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A classic representation of romanticised stockholm syndrome, crossed with an enticing, rich, muscular dark haired, misunderstood outcast, with promises of pleasure and mental solace through submission.
On the edge of your seat at every turn - Escape! Torment! Fixation! Determination! You are able to closely relate to the main character and her thought process, deeply invested in her resolution throughout the book.
I adored some of the training tactics used and appreciated the many realistic methods delivered to create a strong structured system.
My only disappointment was the lack of depth put into the main male character, he was built up with such mental fortitude and the illusion of intelligent rationale; however I found his journal entries to almost destroy this facade.
Instead this pained him as a person with conflicting thoughts in regards to his social stance, moral compass and who struggled with self control.
From the moment the door was left open (to freedom) up until the ending, the motives of the main male character became lost on me; Unlike throughout the book he felt calm, collected and calculated, however at the end it is written as if everything he did was a part of a pre-thought out plan.
None of the male main character’s later actions, seem to correlate with the pre-assigned structure of their dynamic, thus blurring my understanding of his rationale — why the female character found herself, punished SPECIFICALLY for being disrespectful rather than for returning.. both of which should have been deemed “Wrong”.
It is also made obvious that she would not have been able to “redeem” herself if not for this last plea. However she wouldn’t be in such a situation initially if the main male character hadn’t commanded it so.
All in all a good storyline, lovely detail and realistic imagery. Definitely worth the read If M/s, Capture, or psychology peaks your interest.
Very well written dark psychological story, Emily is kidnapped and treated by her captor with silence, the items she would have found comforting are made to be punishment. Her conditioning is complete and she succumbs to his methods of enforced submission. It is how is it is written in Emily's POV which makes it work so well. A great dark erotic story.
I was not too disturbed by the content of this twisted tale of control and hunger. The relationship between the main couple kept me intrigued from first warm spoonful until the last drop. The author easily led me into feeling a whole array of feelings, many of which i would never experience in my life. Great, slightly uncomfortable read. In a good way.
It wasn’t the usual kidnap/Stokholm Syndrom story. Yes, it had some BDSM and love scenes in it, and yes she was held against her will but somehow, it wasn’t all that dark or erotic. I can’t make up my mind if it was more thought-provoking or just a little slow and uneventful.
EMILY Well, from the very begining I had a very clear picture of this woman and how she sounded. I knew she was intelligent, well educated and logical. Your average 30-something woman.
She wakes up tied to a chair and blindfolded. Her captor enters and unties her but doesn’t speak, At all. That in its self would terrify me. My mind would play absolute havoc with me more than anything he could think up to do to me. Over the next few weeks, she goes through the biggest mind freak ever. Not only does he not speak to her but he makes it so that everything he does do to her, is something she askes for as she comes undone and breaks with a kind of sensory deprivation.
It is amazing what you can grow to get used to or adapt to.
MASTER There is not an awful lot I can actually say about him as we see almost nothing from his point of view. He’s an extremely attractive, physically fit man with a lot of wealth. And for reasons you don’t find out until near the end, he has taken this poor woman to break her down and condition her. He is a patient, intelligent and determined man, y’all.
It drove me crazy trying to figure out what he wanted, lol. I wouldn’t last 24 hours in the situation Emily was in.
FINAL THOUGHTS on COMFORT FOOD by Kitty Thomas This is a really interesting read for those of us that are fascinated by human psychology and what it takes to break and then build up a person. Yes, it’s a very thought-provoking book. Still not sure how I feel about it now that it’s over though.
“the most twisted form of psychological conditioning, I’ve ever read . . . will stick in your brain for days after you read” Really well written it tells the story of Emily who is basically kidnapped and left in a room bare of essentials, not even a bed. She is subjected to silence and no human contact by the man who kidnapped her, he knows what she craves and he takes pleasure in denying her.
He doesn’t talk but everything is done by a thought or an action. He brings Emily chicken noodle soup and crackers every day.
He does nothing without her permission, he doesn’t force her but rewards her for her “good” behavior with a nice room full of beautiful things. He is messing with her mind, her thoughts, her feelings. Poor Emily really has no choice but to comply.
This book is not for the faint hearted, there is humiliation, BDSM and extreme sexual situations, but for some reason I really couldn’t hate her kidnapper. It is a strange feeling to feel some sort of compassion for this man.
Told from Emily’s perspective except for the sexual scene’s and they are told from a third perceptive, I read this in nearly one sitting. Addictive and thoroughly enjoyable, this book is one of those books that you are thinking about for hours after and turning things over in your mind. Loved loved the ending and it was totally unexpected, at least for me. A thoroughly recommended read !!!
The only complaint I have Is that just once I would like to see these women fight back.
Extreme situation I know, but this man kidnapped her, Stockholm Syndrome at it’s worse.
I am a fan of dark romance so when I spotted this on Amazon grabbed it straight away. This will be one of those books you either like or you don't and I found it a bit different to a lot of dark romance that I have read.
You don't want to read dark romance unless you are prepared to read some difficult scenes and be faced with uncomfortable taboos. Comfort Food is no exception to that - abduction, captivity, psychological trauma and the breaking down of a person leading to strong sexual scenes of BDSM. This is not one you buy your Grandma for her birthday. If you like this genre of book you might very well enjoy this.
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.
The book tackles Stockholm Syndrome and like a lot of dark romance has Emily confused over mixed feelings towards her captor and tormentor. Where I think this book lacked in comparison to other dark romance I have loved is that there was no true love or feelings that infiltrated the plot which often softens the reader towards the abductor. I didn't really connect with either of the main players in this novel either, I certainly didn't grow to like the abductor (like I have in other books).
I would say this is middle of the road for this genre, it's not bad by any means but I have read much better. 3 stars from me for Comfort Food.
Comfort Food is a thoroughly well written, thought provoking, mind-blowing story. It introduced me to a whole new world of dark erotica and it really made me appreciate a good mind f*ck. This book really forced me to challenge my preconceptions of the master/ slave dynamic. It also challenges the socially acceptable reactions of victims of abuse and I found this fascinating.
The insights into the thought processes and motivations of the characters really made this book believable and relatable. Despite the grim and sometimes uncomfortable content, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I'm unafraid to say that I was genuinely satisfied at the outcome of the story. While the main character is, in the end, fully a product of her conditioning, she has an admirable bravery. The characters in this book are very honest and real. This book left a great impression on me and I've read it many times since it was first purchased.
Overall, very thought provoking and superbly written