Friday, July 9, 2010

Review: Kitty Thomas

Comfort Food Ebook By Kitty Thomas
Rating: 1  star1  star1  star1  star1  star(5)
Published: Mar. 21, 2010
Category: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Words: 52396 (approximate)
Language: English

Ebook Description
Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. 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.

Parental Rating:

This book contains content that may not be suitable for young readers 17 and under.

I obtained the above information from Smashwords.com!

I was asked to review this book by the author... However, the thoughts are purely my own.

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 obtained this from Amazon.com.

I started with this disclaimer because you need to know that is not your every day, light, bdsm book. This is not a book where you will fall into the world and visualize yourself there and play pretty. This is a rough book. Not rough to where you could not read, not rough to where the bdsm is the worst of your fears... This book is not about love. Or let me say, it is not about the love that is fantasized about in today's world.

Emily is a strong, independent and successful working woman. She is a woman who writes and speaks of "empowering and self-improvement" woman. She was bright and intuitive. She was a woman like you and I... Career, family (her mother and father ~ she was not married) and her own social life. With that social life, she knew to watch herself, be aware of her surroundings, and
just always be aware of herself. She was on her book tour when something went wrong.

Emily was finishing up her book tour. She made her hometown the last stop so she could just head home when it was done. Rest, relax... unwind from the demanding world she was thrust in for the tour. Until... She was kidnapped... just like that. In her own hometown. One minute she was living life to the fullest, entertaining and being entertained... then the next....

She wakes in a room, no make that a cell. Blindfolded and bound - in the middle of the cell. Waiting for what she had no idea... An aggressive attacker, violent, rape, dismemberment, death even... what...

This is a journey of one woman's world literally being taken and shaken the hell up. I am struggling with how much to give you in this review, because I want you to read the book and see for yourself. But there are things that I have to tell you about this book.

After reading this book, I did not know what or how to think about this book. I really had to gather my thoughts in order to come here and tell you about it. I will tell you that I love this book. But with that said... I also struggled with it. I know this book is not going to be for everyone and that is okay. Some of you are already shaking your head saying, "Cecile, I already know this is not for me..." I know that.

But I have to ask you... if you have a strong will - inside, deep down inside your soul... then you need to give this book a shot. If you have ever had a "bad patch in your marriage/relationship" you should read this book. Only... only if you understand the world of dom/sub.

In my reading career, I have only had one book that ever really touch me heart and soul... Well, this book blows that one out the water - but in a completely different way. This book touched me in ways and places that I was not sure I was even ready to go. I believe that even if you read my review and many other reviews of this book, you will walk away with a completely different point of view from this book. And isn't that part of reading... to open yourself up to new things.

This book is like a live wire. Touch it and you will feel the raw emotions of this book. That I can promise you. You live the life Emily is experiencing being held captive. Imagine being kidnapped... hold on to those thoughts... Emily expresses a lot of those thoughts. I admire Emily for the woman she is, even being kidnapped and after. But on the same token, I wanted to shake her and ask her what the hell was she thinking - while she was kidnapped and after too.

Okay picture this... you are watching a scary movie... are you the kind of person (I am raising my hand) to scream at the stupid woman who runs upstairs with the flimsy knife in her hand... while the "scary man" chases her up the stairs... where she has no where else to go... Or... screaming at the woman to kick him in the balls... you get my picture...

Okay, now take that and that was me for some of this book. But not in a mad or angry way. Okay, at first I was mad at her for some of her choices, but then I would keep reading and I found that I was not mad at her for doing what she did once she spoke the words and I absorbed them, I understood where she was coming from. I saw her point of view. I saw what she saw; I felt what she felt. I understood what it was she was trying to tell me.

This story is about Master and slave. Emily being the slave. I found myself cheering for her to escape one moment, then I would turn the page and I would be crying for her. Because I wanted her to stay. Once I read the whole book, I saw the whole grand scheme of things and completely understood Emily as a whole.

Let me say that this book is not your fairy tale, hero/heroine, romance story. This story kinda kicked me in the ass because this story is real ((NOT based on a true story)) but this shit can happen in real life and does happen in real life. I am one to normally read to escape, to go to another world and live the life a princess or whatever. But this book is nothing pretty... in "that" sense. It is pretty in another sense of raw, pure rawness emotion. This book is raw with real life etched in every nook and cranny.

Is Emily's kidnapper a monster for doing what he did? Well, you will have to read to find out. Does this story have a happy ending? Well, you will have to read to find out. Because this book took me out of my normal "happy ending" storyline and put me in a completely different happy ending.

