Comfort Food

Rated 4.79/5 based on 19 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. 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.

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Words: 52,330
Language: English
ISBN: 9780981943619
About Kitty Thomas

KITTY THOMAS writes dark literary fiction that explores dominance and submission. Not really classed as romance, though some readers see it that way. It's a case of your mileage may vary. Romance genre conventions and rules not usually followed but some books could easily be classed as romantic suspense such as Mafia Captive or Tender Mercies.

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Review by: SylvieLisa on Aug. 14, 2016 :
Assomme book can't wait to read and other book from this author. I've read a lot of books on BDSM but this was even bether. keep on righting.
(review of free book)

Review by: Toni FGMAMTC on Feb. 25, 2016 :
Comfort Food is one of my all-time favorite books. It follows the theme of Kitty 's other books that I have read, ownership of a human. A while back I reread it and decided to share about it's greatness.

First off, I have always loved psychology, my major. Comfort Food is chalked full of behaviorism. The writing style totally draws you in. Emily speaks directly to you, telling you about everything. You are reading a personal, sexy, dark science experiment. The story begins with Emily waking up after having been abducted and imprisoned.

Master, we never learn his name, is one of my top book boyfriends ever. He is always so in control and put together. Nothing rattles him or causes him to deviate from his plans. He's gorgeous, intelligent, rich, sexy, patient, determined, focused and leaning toward psychotic. Steadfast in getting his desires met, he wants to own her and everything about her by her choice. He never forces her to do anything, but lays the options in such a way that she wants to please him.

Comfort Food takes us threw the process step by step of modifying Emily's beliefs, desires and thoughts about her life and the world. I cannot explain how interesting this truly is. You must read it for yourself.
(review of free book)

Review by: Ailin Chia on July 07, 2011 :
I found this book extremely fascinating. I've always been a sucker for BDSM stories that focus on the growing bond between the Dom/me and submissive, and this is certainly is one of those.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in perusing a greater interest in BDSM, especially those who are interested in the Dom/me Sub relationship. Though it would be nice if there could one day be a story about a female Dom.

This story is beautifully done, the characters are very engrossing, and the psychology behind it was really very interesting. An amazing job!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: Codynora on July 06, 2011 :
I actually read this book right after purchase but I always struggle with reviewing 5 star books - there isn't much to complain about!
I read a lot and there are only very few books that stand out, where I will remember title, author and plot for years.
The biggest compliment I can make is that this is one of those books.
I really would like to revisit Master and Emily and see if their relationship has developed and they have a "happy" ever after - but maybe that would lessen the impact of this story?
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Land on May 03, 2011 :
4.25 stars
This was very well written and it really messed with my mind (in a good way) because I found myself wanting Emily and Master to be together which is seriously crazy. It was so painful reading about Emily trying to find her place in "the world outside" and I could feel her pain and when she gave the edited journal to the psychiatrist that was fascinating. Excellent book with really compelling writing and great characters.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Anjelika Thea on April 11, 2011 :
I am not sure what to say. It was chilling to see how methodically Master molded Emily, every single step. It was fascinating. But what really impressed me most was the sense that it was all psychological. Emily knew it. Master knew it. From beginning to end, I sensed the psychology behind everything, which to me brought this short book to another level. I really enjoyed it because of that, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
(review of free book)

Review by: Lovechicken on Dec. 10, 2010 :
I started out with the free preview; once that was read I immediately purchased the rest of the book. I was very impressed with the character
development of Emily; her insight into her own plight is fascinating to be a part of. As one who is familiar with BDSM, Ms. Thomas accurately captured the eroticism in submission and masochism. I hope to read more by this author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Sarah R on Nov. 12, 2010 :
This is the first book I've read of this type. I've read a few fanfiction stories that had the bare basics of BDSM, but this is another thing entirely.
The writing style is engrossing and hypnotic, I started reading the preview on the recommendation of a friend and bought and finished it straight away. If it was on paper I would say it was un-put-down-able.
I kept expecting myself to hate him. Everything I know in my life, the way I live it, says that I should be outraged or disgusted that he could treat someone this way, but it never happened. I had more disgust for her family than for Master, in a way that scares me because I don't know what that says about me.
Despite the fact that this is not my normal genre - I would recommend this book to anyone, everyone. Some will have different reactions than others, some may even hate it, but there is no denying it's a well spun tale and Kitty is a fantastic writer. Do yourself a favor and read it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Amy on Sep. 15, 2010 :
Fantastically written. Every page captivated me. While this is not a genre or subject matter I tend to be drawn to, this book called to me and I am glad I listened.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)

