon as I met The Monster I just kept thinking It finally became clear Then, things started getting really bad......and sexual. While everything The Montser's doing I'm thinking and yet I'm I guess on some level I'm thinking (against my better judgement) I hate what he's doing and yet it's turning me on? I really HATED The Monster. I wanted to cut off testicles and make him eat them. THEN, I found out The Monster's story. Now I'm thinking But I'm not sure if I do. Emily eventually leaves The Monster and the sensible part me is saying Yet, there's this other part of me (that is clearly insane) screaming In the end I realized I'm left wondering why things couldn't have went differently while also hoping for the possibility they can. I would love a second book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    Adult review for taboo erotic content. How do I describe this book without making it sound like run-of-the-mill erotica fare? There's only one way I can think of - if you're looking for a steamy, turn-you-on book, look somewhere else. Yes, there is explicit sexual content, but the sex is merely used as a tool to emphasize the power that "master" has over "servant." Comfort Food takes us inside the life of a woman who has fallen victim to Stockholm Syndrome, but in this particular case, she chose h Adult review for taboo erotic content. How do I describe this book without making it sound like run-of-the-mill erotica fare? There's only one way I can think of - if you're looking for a steamy, turn-you-on book, look somewhere else. Yes, there is explicit sexual content, but the sex is merely used as a tool to emphasize the power that "master" has over "servant." Comfort Food takes us inside the life of a woman who has fallen victim to Stockholm Syndrome, but in this particular case, she chose her prison of dependency rather than being forced to live in a prison of solitude. Considering this book is a work of fiction, it sometimes reads like a non-fiction, almost as if we're witnessing the personal account of a woman as she descends into her own personal hell and decides that she would rather have hell than heaven. There is nothing "easy" about reading this book. I would warn anyone who has lived through any sort of abuse, especially the kind sexual in nature, to stay far, far away. If delving deeper into the human mind and seeing what happens to people when they are pushed to their breaking point is something that would interest you, then I would highly recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    warhawke

    Genre: Dark Erotica Type: Standalone POV: Shifting Rating: 1st read: December 2013 2nd read + 1st review: June 2016 Emily Vargas was a minor celebrity in public speaking circuit. As a women empowerment motivational speaker, she understood the tenets of psychology. It never occurred to her that her knowledge would be used against her when she was taken captive by a beautiful monster. I've read this book a while ago and it became my favorite dark book since then. But I read it before I started reviewing Genre: Dark Erotica Type: Standalone POV: Shifting Rating: 1st read: December 2013 2nd read + 1st review: June 2016 Emily Vargas was a minor celebrity in public speaking circuit. As a women empowerment motivational speaker, she understood the tenets of psychology. It never occurred to her that her knowledge would be used against her when she was taken captive by a beautiful monster. I've read this book a while ago and it became my favorite dark book since then. But I read it before I started reviewing and I feel like my love for this book is not justified without a review. Even though I don't re-read books, I think this one was worth it to remind me why I love it in the first place. I want her fear, desperation, complete and total obedience. And I am willing to wait for it. The captor was only known as Master. He was a fascinating enigma. There was barely any info about his background, but instead of feeling deprived, I like that it made him untouchable which added value to his persona. He was incredibly calm and patient and that's what made him a respectable and powerful villain. He always gave me choices. Or maybe what he gave me was force wrapped in the pretty package of pretend free will. Emily's story would make you realize that no matter how much you think you know, it won't necessarily help you when you're thrusted into a stressful situation. In fact, it could possibly hurt you even more. It was interesting to see her thought process, coping mechanism and rationalization in order to survive. What made this my favorite dark book is the psychological aspect of the captor/captive dynamics. This is dark erotica (which is not for everyone), not dark romance. So there is no romantic element to dilute or justify the psychological manipulations - which for me what made the story special. I'd been irrevocably changed, and no one wanted to accept it, not even me. Comfort Food is a fascinating yet disconcerting look into human psyche and how people cope when the line between fear and free will is blurred. It may not appeal to everyone, but if you can handle a non-romantic dark read, this one could be something to ponder about. Note: Be prepare to be turned off by chicken noodle soup after reading this book :p For more reviews/reveals/giveaways visit:

  4. 4 out of 5

    Andreea Daia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a woman, Emily, who's kidnapped and "broken" by a psycho with good looks. BIG SPOILER AHEAD Main problem: she is so weak that she can't stand to be alone after the first day - she'd rather prefer her kidnapper to touch her than to be alone and safe in an empty room. Seven days later she wants him fiercely. After two weeks (which in the book represent less than 30 pages) she's having orgasms over him. Hmmm... I'm more disappointed in the reviews than in the book, which in the en This book is about a woman, Emily, who's kidnapped and "broken" by a psycho with good looks. BIG SPOILER AHEAD Main problem: she is so weak that she can't stand to be alone after the first day - she'd rather prefer her kidnapper to touch her than to be alone and safe in an empty room. Seven days later she wants him fiercely. After two weeks (which in the book represent less than 30 pages) she's having orgasms over him. Hmmm... I'm more disappointed in the reviews than in the book, which in the end is just a plain-erotica-wannabe-psychological novel. Really? That's what women dream in their spare time? Based on the GREAT reviews I would say "Yes - apparently they do." This woman sells herself so cheap that's pathetic (and I'm afraid to think that the women who gave those rating would do the same): - nice clothes... check - hundreds of shoes... check - nice house... check - great male (hansom, rich, awesome in bed)... check, check, check. Come on, all the shoes in the world shouldn't make you want to give up on your freedom after the first 30 pages! Pg. 47 - she masturbates to tempt HIM to take her. Pg. 50-something - she's jealous that he might have other slaves like her, and she was not the only one to give it to him. Pg. 67 - this book makes me sick! I was contemplating to give it three stars, but it just felt to two. This woman behaves like a puppy although she has no reason to. Pg. 69 - "When he finally returned, she'd climaxed FIVE MORE times and was so wet, the vibrator would have slipped out if not for her free hand..." Dear, dear, you'd think that the author, being a woman, knows better than this. Anyone should admit that was a toy worth of legend. Pg. 80 - In fact it does get better although in a very sick way. Mr. A$$hole is mute, which leads to him being completely unable to communicate, not because he's can't speak, but because he doesn't even try to communicate. And hence when he sees a woman whom he likes (our main female character) he decides to kidnap her. Gee, that's just logical. And then, my favorite part: because he spent so much money in his attempt to steal and control her life, he considers her "a piece of property." 50 pages later - And she runs back to him (after he threw her out the door) begging him to take her back. "Let me stay. I’ll be your slave. I’ll be your whore. I’ll never fight you. I won’t disobey. Whatever you want, just don’t make me go back. Please. I can’t live in that world anymore. You know it’s true. I just want to be yours." This book is distasteful, disrespectful to women that's it's scary it was a woman who wrote it, and fifty others thought that it's great. You're suppose to connect with at least one character - but I hate "Master" for being such a horrible man and I can't stand Emily for being his doormat. This novel made my stomach ill! The best part of it is that it was free. P.S. I have to admit that it was OK written (excluding the over use of the word "like"). But all the execution is forgotten when you can't connect with any of the main characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Disturbing, twisted and just plain weird with no redeeming qualities. Did not connect with either character and was not drawn into the storyline. Captor was flat, deplorable, more machine than human and victim was pathetic and frustrating. Comfort Food may appeal to a lot of people, but not to me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mahlet

