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Comfort Food

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  15,748 ratings  ·  1,746 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
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Published March 21st 2010 by Burlesque Press (first published March 1st 2010)
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Shannon The Show Stopper
May 31, 2013 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
Dec 15, 2013 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
Andreea Daia
Apr 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2011, erotica
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Aug 06, 2010 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 “
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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."
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at:

“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
Poet Gentleness
Mar 04, 2013 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
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Jun 24, 2016 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..... Gradu
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 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mind-blowing, dark, erotic
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
benevolent bastard
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This isn’t romance.
This is straight up dark erotica that will have you questioning your own sanity while your heart beat is accelerating at a pace you can’t control.
Emily was slowly broken into her role as a perfect submissive to her master. Every reward, every touch she earned it.
He never uttered a single word to her. Just the mere look into his eyes and he had the ability to break her and mold her. I was shocked. But damn I couldn’t help but not love it.


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
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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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
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Feb 20, 2011 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
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
5 ‘And he was my monster’ stars!

He always gave me choices. Or maybe what he gave me was force wrapped in the pretty package of pretend free will.

uniquely depraved. implicitly dark. yeah, i guess you could call Comfort Food seriously fucking uncomfortable. it’s no romance; it’s its own brand of dark erotica unlike any other.

i think, deep down, i knew that this’d resonate. i also had a feeling i’d end up giving this all the stars. it goes without saying, i obviously did. all for the way the writ
Annabel Joseph
Jul 08, 2010 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
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.
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
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.

Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
 ~*~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
Nov 09, 2010 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
Jul 31, 2010 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.

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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 fro
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