Review by: Trinity Marlow on Aug. 21, 2010 :
"Comfort Food" is a lovely, elegant peek into the darker side of human nature. Through Emily's eyes, Kitty Thomas leads us on an emotional first-hand account of what it's like to be forced into what amounts to sexual slavery. But it's not only that – it's also the journey of a woman who knows she's being mentally trained and conditioned to accept her new position even as everything in her tells her to fight against it. She's fully aware of what's happening, but powerless to stop it, and I think most readers will be equally disturbed and fascinated by her plight.

Master is a man who merely wants to own...something. Yet unlike so many of these stories, he doesn't actively seek to cause pain, but rather adheres to his own strict rules of conduct and self-control even while breaking Emily, making him one of the most enigmatic and benevolent captors I've ever read.

It's a haunting work, and yet beautiful in the bond that grows between the Master and his prey. I think anyone who enjoys this genre will appreciate the fine craftsmanship that went into these characters and the situation itself, and I'll be looking forward to more of the same from Thomas in the future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Yvonne Burgess on Aug. 21, 2010 :
First, let me say that Kitty Thomas is an awesome writer. Had this book not been highly recommended by several other bloggers, I would have never read it.

Comfort Food is a twisted tale that had me seriously weirded out. Even though I didn't like what was going on in the story, it was told in such a way that held my attention from start to finish.

Seriously, I did not know what to think. The book started out with a simple kidnapping but quickly turned into a master and slave situation. At that point, I knew the ending wouldn't be good, but I still wanted to find out who this crazy guy was and what he wanted. Apparently being rich and handsome doesn't keep you from being very, very crazy.

When I thought things couldn't get any worse, the story got darker and darker. Some of the things that happened in the book, I cringed at. I didn't know whether to feel sorry for Emily or be happy for her. For her to have been a self help guru, she broke pretty quickly and was gone from there. She was a survivor, but a weak one.

The ending of the book is what really messed me up. I started reading this book knowing that it was a far cry from my usual romantic titles, but I did secretly want these two crazies to be together. I always want an HEA and I was convinced that Emily was going to get hers, just not the one she insisted on having.
Comfort Food raped my mind. I feel totally violated. The shock of this story has not worn off yet. The sad part about it is that I loved every minute of it.

If you are looking for something dark and erotic, this book is for you. But if you are not a fan of bondage and control, I think you need to pass on this one.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

Review by: Reena Jacobs on Aug. 16, 2010 :
I started this book with a bad attitude because of thoughts of BSDM and slavery. I can’t tell you how surprised I was when I couldn’t put it down. I devoured this book in one sitting, page after page after page. Comfort Foods was so good, it made my "2010 Favorite Reads" list, which only includes three books at the moment.

My biggest disappointment about the entire experience was reaching the end and finding Kitty Thomas has yet to publish another book. Please Ms. Thomas, don’t make us wait too long!

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(reviewed 27 days after purchase)

Review by: td78230 on Aug. 11, 2010 :
I am not going to do a summary since you can read it for yourself and other reveiwers have a done a great job.

I must say I was a little hesitant to read this but I had heard such great things about this book. It is very graphic (in bdsm not the sex) and takes a much stronger bdsm theme than I have read before. There were parts of this book I liked and parts that I really didn't like. Overall I think it was a good read but not for everyone.