    MIND…IS…BLOWN Let me start with the “About the Author” found on the very last page: “Kitty Thomas writes dark erotic fiction that explores the psychology of ownership. She believes there is no topic too taboo to write about and that fiction isn’t meant to teach morality. If you haven’t developed morals by the time you start reading erotica, it’s probably too late.” Oh yes, this book is a dark and delicious mind f*ck. The best of its kind that I’ve ever encountered and it’s absolutely going on my “ MIND…IS…BLOWN Let me start with the “About the Author” found on the very last page: “Kitty Thomas writes dark erotic fiction that explores the psychology of ownership. She believes there is no topic too taboo to write about and that fiction isn’t meant to teach morality. If you haven’t developed morals by the time you start reading erotica, it’s probably too late.” Oh yes, this book is a dark and delicious mind f*ck. The best of its kind that I’ve ever encountered and it’s absolutely going on my “favorite” shelf, despite the past few days of, “Oh, are you really going to put yourself out there by ‘favoriting’ this book?” that’s been floating around in my head…But to hell with that because this book is so worthy. Countless times throughout this book, you keep telling yourself, “OMG, this is SO f*cked up…and so am I for loving it.” After having this lendable Nookbook sitting on my ereader for months, I loaned it to a friend who sent me numerous texts as she was reading. I’ve never included text messages in a review before, but I’ve just got to, because she was cracking me up, and you’ll better understand why I had to move this book to the top of the TBR mountain and yank back my Nookbook before the 14 day loan period even expired. So here are my girlfriend’s texts, in all their fangirling glory: Sat 2:06 a.m. “Just finished Comfort Food. WHAT…THE F*CK!! Read it in 4 hours. This b*tch has me fucked up! Crazy book. Erotic, but I feel dirty for being turned on by it!” Sat 8:38 a.m. “Girl!!!!! Have you read it yet???” Sat 8:42 a.m. “Let me tell you….!!! Mmmm mmmm mmmm ….It totally has me f*cked in the head. I’m going to a coffee shop later & I’m tempted to read it again.” Sat 12:43 p.m. “Quickly & frustratingly learning that I shouldn’t stray far from home & bed *wink*when reading certain novels.” That’s right. She was getting too aroused at the coffee shop and had to stop. After reading a few Comfort Food reviews when it first starting getting buzz, I knew I’d like it. And I knew I didn’t want it spoiled for me. Is she an actual kidnap victim, there against her will? Or is this just some sort of BDSM game they’re playing? That question has now been answered by the disclaimer in the Goodreads book description above. And it’s also crystal clear by line one: she’s been kidnapped. Forreals. I really don’t want to give too many details on the actual story. You need to go in blind like I did and just trust that much of the suspense comes from not knowing. And my feelings with this story – the shock, arousal, guilt, submission, acceptance - mimicked the heroine’s journey. Everything that happens is, in the Master’s mind, “by choice”…but not really…but then yes…Really. But wait a minute, how could it be? She shouldn’t be wanting this – it’s all his fault…and am I really rooting for what I’m rooting for...as an HEA?? Yes, I did. And did I get the HEA I wanted? I’ll say no more. Find out for yourself. This is a well-written, riveting, sexy dark psychological journey. It is the kind of book that would make you follow an author forever. I wanted to immediately re-read upon finishing it. I’ll end with a few review quotes that captured this book so perfectly: My Goodreads buddy Cat Russel~Addicted2Heroines~: “I am ashamed to admit how much I enjoyed this book. It’s just wrong! It’s dark, degrading and twisted…and I would absolutely read it again!” And Goodreads member, Jaymzangel, discussing her frantic texts to the buddy that recommended Comfort Food to her: “I give kudos to Bear for reading it & not having anyone to OMG to because I was IM’ing her like crazy with things like, ‘I think I need to have my head examined. I’m finding this so hot.’ to which she replied (perfectly, of course) ‘he has you, doesn’t he?’ oh yes, he did.” Yes…he has me, too. You will want to recommend this to all your BDSM loving girlfriends, but you can’t. This is just not for everyone…but if it’s for you, it will become an instant favorite and keeper. I dare you to find out which side of the line you fall on.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Glass

