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Comfort Food

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  12,302 Ratings  ·  1,470 Reviews
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
ebook, Smashwords, 192 pages
Published March 21st 2010 by Burlesque Press (first published March 1st 2010)
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Shannon The Show Stopper
Aug 12, 2016 Shannon The Show Stopper rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Shannon The Show Stopper by: Emma
Shelves: buddy-reads
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
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
Apr 30, 2016 Khadidja rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of BDSM , Fifty shades lovers
There isn't enough words to describe how much i loved and enjoyed this book ... it's not a cute love story it's really Dark and disturbing on so many levels,it was amazing, Horribly twisted and offering a good look at Stockholm Syndrome, i loved the writing , The characters too, I know he's suppose to be a heartless, Total sociopath a monster but i fell hard for him ! :D

“He said it with everything he did, every touch, every caress, every physical pleasure he bestowed upon me. Give it all to me
Aug 06, 2010 Amy rated it did not like it
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.


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 “f
Jun 22, 2016 warhawke rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: dark erotica lovers
Genre: Dark Erotica
Type: Standalone
POV: Shifting

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
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."
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Sep 21, 2016 Hulya Kara Yuksel rated it it was amazing
"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. :)

Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
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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..... Graduall
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.
Aleatha Romig
Feb 26, 2013 Aleatha Romig rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, erotic, mind-blowing
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
Andreea Daia
Apr 16, 2011 Andreea Daia rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2011, erotica
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Poet Gentleness
Mar 05, 2013 Poet Gentleness rated it did not like it
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


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 punis
Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas. Burlesque Press (2010)


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).

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Rach  *Feisty kitty*
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
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
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
May 08, 2011 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: into BDSM
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Alma (aka Mrs. Rhaw)
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

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
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
Annabel Joseph
Jul 17, 2010 Annabel Joseph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica
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
Jan 17, 2012 Lou rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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!
Sep 07, 2010 Jaymzangel rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 02, 2016 Chesca rated it really liked it
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-t
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 ...more
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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 ca
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When I read this I had not read many books at all. So when I read the description that this book was dark I could not comprehend just how bad it can get.

It's only now with hindsight I realise just how fantastic this book is. I have this fierce loyalty to Kitty Thomas.....she was one of the first authors who I thought "YES!! She understands what I want!"

Kitty's writing does not shy away from anything, nothing is left because it is too
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
This is a hard one to define! I put it under my erotica shelf although it isn't really, or at least it wasn't to me. Most of us who have read a little erotica or even romance would have run across some BDSM a little spanking and handcuffing your partner to the head board. But this book is to the extreme of BDSM, to the Master/slave relationship, and an unwilling, at first, slave at that. So fair warning, if you are easily offended or even a little squemish, then put the book down and back away s ...more

This book.. It was intelligent, it was disturbing, it was well-written - in a disturbing and intelligent way, ha - and it makes it impossible for me to give a proper rating or write a text remotely resembling a review.

I have, so far, only read.. one or two books with light BDSM-ish content. I haven't really read any Eroticas or Erotic Romance novels, actually. Mostly because I'm a prude, but also because I'm a really big prude. Obviously, Thomas explores a side of sexuality and ownership t
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