This book completely floored me. This is an awesome book. Ms. Kitty did an awesome job at pinning the emotions of Master/slave. This book left me open, wounded, at peace, broken and loved. This is not going to make sense to some of you and for that I apologize. But I owe this story my most honest words and this story truly touched me. Very well done Ms Kitty.

I do hope you give it a try... And when (notice I did not say if) you do try, I would love to hear your take on this story.

To visit Ms. Kitty's website, please go -->> here.
To see what she has going on at her blog (NSFW), please go -->> here!

Remember... Keep it Dirty, Smutty & Hussy!
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34 comments:

  1. I..no, I can honestly say that I think this would be way to much for me to handle in a book. There are certain subjects that if too much I just can't take it.

    But good for you reading on and understating the journey and book

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  2. Thanks for the review, Cecile!

    Is this book marketed as erotica? I'm hoping it's not. Actual slavery does not sound erotic. It sounds more like a horror story!

    I know this book has gotten great reviews, but I couldn't read it. Sure, some BDSM is fun, but this takes it a little too far for me.

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  3. Cecile, I sit here in silence after reading your review. Awestruck by all the emotions pouring from your review. This sounds like a dark and gritty read and I'm always up for exploring different views on relationships and BDSM. I pondering but I think I'm going to buy this novel, just to see if I can handle this one! Awesome review hun!

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  4. This sounds like something thats REALLY different...like REALLY not something I would normally read but I want to from this review! lol Im with Leontine...Id take it on! ;)

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  5. Great review, Cecile! I'm not sure what to think, but I just may take a chance with it and see where it takes me.

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  6. Blodeuedd~ Hey hon. I know you would be shaking your head going "Noo not for me." And I completely understand you when you say "there are certain subjects that if too much I just can't take it." I know what you mean. But stepping out with this one and reading... really made me realize a few things about own self. But thank you for coming to read the review! I hope you and bf have a great weekend!! Hugs to you!

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  7. Diana (Book of Secrets~ Hey hon. Thank you for coming over. It is erotica because of the nature of the relationship between the two. And I wish I could say that it was not a horror story, but at the point of being kidnapped that part is. Only because it can actually happen to us all. Not for these reasonings, but it can happen.
    I thank you for coming over though and reading my review. That means enough to me! Thanks! I hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. Leontine~ Hey honey. I am touched by what you had to say hon. Thank you. That was how I sat after reading it though. It was just to absorb what I read. The emotions I had going through me all at once. This book is dark and gritty. But sometimes we have to go through dark and gritty to get the good and light and wonderful times. I do hope you read it to let me know what you think. Because like I said, I think everyone will get a different take on the book. We might be in the same boat... but see totally different scenery. That is how I see this book. Thanks for coming over today and reading the review! I was a little afraid I would push people away. And as a reviewer/reader/friend, I would never want to do that... But stepping out of comfort zone and going where we know we are not use of going is something we must challenge ourselves to do. I hope you and hubs have a great weekend honey!!

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  9. Monroe Dawson~ hey doll! This is definitely something different!! Noo this something you would not even look twice at. But it opens you and pushes you and all those things you thought you did not want ~ it makes you want them. It really is a good book.
    Thank you for coming over and reading my review! I hope you and hubs have a great weekend!!!!!!! Hugs to you!

    host~ hey honey! Well your words etch what I thought... I did not know what to think... so I just let it ride through me to see where I would go from there. And it is amazing how books can affect us. Thanks for coming over! I will be emailing soon... promise! =)
    I hope you have a great weekend!

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  10. I'm not sure if this one is for me?? I am definitely the person yelling at the chick for going upstairs to escape in scarey movies but your review makes me think there is so much more going on here?! Wonderful review hon!

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  11. Great review Cecile.
    Like you said sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone and your review definitely makes me want to give this book a try.

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  12. I've been talking about this book and linked your review on twitter. I went to smashwords to hook myself up with the book, you bet I'm going to read it and you can never push me away hun! This is probably a story that will evoke strong feelings, either of loving it for numerous reasons or hating it because it pushes so many boundaries or might be something a reader can't handle. Each opinion is valued but you just swept me away with your review and made me wonder, inviting me to see if I can read such a story and understand it (((hugs)))

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  13. That cover freaks me out...