    This book is messed up on so many levels but I couldn't put it down for one second. But what made me think was this line from About the author: "If you haven't developed morals by the time you start reading erotica, it's probably too late."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Today I found something beautiful and decided to break it. I wanted to see it shatter in my hand and crumble at my feet.” I have owned this book for nearly five years and have only considered reading it twice. I picked it up when my friend Sammy pointed out it was free one day without bothering to read the synopsis. Once I did I put it on the backburner knowing it would have to be a “right place/right time” type of read for me. The Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ “Today I found something beautiful and decided to break it. I wanted to see it shatter in my hand and crumble at my feet.” I have owned this book for nearly five years and have only considered reading it twice. I picked it up when my friend Sammy pointed out it was free one day without bothering to read the synopsis. Once I did I put it on the backburner knowing it would have to be a “right place/right time” type of read for me. The right place/right time ended up being right after a book was banned from Amazon for being soooooo offensive – when in reality it was more eye-rolly (new word) than anything else. (And for those in the cheap seats, NEITHER of those offenses should result in book banning.) I decided to finally give Comfort Food a shot now due to it being another selection about “offensive” subject matter – but somehow that subject matter has become one of the greatest love stories of all time to humans around the globe . . . . The story here is about Emily, a self-help guru who knows that you should never leave your drink unattended at a bar – but never thought something nefarious would happen to her at a mixer after her own speaking engagement . . . . Emily wakes up locked in a basement - held by a man who never speaks to her, but only brings her . . . . The rules are simple: Comply with his wishes and be fed. Don’t?????? (^^^^Changing your perspective about your fave Disney romance yet, kids?) The more she’s willing to tolerate, the better her treatment will be. The menu will improve as well – from chicken noodle soup to actual fried chicken, taters, biscuits and all the other trimmings . . . . . She just has to do whatever he wants. Okay, so here’s the deal. This is shelved by most Goodreads users as erotica and per the disclaimer at the end of the blurb apparently it was marketed as erotica as well. I’m telling you right now that I don’t get it. I don’t see many readers picking this up because they’ll get off on it. It is, however, a pretty dang good rendering of Stockholm Syndrome. 4 Stars because there were things that didn’t jive for me that I think were included in an attempt to morph it into some twist on BDSM when really it should have just been left as fucked up dark fiction.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Poet Gentleness

    Disturbing five negative stars. This didn't do it for me. Twisted, dark and not erotic at all. This is a unhealthy tale of Stockholm syndrome with BDSM. It holds no fascination to me. I read the book in a shocked state. I couldn't believe it was rated as erotic. That it received so many 5 stars! GOD! This is f****** c***! The hero (?) was flat monster - not even a twisted psycho. And the author could have explored him very well as he has some characteristics that could have made him a very int Disturbing five negative stars. This didn't do it for me. Twisted, dark and not erotic at all. This is a unhealthy tale of Stockholm syndrome with BDSM. It holds no fascination to me. I read the book in a shocked state. I couldn't believe it was rated as erotic. That it received so many 5 stars! GOD! This is f****** c***! The hero (?) was flat monster - not even a twisted psycho. And the author could have explored him very well as he has some characteristics that could have made him a very interesting character. But the author left him an unjustified kidnapper and brainwasher just for the sake of his sudden whim. The heroine (?) is a pathetic victim. When she allows her captor to fondle her within a few hours just for a chicken soup... What? Just because she needs human contact? really? I hate weak characters and Emmie (ridiculous!) is beyond weak. What is the problem with women these days? Everyone wants to be beaten into submission! Everyone wants to be broken and find this erotic. Is it commendable to be weak and a doormat? Is it nice to be tortured, hurt and raped? Oh... PLEASE, ladies!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hulya Kara Yuksel

    "His touch was like heroin in my veins, and I was a grateful addict." Well that was really fucked up and twisted story... But God help me, I loved it so freaking much. :) "His touch was like heroin in my veins, and I was a grateful addict." Well that was really fucked up and twisted story... But God help me, I loved it so freaking much. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

    Hmmm. What the hell what that? I'm all about reading crazy dark stuff but this book was just a huge question mark in my head..... The heroine is drugged and abducted by this guy (never found out his name). She's thrown in a cell and fed chicken noodle soup three times a day. He doesn't speak to her. EVER. We get answers later as to why but I'm not spoiling the book....even if I didn't especially enjoy it. Over time, she's rewarded with good behavior and is allowed into a nicer room..... Gradu Hmmm. What the hell what that? I'm all about reading crazy dark stuff but this book was just a huge question mark in my head..... The heroine is drugged and abducted by this guy (never found out his name). She's thrown in a cell and fed chicken noodle soup three times a day. He doesn't speak to her. EVER. We get answers later as to why but I'm not spoiling the book....even if I didn't especially enjoy it. Over time, she's rewarded with good behavior and is allowed into a nicer room..... Gradually she feels the need to please him and is happy being there. Until the day he kicks her out...... Enough said. I didn't bond with either character. I really wanted to understand the guy and why he did what he did to her. You sort of get answers but not enough to form any bond with his story. I didn't understand her desire to stay with him over freedom. I get the whole Stockholm Syndrome and in some books, I completely buy it. In fact, one of my favorite series builds that perfectly. This one just didn't sell the goods to me the way I needed. I read the entire book. I about croaked to be reading the epilogue at 69% in. I don't know if that was an error but I was like, "Who took the rest of the book away?" It lacked the closure I needed. Absolutely no fluffy HEA, no love whatsoever, just massive fucked up-ness. Hmm. Here's a few quotes I highlighted along the way.... "He always gave me choices. Or maybe what he gave me was force wrapped in the pretty package of free will." "He'd gone from being just my tormentor to being my tormentor and protector, though I needed protection from nothing but him."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    Disturbing 4 stars This book is: Fascinating. Alarming. Realistic. Sadistic. Disturbing. Convoluted. Gripping. Comfort Food had such an authentic and realistic feel to it that even days later, I was still reeling from its impact. If you're in the mood for a book that messes with the psyche, then I highly recommend giving this one a try.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aleatha Romig

    I read this at the recommendation of Facebook Friends - and because it was free. The first 20 % freaked me out because of how similar it was to Consequences... all the way to the description of his eyes and the room with the bookcases and large attached bath. BUT, the similarities ended there!!!! I totally get Stockholm. I've done a lot of reading about it. (In case you haven't guessed) Emily's case is severe... Kitty does a great job of letting us into her head. I guess this leaves us wondering I read this at the recommendation of Facebook Friends - and because it was free. The first 20 % freaked me out because of how similar it was to Consequences... all the way to the description of his eyes and the room with the bookcases and large attached bath. BUT, the similarities ended there!!!! I totally get Stockholm. I've done a lot of reading about it. (In case you haven't guessed) Emily's case is severe... Kitty does a great job of letting us into her head. I guess this leaves us wondering once again, when does Stockholm syndrome morph into obsession or love? Since I've never been in Emily's shoes... or out of them... I can't judge. If you like dark erotica, this is for you. Very quick read. IMO