What I liked was the quick way we got to know the heroine and how she thinks and feels. I really could see myself as the heroine and feel how she felt. She was a well rounded character with flaws and not perfect or too stupid to be believed. The way she changes her thinking from being the victim to being a willing participant was heart wrenching because I knew what the man was doing and knew there was only one way it could go. The man/master was also pretty well rounded but I didn't care for him and how elitist/egocentric he was. He did seem like someone I could meet in my real life and maybe that is why I didn't care for him. The ending was believable for the heroine even though I didn't agree with it.

What I didn't like was the extreme nature of this story. It really disturbed me alot and toward the end it was really chilling how the man was so uncaring that he was doing something wrong and to me a not healthy relationship. Maybe it is because I don't understand this lifestyle but most stories I have read with BDSM the two main characters are still loving and have healthy relationship skills.

Overall the writing was good but to much of the story I didn't care for which is the reason I gave it a lower rating than most. I do think the story is different than most but I just didn't think it was what I think of a 5 star rating.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: Leontines Book Realm on Aug. 02, 2010 :
COMFORT FOOD was a story that I received, read, and it conquered me with such a powerful story I’m left awe-struck. This is in no way, shape or form a mainstream erotica and a one-of-a-kind story I feel will fascinate many avid readers of this genre. I can warn you of all the things that might throw you out of your comfort zone; yes this is a story with the Master/slave trope. Yes there is no traditional romance. Yes there are actions and decisions that challenge the very moral foundation of our society. And yes, this erotic story has a darker, gritty tone that will push the envelope. Don’t let this hold you back though, let it challenge you instead! Kitty Thomas gave me an emotionally stellar read where both Master and Emily Vargas are mesmerizing characters and their synergy struck a very elemental cord with me. For the life of me I couldn’t put this book down, all I wanted was to continue delving in the psyche of both the Master and Emily. I wanted to know what made them tick, why they chose certain actions or made certain decisions and gradually I witnessed the blooming of something more, something that was so elemental, undeniable and real, I was left stunned by the end.

Emily Vargas is on the top of the world in her career as an author of self-help books. She is an attractive, confident and self-sufficient woman of her time who lives her life according to her rules. She never thought it possible for someone to kidnap her, she never let her drinks unattended, and still, she finds herself in a situation where she is confronted with a darker part of herself. Emily’s dynamic world came to a halt and suddenly was narrowed down to only one person – him…Master.

The male opponent of Emily, who never receives any other name then Master, is very detailed and meticulous in his actions. Though the interaction comes from Emily his presence is such a force within the story told. Without little to none dialogue coming from him or POV given by the author his personality is very well fleshed out. Expression of body language, the look in his eyes or simple gestures were all the communicative skills he needed to make himself understood.

Comfort Food revolves around two characters in an extraordinary situation. Because the author keeps it very close to Master and Emily there is lots of room for the unraveling of personality characteristics, one on one interaction or lack thereof, and allowing the reader to really come to understand how their relationship dynamics work. The intensity of the story needed nothing more and I was wholeheartedly succumbed to witnessing the reasoning clash with the emotions. In this Kitty Thomas really let me understand Emily. As a woman I related myself to her and I really needed to understand how a captive could fall for her captor? First of all I think the flashback to Emily’s past was a very strategic move to explain an essential issue for me. Second, Emily has a major in Psychology so she understood on a basic level where certain behavior was coming from. If she would act out there would be ramifications, period. And third, the Master. I think I got enough point of view from him to know his state of mind and emotions and two-third into the story there was a revelation that convinced me of the great characterization abilities of this author, suddenly things were understood that made me raise my eyebrow in question before.

