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Yes Master ~ a review of Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

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.

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

Author 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 also love this dedication at the beginning: To silence. Not always the enemy of communication.

this book floored me. absolutely floored me. I've never read anything like it. I've read my share of BDSM (so I thought) but nothing this hardcore. there was nothing pretty or fluffy about it, just full on D/s M/s. it was simultaneously terrifying & wonderful. I cringed but couldn't look away. in fact, as I type this I have a headache because I don't think I blinked the entire time I was reading it.

the interaction between Emily & Master was horrible & sexy & vile & yet had a softness to part of it that should be ridiculous given the type of story it is. the co-dependency between the two of them by the end cannot be denied. I give kudos to Bear for reading it & not having anyone to OMG to because I was IM'ing her like crazy with things like, 'I think I need to have my head examined. I'm finding this so hot.' to which she replied (perfectly, of course) 'he has you, doesn't he?' oh yes, he did.

Master had me at 'Shhhh' or honestly even earlier, the first time he took Emily into the good room. Emily herself amazed me in her ability to analyze & reason out exactly what was going on with her own thoughts & emotions as well as Master's AND that she remained sane enough to not drive herself psycho.

I would probably be far more likely to think myself into insanity or a stroke in a similar situation. I'm too much of a mouthy, fighty, stubborn, bossy bitch. then again, one never knows what one will do in any given situation unless one is experiencing it. the human mind is a fascinating thing.

I loved Kitty Thomas' writing style, the words just had a lovely ebb & flow to them. I'm not a huge fan of first person narrative but it didn't bother me in the slightest with this, if anything I think it made it feel even more personal. the scenes written in third person provide more of an outside perspective, slightly voyeuristic.

there are no negatives to this book. it is different & frightening, taking you far from your normal comfort zone. morals must be left at the door & still you will struggle with your sense of right & wrong. it will stay with you long after you've finished reading it & for me, nothing is better than a book that will make you question ideas, beliefs, thoughts. could possibly also have you frantically IM'ing your friends who have also read Comfort Food with things like, 'I need to go to confession & I'm not even Catholic!' and 'I need a shrink. and a priest. I need an old priest & a young priest.'

Bottom line:
this is NOT for everyone. for some people, it will offend every fiber of their being. it will disturb you, make you think naughty things. things that you probably don't think you should be thinking. you will cringe & want to cover your eyes but won't be able to look away. it will activate your feminist side. totally screw how you look at the things you think people do to one another behind closed doors. it will make you question things you think you know about how you view certain situations, especially in a right or wrong capacity. you think you know, but you have no idea.

I loved this book. absolutely loved it. I expect it will keep fucking my head up for a good long time. that's just fine with me.


Sparklybearsy said...

Amen to the tiny baby jezus for you loving and GETTING comfort food, bt!! ive never wanted you MORE!! hahahaha!

experiencing your frantic IMs was like reading CF all over again, Master however much of a bastard he is in what he does just grabs you, Emily's plight shakes you to the core and you feel so bad for her and yet you crave what she craves.

My PIC is an out and proud bitch, we heart master!! my kink wired pic at that LOL!! *frisk*

Now we wait for Guilty Pleasure, Kitty Thomas needs to HURRY!! WhatWhoSaidTHAT!?!

great awesome fantastic honest review bt!! loved!!

Smokinhotbooks said...

Wow, I've heard mixed reviews about this one. I don't think I mind when books take me out of my comfort zone as long as it is well written. I thin with this type of book first person point of view would really put you front and center with what the main heroine in experiencing.

Kitty Thomas said...

I so wish I could have been a fly on the wall for the convo when Claire said "He has you, doesn't he?" HAHAHA

Thank you so much for this amazingly lovely review! It means so much to me when someone walks away from the book getting exactly what I was trying to write!

Claire, I promise I'm getting back to Guilty Pleasures this week! :)

Laura Wright said...

That was a perfect review for this book - especially that last paragraph! Well done!

Sparklybearsy said...

@Kitty Woot Woot Wooties!!

Leontine said...

You make me want to read the book all over again! Great review :)

Mar said...

The priests IMs are MINE MINE!

I love this book. It completely took me out of my comfort zone and made me squirm in my seat but all in a good way.

Lovely review are such a hot bitch.

Anonymous said...

I loved this book as well. I have talked two others into reading this book and both came back to me with "WOW!" This is the type of book that leaves you thinking about it for days and days after you finish.

Marq said...

Great review! I felt the exact same way when I read it. It took me out of my comfort zone. And I wondered if something was wrong with me because I found Master so hot! I see you have the Master button on your sidebar. LOL! So do I!

SpazP said...

Every review of opposing arguments on this book are so compelling, and have such interesting perspectives. It's either 5 stars are 1 star for this one, there's no 3! I can't help but NOT read it now. I get that this book is not for everyone, and I've been leaning towards it not being for me -- but now I am curious and just want to find out what I think! I love the "passion" this book is building between readers' and their feelings on it. Thanks for the review!

Diana (Book of Secrets) said...

Great review! I loved this book too. I mean, weeks after reading it, Emily and Master are still in my thoughts! That rarely happens. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone, stirred up emotions, and left my mind unsettled, but I'm so glad I gave it a chance. I can't wait to get it in hardcover!

Diana ♥ Book of Secrets

Ren Thompson said...

I'm scared just from your review but I think I might have to take a deep breath, plunge right in and get a copy of it.

Carla(LoverofWords) said...

hello, I am new here but boy am I glad I found it. I will find this book and read it asap it sounds like something I would love.


lila Check said...

You make me want to read the book right now! Great review :)
love your superb blogging skills...Fabulous blog buy the way!

Willa said...

COOL REVIEW!! and a cool blog as well :-)

Rose May said...

Picked up the book this morning because of your review and had mixed feelings. The feminist in me was all weirded out and indignant at the way he treated Emily and yet I couldn't seem to find any anger because she was... fine with the control. There was some bond or connection between them that was undeniable, some mutual understanding that wasn't, perhaps, conscious to either but simply an innate part of both. It was a captivating, if slightly frightening, read. I liked the style and it was definitely a very eloquently worded book, possibly more about Emily's emotion and responses than the sex. It was very clear the book did not support rape or abuse, even though it could be perceived that way due to the lack of a safeword or any mutual understanding beforehand. A wonderful book, really.

Minx said...

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sinn said...

I've wanted to read this book for awhile, but it has kind of scared me. I think it will definitely have to be a library find, so I can take it back if it gets to be too much. Thanks for the honest review. It has given me more to think about, and, in some ways, made me even more curious!

New follower ^_^

sinn @ sinnful books

msmjb65 said...

Hi: Thanks for your review. This book reminds me of an amazing book by Bianca Sommerland called Deadly Captive. It was so intense that I had to read it in a few sittings and it stayed with me for weeks. I don't want to give anything away, except to say you should be able to handle it based on your description of Comfort Food (which I am going to buy right now).

If you decide to read it or have read it, I'd love to discuss it with you after I've read Comfort Food. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me at msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com. The discussion might make for an interesting blog.
I'm so glad I followed the link here from Lush Reviews.
Hope to hear from you one day!

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