  14. 5 out of 5

    CC

    Emily Vargas is a successful and well-known self-help guru who craves connections with others. It isn’t until one regular day when she wakes up in a strange room, blindfolded and tied to a chair. At that point, her limits are tested and all she has ever known irrevocably changes. “He always gave me choices. Or maybe what he gave me was force wrapped in the pretty package of pretend free will.” Emily’s captor is an enigma at first. He begins by methodically conditioning her with rewards and pun Emily Vargas is a successful and well-known self-help guru who craves connections with others. It isn’t until one regular day when she wakes up in a strange room, blindfolded and tied to a chair. At that point, her limits are tested and all she has ever known irrevocably changes. “He always gave me choices. Or maybe what he gave me was force wrapped in the pretty package of pretend free will.” Emily’s captor is an enigma at first. He begins by methodically conditioning her with rewards and punishment. It is quickly apparent that he is controlled and very patient in his lessons with Emily. While the captor is observing every single move Emily makes, she is also studying him but there is one particular characteristic that she overlooks due to their unique connection. “I was starting to feel safe with him. He’d gone from being just my tormentor to being my tormentor and protector, though I needed protection from nothing but him.” As Emily’s time with her captor passes, their master/slave relationship progresses in unexpected ways and Emily begins to acknowledge her deepest needs while also coming to terms with her existence. The manner in which Emily accepts her manipulated free will is complicated and it is this process that the reader also experiences. While Emily tries to do what she can to free herself, her captor is controlling all the strings. When pleasure is derived from pain, Emily is forced to come to terms with her darkest desires. “Every touch, every caress, every lash of the whip, crop, or cane. It was all communication, a private conversation that no one else could intrude upon.” What ensues is how the captor/captive relationship progresses, and while it is disturbing, this story is told in such a way that the captor’s manipulation and the ministrations aren’t gratuitous. As this captor takes pride in his impenetrable self-control and lack of physical violence, it allows the reader to experience and focus on how Emily’s frame of mind changes and it is a true mind trip! “I came to trust him more than I’d ever trusted anyone. Because even if he was a monster, he followed his own rules. And he was my monster.” Although I’ve read some captive books, it is generally a theme I undertake with a good amount of trepidation. However, after considering this book for some time, I decided to shoot the moon and I am so glad I did! From the first page, this book had me hooked and it is exactly what I had been looking for in captive book. With a strong emphasis on the heroine’s psychological breakdown and rebuilding, I was fascinated by her strength and acceptance. Additionally, I liked how the captor’s intent and actions did not waver throughout the story. While I wanted some level of redemption, I also did not hold any misconceptions of his ability to change. Thankfully, Kitty Thomas held true to her characters even though the ending is considered controversial to some. This book will take you down a path where you begin to question just how much conditioning is socially acceptable and when it crosses the line. For me, it was exactly the type of book I was looking to read – mysterious, tense, dark and thought provoking. The decisions these characters made continue to resonate in my mind. If you’re looking for a read that is intelligently written and slightly outside your comfort zone, take a chance on Comfort Food. I highly recommend it! *Note: Thanks JaviG for being my surrogate (f)buddy reader! ;D

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas. Burlesque Press (2010) BIG SPOILER AHEAD. Is it too wrong for me to have liked this? Lets drawn some boundaries in here. This is not a romance, and it's not about love. At all. This is about dominance and submission, without safewords or any kind of protection cable. The book is also narrated in first and third person (At sex scenes). (view spoiler)[ Emily Vargas, a successful self-help writer, is kidnapped by a man that she'll later address as Master. Master shows her Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas. Burlesque Press (2010) BIG SPOILER AHEAD. Is it too wrong for me to have liked this? Lets drawn some boundaries in here. This is not a romance, and it's not about love. At all. This is about dominance and submission, without safewords or any kind of protection cable. The book is also narrated in first and third person (At sex scenes). (view spoiler)[ Emily Vargas, a successful self-help writer, is kidnapped by a man that she'll later address as Master. Master shows her that she can be a prisoner with privileges (like a bed/books/bath tub/good food. etc), or not. The only thing she need to do, is submit herself to his will. While she is good, she stays at the "good cell", when she is not, she will come back to the "bad cell", and the time in there only grows. Master is never angry, never mad. Nor shows that pretend to hurt her. She sees him as a sick man, of utter beauty. He never spoke to her. Her only clues about his emotions are his eyes and his smiles. With the time she learn to think before anything, whatever that would please her master. He becomes her world, her God, and the only person she can "communicate". He uses her fear to make her do what he want. Always giving her a second choice. The choice to go back to the bad cell. But for her, that option wasn't negotiable. She was always choosing what he wanted. His will, was hers. In a certain point of the story, he let her go. Opens all doors and give her a green light to go. After struggles with him, and being throw out she go to her parents’ house. The life outside her Master world is just too hard to readjust. She don't fit anymore. She don't want to fit anymore. Her body and mind have been brainwashed and conditioned to only him. So she left everything behind and came back to him. (hide spoiler)] I wondered again if he believed freeing me had been a cruelty or a kindness, if he thought he’d done something wrong in taking me. I wondered if he regretted letting me go, and if he ever thought of me or dreamed of me as I did him. Surely my obsession couldn’t now be greater than his. ~ Emily ~ This book is very detailed. What surprised me was the little sex that has. Kitty Thomas created a world of forced submission and dominance (and kidnapping) where the victim is willing to be abused. Emily don't fight. She's too scared of what he might do to her. She prefers to be the pampered submissive-victim, over the victim that tries to escape and run. The level of psychology is very high, and while reading I tried to understand both Master and Emily. Master is a sick man, yes he is. He just needed a reason, an excuse to do what he had done. He used his mutism and reclusion to do just that. She coming back to him, only showed he was a real master in mind games. I feel like, if she haven’t returned to him, it would be too politically correct. Everything this book is not. Is it wrong, is incorrect , and what he did is a real crime that deserves punishment, but this book, I must say that I liked for all the psychology involved. Five Stars for Comfort Food, and a warning to keep one eye open at Miss Kitty Thomas. (reread at 10/05/12 - Rating 5 Stars) (read 04/02/2011 - Rating 5 Stars)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    I was looking for a dark read and thought I'd try this book as I have had it on my to read shelves for ages! I was so disappointed- not just because it wasn't as dark as I was expecting but because I just had no interest in the story by the end of it! It wasn't anything to do with the fact it was too dark- My issue was IT WASN'T DARK ENOUGH (for me anyway!) I'm not going into huge detail about the issues I had with it. I know some people have loved this book but I just couldn't connect with the cha I was looking for a dark read and thought I'd try this book as I have had it on my to read shelves for ages! I was so disappointed- not just because it wasn't as dark as I was expecting but because I just had no interest in the story by the end of it! It wasn't anything to do with the fact it was too dark- My issue was IT WASN'T DARK ENOUGH (for me anyway!) I'm not going into huge detail about the issues I had with it. I know some people have loved this book but I just couldn't connect with the character's and their 'so called' relationship/bond together!! Anyway moving onward in search of the next dark read :D

