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Comfort Food, by Kitty Thomas

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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 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 safe words 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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I just finished Comfort Food and to be honest, at the moment, I don’t have the words to describe this book and I honestly don’t know if I will have them after I have slept on it.

“Over months of being with him, my prison had become my sanctuary, and now that I was free, the world was my prison. There was nowhere left to run.” 

One thing’s for sure though. This book is amazing. One might be a little skittish starting this book because of the subject and because of the disclaimer.
But even if the book is about slavery, it never felt like it while reading. I honestly never felt uncomfortable, or upset by what was being described.

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

There is no actual violence in this book (except of course for the BDSM part of the book). He (and that’s how I’ll be referring to him in this review) was always gentle and non violent toward Emily. And I guess in a way His “violence”, for lack of a better word, was his gentleness and kindness towards her, since that’s how He breaks her.

“He’d gone from being just my tormentor to being my tormentor and protector, though I needed protection from nothing but him.” 

This book is really mind-opening and thought provoking. Just like Emily, I couldn’t bring myself to hate him and could only feel anticipation (the good kind) where he was involved.

“His touch was like heroin in my veins, and I was a grateful addict.” 

Make no mistake, this is not a love story. Like I said, it is a story on slavery. But we get to see things from the “slave’s” side and we get a glimpse of how things work in the mind of someone experiencing (suffering?) from Stockholm Syndrome.
What is even more appalling is that, after reading this book, you understand why Emily would rather choose slavery and being kept “imprisoned” over freedom, because after what happened to her, slavery has become her freedom.

“I’m your responsibility now. You created me. You made me this way. This is your fucking mess. If you suddenly care about morality, then don’t make me go. “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 story was enlightening. It is a book I’ll remember for years to come and I highly recommend it for those who are looking for and are not afraid of challenging books about “unusual” (for lack of a better word again) subjects.

…Well, I guess I got inspired along the way 😉

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