The eroticism is in some ways explicit but not graphic and tastefully written to allow the imagination to work as well. At first I was afraid Emily’s fear would remain the trigger for her obedience but it slowly evolved in to something else, something deeper that conveyed the steep emotions behind the erotic actions. When you strip away everything else, at the core Comfort Food is about a Master conditioning his slave. I absorbed COMFORT FOOD, immersed myself in the growing attachment between these two intriguing personalities. Emotions poured out of me while reading. I cried, I felt joy, I rooted for Emily and her inner strength and I was relieved when Master showed a more personal side to himself. As this story is told it’s portrayed not to judge but to expand the horizon. This is no mushy love story but the connection forged between Master and Emily is one that’s tested, tried and overcoming personal boundaries to release inner fears and accept your most inner desires. Which ultimately is setting them both free to be…

The depth of the erotic ministrations, the fundamental interaction and the psychological working of a Master and his slave is showcasing a stark but intrinsic love that impressively goes against type! I can’t emphasize enough how beautiful and honestly this story is written! I love it when an author delivers a thought-provoking story that challenges me to look beyond what I know. I love it when an author introduces characters who make me believe in their kind of happily ever after. I can’t get enough of authors who deliver a story that triggers all of my emotions. Only two other authors in the Erotica genre had this specific effect on me; Joey W Hill and Diana Hunter with Secret Submission, now I can add Kitty Thomas to this small but very cherished group.

The ending broke my heart and healed it almost simultaneously and with closing this novel I know without a shadow of a doubt I will never forget either Master or Emily! COMFORT FOOD is an invitation to explore a different kind of Erotic story and I hope many of you dare to accept it! I know I have read a story that will definitely end up in my top 20 of 2010.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)

Review by: sparkly bearsy on July 28, 2010 :
5 out of 5 Top Rated

Twenty four hours after reading this book i'm still thinking about it, and still all i want to write is 'wow' Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas i can honestly say is a book that messed with my mind and dragged me into the story taking me through every emotion and yet i just want to say wow. wow.

This in no way an erotic romance story, there is no hearts or flowers, no moonlit walks, no whispered sweet nothings or even dirty talk. it is dark, disturbing, gritty, agony to read at times. But it is compelling and just as Emily was, i was thrust into the world of master and slave, the words coming alive from the page, i wanted to know more about Master and Emily, i was enthralled to read and read.

Emily with her major in Psychology knows all about the stockholm syndrome but her fear and need for any kind of human contact drives her on each day, her inner dialogue is fantastic in portraying her emotions, her need her agony her ability to reason for her survival.

There is very little dialogue from Emily, mostly it is her inner thoughts, all sex scenes told in the third party, and you get little to no dialogue point of view from Master yet everything he is the author conveys with a look to his eyes, a movement of his body, he doesn't show anger, he doesn't get violent but you feel the threat from him at every moment. he is disciplined in controlling Emily he knows she will do most anything for a moment of companionship, he knows when to punish when to reward, everything is a choice, she chooses wrong and Emily is back in what she calls the bad cell instead of the plush bedroom filled with all her favourite things.

It was actually surprising that i could feel anything for Master in the form of compassion, but i did. Two thirds in events take a different slant and you begin to understand him, you see why this man who is beautiful and strong and by societies standards a male women would throw themselves at, did the things he did. There is no sob back-story from him, what he does when he captures Emily is truly calculated, dark and evil. But yet i didn't feel hate for this character, i was engaged with him as much as i was with Emily.

This is a beautifully written story, the author paints vivid images that stays with you, from the chicken noodle soup, to Emily getting her period, to the erotic sex scenes, to the despair emptiness inside Emily. The relationship between Master and Emily pushed all boundaries for them both, i cheered Emily, i was anxious for her and felt happy as her strength and courage fought through.

I went into this book thinking how could there be a happily ever after, and in the traditional sense no this book doesn't give you that, it showcases a relationship between Master and Slave, about pushing boundaries to the their limits to free inner desires.

I can't convey loudly enough just how brilliant this book is, it's not for the faint hearted, it's not for someone who likes a little bondage play in their stories, what you do get is an exceptionally written take of a master conditioning his slave and ultimately giving her what she never knew she wanted. It's a dark erotica and truly Kitty Thomas pushes at your thoughts and emotions with every turn of the page. I rarely give any book full marks, unless they touch me in a way that stays with me long after i've put the book down, if the characters and actions are still with me the following day then top marks has to be given.