  17. 4 out of 5

    ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    I dreaded reading this book based on the mixed reviews and feedback from the different GR groups. Still, one of my friends was insistent that I read the book and respond back to her on how I felt. I want to state, this is definitely NOT your standard masturbatory BDSM book. This is not the first one I've read where a woman is kidnapped and trained to be a slave. However, this is the first one I read where it crossed the line between reality and fantasy. Most of the capture, kidnap and slavery BDS I dreaded reading this book based on the mixed reviews and feedback from the different GR groups. Still, one of my friends was insistent that I read the book and respond back to her on how I felt. I want to state, this is definitely NOT your standard masturbatory BDSM book. This is not the first one I've read where a woman is kidnapped and trained to be a slave. However, this is the first one I read where it crossed the line between reality and fantasy. Most of the capture, kidnap and slavery BDSM books are easily scoffed off as fantasy. This one, while some of it is a bit unrealistic, the feel of it is too realistic and plausible. Ms. Thomas creates a possible scenario, especially with the amount of money some men have in this day and age. I was mixed in whether I should rate this a 4 or 5. I finally decided on a 4 because there was a certain lack of love that caused me to not like the monster as much as I could have liked him. The story while not exactly intense in physical pain, the psychological mind fucking was intense. As a gregarious and extroverted female who is independent and rather strong, I could understand Emily's distress and logic. I don't know if I would have as much of a problem as she did with isolation because there are times where I just want plain silence and not speak to people for days. During Emily's captivity, I kept wanting to tell her to submit. What the monster did to her and the insights into his methodical and rather diabolical destruction of a self confident woman was well done. I found it to be well thought out and impressive. If I ever wanted to break someone, I would use his method as a template. I really enjoyed Emily's understanding of what was happening to her and her inability to stop it. This sense of helplessness and lack of control was rather heady. It gave me guilty chills of desire. The ending was not unexpected. I wasn't sure how it would wrap up in detail, but I did have a general idea of what would happen. I admit, I loved the ending. While I'd like to see a sequel to this story, I think it would probably ruin it. I like being left wondering what is happening to Emily. The Monster Ms. Thomas created was someone I loved to hate. His matter of fact cruelty and fucked up mind games is something I hate. I can't respect a man who can't be honest and communicate with me. When the truth is revealed, I still have some issues with him but I understand the method to his madness. I can appreciate his slave training. As a sadist, I admire his skill. As a masochist, I shiver in frightened delight. I do love the sexual sadism his doles out, but his psychological ones I probably would not be able to handle and unlike Emily, I'd probably kill him. I'd wait until I caused him to be hopelessly in love with me and then I'd kill him, even if I ended up loving him. This story kind of messed me up. It's a good thing I'm reading this story when I'm more assured of myself than when I was a younger feminazi. I probably would be out for Ms. Thomas's blood if I read it during that phase. Now, I just want to read more of her stories and enjoy my guilty pleasure of wanting something that is destructive for me. I recommend this book only for people who are okay with TPE and mind fucks. I do NOT recommend this book to people who have issues with a women being turned into a dependent slave unable to cope with the real world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    3 STARS! Hmm.. Where's to begin? I will just keep it clear and simple. Comfort Food was an okay read and straight-forward. There's nothing to love and nothing to hate. A woman kidnapped by a stranger. Blindfolded. Never know where is she and who did it. She's smart. She was self-help guru and understand psychological. She will never fall into Stockholm Syndrome, she said. He never speak. He will never hurt her. He guard his emotion very well; just slightly to show her that he understand everythin 3 STARS! Hmm.. Where's to begin? I will just keep it clear and simple. Comfort Food was an okay read and straight-forward. There's nothing to love and nothing to hate. A woman kidnapped by a stranger. Blindfolded. Never know where is she and who did it. She's smart. She was self-help guru and understand psychological. She will never fall into Stockholm Syndrome, she said. He never speak. He will never hurt her. He guard his emotion very well; just slightly to show her that he understand everything. He just show her the only choice to submit willingly. Her attempt to escape always failed. Time goes fast, the woman understand what he wants. She play by his rule because he's her Master now. Rewards and punishment is her only choice to follow his order. He will reward her with everything beyond nice. But her punishment is very painful. Touching is the only communication between them. Without it, she will go insane. "He was everything. We communicated on the primal level of touch. Dominance and submission. Master and slave. Nothing else was required." There is a warning that this is not romance story. Not about BDSM either. This is like 'actual slavery' without consent. Yes, the woman never consent to anything for him. He just break her painfully slow. He give her trust so she will surrender to him completely. Also he made her learn about give and take. If you want something, you have to earn in. Wowza! The sex scenes is very intimate and mixed pain with pleasure. Unfortunately, it's lack of emotion and chemistry. It was quite sad for me because I couldn't feel it. "It didn't matter anymore because we were both insane. How can the crazy judge the crazy? He was a sadist, and he'd trained me into the perfect masochist." Whew... Near the end, I understand why he never talk and it was quite sad. (view spoiler)[He's mute and didn't want pity. (hide spoiler)] Comfort Food left me confused and stunned about what happened. Fast paced and well-written until the end. The story about forced submission until she couldn't leave him. She always need him and finally realize that she never will be complete without being with him. It's far from beautiful story but left me wondering about how could this happened. There is no happy ending because they're just about to begin.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ridley

    Fuck me, that was a weird book. I'm not sure I've read enough erotica to review this effectively. All I can say is that it's an interesting character study, but not as deep or as well-written as I'd hoped for nor as graphically sexual as I'd expected. It's not romantic enough to be a romance, sexual enough to be erotica or insightful enough to be a psychological thriller. It really needed to commit to at least one of these facets to be a purposeful book. So, it was an entertaining read, but nothi Fuck me, that was a weird book. I'm not sure I've read enough erotica to review this effectively. All I can say is that it's an interesting character study, but not as deep or as well-written as I'd hoped for nor as graphically sexual as I'd expected. It's not romantic enough to be a romance, sexual enough to be erotica or insightful enough to be a psychological thriller. It really needed to commit to at least one of these facets to be a purposeful book. So, it was an entertaining read, but nothing earth-shattering.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Annabel Joseph