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  14. Tricia~ Hey hon! I know what you mean. I am definitely a yeller at the chick in the movies. And I will continue to be. But this book, this book opened my eyes to so much more. Thanks for coming over Tricia! That is what is appreciated! I hope you have a great weekend!!

    elaing8~ Hey hone! Thank you. It was definitely a step out of my comfort zone to read this one. And after reading it, I was very thankful for the things that I have and don't have. I am not saying this is a book about relationships or whatever... but it just made me realize things in my own life. So, with that said, it is an awesome book!

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  15. Leontine~ Aww honey, thank you. You must let me know once you read it. I could have read it in one day, but I needed sleep. It is that absorbing! So, I know you will devour it in one day. You must come and tell me what you thought when you do read it.
    Well, you know normally our reviews are light and bursting with energy... about how great a book it or whatever.. and this book is great.. just in a different way. And I did not want to push people away from what could be a great book for them. Thanks for letting me know that!
    And you are right... It will definitely push some boundaries with the person reading it. And every person and every boundary will be different. That I can promise you. I am glad that my review did its' job. Even if I only get one person interested in it enough to read it, I have done my job... And boundaries are meant to be pushed but only the person knows if their boundaries are ready to be pushed. Hope that made sense, lol!!
    And thank you for these words: "Each opinion is valued but you just swept me away with your review and made me wonder, inviting me to see if I can read such a story and understand it."

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  16. Chris~ But I have to say to a point that the cover conveys the story. So it does serve a purpose.

    **I have seen worst though, lol...**

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  17. "This book touched me in ways and places that I was not sure I was even ready to go" Wow, that's pretty powerful!

    I'm not sure this book is for me, but I loved your review. I like the cover btw.

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  18. My eyes just dried up completely because I was glued to your review. I literally could not blink, you had me that intrigued.

    Excellent job at both explaining your own feelings about the book, while also making me interested in the title. I'm not sure if I'll be reading this soon, but I'd be interested in checking this out at some point.

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  19. My eyes just dried up completely because I was glued to your review. I literally could not blink, you had me that intrigued.

    Excellent job at both explaining your own feelings about the book, while also making me interested in the title. I'm not sure if I'll be reading this soon, but I'd be interested in checking this out at some point.

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  20. Fiction Vixen~ Hey hon. This book is just that... pretty powerful. When *like I said, I will not say if* you read this one, you must come and let me know what you thought! I would love to see the different types of reactions this book gets. Thanks for coming over honey! Warm hugs to you!

    Tori [Book Faery]~ Hey hon! I hope all has been well for you. Ohh honey, thank you for your kind words. Thank you. You know when writing a review you never know how you may come across to the other person and I am just glad for the range of emotions that I am getting for this review. It is an awesome book and very deep/dirty and hard. When you do check this book out, you must let me know!
    I hope you have a great weekend hon!!

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  21. I appreciate your honest review Cecile. You know I am a sucker for the BSDM stories. But it sounds like this one would need to be buffered by a couple of sweet comfort reads.

    I'm currently reading a series that has quite a bit of human horror in it. Perhaps I will come back to this once those gruesome images have faded from my mind.

    Have a great weekend ~ Miranda

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  22. Hey Sweet! Well, you know I keep it all honest. And this book does nothing but make you look at it in the most intimate honest way possible. I do know how you are a sucker for BSDM books and this one is a bit different. That is why I started the review the way I did. It is a hard book, but worth it.
    And you are right, it might need to be "buffered by a couple of sweet comfort reads" ~ after. But it is worth it.
    Thanks for coming over my love... hope you have a great weekend!

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  23. Hey thank you for the lovely review, and all the commenters comments! I wish there was a way I could reassure people that more people can handle this book than think they can. It's not "brutal" and it isn't torture porn. But I disclaimed the hell out of it because I do know that it's definitely not for everybody and I would rather people who it's not for not read it.

    It was a hard book to write, but one I'm very proud of.

    I hope people will take a chance on it. This one will definitely take a lot of word of mouth to find it's audience.

    Also, to the person who mentioned looking in the bookstore... right now the book is only available in ebook. It will be in print late this year, but it's independently released (I don't think many publishers would have touched this book). It'll be in hardback either in September or October. You'll be able to get it online or order it from your local bookstore, but it won't be on shelves.

    Those who decide to read it, I hope you'll let me know what you thought!

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  24. Great review! I'm not sure this is my cup of tea, but I'll keep it in mind for when I want something different.

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  25. I read this through a few times, and I'd like to address some of the comments. This is a deeply psychological story, one that explores Stockholm Syndrome, and yes, there is cognitive dissonance over the woman's capacity to endure the unendurable by finding pleasure in it. But this story is written in such a way that it opens a window onto the seedy underbelly of society -- a window we peek through like peeping Toms, watching with horrified fascination.