A compelling read that will stay with me forever.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)

Review by: phillipa andrews on July 23, 2010 :
I'd give it ten stars. This book changed my life. I'm an avid reader of Erotica but this one made me realise how important this type of relationship is to me. I had read bdsm books and perhaps some of you don't class this as bdsm because it goes further or it's more taboo. Nothing got to me as much as this book. The first time I read it, I was immensely interested. I had dreams about this book. It will be the book I always go back to and one that has firm fixture in my life. There are books that make me cry and wow me. This one holds something more because it goes that step further. I didn't realise until I read the book that I was interested in capture and kidnap. In fact up till then, when I read it in other books, good books, it didn't really do anything for me, I found that part a bore - you know why? This as the author has said is about dominance and not the illusion of it. It's not role play. It is ACTUALY submission. It's beautiful. It's free-ing. I ADORE this book and I can't wait to have the hard cover copy when it comes out and I don't normally fork out for those.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Susan Bischoff on July 08, 2010 :
I was intrigued by the premise of this story, but when I first started reading it, the tone made me go: literary erotica, again? I don't know what everyone's appropriate terms are, but I've picked up a bunch of stories with interesting concepts that are a whole lot of well-written prose, imagery, and a dash of kink wrapped around not a whole lot of story. More the kind of slice of life, emotional impact pieces that are often found in the short story realm.

But hey, I'm glad I read on because there's a really good story here, one that suits my novel (and novella) reading, character and relationship development lovin' self. I mean, yeah, it's a pretty messed up relationship, but that's ok. The story is full of interesting psychology, and the way the story builds works on a number of levels.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)

Review by: Sarah on June 15, 2010 :
Emily has been kidnapped, she has no idea where she is and very little hope of escape. Kept in an empty grey cell with nothing to do and not even a bed to sleep on she quickly becomes desperate for human contact - ANY kind of human contact. Although she is brought 3 meals a day (always chicken noodle soup) her captor refuses to answer her questions or even speak at all. Her world has been turned upside down and she will soon willingly submit to anything just to feel the comfort of his touch.

Comfort Food is like nothing I've ever read before but WOW is it a powerful read! Told in first person narrative by Emily you journey with her from the minute she wakes up tide to a chair and blindfolded. I loved her voice and it was scarily easy to imagine you were in her place. Given the situation she was in I'm not sure that anyone would have been able to handle things differently. The worst thing for Emily is that she can see what he is doing to her but she is powerless to resist.

The book does include scenes of BDSM which I confess isn't something I've read a lot of. It isn't a light hearted affair with what we would consider normal consent and there is no such thing as a safe word but Emily's captor doesn't do anything without her agreement. Emily can choose to say no at any time but then she is left alone in her empty grey cell with food passed silently through the door. Given the choice of nothingness or doing what her captor requests she finds herself accepting anything just to have his company and attention.

Although Comfort Food takes you on a dark and disturbing journey and isn't a book for the faint hearted it is an incredibly powerful story and one that I devoured in an afternoon. We've all heard stories of women who have been captured and held prisoner for years but it tends to be something that society tries not to think about and rarely discusses. It isn't something that should be pushed under the carpet though & I can't recommend reading this book strongly enough. I'm still thinking about the story days after I finished reading it and I know it will effect me for a long time to come. In my opinion that is the sign of a good story and if you're brave enough to give it a try I'm sure you won't regret it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Pillow Talker on May 30, 2010 :
Captivating. Haunting. Kitty Thomas writes a page turning story that can't be put down until the last word is read. Comfort Food exquisitely portrays the sensory overload we perceive to be a sensory deprivation and the sensory deprivation that is truly our need to exist in society. Five stars and two thumbs up, I would definitely recommend to any and all who enjoy a good book.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)

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