    Ah...reading this book by Ms. Thomas was like having a feast after being on bread and water. It's so seldom that I find a book that a) surprises me and b) impresses me with the quality of writing. This book did both. First of all, there are none of the usual tropes associated with non-consensual slavery erotica. No violence, no lurid fights and unrealistic cruelty, no blatant disregard for the well-being of the enslaved. This "Master" plans and proceeds with so much thought and intelligence (and Ah...reading this book by Ms. Thomas was like having a feast after being on bread and water. It's so seldom that I find a book that a) surprises me and b) impresses me with the quality of writing. This book did both. First of all, there are none of the usual tropes associated with non-consensual slavery erotica. No violence, no lurid fights and unrealistic cruelty, no blatant disregard for the well-being of the enslaved. This "Master" plans and proceeds with so much thought and intelligence (and gentleness) that you are at once both outraged and yet drawn in by this guy. Not that he is completely kind--he isn't. But there's no thoughtless and spiteful brutality, which placed me in a strange imbalance--hating him and yet feeling an unwilling attraction to him too. Like Emily, the protagonist, you are left to divine what drives him and what he wants from her, and as you read along with Emily's narration, it is written so realistically and so skillfully that you find Emily voicing your own questions and feelings almost eerily as she is moved along a spectrum of conditioning from being an independent successful person to becoming his slave. I can't explain it or figure out how Ms. Thomas pulled it off or made it so spot on, but you have to experience it for yourself. Because of the way the book is written, it is almost impossible not to read compulsively from start to finish. "What happens next? How will this end?" I felt as if I was swept along with Emily, and I felt her highs and her lows. My only gripe about the book is that I wanted about five hundred pages MORE of their Master/slave interactions together because those too were well-written and hot!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Despite the grim subject matter and the fact that the heroine - who one day wakes up groggy in a small cell and discovers that she has been abducted - supposedly suffers from Stockholm syndrome, I considered this anything but a mind fuck. Under the disguise of a psychological experiment, Comfort Food really isn't more than a bland bdsm fantasy, played out by flat characters. As I mentioned, the heroine, Emily, has been kidnapped by a man who choses not to speak to her. He punishes her, not by hi Despite the grim subject matter and the fact that the heroine - who one day wakes up groggy in a small cell and discovers that she has been abducted - supposedly suffers from Stockholm syndrome, I considered this anything but a mind fuck. Under the disguise of a psychological experiment, Comfort Food really isn't more than a bland bdsm fantasy, played out by flat characters. As I mentioned, the heroine, Emily, has been kidnapped by a man who choses not to speak to her. He punishes her, not by hitting her, but by feeding her chicken noodle soup only and keeping her in an empty cell. If she decides to behave (read: let him have his way with her) he rewards her by providing her with splendid food and a luxurious living space (how come these pervs in books are always such extremely wealthy fellows? ). My main issue with Comfort Food is probably that it's presented as a psychological thriller with a taboo-erotic undercurrent, while in reality the first simply functions as a setting for rather unremarkable erotic scenes. For example, the heroine doesn't behave like I feel any sane woman would in the given situation. She craves human contact so much that she lets her abductor touch her intimately after only one frikkin' day. (view spoiler)[Within a week she wants to hump him and only 30-or-so pages into this book her creepy ass abductor, that also happens to be abeautiful man, gives her dozens of mind-blowing orgasms. And before you know it she's like: hey now, this is awesome! I'm going to give my dreadful life up to be this dude's captive bride! "Bills, jobs, social pressure. All she had to worry about was pleasing him." (hide spoiler)] Whoa. What a let down. Also, although this book wasn't necessarily poorly written, it was rather annoyingly written. Emily constantly forced her random thoughts upon the reader, she painstakingly explained why everything that you read happening to her actually happened. She rambled on about everything. When spotting a knife on her abductor: "I have a deep and abiding fear of knives. Honestly, I don't know many people not afraid of knives. For most, a knife is scarier than a gun. If someone kills you with a gun, it can be quick, painless. Knives don't offer that possible luxury. They are intimate and violent in a way a gun could never hope to be." She's quite the funny lady too, considering that she just found out she was drugged, abducted and thrown into a cell. Although I suppose her attempts at humor and self-mockery are the least troubling things that are a bit off about her, ha! "Rape. Death. Dismemberment. Maybe in that order, maybe not. Though that order would be preferable to Dismemberment. Rape. Death. Or Rape. Dismemberment. Death. You always want your dismemberment to happen after the death. Death would be the absolute best-case scenario. I'd seen enough women-in-peril movies, and I was no MacGyver." For well-written taboo-erotica with a more realistic heroine (though more romance than some would consider tasteful), I'd recommend Captive in the Dark.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lo Bookfrantic

    4.5 Stars This book didn't disappoint, it was dark, and I found myself unable to stop reading once I started. The story was quite different than I was expecting but intriguing at the same time. Lovers of hea romance just watch out this book has dark elements and I can definitely say is not for everyone. Read at your own risk. 4.5 Stars This book didn't disappoint, it was dark, and I found myself unable to stop reading once I started. The story was quite different than I was expecting but intriguing at the same time. Lovers of hea romance just watch out this book has dark elements and I can definitely say is not for everyone. Read at your own risk.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    4.5 Stars There are a lot of excellent reviews on this, but I will just say that I thought it was a very compelling read. I loved the human psychology aspects and I couldn't put it down. Definitely not for everyone though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Malene

    I read Comfort Food in one sitting and I enjoyed myself tremendously. I loved the pace of the story which only kept my glued to my iPad. The introduction to Emily was exciting and how she behaved and controlled herself, when she figured out what had happened to her was also intriguing. I will admit that the story at times was predictable and repetitive but I was so fascinated with Emily and her captor. Especially his motives and how he slowly conditioned her to his environment and his needs. He I read Comfort Food in one sitting and I enjoyed myself tremendously. I loved the pace of the story which only kept my glued to my iPad. The introduction to Emily was exciting and how she behaved and controlled herself, when she figured out what had happened to her was also intriguing. I will admit that the story at times was predictable and repetitive but I was so fascinated with Emily and her captor. Especially his motives and how he slowly conditioned her to his environment and his needs. He was definitely an intelligent man who had done his homework before capturing Emily. He knew what would be Emily's weak spots and used it fully to his advantage. When He got his ways and Emily submitted to him it was dark and intense. I enjoyed the little surprise about him and his character. Emily was irrevocably changed and even freedom couldn't bring back the old Emily. Her trying to find her way back was fabulous depicted and especially the ending was outstanding. I got this book for free and it was definitely worth it. 4 BadAssDirtyMasterStars