    I went back and re-read it because, as a writer, I wanted to re-examine the way Kitty had portrayed the breaking of Emily. In her case, Emily knew exactly what the antagonist was doing because she had a background in psychology. She knew that regardless of how long she held out, she -would- break. And rather than continue to suffer boredom and futility, she surrendered and embraced the next step.

    As I re-read this, I was reminded of some of LeGuin's stories, the ones that are based in far-off planets in order to create a safe space to re-examine certain social paradigms. And while Kitty could have done this and made it "safer" for people to read, it would not have touched so close to home, would not have had me asking myself "What have *I* chosen to enslave myself to out of fear and cynicism and resignation?" And the truth is -- far more than I want to acknowledge to myself.

    That is what makes this book so disturbing... it faces us with the darkness within, with our internal demons. It holds up a mirror that we stare into, and something in us knows shame. "This is me. I have been manipulated. I have been lulled. I have been lazy. I have been controlled by my fears -- just like Emily Vargas."

    Kitty says about the book that it is ultimately about the question "Who is your Master?" whereas I would say that is begs us to ask "Where have I consented to my own enslavement?"

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  26. Hi Cecile! What an incredible reviewer you are :) I'm going to read the book because of your review. Very intriguing! I'm looking forward to the story :)

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  27. Wow! Just wow! Your review left me shaking and trembling! Great job, Cecile! But for all the passion and emotion you put into your review I still don't think this book is for me. I'm not comfortable with the slavery and nonconsensual aspect of this BDSM story...
    Hope you're having a great weekend, hon! :D

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  28. As I read your review I wasn't sure this was something I'd read, but I must confess you've got me curious. I'm going to add this to my TBR (how soon I'll read it I don't know - I think I'll have to be in a "happy place" to do it).

    @Chris - I actually thought the cover was very artistic and it caught my eye!

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  29. Houston A.W. Knight~ Hey hon. You know... this is a book that we all could read. I believe that everyone will pull something different from the story. No two people will see the same thing.
    Aww hon, your words are too kind. Thank you! Hugs to you!

    Kitty Thomas! Thank you for coming over! Thank you for your words about your book. You should be very proud of this book hon. This is an awesome books!

    Eyre~ Hey hon. Thank you for coming over! Well, I hope that you do try to give it a try... It is not as bad as it seems. I promise.


    Kayar Silkenvoice~ Hi there, welcome. Thank you for taking the time to come over. I hope you enjoyed yourself and come back.
    Your comment completely blew me away. Very well said. Thank you for your words. This was truly a wonderful story. I hope that my review showed both sides. Because it did touch me so much! Again thank you for stopping by!



    Cassidy Hunter~ Hey hon! Thanks for popping in. Aw hon, you are to kind. I just try to convey what a book does to me and I hope that someone reads it, lol. Thank you very much for coming over!
    Janna~ Hey hon. Thank you for coming over. Oh hon, I tried to convey all what it did to me and I hope that if you do give it a try, you will come back and talk to me! Hugs to you honey!!!
    Patti (Book Addict)~ Hey hon! Thanks for coming over. Well, my reviews - any of them - is to get you thinking... to provoke you... to make you step out of that zone... And if I open your mind to something new and different, and try a new author.. then I have done my job! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  30. Janna~ Hey honey. Thanks for coming over. This was an emotional read for me. But it was very much worth the read. I just don't want to project the wrong image of this book. It is an awesome book and much deserve of everyone reading it. I believe that everyone will obtain something different out the book. That is just my feelings! Thanks for coming over. Hugs to you honey!!!! Hugs to you!

    Patti (Book Addict)~ Hey hon. Thanks for popping in for this review. I really hope you do give it a try. It is an awesome book. This book will just simply touch you. Like I said to Janna, I just hope that my review portrays the real essence of this book. It is just that good!

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  31. Hmm I may need to look into this one more before I decide if it's for me. Thanks for the review.


    Stephanie G
    Paranormal Haven

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  32. Paranormal Haven @ Stephanie G~ Hey hon, thanks for coming over. If you decide to give it a try, you must tell me what you thought!
    Hope you had a great weekend!

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  33. It sounds like a very intriguing book. Not something I would usually read but something that if it touched you so deeply, I'm considering.

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  34. Harris Channing said...~ Hey honey. Thanks for coming over today. This book is very intriguing Harris. Just know that it is not hard in that sense, just hard from a stand point of our own relationship to your self. I hope you had a great weekend honey!

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