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    4.5 Disturbingly Uncomfortable Stars!!! Wow...that was so dark and fucked up but I LOVED it!!! I need to check out more from this author!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Its getting hot in here! This story comes with content warning adults only story! One woman finds herself captive and turned in victim of sexual depravity, what's got me scratching my head is how she's feels that she has found her true calling bizarre. Stockholm syndrome or just pure adrenaline junkie or passion I leave the reader to answer. I feel like maybe I am rating this story too high as it has a lot of explicit goings on, but it does leave plenty to think about and debate. The writing is Its getting hot in here! This story comes with content warning adults only story! One woman finds herself captive and turned in victim of sexual depravity, what's got me scratching my head is how she's feels that she has found her true calling bizarre. Stockholm syndrome or just pure adrenaline junkie or passion I leave the reader to answer. I feel like maybe I am rating this story too high as it has a lot of explicit goings on, but it does leave plenty to think about and debate. The writing is good and it is a page-turner. She felt she was living behind a mask, she was a successful motivational speaker, people believed her and listened. The mask was convincing but beneath it she felt that she was in more of a prison than ever, until she came to discover her captor. A freedom of a sordid passion unleashed, she's one twisted women! For her It was a release, absolution. The surrender, finally, of everything to him. The acceptance that she was now his creature, not her own, and the inexplicable peace that brought her. She sounds as someone who has found God and devoutly worships and surrenders to him maybe we are all slaves to one kind or another this is a wide social moral and psychological topic up for discussion here and I would not know where to start! Excerpts below. "No matter how desperately I wanted to, I couldn't bring myself to hate him. But it wasn't love either. What we shared was deeper than love. It was a mad and unyielding obsession, and it was mutual. And the flames from it would likely kill one of us some day. Probably me." " He was a predator and I was his prey. No matter how much I came to depend on him and crave him, I wouldn’t forget that. What he’d done and was continuing to do to me was wrong, but the constant struggle to fight it based on moral fortitude was too emotionally exhausting for me. Acceptance was easier. If I wanted to keep any part of my mind intact" " Monsters aren’t supposed to be beautiful. It’s the rule. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was ugly. Frankenstein’s monster was ugly. Nosferatu . . . ugly. Ugly was in the rulebook. And yet the man kneeling calmly before me wasn’t ugly. Not on the surface. Look anywhere but into his eyes and he was the man women fantasized about from puberty onward." " obedience equaled reward, and disobedience equaled punishment." "The room contained no TV or DVD player, no computer. There were no movies, no news, no commercials, no Internet. Nothing to link me too closely to the outside world. No faces to see but his, not even on a screen. No voices but my own calling out in the silence." And a final note on what she felt..." He continued, and she found herself floating while the endorphins flooded her system, and he pushed her higher still. Tears streamed uncontrollably down her face, but it wasn’t the pain that made her cry. It was release, absolution. The surrender, finally, of everything to him. The acceptance that she was now his creature, not her own, and the inexplicable peace that brought her."

  27. 5 out of 5

    ~*~Princess Nhya~*~

    Now I've read plenty of books in this particular genre. They all have their own unique way of telling their stories though, when it comes to the H/h, plot etc.. But they all follow the same rule of the thumb, in most cases, when it comes to the growth/or outcome concerning events & the MC's. That being said, I've NEVER read a book in this genre, executed in the way that this one was. This one had a lot of points/limits, some of them hard for me to witness & accept. But that's not what came off a Now I've read plenty of books in this particular genre. They all have their own unique way of telling their stories though, when it comes to the H/h, plot etc.. But they all follow the same rule of the thumb, in most cases, when it comes to the growth/or outcome concerning events & the MC's. That being said, I've NEVER read a book in this genre, executed in the way that this one was. This one had a lot of points/limits, some of them hard for me to witness & accept. But that's not what came off as totally bizarre to me. I've witnessed much worse in other books regarding this subject matter. But our lead heroine (which is the one telling this story) broke my heart. Her destiny basically was utter ruin. She was beyond broken and never "fixed". What shocked & scared the hell out of me, was that she didn't want to be fixed. She knew what she was reduced to, and she craved it. She saw it all just as clearly as someone who hadn't gone through what she had. But that made no difference to her. She wanted it. And saw no other way to live without it. To say she was a shell of her former self wouldn't be accurate. It's more like she was reborn as a blank slate. *shudders* Yeah it was jacked up. I wouldn't say this was any type of "Love Story", personally. It looks more like the opposite of that. Cos love simply doesn't do what occurs here. And her response in the aftermath of it all was not love. She even voices this a few times herself. I just wonder what it will be like 5, 10 years from now, for her? For him? Weird. But I was riveted to this story. I couldn't walk away without knowing how it would end. Most people I know, who have read this book, says it stayed with them for awhile. I don't see this happening to me. I just want to forget about it. But the way this one was executed, for majority of the book, had a certain vivid, frightening color to it. Even though it was in just her words, for the most part; you got a real sense of our Anti-Hero. His mindset. Their surroundings, the intensity of emotion, everything. And as jacked as the outcome is, I do understand how such things could happen. For these things alone, I would recommend this read to those who enjoy some dark, twisted erotica. *BUT BE WARNED* I don't care how "seasoned" you are with this genre/topic. THIS one, is gonna surprise you. Happy Reading :)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jaymzangel

    Disclaimer: please forgive me for this admittedly shite attempt at a review for this book, I am still finding it hard to form actual words at this point. Summary from Goodreads: 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 fro Disclaimer: please forgive me for this admittedly shite attempt at a review for this book, I am still finding it hard to form actual words at this point. Summary from Goodreads: 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. Author 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. I also love this dedication at the beginning: To silence. Not always the enemy of communication. this book floored me. absolutely floored me. I've never read anything like it. I've read my share of BDSM (so I thought) but nothing this hardcore. there was nothing pretty or fluffy about it, just full on D/s M/s. it was simultaneously terrifying & wonderful. I cringed but couldn't look away. in face, as I type this I have a headache because I don't think I blinked the entire time I was reading it. the interaction between Emily & Master was horrible & sexy & vile & yet had a softness to part of it that should be ridiculous given the type of story it is. the co-dependency between the two of them by the end cannot be denied. I give kudos to Bear for reading it & not having anyone to OMG to because I was IM'ing her like crazy with things like, 'I think I need to have my head examined. I'm finding this so hot.' to which she replied (perfectly, of course) 'he has you, doesn't he?' oh yes, he did. Master had me at 'Shhhh' or honestly even earlier, the first time he took Emily into the good room. Emily herself amazed me in her ability to analyze & reason out exactly what was going on with her own thoughts & emotions as well as Master's AND that she remained sane enough to not drive herself psycho. I would probably be far more likely to think myself into insanity or a stroke in a similar situation. I'm too much of a mouthy, fighty, stubborn, bossy bitch. then again, one never knows what one will do in any given situation unless one is experiencing it. the human mind is a fascinating thing. I loved Kitty Thomas' writing style, the words just had a lovely ebb & flow to them. I'm not a huge fan of first person narrative but it didn't bother me in the slightest with this, if anything I think it made it feel even more personal. the scenes written in third person provide more of an outside perspective, slightly voyeuristic. there are no negatives to this book. it is different & frightening, taking you far from your normal comfort zone. morals must be left at the door & still you will struggle with your sense of right & wrong. it will stay with you long after you've finished reading it & for me, nothing is better than a book that will make you question ideas, beliefs, thoughts. could possibly also have you frantically IM'ing your friends who have also read Comfort Food with things like, 'I need to go to confession & I'm not even Catholic!' and 'I need a shrink. and a priest. I need an old priest & a young priest.' Bottom line: this is NOT for everyone. for some people, it will offend every fiber of their being. it will disturb you, make you think naughty things. things that you probably don't think you should be thinking. you will cringe & want to cover your eyes but won't be able to look away. it will activate your feminist side. totally screw how you look at the things you think people do to one another behind closed doors. it will make you question things you think you know about how you view certain situations, especially in a right or wrong capacity. you think you know, but you have no idea. I loved this book. absolutely loved it. I expect it will keep fucking my head up for a good long time. that's just fine with me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker Queen of the Undead

    I was messing with my laptop last night and started to glance at this ebook. I didn't mean to even read chapter 1. Once I started, I didn't stop, let me rephrase that, I couldn't stop. The book was like those scary or R rated movies you saw behind your parents back when you were a kid. The ones where you watched them with your hands covering your eyes but then you peaked through your hands because you were too scared/shocked to look but intrigued enough to want to look. I can't even figure out h I was messing with my laptop last night and started to glance at this ebook. I didn't mean to even read chapter 1. Once I started, I didn't stop, let me rephrase that, I couldn't stop. The book was like those scary or R rated movies you saw behind your parents back when you were a kid. The ones where you watched them with your hands covering your eyes but then you peaked through your hands because you were too scared/shocked to look but intrigued enough to want to look. I can't even figure out how to write anything about this book. I couldn't stop thinking about it. I'd need a thesaurus to find the words to match what is going on in my brain. The words that come to my mind are too simple- disturbing, fascinating, sad, haunting, intriguing. I'm stumped on what to say except read the other reviews. I need sleep since I 1)read this book late into the night and 2) thought about it until early in the morning. Maybe when I get more sleep, I can come back and edit this review, until then I'll leave this review as is.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chesca (thecrownedpages)

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars “It didn’t matter anymore because we were both insane. How can the crazy judge the crazy?” Comfort Food is a psychological erotica mainly focused on Stockholm Syndrome. It tells the story of the kidnapping and slavery of Emily Vargas, a self-help speaker and writer. This is my first REAL BDSM-related read (IF you would count Fifty-Shades trilogy into the list then this would be the fourth.) I love how messed up this book is! I am a fan of psychological/mental-illne Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars “It didn’t matter anymore because we were both insane. How can the crazy judge the crazy?” Comfort Food is a psychological erotica mainly focused on Stockholm Syndrome. It tells the story of the kidnapping and slavery of Emily Vargas, a self-help speaker and writer. This is my first REAL BDSM-related read (IF you would count Fifty-Shades trilogy into the list then this would be the fourth.) I love how messed up this book is! I am a fan of psychological/mental-illness-themed books so this one is a really good book in my opinion. It is a very unique read for me because of how Emily was manipulated by her captor. It was like she was taking baby steps towards submission. The way the plot was written was so fluid. No scene was abruptly placed here and there. The sex scenes were necessary and I think they were very-well inserted into the story. If you would think of them based on reality and the laws, all the sex scenes would be considered as rape. I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone since it tackles very sensitive matters. The Characters: 1. The Nameless Captor That’s what I’d call him. He did some pretty intense research and I am actually really impressed with him (although to do that in real life would be REALLY CREEPY.) He seemed really clever. I liked the revelations about him and at some point I wanted to give him a warm hug! Seriously. See? This book messes up a reader’s mind. Speaking of revelations, it would have been better if there were more of them. 2. Emily Vargas What I really like about Emily is that she’s a very well-developed character. She’s not an ideal woman, obviously, but her character is beautifully-written. The Ending: I love the ending. It is messed up but it makes sense. It also kind of adds heart to the story. The things that didn’t work for me: Some parts of the writing This is what it says in the synopsis on Goodreads: “Told in the first person from Emily's perspective…” No. It wasn’t only told in the first person. Every now and then it switches to a limited third-person point of view which really doesn’t work that good. Why? Well, it lessens the intensity of Emily’s emotions (fear, obsession, pleasure, pain, etc.) “Expecting even the most sensitive male to truly understand any of this is like expecting a wolf to understand the finer points of being a rabbit.” This quote sounds like a sexist comment to me. I know the author didn’t mean it that way but it might be offending to some readers (but not me). I’m just putting this quote here. Let me know what you think about it. I recommend this book, not to everyone, but to a number of readers who aren’t that squeamish or sensitive, and to those who are open-minded to the kind of themes depicted in the book.

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